Year 1

At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield we aspire to achieve the highest quality outcomes.

During the Autumn, the learning in year 1 will be based around the global theme of ‘Identity and diversity’, with a focus on self- identity. Over the course of the term, the children will be learning what makes us unique and identify how we belong to different groups. We will be focussing on self-identity in relation to our local area.

In English, this half term Year 1 will be reading our core text ‘Beegu’. We will be exploring the themes of identity and diversity. We will begin our journey by generating descriptive language about ourselves and making comparisons to our main character, ‘Beegu’. We will understand relationships and how these affect our emotions, we will do this by acting in role such as, freeze frames and hot seating and building up to writing a character description. To do this, we will explore the characters personality, appearance and how they interact with others.

In Maths, this half term Year 1 will be building on our prior learning by being able to count to 10 and recognising number bonds to 10. We will recognise numbers in numerals and words and will be using cubes, numicon, and counters to support our learning. We will also begin to look at addition and subtraction through partitioning using the whole-part model, and the bar model.

In Science, we will be learning all about material and their properties. In addition, we will be focussing on our working scientifically skills and be carrying out an investigation to find out which materials are best to create an umbrella. We will be looking at their properties and evaluating their effectiveness as we carry out our tests.

In PE, we will be looking at dance and exploring different emotions and movements linked to a piece of music. We will work collaboratively to create a short expressive dance by focusing on how to express different emotions through movement. 

In art the children will be creating a skyline using different colours to create the night sky, and cardboard to create relief work as well as using printing techniques to create our final outcome.  We will be looking at the artist Alexis Deacon as well as Hundertwasser and identify what colours and shapes they have used before reflecting on their art choices.

Our RE focus this half term is Who am I. Throughout the term we will be focusing on what makes us special and unique. We will be looking at different community groups as well as religious groups which will enable us to recognise how individuals belong to a religious group. Through this we will be able to identify similarities and differences between our peers. This will give us the opportunity to showcase different character skills such as, wonder, relationships, integrity and mindset. To support our learning, we will be using speaking frames to start our sentences and enhance our oracy skills.

In curriculum for the autumn term, the learning in year 1 will be based around the topic ‘Our Local Area’, by learning about geographical features within our local environment. We will begin our journey by identifying what human and physical geographical features are comparing the features using oracy skills to deepen and enhance our vocabulary. In addition, we will be identifying different parts of the United Kingdom and we will compare the different countries by exploring their similarities and differences. To further our knowledge, we will visit a local area to consolidate our learning.