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Year 1

Summer 1

Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure


The children arrived at school to find maps, artefacts, newspaper clippings, flags and photographs.  They will piece this information together to reveal their next project…. the explorer Ernest Shackleton!   


The children will produce some written outcomes to teach other people about Ernest Shackleton’s achievements and the differences between the two explorers they have studied (Ernest Shackleton and Neil Armstrong).


During this learning journey the children will focus on poetry. They will practise discussing their preferences, likes and dislikes and making comparisons.  The children will be exposed to a wide range of new vocabulary and literary features and will learn to recite some poems by heart.


During this learning journey the children will learn about some of the more technical elements of writing.  Initially they will learn what tenses are and then they will use their knowledge to produce numerous pieces of writing enabling them to practise writing in the past, present and progressive tenses.   The children will learn more about writing for different purposes and will learn to select and write in the appropriate tense, depending on the form and purpose of the piece of writing.  The children will also learn to spell words containing common suffixes and prefixes accurately, with a particular focus on spelling past and present tense verbs. 


During this learning journey, the children will learn to solve a range of practical problems involving time.  They will learn to use language relating to time, including periods of time and language used to describe time.  Once the children understand what time is and how to measure and record periods of time, they will begin learning to tell time, using an analogue clock.  They will learn about the clock face and how to tell time to o’clock and half past the hour, drawing hands onto clock faces to show their understanding.


This half term the children will be investigating and exploring! The children will finish their biology learning journey by investigating the human body in the context of health and hygiene during an expedition.  They will identify, name, draw and label parts of the human body and learn which body part is associated with each of the five senses.


The hook for this topic will be the discovery of the Ernest Shackleton collection. The children will build upon their geographical learning from last half term and will use maps, atlases and globes to identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world, in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles to be explorers just like Earnest Shackleton.


The theme for this half term is making Connections in World History. This half term the children will learn about the life of another significant individual (Ernest Shackleton), his achievements and where he fits within a chronological framework.  The children will then revisit their understanding of comparing aspects of life in different periods by making comparisons between the lives of Shackleton, Neil Armstrong, and modern day.


For RE this half term our concept is belonging. The children are thinking about what groups they belong to in their lives. They then used this knowledge to reflect on how Jewish people feel like they belong through the celebration of Shabbat and why it is important to them


Using the Real PE scheme, the Year One children will learn how to perform a range of skills with some control and consistency. They will explore performing a sequence of movements with some changes in direction, levels and speed. This will be achieved by practising sending and receiving; reacting and responding.


Our focus for this half term is linked to our science learning as we are concentrating on health and hygiene. The children will look at a balanced diet create their own before discussing the importance of everyday hygiene routines. They will then apply this knowledge to create a poster for Year R children.



The children will learn to use sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination, using a wide range of design techniques in using form. They will take inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy to use natural objects to make sculptures.


The concept for DT is creativity and Imagination based on our topic about Earnest Shackleton. The children will learn to choose and use tools and materials in order to make and evaluate their own boat.


The concept for this half term is composing. The children will apply their musical knowledge that they have gained so far this year in order to experiment with sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.