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Newton Burgoland Primary School

Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Class 1

Welcome to Class 1

Welcome to Class one

Class one is a fun and exciting place to be! It is made up of reception and year one children who work within the foundation stage and key stage one curriculums. The adults working full time in Class 1 are Mrs Hall and Miss Topliss and we also have support from student teachers.

We visit our nurseries and pre-schools and use their assessments to ensure that we are building on what the children already know. We have a focus on the prime areas of the EYFS, including language development, as this is a key indicator for later learning success. To aid this language development we provide a range of exciting experiences for all of the children including: forest schools, faith visits, trips to places such as the zoo and Tamworth castle. We also have workshops in school from the library services and other visitors to ensure that the children have first hand experiences in a broad range of subjects.

In class one we are curious and love to learn new things. We enjoy everything that we do together and every day is different. Our curriculum is planned around the children’s interests and new inspiring themes each half term. We make the most of all opportunities to play and learn together in our beautiful classroom and exciting outdoor areas. We love to see the children grow and learn as they take their first steps on their journey through school.

All Creatures Great and small

In this unit of work the children will:

Use talk for writing techniques to explore the text "We're going on a bear hunt". They will then innovate the story to produce their own class write "We're going on a dinosaur hunt!" The children will then write information texts about the dinosaurs that they find.

Learn about a range of stories from Christianity including Noah's ark and Jonah and the Whale. They will also look at stories from Hinduism and Judaism. This will be built on in year 2 where they look at the unit stories that Jesus told.

Find out about how our bodies work and how we can look after them in science. This will signpost work in year 2 about keeping healthy. The children will be looking closely at themselves to create portraits.

Discover a range of animals great and small who live on our planet. This will be revisited throughout the year during our claws, paws and whiskers, under the sea, great outdoors and winter wonderland topics. We will be focusing on the different habitats where creatures live. In year 2 the children will further this learning by looking at life cycles.

Explore their local area, thinking about what they like and dislike about where they live. They will find out about the four countries in the UK, the surrounding seas and oceans and the four capital cities. This will be revisited in our units "Royal Reads" and "The Great Outdoors". This signposts the topic in year 2 "London and capital cities" where the children have a greater focus on capital cities.

Our PSHCE focus will be on "Getting to know you" and building the routines and behaviours that we expect in our school. 

 

 

Winter Wonderlands

In this unit of work the children will:

Explore the story "The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis as a core text for this unit. The children will write descriptions of the setting and diary entries from the point of view of one of the children in the story.

Discover hot and cold places around our world and talk about where in the world these are located. We will investigate which kinds of animals live in each of these areas and how they adapt to their surroundings. We will sort animals according to their classifications. This will signpost a unit of work in year 2 all about Africa and work on lifecycles in science.

Investigate and explore seasonal change through our work in forest schools. We will collect data about the weather and present this in our computing unit, handling data, by creating pictograms. This signposts work in year 2 where the children create a branching database.

Use pastel and watercolour to create beautiful winter landscapes in art. These skills will be further developed in year 2 where the children use a range of media to create Tudor houses in their great fire of London topic.

Our PSHCE focus will be on friends and families and it's good to be different. We will be focusing specifically on working together in our learning habits.

 

Are we there yet?

In this unit of work the children will:

Use talk for writing techniques to explore the text "The way back home" by Oliver Jeffers. They will create their own space adventures based on this story. The children will use book creator in computing to turn these into multimedia flip books.

Explore the history of flight and how transport has changed over the years. They will look at how the achievements of others have had an impact on modern day transport. The children will look at the lives of Amy Johnson, Amelia Earhart and Neil Armstrong to discover their significance in history. This signposts the history in year 2 which is focused on Victorian life and changes within living memory.

Investigate wheels and axels and use these to design, make and evaluate their own vehicles. The children will write instructions about how to make their product. In year 2 the children will develop these skills in their pulleys and levers unit.

Discover a range of cities around the world through the book "Emma Jane's Aeroplane". The children will look at key features of these cities and think about how they are different/the same as where we live. This signposts work in year 2 about Jofli's journeys.

Investigate materials and their properties through a range of testing and experiments. The children will build their understanding about which materials are best for which jobs. This will be built on in year 2 where the children investigate how materials can be changed.

Our PSHCE this term will focus on learning about our emotions and thinking about diversity in our world. We will be focusing on building our independence and concentration during this term in school.

 

The Great Outdoors

In this unit of work the children will:

Explore the story "Jack and the Beanstalk" and use this to create their own stories. They will grow their own beanstalks and write instructions for others to follow. They will do lots of learning in maths about measuring and recording the height of beanstalks. This will be built on in year 2 where they learn about life cycles of plants.

Discover the life cycle of a butterfly through "The Very Hungry Caterpillar". We will also explore a wide range of minibeasts and think about the habitats that they live in.

Use textiles to create costumes for an Ugly Bug Ball. The children will practise their running stitch for joining to make clothes. This will be revisited in our "Royal Reads" unit. In year 2 the children will develop these skills when they make their Christmas decorations.

Investigate the work of Van Gogh and focus on his "Sunflowers" painting. We will be using collage techniques to create our own versions of his famous work.

Find out about our oceans and continents through the book "The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson. Discover the main features of each continent. This will signpost work in year 2 in their Jofli's Journeys and Africa units of work.

Our PSHCE unit this term is all about "Me and my world" where the children will be thinking about what makes our world a special place to be. In our learning habits we will focus on persevering with challenge and beginning to edit our own work.

 

Hidden Treasure

In this unit of work the children will: 

Focus on the text "The Night Pirates" and think about how to write a good character description. The children will then be writing instructions about how to be a good pirate.

In PSHCE the children will be focusing on what makes themselves and their friends special. They will also be getting to know each other and learning about the rules and routines in the classroom.

Exploring their bodies, finding out about how they work and how we should look after them. This will be built on in year 2 in a healthy eating unit of work. The children will also be thinking about how they have changed since they were babies which moves on in year 2 to finding out about changes within living memory. In art the children will create portraits of themselves.

Designing and making their own pirate ships using a range of modelling techniques. This signposts a unit in year 2 where the children create their own Tudor houses.

Finding out about the things that are special to Hindu's and Christian's. This will be revisited in year 2 where the children learn about special stories, books and celebrations.

 

Royal reads

In this unit of work the children will:

Using the text "The Queen's Knickers" as inspiration for a textiles topic creating a new pair of knickers for the queen. They will practise sewing to join and evaluating their work. The children will then write a letter to the Queen telling her about their new designs.

Exploring the story "The Kiss that Missed" and writing their own version using talk for writing techniques.

Finding out about our Queen and her significance in recent history. We will be looking at the historical event of the Queen's coronation and looking at how life has changed since this period of time. This will be built on in year 2 in their unit of work based on how we used to live.

Discovering the four countries in the United Kingdom as well as their surrounding seas and oceans. Finding out about where the Queen's residences are located. Year 2 will build on this in their unit about London and capital cities.

Our PSHCE will focus on keeping safe and healthy. Throughout our unit their will be a strong emphasis on working together to learn.

 

 

I Need a Hero!

In this unit of work the children will:

Use the story "Nat Fantastic" as inspiration for their own stories. These stories will then be written up as a part of our multimedia project using comic strips on book creator.

Exploring the life of Florence Nightingale and examining her impact on life today. The children will create information leaflets telling people about her significance. This will be built on in year 2 when the children explore the life of Samuel Pepys. 

Our focus in PSHCE will be on finding out about people who help us and considering our own emotions. In this term we will be building our character habit concentration.

Investigating materials and their properties. Finding out about which materials are best for which jobs. This will be linked in to super villains. In year 2 the children will revisit this work when they complete their unit about how materials can be changed.

Claws, Paws and Whiskers

In this unit of work the children will:

Use the book "Poles Apart" as a focus to find out about animals from all around the world. They will be writing their own riddles about animals using their scientific knowledge. They will also be writing post cards and letters from a range of hot and cold places. This signposts the unit in class 2 based on life cycles.

Planning, making and evaluating junk model animals using a range of techniques. This will be built on further in year 2 where the children create their own Tudor houses in the Great Fire of London topic.

Composing soundscapes to go with a range of hot and cold settings and recording using applications on the ipads. 

Our PSHCE focus is on identity and diversity for this half term. The children will be developing their independence in their character education.

Coasts, Coves and corals

In this unit of work the children will be:

Using talk for writing to develop a class story "The three rainbow fish". They will then innovate their own story based on the class write. They will practise their drawing skills to illustrate the class book.

Discovering a range of animals that live in our oceans. Writing information texts about the our favourite sea creature. The children will also sort and classify the different animals. This will be built on in year 2 in their life cycle work.

Finding out about our oceans and continents and how we can look after them. The children will focus on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Year 2 will further explore this in their Jofli's Journey's unit.

Exploring what seasides were like in the past and how times have changed as well as exploring where about's in our country seaside places are located. This will signpost work in year 2 about how we used to live. In food tech the children will be designing and making healthy lollypops signposting work in year 2 on healthy eating.

Designing, making and evaluating Punch and Judy pop up puppets. The children will write instructions about how to create their product.In year 2 this will be built on in their pulleys and levers unit.

Investigating change in seasons and weather and presenting this information using technology.

In PSHCE our work will centre around our bodies and growing up and looking after our world. We will build our perseverance and editing skills in our character education.