Little Doves - Year 1

Mr Deadman


My favourite book is George’s Marvellous Medicine. George is a little mischievous and I like to think that’s a bit like me but he is also courageous and inventive which I think is pretty cool! I have lovely memories of being read it as a child by my mum and I love creating those memories for my own children and the children in my class!

Miss Franklin

Support Staff

My favourite children's book is The Lion, The Witch and the wardrobe. This book follows four children into a mystery world which they accidentally enter whilst hiding in a wardrobe. They experience excitement, curiosity and fear as they enter the new, mysterious world. Throughout this story the children undertake numerous challenges in order to protect each other and meet new people and creatures whilst exploring the wonders of this new, mysterious place.

We hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas holidays. The title for this half-term is ‘Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?’ Here is an overview of what we’ll be getting up to.  

In Geographywe will be looking at aerial photographs and maps. We will be looking at what the 4 points on a compass represent and how symbols are used in keys within maps. For our end product in this unit, we will create our own maps so that a friend can find the big bad wolf.  

In science, we will be investigating materials. We will be identifying which materials different objects are made out of, and then looking at the properties of these materials. We will then use this knowledge to use the most suitable materials to build a house to keep the big bad wolf out! 

Phonics and spelling will be taught daily alongside our English lessons. This half term we will be writing with a purpose to entertain, we will be exploring the ‘Three little pigs’ traditional tale and then we will create our own version of this tale. We will then be writing with a purpose to inform, writing a set of instructions for how to trap the wolf.  

In maths, we continue to follow the White Rose scheme of work. Our focus in year one will be addition and subtraction within 20, we will be adding by counting on and finding number bonds, subtracting by counting back and then finding related facts and comparing calculations. After this, we will be working on place value for numbers up to 50; we will be representing these numbers, finding the tens and ones, comparing and ordering and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s 

In P.E, we will be focusing on our physical literacy. We will be learning to throw a ball towards a target, throwing a beanbag underarm towards a target, catching, and bouncing a ball. These skills will then be used to complete a circuit at the end of our unit. 

In R.E. we will exploring the question: “Who is Jewish and how do they live?” We will be thinking about precious items related to the Jewish faith and will be particularly focusing on the Mezuzah and the Torah. After that, we will be focusing on Shabbat and why Jewish people celebrate this every week and what it entails for them.  

In Music, we will be completing our next ‘charanga’ unit called ‘Your imagination’, throughout the unit we will be learning the song, learning to listen and appraise different pieces of music and will take part in musical activities to ensure we keep the pulse and have warmed up our vocal chords before singing. The end point of this song will be to perform the song vocally and to use the glockenspiels to play the notes of C, G and E 

In computing, we will be completing our ‘maze explorers’ unit. In this unit, we will be using the directional keys to successfully complete challenges and we will be learning how to create and debug a set of instructions (algorithms). We will use this knowledge to create longer algorithms for activities and to create challenges for our friends. 

In PSHCE, Year 1s will be thinking about ‘Healthy friendships’ and ‘Our bodies’.

We hope you find the resources below easy to access for supporting your child's learning at home and understanding the key objectives being covered. The list below includes:
-Knowledge Organisers
This explains the key information and facts your child needs to know by the end of their topic unit with some visual aids and key vocabulary we will learn too.
-Calculation Policy 
This provides you with information about the key mathematical concepts and how these are taught during this Key Stage.
-Recommended Reads
This document lists texts we would highly recommend your child to access and read during their year group. Pupils are encouraged to select from this range of books.
-Book for Topics 
Here you'll find an excellent selection of topic related books we'd recommend accessing in line with our Be Bold Curriculum coverage.