Return to Class Work

Year 1

Spring 2024

Children’s studies
Activities will be adapted for remote learning.

In English children will be learning from traditional tales and how to write instructions. They will be studying the poetry of Julia Donaldson.  In science children will study the topic of everyday materials.  In design and technology they will be exploring building structures.  In computing they will use a range of approaches to develop their understanding of algorithms and programming using unplugged approaches, onscreen, and physical devices such as BeeBot. In dance children will interpret the story of Sleeping Beauty through movement, based on the music by Tchaikovsky. In religious education children will be focusing on the importance of special places where they can enjoy being part of a community such as club venues and churches. They will also learn about the religious symbols of the Christian church. Their studies will be enriched by a visit to a local church, St. Catherines and St. Pauls.  In art children will be investigating the qualities of a variety of natural and man-made materials. They will learn skills for weaving and gain sensory experience of materials and an understanding of colour and texture. In geography children will be learning about countries and capital cities in the UK and comparing Malindi, in Kenya, with Hoddesdon. In music children will be exploring pitch. In Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE&C) children will further their learning about how to keep healthy and safe, including road safety.

Autumn 2023

Children’s studies
Activities will be adapted for remote learning.

In science the children’s topic Animals including Humans focuses on what their body is like, investigating
their senses and comparing the structure of common animals. Their studies will be enriched by visits by
Zoolab and Animal Edge Mobile Farm. In English they will be studying stories and poems with a familiar
setting such as home or friends or pets. The children will be exploring poems written by Shirley Hughes.
They will also be learning to write labels and captions for images. In computing children will learn how to use
the functions of a computer to create their own digital texts and images. In geography children will be exploring the surroundings of our school. In history children will be learning about significant events in the past, including the Gunpowder Plot, and their studies will be enhanced by a visit by Trunk theatre on the 7th
November. In art children will be studying portraiture and in design and technology they will be exploring
textiles. In religious education they will be focusing on the beauty and wonder of nature and how Christians
thank God for this, and they will also explore the celebrations of Harvest, Christmas, Diwali and Hanukkah. In music children will be learning about pulse and rhythm, and exploring sounds inspired by fireworks. In
Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE&C), children will further their learning about
developing positive relationships.

Summer 2023

Children’s studies
Activities will be adapted for remote learning.

In science children will be studying plants. Through this unit children learn about plants as living
things which grow and change. They will become aware of similarities and differences in plants, as they
learn the names and structures of a variety of plants. In history and geography children will be learning
about the seaside. Their studies will include learning about the history of seaside holidays and learning
about the geographical features of seaside locations. The children’s studies will be enriched by a trip
to Southend-On-Sea on the 28th June. Their English studies will include the poems of Michael
Rosen. In computing children will be using computer programmes for representing data and for data
handling. They will also use data logging devices to explore environmental conditions, linking this with
their science topic. In art children will be investigating sculpture. They will look at the work of Henry
Moore and Andy Goldsworthy and make their own sculptures using a variety of materials. In design
technology children will develop an understanding of simple mechanisms through designing and making
moving pictures. In religious education they will learn how signs and symbols are used to represent our
ideas and groups that we belong to, and the importance of the religious symbols. In music the children
will be looking at how music and sound can communicate meaning and information through a topic that
looks at everyday sounds, sounds from nature and instrumental pieces. The children will also learn to
explore and identify pitch. In P.E. children will be improving their coordination skills through playing
different games and tennis tuition. In PSHE&C children will be learning about a variety of feelings,
what bullying means, and changes over time.

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