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Year 1 - Topic Overview


Amber Class

Teachers: Mrs O'Callaghan

TA: Miss Backshall

Orange Class

Teacher: Mrs Bamford

TA: Mrs Welch

TA: Mrs Dorey

TERM 1 - Superheroes


KERPOW! Intergalactic greetings young heroes it is time to rescue the planet from evil villians.

Who’s your favourite superhero? Spiderman?

Wonder Woman? Maybe your heroes are ordinary

people who have achieved great things?

Or is it those people who save lives in our emergency services that you admire the most?

Superheroes have super senses.

Use yours to identify mystery items by their smell, taste, sound and touch.

Is that phone box free? Please excuse me… I have to save the world! ZAP! WHIZZ! ZOOM!

Subjects covered in this topic.

English – We will create our own Comic strip, explore our own Super veggie story and make a wanted poster for that Evil Pea.

Maths- We will be exploring and ordering numbers using a range of resources. We will use different strategies to add numbers and practise our number formation.

Art and Design- Creating our own backdrops and superhero characters to act out our superhero stories.

Computing- We will practise logging in and explore the paint programme to create self-portraits.

Design and technology- Create a superhero city.

PE-Superhero balancing and gymnastic skills, can you move like a superhero?

PSHE- Our class rules will be decided this term and we will be looking closely at our school values.

Science- Use our super senses to identify mystery items by their smell, taste, sound and touch.

Child Initiated (transition from year R)- We will take part in a range of activities linked to superheroes covering the wider curriculum and following the children’s interests.


TERM 2 - Bright Light, Big City


Put on your best outfit because you’re invited to have tea with the Queen.

Use your best manners and comb your hair, as one will not be amused if you don’t!


What do you know about England’s capital city?

Let’s find out all about London, including its history, transport and famous landmarks.

Are you ready for the bright lights of the big city?

Hop in a black cab and … enjoy the ride!

Subjects covered in this topic.

English – This term we are imagining that we are back in 1666 and will be writing recounts of the Great Fire. Stepping back to modern day we write letters to the Queen and royal family before flying over to Peru to start our journey with Paddington Bear.

Geography- We are exploring countries and capital cities of the UK with a particular focus on  London, we will be using locational language, looking at maps and comparing geographical similarities between our home and London.

Computing- We will be concentrating this term on E-safety, improving our keyboard and mouse skills and learning how to begin to record information in different formats.

Design and Technology- We are making models of London landmarks using Junk Modelling and explore how they are different from buildings today.

History – We are going back in time to relive the fire of London and will be creating the fire of London outside!

Music- Singing voices to the ready as we learn traditional songs and nursery rhymes, such as London’s burning and Ring-a-ring-a-roses.

PSHE- We are exploring how different people feel in and around school and how we can be supportive and help them.

Science- Get your gloves out to investigate different materials and where they come from. We will be using all our new knowledge to decide which material is the most useful for Paddington Bear.


TERM 3 - Moon Zoom


CRASH! What’s that in the playground? Let’s go outside and take a look.

Stand back everyone! It looks like a UFO has crash landed!

Find out the names of the planets and how they differ from each other.

There’s Mercury, Neptune, Mars and……. do you know any others?

Are you ready for take off year 1?

Hold tight…… 5,4,3,2,1….. LIFT OFF!

Subjects covered in this topic.

English – We will pretend that we are an alien who has crash landed on Earth. We will write a postcard home to our alien family to tell them what life is like on Earth. The class will also create a non-fiction book about planets.

Maths- Describe position and movement including half and quarter turns. Counting back from 20 and learning to subtract using a range of mathematical resources.

Art and Design- Using different techniques to re-create the solar system.

History- We will be learning about Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut in space.

Computing – Using algorithms to direct an astronaut in space.

Design and Technology- Creating models of the solar system and spacecraft.

Geography – We will be learning about the oceans and continents on Earth.

Music – We will be learning about the famous composer ‘Gustav Holst’ and recreating his piece of music called ‘Planets’.

PE- We will be going on a journey to the moon, expressing ourselves through dance.

PSHE- We will be thinking about our own aspirations and goals.

Science- We will be learning about the phases of the moon and caring for our planet.


TERM 4 - Dinosaur Planet


Stomp, crash RRRAGH! Watch out everyone the dinosaurs are on the prowl!


They’re rampaging across the dusty earth swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth…


Let’s explore the dinosaur planet! Imagine you are a palaeontologist (a scientist who studies bones and fossils).

Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts.

Subjects covered in this topic.

English – We will be creating Fact files, poetry and riddles, non-chronological reports, narrative and writing for different purposes.

Art and Design- Get your drawing pencils out for our large and small scale modelling.

History- Step back in time and relive events beyond living memory and learn about the very important Mary Anning.

Computing – We will be learning to log on to a computer, typing skills, mouse control and exploring 2simple suite.

Design and Technology- Get messy designing and making dinosaur feet out of clay and masks using a range of materials.

Geography – Explore the world and locate our continents and oceans. Find yourself in the world using globes and computers and where you were born. Decide what environment we live in and the features of it. 

Music – Headphones might be needed as we are exploring percussion instruments and music.

PE- Get those feet ready to dance and hands ready to practise our ball skills.

PSHE- We will be working together to make a class set of rules, learning about making friends and what makes a good friend.

Science- Throughout this term we will be sorting and describing the differences between different plants and animals.   


TERM 5 - Enchanted Woodland


If you go down to the woods today, you are sure of a big surprise!

Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady eyed owls in the swaying treetops. Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints … Animal or imp? You decide?

Let’s build a den stick by stick and branch by branch.

Or we could make a teeny tiny home for a woodland fairy!

At last it is time to rest by the woodland fire, listening to stories and toasting our sweet gooey marshmallows. Yum, yum! 


Subjects covered in this topic.

English – Information books and letters lists and instructions.

Art and Design – Working with natural materials creatively to design and make sculptures.

Computing – Practise our typing so we can send an email across the world and explore e-safety.

Design and technology – we will be making party food and building dens making them strong and stable.

Geography – Exploring the local environment using simple compass directions and making maps to help us.

PE- Athletics – are you ready for sports day?

PSHE- Looking after our environment and recycling.

Science- We will be identifying and naming a variety of common garden and wild plants including deciduous and evergreen trees.


TERM 6 - Carnival


Dancing feet, step to the samba beat! Shake it, shimmy it, hands in the air, wave your flags in the cool night air.


Meet the magical creatures from Brazil’s myths and legends and create your own too… Be as fancy as you like!


Bem-vindo ao Brasil os meus amigos!

Subjects covered in this topic.

English – We will be exploring poetry, myths and legends.

Maths- Counting to and across 100. Learning our number bonds by heart to 10, then 20.

Art and Design – Creating carnival masks, headdresses and collage.

Computing – Using programs to create a carnival scene.

Design and technology – We will be designing and making our own carnival instruments.

Geography – We will be locating countries and cities. Comparing areas of the UK with Rio.

PE- Dancing to the samba beat!

PSHE- Looking at special times in our own and other people’s lives.

Science- We will explore the effects of heat and changes in temperature. 


Curriculum Overview