Year 1

Below is the Curriculum for Year one 2016/2017

Yearly Overview Year…1…

Plants and animals (YEAR 1 TOPIC)


Game Changers

(person from the past)




Question Who are the heroes and villains of the natural world?



Who have been ‘Game Changers’?

Can we discover how people from the past have impacted our lives now?


How do events influence celebrations?

How have holidays changed?

  Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Etwinning Projects  






  Link up with a school in Europe to look at India project- compare and contrast physical features and a day in the life of an Indian child.      


Skills, Knowledge, Understanding



‘Into the Forest’- Book unit- Talk for Writing- changing characters etc.



How to make a superhero Omelette.


Descriptive writing- All senses writing of the Forest

‘The Good Dinosaur’-Narrative- TFW


Information Text- Dinosaur fact file- make into video in the style of Andy the Dinosaur explorer- Showcase to the parent’s at ‘A day at the dinosaur museum’

‘Grandfather Gandhi’ by Arun Gandhi- Stories from another culture


Biography- ‘The life of Gandhi’


Who is the lady with the lamp?

Drama- A day in the life of Florence Nightingale-Diary entry


Dilemma story-

‘Can you help me?’ Linked to Florence Nightingale






‘Harry and the Dinosaurs go on Holiday’ Ian Wybrow

Narrative- using TFW



‘Seaside Holidays’- How have seaside holidays changed? Non- chronological report



Poetry- ‘Count on me at the Seaside’-Brenda Williams –Write a poem in the style of Brenda Williams.


Instructions- How to build a picnic hamper using recycled material




Recount- Seaside trip

All senses description









Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen tree.

Trip to Copperas field to collect evidence

Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees-

Identify a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivore, herbivores and omnivores- link to dinosaurs.

Which animals are descendants of the dinosaur?

Compare and describe the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, including pets).

  Humans and Senses

Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the human body is associated with each sense.

Everyday materials- linked to the beach

Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made (sand/glass)

Identify and name a variety of everyday material, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.

Observe changes across the four seasons

Observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.



Skills, Knowledge, Understand


















The Jurassic Period

When was the Jurassic period?

How many years ago? Time line

What was this period of time like in contract to now?

How did Gandhi go from ‘Good’ to ‘Great’?


History of dictatorship of Britain over India.

What did he believe in and how did he change the future for India?

Timeline event in his life

‘Lady of the Lamp’

Who was Florence Nightingale and how did she change lives?

Crimean War- timeline Victorian events

Where did people go on holiday in Victorian times?

Compare and contrast to holidays nowadays.





Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

Where is Copperas Fields?

Locating local landmarks on a local map of Droylsden.

Locating where they live using aerial photographs and plan perspectives.

Finding the best route to walk to Copperas field. Devise a simple map for their journey.

Where did the Dinosaurs live?

Map skills- Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans- Land and sea

Chicxulub crater on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico-locate on the world map.


Where did Gandhi live?

Locate hot and cold areas in the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.  Locate Asia and Indian Ocean.

Compare our local area to a village in India- look at physical and human features.



Where did Florence Nightingale work?

Map her journey from England to Scutari.

Name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and it’s surrounding seas.

Locate key physical features, including: beach, cliff, coast sea, ocean etc

We are weather reporters!

Identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom.



Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

Design a logo for a super in the style of Andy Warhol

Use a range of materials creatively to design and make a badge for a superhero costume.

Artist study- Charles R Knight

Study and mirror colour, line, shape and form of the dinosaur paintings.

Artist study-Evan Turk

Using chalk and pastels to recreate their own- Describe the differences and similarities between their own piece of art and that of Evan Turk’s works.


  Seaside art print- Jane Robbins-

Using collage- textures, colour and print to recreate their own seaside art- Whole class printed on a large banner

Holiday mood boards-

Collage colours, texture, print and fabric.



Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

  Moving dinosaur model- one which they have researched in literacy and ICT.   ‘Show me the Light’

Making Lanterns- build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable.


  ‘Pack me a Picnic’

Design and make their own picnic hamper from a range of recycled materials and textiles.  Explore and evaluate their product against a design criteria



Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

We are TV chefs- filming a recipe- computational thinking Dinosaur fact file using Powerpoint- custom animate images and text, manipulate and retrieve digital content. We are painters-illustrating a eBook- about Gandhi We are collectors-

Finding images using the web- Computer networks

We are story tellers- Producing a talking book using their own version of ‘Harry and the Dinosaurs go on holiday’ We are celebrating-

Creating a card electronically- Postcard from holiday



Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

Peter and the Wolf

Analysing and evaluating pitch and tempo.

Dinosaur Stomp-

Use tuned and un-tuned instruments to accompany the tune

Singing in rounds- perform to the school and parents in assembly.

Compose their own authentic Indian music- Explore rhythm and pattern in music.

Which instruments make their music authentic and why?

  ‘We’re all going on a summer holiday’

Children to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and rhymes

‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’

Rhythm and notation- accompanied by tuned and un-tuned instruments.



Skills, Knowledge, Understanding

Gymnastics- Superhero training camp-

Developing balance, agility and co-ordination


Dinosaur Stomp

Perform dances using movement pattern

Cricket- watch India rise to glory.

Develop throwing, running, catching and co-ordination skills.


Lantern dance-

Perform dances using simple movement, patterns. Practicing balance, agility and co-ordination.


Developing balance, agility and co-ordination


To accompany ‘I do like to be besides the seaside’

Simple movement pattern, including freeze frame and cannon



Skills, Knowledge, Understanding


The Creation story


The Christmas story and celebrations

What do Indians believe in?  What are their celebrations?

Compare to Christian celebrations.


Special stories from the Tanakh (Torah and Old Testament


Giving something up for love (Lent)


Rosh Hashanah; the Jewish New Year

SMSC E-safety

Superheros and Villians-

Friendships and Rainbow rules





Trip to Manchester Museum to study the dinosaurs

Respect in the community

Transport safety



Freedom of choice

Children to discuss which choices they are free to make and which choices are made for them- Compare to Gandhi


Empathy for the soldiers Florence Nightingale looked after


Keeping safe outside- water safety


Stranger Danger


Appropriate relationships

-‘Your friend, my friend’