YeAR 1 TOPIC WEB - Autumn 1

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How to make a sentence - a very silly sentence

This term it is all about SENTENCE STRUCTURE and how to make a perfect sentence! This week we are exploring the different elements needed in a sentence. For a perfectly perfect simple sentence we have learnt we need a determiner, an adjective (or two!), a noun and a verb. We have colour coded each element to help us remember them and have said it is like making a witches potion - we need all of the ingredients to complete the spell. We did lots of different activities today to practise our sentence structure. We loved the rainbow writing and the giant bricks the most. 


We have had so much fun already this week during our floor book lessons - we have learnt all about JELLY FISH! Did you know that jelly fish aren't actually a type of fish? People now refer to them as 'jellies' instead. We thought it was very funny to learn that jellies don't have a skeleton, heart, brain or blood but we didn't think it was very funny that some are VERY poisonous. We spent the afternoon getting very creative and made our own paper plate jelly fish. Have a look in our class window next time you walk by!


After last weeks spider visit, it would seem it was Turtle class' turn for an unexpected visitor. We found this little insect chilling out in our reading area!! We found it very interesting as it's wings looked like a leaf. We decided our book corner wasn't the place for a leafy insect like this one, so, we popped him back outside where he belongs. We thought it would be best to put it somewhere with lots of leaves and sticks so that it would be camoflauged from any predators.

Marvellous maths for fun! 

This morning Turtle class had a go at making the longest snake possible from an A4 piece of paper. We took the inspiration from Penguin class who did the same activity earlier in the week. During choosing time today some of us wanted to know how long our snakes were. We decided to get out the cubes and start measuring! One of the snakes was 52 cubes long! 


Penguin class had an unexpected visitor this week.. a gigantic spider! We were settling down after lunch for our first afternoon lesson when a very large black spider zoomed across the carpet! It created quite a lot of excitement so we abandoned the plans and sat down to have a closer observation of our guest. We then had a very Educate Together discussion about what to do with him/her. In the end, it was decided we should release him back to it's rightful habitat outside. 

All about penguins

Penguin class have spent the afternoon learning all about penguins. We even made some fantastic origami penguins, What do you think? We showed off our fantastic writing, learnt how to draw a penguin step by step and matched species of penguins to the correct descriptions! 


Penguins and Turtles have enjoyed using our outside area this week. We have built houses, created new games and got messy with shaving foam. I wonder what will be outside next week?


After exploring and describing the different features of a turtle's habitat we decided to have a go at making one using mixed media. We had lots of fun and have created some beautiful masterpieces! Tomorrow we will be writing descriptive sentences to go with our habitat pictures. They have made a great classroom display! 

Exploring a turtle's habitat 

Turtle class had great fun this week exploring different features of a Turtles' habitat. We got to feel, smell and some of us even had a taste of; wet sand, dry sand, salt water, rocks and seaweed. We had a go at writing adjectives to describe each one. 



In Year One we take guidance from the National Curriculum on the areas of learning we need to cover in all subjects.

Click here for a link to the National Curriculum for Year 1

As an academy we are afforded the flexibility to be creative in how we cover each subject.  Our curriculum is topic based and is constructed around the interests of the children. We still fully support having play as an instrumental part of the learning process. We introduce new concepts, especially in Maths, through a more interactive and hands-on approach before the children begin the process of recording in their books.  English is taught through using a range of books: fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Geography, History, Science etc. all have elements of writing and reading and therefore are scaffolding the children’s learning of English.  English is presented in a number of different ways; for example it may be in the children’s English books, topic books, through presentation, hot seating or in our floor books or Learn Together books.  Floor books and Learn Together books are a wonderful way for parents and visitors to encapsulate at a glance what we do during our days at school.

Our school day begins promptly with registration at 8.50am and then we move swiftly into phonics, which happens daily. Phonics support the learning of reading and writing. We mainly use the Letters and Sounds program but also dip into Read Write Ink and Jolly Phonics actions.  Phonics groups are carried out in phased groups from 2-5 (5 being the higher end). One member of the year one team takes each phase and the children are in a group tailored to their needs. All children in each phase are exposed to sounds from phase 2-5 at the start of their daily session. Following on from phonics we have a carpet learning session in either Maths or English (this alternates daily).  This is a 20-minute session that is adult led and is the catalyst for the children’s focus group that then follows on from the carpet session.

Our afternoons are used for topic and Learn Together work.  Our topic work sessions may be based around Science, History, Geography, Music, Art or DT. These sessions start with finding out what the children already know and then asking them what they want to find out. From this we try to uncover the answers to as many of the children’s questions as we can. We use a variety of tools to help us do this such as the Internet, books, guest speakers, phone a friend or go on a trip/local walk. Our Learn Together curriculum can be anything from a discussion regarding the value of the month, mindfulness or an in-depth look into something that is happening in the wider world to name but a few. Our Learn Together work is presented in our Learn Together folders, these folders give an insight to the learning that has taken place during these sessions.  As a Year 1 team we work very hard to ensure we have a well-balanced and creative curriculum that stimulates and nurtures our children's young minds and inspires them to be investigative, inquisitive and imaginative learners.


To find out about the Learn Together Curriculum click here.

To find out more about the National Curriculum click here.