Year 1

Memory Lane  – Autumn Term

Would you like to take a trip down memory lane?

Can you remember being small? Being a baby learning to crawl? Can you remember your favourite toy?

During our history unit we will look back events that have taken place, look at how events over time have changed and think of what is special to us and create a memory box. We will be looking at the history of toys, holidays, travel etc and comparing it with how it differs to today. Our topic Memory Lane links well with our focus on materials in Science as we will look at the use of materials to make toys and how the materials have changed over time to make certain toys.

Mapping the World -Autumn 2

Our geography focus this half term is ‘mapping the world’ where we will be learning about what continents, countries and cities, towns and villages are. We will use simple maps, atlases and globes to name and locate the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding waters. We will use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of the school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment. We will also explore the features of a compass and use this knowledge to explain where the four countries of The United Kingdom are located.

 Lives of Significant Individuals –Spring 1

Our history focus this half term is ‘lives of significant individuals’ where we will be learning about the lives of Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Edith Cavell. We will discover the impact that these women have had on medicine and the difficulties faced during the Crimean War and the First World War. The children will study how medicine and hospitals have changed and improved over the years imagining what life was like during The Crimean War and World War 1. To enhance their learning, the children will have the opportunity to take part in an educational workshop in school based on the life of Florence Nightingale. They will find out about her early life and the events leading up to the Crimean War.

Weather Study – Spring 2

In geography, we will begin our new topic ‘Weather Experts’. We will be learning about how meteorologists observe and study the weather and the tools that they use. We will also be learning about hot and cold countries around the world and how the climate affects life there. The children will become weather experts themselves by studying different types of weather including extreme weather. The children have created a rain gauge to keep a track of how often it rains in March and April.

Local History – Mining. Summer 1

In history, we will begin our new topic Local History—Mining.’ We will research the process of coal mining and investigate why we need coal in the UK. The children will explore the benefits and disadvantages of coal mining as well as how mining benefited Stoke-On-Trent. We will find out about the working conditions for miners and the reasons behind the miners’ strike.

Continents and Oceans – Summer 2

 In geography, we will begin our new topic ‘Continents and Oceans’. The children will be taught to identify and name the different oceans and continents using maps, globes, atlases and computers as well as compare the differences. The children will also be learning about the impact of litter on the environment.