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Year 1

Year 1-Spring 1: Three, two, one… Blast off!


The children were shocked to discover a UFO that had crash landed in school! The UFO crash site also delivered a letter from NASA asking the children to investigate the life and times of astronaut Neil Armstrong.


At the end of this journey, all children need to be able to fully interact with a text and show an understanding of what they have read.  They will be able to demonstrate this by asking and answering questions and clarifying their understanding of what they have read or listened to.  This will include a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry to enable children to build upon prior knowledge from Autumn 2.

Lead Text: The first Hippo on the moon by David Walliams  


Now the children are confident with sequencing sentences, they will be challenged to increase their stamina for writing! The children will learn about using conjunctions (in particular ‘and’) in order to write compound and complex sentences. They will also learn to use a mixture of sentence types effectively to create different effects within their writing. Building these key skills be enable us to write an information report about Neil Armstrong for our topic landing.


During this learning journey, the children will gain a conceptual understanding of equal groups.  Through the use of apparatus and pictorial representations they will make and add equal groups, when learning to multiply.   They will then learn to record their knowledge as a repeated addition number sentence and some children will be challenged to use the times sign.  The children will also learn to make and interpret arrays, using these to help them solve multiplication problems.  Once the children are secure in their knowledge of multiplication, they will learn to divide by sharing. They will do this by using concrete apparatus and pictorial representations.


To hook the children into this topic, the children will start by learning about Laika (the first dog in space) and will read fictional stories about other animals on space adventures.

They will then classify animals into different groups. The children will describe and compare the structure of common animals and they will learn to identify carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.


Our concept for this topic is Investigating Places. The children will be familiar with the concept of Investigating Places, however, this time on a larger scale as they will learn to name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas. They will learn to identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom.


The history concept for this term will be Investigating and Interpreting Evidence. For this the children will investigate a range of historical sources in order to learn about the life of significant individual Neil Armstrong. They will learn about his achievements and where they fit within a chronological framework, comparing aspects of life in different time periods.

Art and Design 

Taking inspiration from Andy Warhol’s moon landing printing, the children will learn to use a range of materials creatively to make products, using a wide range of pattern, shape and space techniques.


Our concept for DT is Problem Solving and Innovation. For this the children will learn to design a moon buggy! They will need to think carefully in order to create a purposeful, functional and appealing product that is fit for purpose.


The children will explore, respond to and recognise patterns of long and short sounds. They also joined in with steady beats in music and created and perform their own music piece.


To help a character in space, the children will learn what algorithms are and how they are implemented as programs that follow precise instructions.


In RSHE the children will learn about keeping themselves safe. During this topic the children will learn the PANTS rule and the importance of keeping the parts of their body covered by pants private. They will also discuss how feelings can change how our body feels for example feeling hot or sick when they are worried. They will then discuss ways to help themselves when they have uncomfortable feeling and learn strategies to work through their feelings.


In RE this term, we will be thinking about changes. The children will start by thinking about their own experiences with change. Then they will think about how Jesus changed people with the stories he told.


Using the Real PE scheme, the children will learn to order movements and skills. They will recognise similarities and differences within a performance and articulate why someone is performing well. They will learn this through balances.

In Real Gym, the children will focus on cognitive skills. This will include flight and rotations. They will also strive to say what they’ve been good at and why.