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Year One

Spring Term 2020


We have been looking at 'Dungeons and Dragons' as our focus for our whole school topic of 'Battlefront' this term. We have used our key text 'Dragon Post' by Emma Yarlett to imagine what it would be like to find a dragon in our house! We have used the different letters in the book as a stimulus for our own writing, such as carrying out a 'risk assessment' of the different objects and materials that might set alight thanks to the fire-breathing dragon! We also learnt about Chinese New Year and watched some incredible dragon dances at different celebrations. We even managed to convince a character in the story not to eat the dragon but to eat our delicious Chinese noodles instead! We then took on the role of the main character 'Alex' and went on an exciting flight around the four countries of the United Kingdom and found out some amazing facts about each country by scanning QR codes on our i-pads to look at pictures, maps and video clips. 

Battle front curriculum overview - Spring 1

Autumn Term 2019

Into the Woods

As part of our whole school topic 'Into the Woods', we looked at two key texts in order to develop the children's learning. The first was 'The Wild Woods' by Simon James. We stepped into the story in role as 'Jess' and went for a welly walk around our woodland area to explore with all of our senses. We learnt lots about the wild animals that you would find in the woods, including what classification of animal they are and looked at similarities and differences between them, such as if they were a herbivore, omnivore or carnivore. We also looked at the different foods that we can get from the woods and designed and made a delicious, healthy fruit salad.

We then looked at the Percy the Park Keeper story 'After the Storm' by Nick Butterworth. We were so excited to find there had been a storm in our classroom! We took on the role of Percy, using different drama techniques such as Role on the Wall and 'Hot Seating' to enhance our writing. We also became 'Tree-tectives', finding out about the different types of trees, including deciduous and evergreen. We looked at what happened to deciduous trees in autumn and were inspired by the beautiful colours to make our own autumn leaves which we displayed at the whole school Art Gallery afternoon.

Into The Woods curriculum overview

Giraffes Can't Dance

Through the story 'Giraffes Can't Dance' we have been learning about the importance of having a growth mindset. We thought about how Gerald was feeling at the beginning of the story and how it was so important for him not to give up. We are going to try to be like Gerald in Year 1 and use our growth mindsets to keep trying, never give up and enjoy the challenge of new things!


Here is a video all about having a growth mindset that you may like to watch to find out more information: