Part of the Glyn Academies Trust

Year 1 Kandinsky


Class Teacher: Miss Gould



For our STEAM project this term we will be answering the question ‘Can I develop an understanding of the living world around me’?  To answer this the children will be using their scientific enquiry and observation skills to learn about a variety of vertebrates.  They will classify these into amphibians, reptiles, mammals, fish and birds, as well as categorising by their diet as to whether they are omnivores, carnivores or herbivores.  The children will also explore some of the common parts of these animals and their functions. To consolidate their learning the children will then create a model of a chosen animal using clay, to display and present in our mini natural history museum.  We will develop our art skills by learning how to manipulate malleable materials to create different effects.


We will start our maths learning for the term by exploring capacity, weight and mass, using water to investigate the capacity of different containers and comparing the weight and mass of a variety of objects.  We will then begin a unit on counting, unitising and coins, where the children will begin developing their understanding of a unitising by counting in twos, fives and tens.  They will then link this learning to denominations of coins, 2p, 5p and 10p.


Our writing for this term will begin with the children developing a character description based on the story of the Gruffalo.  They will consider the use of adjectives to describe appearance and personality.  Our writing units for the rest of the term will be focusing on informal letter writing and setting descriptions.  Throughout these units the children will be revisiting the learning on sentence writing, including the use of capital letters, full stops, finger spaces as well as extending their sentences with conjunctions, adjectives, and a range of sentence starters.


Throughout this term children will learn to use computers to create and manipulate text. As a result of this children will become more familiar with using the keyboard and mouse to help them enter and move text around. The children will also consider ways to change the look of the text and give a reason for these changes. Finally, the children will consider the differences between writing on a computer and writing on paper.


During HRE lessons this term the children will be exploring shared responsibilities and communities. The journey will see the children consider rules both at home and at school, ways we can support our local community and understanding what is meant when discussing the community.


The children will be following a unit of work on the website Charanga called ‘Your Imagination.’ They will continue to build on their skills of playing a glockenspiel as well as rhythm, pulse and beat. The children will also learn a song, which they will be performing at the end of the unit.  


Indoor – The children will be doing gymnastics where they will be looking at rolling and performing simple sequences. The children will be thinking about balancing and how they can travel to their next position. The children will also provide feedback on performances seen to help their partners improve.

Outdoor – Children will continue looking at object control. They will be focusing on using their feet and hockey sticks. They will put this into practice by participating in a group where skills can be incorporated.


The focus this term is Islam. Children will be looking at Mosques, exploring their key features and why these are important. The children will also be looking at prayer and what this means to Muslims.

Our PE days this term are: Thursday and Friday

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