As the children move from Early Years to Year 1, we aim to make the transition as smooth as possible for them. We believe in ensuring there is a clear balance of practical and physical activities that supports pupils in the moving towards a more formal and structured school day. Each day, the children will take part in streamed phonics lessons with other pupils across Key Stage 1.
During the Autumn Term, pupils will learn all about themselves; what makes them unique and similarities and differences we have with each other. Pupils will learn the story of The Rainbow Fish and will make their own rainbow fish adventures.
During this topic the children will learn about the importance of teamwork and communication.
In science, pupils will identify and name key parts of the human body as well as knowing which body part is responsible for each of the senses.
As part of this topic the children will be looking at our school and the world around us. We will suggest ways to improve the school grounds. The fabulous finish to this topic is a mini treasure hunt. The children will follow maps and plans to follow the clues to find the treasure hidden somewhere within in our school grounds.
During the second half of the Autumn Term, pupils will travel back in time to learn about toys of the past in their topic ‘How have toys changed’. Pupils will visit the Toy and Model Museum in Brighton where they will take part in a range of workshops. Parents and grandparents will also be invited to our Toy Discovery Afternoon to share their toys of the past.
In DT, pupils will design and create their own hand puppets.
In preparing for Christmas, pupils will consider Christmas around the world and support the Romanian Shoe Box Appeal by donating their own toys and belongings to help others.
To conclude the term, pupils will rehearse and perform a nativity with Year 2.
The Spring Term begins by pupils discovering some strange footprints! After receiving several clues pupils will find a range of eggs that belong to the Snow Dragon.
From discovering the eggs, pupils will consider the different ways that they can look after them to prepare for their hatching. Pupils will consider how the Snow Dragon’s habitat is different to their own as they learn about the North and South Poles.
In computing, pupils will program Bee Bots to complete a set route to the Arctic.
During the second half of the term, pupils will learn about different materials and their suitability. Pupils will learn about the historical event of the Great Fire of London.
Pupils will deepen their understanding of different houses and materials by visiting the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.
The Summer Term begins with the topic ‘What is it like to live on the coast?.’ Pupils will learn about the Lighthouse keeper’s daughter Grace Darling. In addition to this, pupils will develop their geographical skills by naming and locating different seaside towns around the United Kingdom.
The Summer Term, also sees pupils take the Phonics Screening Test.
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In science, pupils will identify the basic structure of common plants and trees.