Year 1 (Swans)

Summer Term 2023/24

Topic – School Days

This project teaches children about their own school and locality, both today and in the past. They compare schooling in the Victorian era to their experiences today.

In Art, children will learn about artwork depicting streets and buildings and focuses on the work of the American pop artist, James Rizzi. They create a 3-D mural based on Rizzi’s work.

In DT, children will learn about sources of food and the preparatory skills of peeling, tearing, slicing, chopping, mashing and grating. They use this knowledge and techniques to design and make a supermarket sandwich according to specific design criteria.

In Science, children will learn about wild and garden plants by exploring the local environment. They identify and describe the basic parts of plants and observe how they change over time.

Children will also learn about animals, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates. They identify and describe their common structures, diets, and how animals should be cared for.

School Days – Home Learning 

School Days – Home Learning Workbook

School Days – Knowledge Organiser

School Days – Glossary 

Spring Term 2023/24

Topic – Bright Lights Big Cities

This project teaches children about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the characteristics and features of the capital city, London.

In Design Technology, children will learn about wheels, axles and chassis and how they work together to make a vehicle move.

As part of our exploration of Art and Design, we will learn about collagraph printing, including how to develop a motif to make single and repeated prints.

In Science, children will learn about the seasons, seasonal changes and typical seasonal weather and events. They will learn about measuring the weather and the role of a meteorologist. Children will begin to learn about the science of day and night and recognise that the seasons have varying day lengths in the UK.

Bright Lights Big Cities – Home Learning

Bright Lights Big Cities – Knowledge Organiser

Autumn 2023/24

Topic – Childhood

In the Childhood project, your child will learn words and phrases related to the passage of time. They will explore artefacts to help them to understand childhood in the past and how childhood has changed over time. They will explore the six stages of life and explore timelines and family trees. Everyday life in the 1950s will be explored, including shopping, transport, family life and childhood. They will also learn about the significance of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 by studying photographs and online sources. The children will use maps to explore how places have changed over time and highlight any similarities or differences between childhood today and childhood in the 1950s. At the end of the project, they will create knowledge organisers for children who are about to study the topic of childhood.

Childhood – home learning ideas