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Year 1 - Elephants & Sea Turtles

​​​​​​Welcome to Elephant & Sea Turtle Classes

Our Learning in Term 5 


  • We will completing our learning on 'Measurements' with a week on Capacity. We will be using measuring jugs and cylinders to compare how full or empty each container is.
  • We will be learning to Multiply and Divide - children in Year 1 are not formally introduced the 'x' or '÷' symbols but learn that multiplication is 'groups/lots of' and that division is 'sharing' into groups.
  • We will also be introducing the children to fractions.


Check out our knowledge organisers for more details and information:


This term we learning to write 'Cumulative Stories' where the characters or themes build up over the story before ending in a climax. Stories like The Enormous Turnip and The Gingerbread Man where new characters are added as the story progresses.


We will also be learning and writing some Animal Poetry, including some non-fiction 'What am I?' Riddles.



Our focus in Science will be 'Materials' - we will be learning to name different materials and sort them based on their properties. We will then apply our knowledge to a DT project to see if we can make a boat for Mr Gumpy (from one of our literacy spines books - Mr Gumpy's Outing).

In Geography, we will be comparing the UK to an Indian village, Chembakoli.

Term 4 - Nurturing Nurses




English: In English this term we will be focusing on the story Handa's Surprise, by Eileen Browne. The children will be given a chance to build up their knowledge of the text, by retelling with story maps and spoken language as a class. This will then develop into story writing skills, where children will re-write the story. They will be encouraged to use their phonic skills and tricky word knowledge, along with grammatical features such as correct use of sentence punctuation and varied word choice to interest the reader. Later in the term, the children will move onto instructional writing, linked with making fruit kebabs and a range of sandwiches. We will be thinking about writing in the imperative form, which in other words means using instructional bossy verbs, such as slice, cut, mix. The children will also find out that this non-fiction style of writing can make use of titles, numbers, bullet points and pictures with labels to explain further. 


Maths: This term we will be extending the children's understanding of the number system to 50, building on place value knowledge of tens and ones, comparing numbers using the mathematical signs of greater than, equal to and less than, and also ordering a selection of numbers. We will be encouraging the children to develop their reasoning skills when explaining their thinking, not just with verbal responses, but also in written format, too. The children will also take part in skip counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to develop their fluency with patterns in number. Later in the term we will start to look at measures, including those linked to length, height, weight and volume. We will take part in lots of practical work when measuring real items. We will measure in both standard and non-standard units, for example knowing how to use a ruler to measure lines, and using weights to balance objects; but also knowing that we can use other objects to measure with, for example, how many paper clips are needed to measure the length of a book, and how many cotton reels can balance an object. Feel free to join in with lots of measuring at home and send any photos in via your child's Dojo account! 



Topic (all other subjects): Our main focus across the school for this term is Nurturing Nurses, so we will be developing the children's historical awareness this term. In Year 1 we will be finding out about Florence Nightingale, and our role-play areas will be transformed into hospital areas. Feel free to send in any resources which you are happy for the children to make use of! The children will be developing their deduction, research, and sequencing skills in history, before going on to use this in computing, creating an E-book about Florence Nightingale. They will also make links with healthy living, and find out how diet, hygiene and exercise can have a huge impact on healthy bodies. We will also be working weaving and collage skills in art to create our own basket for Handa, food technology later in the term with fruit kebabs, and science linked to naming body parts and learning about the senses with various fruit investigations, along with watching out for changes in weather and seasons as they occur. In RE this term, our big question is "What is a Christian and what do they believe?" We will focus on the stories of Jonah and the Whale, The Prodigal Son, and the Christian celebrations of Mothering Sunday and Easter. In PE we will be working on travelling with equipment and striking and fielding skills. Feel free to play any aiming and ball games at home to help with this. 


Please remember, we will put our weekly learning on our class page, in case your child needs to take part in home learning at any stage. 


Term 3


In Topic this term we are looking at contrasting locations including Oceans and Jungles. We will using atlases and compasses to locate the different seas which surround the United Kingdom and in art we will be creating our very own seascapes! Also in art we will be exploring the famous works of Henri Rousseau. 


In Science we will be learning about features of different animals and how to classify animals into their different groups, such as birds, fish, mammals, invertebrates, reptiles and amphibians. We will link this to our topic and find out which animals live in various contrasting locations. In computing the children will be learning about programmable devices, and learn how to write a set of instructions, called an algorithm, to control Beebots. This will link with our geography work mapping skills, thinking about direction and compass points.


In English, we will be focusing on stories which have a defeating a monster theme, for example Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. We will explore, retell and write an alternative version focusing on connective and words with suffixes. 


In Maths, we are focusing on numbers beyond 10; the Place Value up to 20 and 50. Place Value is understanding how much each digit is worth in a two-digit number. We will be developing our fluency of addition and subtraction within 20 and as always, ensuring we can reason and problem solve.

If you want to find out more, please have a look at the knowledge organisers below:

Term 2

Topic this term = Victorians 

This term we will be learning about the Victorian era. We have an exciting day planned as a "Hook" to our learning, and we will be having a Victorian Dress Up day as an introduction to our new topic. Can you find out about the Victorian era with your families at home?



In our writing lessons we will be looking at a range of stories which involve the theme of lost and found. We will then focus on the book "Augustus and his Smile" by Catherine Rayner. During our lessons, we will be looking at broadening our vocabulary, gaining confidence with retelling both orally and in our written work, and finding out about powerful verbs and amazing adjectives. Can you use a range of adjectives and adverbs at home? Perhaps you can have a look for any lost and found books - feel free to send them in for us to share in class! 



This term we will be deepening our understanding with the place value of tens and ones, and gaining confidence with ordering and comparing numbers to 20. We will also be using the mathematical signs of greater than and less than in the written format. The children will be taking part in building up their fluency in solving subtraction problems, and will also work on a range of number fact families. They will also explore and describe the properties of 2D and 3D shapes, and take part in learning about money. This will link in with our whole school maths week - more details to follow! 

Remember we have lots of maths support and advice on this part of our school website below: 


Topic (all other subjects):

This term we will take part in lots of history based activities, and we hope the children can come home and tell you lots of interesting facts about their Victorian topic. They will also have a Design Technology project in which they will be making a Victorian car - more details to follow later in the term. We will continue to think about seasonal changes in our science work, thinking about autumn moving into winter and the change this has on the weather and daylight hours. In RE, we will be focusing on why we celebrate special and sacred events, and in our PSHE/SRE lessons, we will be thinking about celebrating our differences and knowing how each and every one of us is a unique person. 

Term 1


Topic this term = Nocturnal Animals


Nocturnal Animals is a great topic to engage the children in their learning. Lots of these animals are in our natural environment and we might even be able to see signs of them (dens, burrows, footprints etc).

Can you look out for signs on your walks to the park?



We will be using these books, which have links to nocturnal animals to interest children in writing in different ways. We will be focusing on the basics during Term 1; letter formation, finger spaces, letters on the line, hearing sounds in words and writing some diagraphs.


We will securing an understanding of numbers to 10 and beginning to move onto to work with numbers to 20. We are thinking about ordering and comparing numbers and as well as using part-whole models and tens frames to help us understand and explain addition and subtraction.


See our Knowledge Organisers and other documents below for more information about how you could help at home:

Topic (All other subjects):

We will focus on mainly Science learning this term developing our vocabulary when describing animals (carnivore, herbivore, omnivore). The children have tried hard to use this language we worked together as teams to organise nocturnal animals.


With Autumn changes happening all around us, can you talk with your child about what happens during this season? Take a walk through the crispy, crunchy leaves and collect signs of Autumn. Understanding Seasonal change is an important part of the Year 1 curriclum.