Year 1 Long Term Plan

Year 1 2016/17 All About Us Light and Fire Our World Water and Ice Great Moments Power and Energy
Topic Title Me Light and Fire Newby Water Baby Animals Our Sun
Science Human body

Identify and name the different parts of the human body.

Light and Dark
Hot and ColdChildren think about changes associated with seasonal change such as the lengths of days and changes in temperature.
Children learn how to distinguish between different materials and describe some of their properties.
Children consider whether materials float or sink and why this is the case.
Children learn, name and sort common animals.
Children identify and name some common wild and garden plants. Children develop an understanding of the basic structure of common plants as well as how the seasons affect the growth of plants
Science AT1 opportunity Senses
Children think about the senses (sight, smell, touch, sound and taste). Children observe and share their ideas about a variety of different stimuli.
Children investigate questions such as ‘Is it always wet and windy in Autumn?’Children also investigate how weather is different in different places.
Waterproof materials
Children investigate which materials have waterproof properties and evaluate the best materials for waterproofing.
Floating and sinking

Children investigate how buoyant materials are by adding weight to plastic boats. Children compare and evaluate their findings.

identifying and classifying animals
Children make observations about animals and use their knowledge to group and sort them.
Parts of plants Using observations to identify and classify plants and trees
History Changes in living memory
Children think about their Grandparents and themselves as babies as well as thinking about how humans change over time.
Historically significant events beyond living memory
Gunpowder Plot: Children learn about the story of the Gunpowder plot and how it has affected life since.
Changes within living memory
Children use photographs and personal experience to develop an understanding of how Newby has changed over time.
How has the coast changed?Children look at how boats and ships have changed over time and how coastal resorts are different to one another.
Geography My address: Where do I live?
Children use maps and  atlases to develop their understanding about the area in which they live.
Hot and Cold Places
Map Work
Children investigate weather across the world and discuss the  reasons for the difference observed.
Local Area Geography
Children investigate the features of the school ground and use photographs and drawings to document their findings.
Children develop an understanding of the language used to describe the physical and human features of the coast.
Human Features
Children identify important human geographical features and link to the roles animals play in the lives of humans.
Seasons: Seasonal changes
Children identify weather patterns In the UK and compare with other distinct areas of the globe.
Computing   Communicating ideas
Children use text, images and sounds to communicate their  ideas.
Children create stop motion animations of floating boats.
Children use audio visual equipment to make diaries of the chicks and  butterflies housed in school.
Modelling and Prediction
Children use technology to model real life events and make predictions about how changes will affect the outcome.
Art and Design Self Portraits
Children think about creating life like representations of themselves.
Hot Colours

Cold Colours
Children create art relating to the colours observed in fireworks.

Pencil Drawings
Children use pencil skills to draw representations of areas of their school
Paper Mache Food

Water bubbles
Children use soap bubbles to create patterned effects.

Observational drawing
Children use pencil drawings to create life like pictures of chicks.
Mixed Media Flowers and

Observational Drawing
Children use a variety of mediums to create representation of flowers and their parts.

Design and Technology   Snoods
Children design, evaluate and create snoods appropriate for specific environments.
Junk Model Houses
Children use a range of materials to create models of their own houses.
Children redesign boats to make them more effective.

Keeping Eggs Safe
Children design ways of keeping an egg safe and develop ways of testing their creations.

Sun Glasses and Plant Pots
Children design objects, taking into account the job they must do and the materials they use.
Opportunities for English George’s Marvellous Medicine

Children share the story and make predictions about what might happen next.


Children write recounts about what they have found out about the senses.

Recounts and postcards

Children recount information learned on their journeys to the Sahara and Yellow knife.

Three Little Pigs- Fiction

Re-telling the story.


Making predictions about a mysterious crime scene.

Lighthouse Keepers Lunch


Non-Fiction texts Children write texts that describe and report information about animals,

writing questions and answers about the animals

Chronological reports

Children write reports on the life cycles of known animals.


Children write instructions for how to make sun glasses or plant pots.

 Diary Writing

Opportunities for mathematics Fingers and toes

Use fingers and toes to reinforce number and place value.




Problem Solving
Children solve problems relating to the story of Mr Crumpy.
Children compare the size and shapes of animals.
Children analyse and compare temperatures.
RE Myself
Children consider what it is that makes them special. Children think about the range of similarities and difference between us.
Special People
Religious leaders and the buildings they belong to in our community
Our World
Children think about what is special to them and the places and people that make up their worlds. Children compare their world to the worlds of others.
PE Games focus on using a large ball.

Children work on developing gross motor skills by throwing and catching.

Target games Using NAK (New Age Kurling)


Children use skills associated with Tri-golf to develop striking.

Dance Gymnastics Team work and cooperation

Children practise team work skills in short activities in preparation for sports day.


developing partner and small team games

Music Hey you! (Charanga unit 1) Learning song

Winter warmth

Into the groove (Charanga unit 3) Rhythm etc. (Charanga) Round and round (Charanga unit 5 ) Reflect and rewind (Charanga Unit 6)
PHSCE Health

Children develop an understanding of what is included in a healthy lifestyle.


Children think about how they can make and sustain positive relationships.


Children think about the risks associated with fireworks and how we can keep ourselves safe in these situations.


Children consider what it is to be a good citizen.


Children think about money and its importance and why it is important to look after it.


Children think about what makes them special and unique.

Trips/experiences Eureka


Sian and Simon-George’s Marvellous Medicine


Road Safety


Grandparent’s day

Trip to Sahara and Yellow knife (in school experience)

Children use a mixture of video and engineered experience to take a “trip” to extreme locations.

Church trip

Children think about important features of churches and label diagrams of religious buildings.

3 little Pigs Crime Scene

The children discover a crime scene in their year group and must work out who, or what, has committed the crime.

Sian and Simon- Play in a day

‘Lighthouse keeper’s lunch’

Children work with professional actors to create a performance based around a known story.

Temple Newsam & Tropical world

Children look at a range of animals and experience how animals can be grouped in different ways. Children think about how different animals need different things to survive.

Harlow Carr

Garden centre

Children visit the Garden Centre to experience different plants and  compare them  with what we can see locally.

Lighthouse Keepers

We worked with Sian and Simon to do a play in a day of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’.


For our challenge homework we made lighthouses with working lights and explained to the class what we knew about lighthouses.


The Three Little Pigs
Our main topic this half term has been The Three Little Pigs. We built a den for the three pigs in our classroom but the Big Bad Wolf came and destroyed it. The pigs were missing and we had to investigate the crime!

We have been learning about Chinese New Year. We made Chinese lanterns, sang songs, made stir fry and ate it with chopsticks. We even learnt some Chinese words and letters. Gung hay fat choy!


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This half term started with us role-playing a ship wreck. We imagined what it must have felt like on board a ship during a storm. We used our senses to think about what it looked like, smelt like and sounded like. We listened to stormy music and looked at some famous art work about storms and ship wrecks.

We read ‘The Sea is a Hungry Dog’ and magpied lots of words. Then we read lots of other famous poems about storms and the sea to borrow words and phrases from there too.

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We then read ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’ and talked about why we need Lighthouses. We did lots of research about lighthouses and where they are. We also found out about the human and physical features of the coast.

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We worked with two artists to put together a ‘Play in a day’. We wrote invitations to our parents and to some of our friends in Year 2.


We looked at how to make a healthy lunch for the lighthouse keeper and designed our own healthy sandwich. We had our parents in one morning to help us make a healthy packed lunch. We saw lots of healthy alternatives to crisps and chocolate biscuits.


Half way through the half term we had STEM festival. We enjoyed making ice melt and making rafts.



At the very end of the half term we spent a week looking at the Easter story. We did some writing about the Easter story and used our ICT skills to help find information on Espresso.


At the end of the half term we evaluated what we had learnt.


This half term we’ve been enjoying being detectives. It all started when we received a letter from the three little pigs. Their house had been flooded and they needed our help to build them a den.

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Then we came back after the weekend to find a crime scene. Someone had been in over the weekend and destroyed the den. We had to look at all the clues and solve the mystery.

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We narrowed the clues down and discovered the culprit was in fact the Big Bad Wolf. We did all sorts of writing including a character description, a Wanted poster, a newspaper article and a police interview.


This half term literally started with a bang. The banging sounds of fireworks on our MUGA. We enjoyed learning about Guy Fawkes and did some lovely writing to retell the story. We also did some firework pictures inspired by Jackson Pollock.

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