Year 1 Creative Curriculum Overview
The activities in this topic are designed to help the children make the transition between the Early Years Foundation stage and KS1. The topic focuses on the PHSE themes of feeling alone, rules, responsibility and being lost.
The children are supported in developing friendships within their new classes, whilst also establishing a kind and respectful environment in which they feel safe and comfortable to learn. The children quickly begin to learn about responsibility, as we discuss taking care of our pets and other animals.
As the topic progresses, science, art and design become the focus. The children will begin to learn about a large variety of sea creatures through fun, hands-on and informative ways. These will include creating collages, sea scenes and observational drawings.
The children will have the opportunity to learn about a variety of sea creatures such as octopi, crabs, eels, jellyfish, sharks and whales. They will be expected to find out information about the creatures’ features, characteristics and habits. To develop their ICT skills the children will create a variety of posters and paintings for their ‘shark display’.
In the past, one of the children’s favourite types of learning has been when they have become researchers. Using a variety of non-fiction sources the children will research and record notes and information on a sea creature of their choice, and then create informative posters on their chosen fish or creature.
In DT lessons the children will learn a variety of methods and techniques, which will allow them to create a 3D underwater scene. This will include paper plate jelly fish and turtles, along with sea creature collages, observational drawings and a shark display turning the classrooms into aquariums, which parents will be invited to view. The children will take on the role of aquarium tour guides and share the information they have discovered with you.
WOW day: Finding Nemo exploration.
Fantastic Finish: Parents to visit the class aquarium.
For our WOW day the children will be asked to bring in their favourite toy. We will have a show and tell afternoon where the children will be allowed to share their toys with the rest of the class and discuss why it is important to them. This links with history for this topic as we will look closely at toys and how they have changed over time and we will create our own toy time line.
The topic then looks closely at the theme of friendship.
We will talk about what makes a good friend and as a class create a wanted poster for the perfect friend, which will include all of the things we do as a class to take care of our friends. We will also take this opportunity to talk about growing up and how our feelings change as we get older.
In RE we will look at different festivals celebrated across a variety of cultures for example Christmas, Diwali and Chanukah. We will take this opportunity to discuss sharing and giving gifts to others.
In Literacy we look at stories that involve toys coming to life and will think about character descriptions, feelings and motives.
In maths we will be creating our very own Santa’s little elves workshop and will be sorting, measuring and weighing toys and gifts.
In DT we will have a go at designing and making our own laminated jigsaw. We will link this to science and look at which material are suitable for different toys and we will look at how mechanical toys move and focus on forces.
WOW day: We will have a picnic where we can dress up and bring our favourite toy.
Fabulous Finish: We will perform friendship songs to parents and share quotes about friendship.
Arhh Me Hearties - Sea Adventures
This topic ignites imagination and creativity through drama, music, art and role plays. For our WOW day the children become pirates for the day and experience pirate life first-hand. Children learn how to talk like a pirate, dress like a pirate and act like a pirate including scrubbing the decks just like a pirate. We will be singing pirate songs and we will be finding out about the famous pirate Blackbeard and will then look at famous sea journeys including the journeys and discoveries of Christopher Columbus.
In Geography, the children learn to use keys and co-ordinates to read maps, including treasure maps! They will design and make their own treasure maps and in ICT, will use a computer program to navigate around a desert island using positional language.
In Music they learn rhythm and dynamics through sea shanties and use drama activities as stimuli for extended writing. In Literacy they will be looking at stories and create their own adventures and characters. We will also be writing our own messages in bottles.
In art lessons the children will be designing their own pirate ship and flag and will give their ship a lucky name which reflects the type of pirates they would wish to be.
In maths, the children will measure the length of ships, the height of sails and in science investigate floating and sinking.
Our fabulous finish will involve the children swapping their hand made treasure maps with a friend and the race will be on to find the hidden gold! Arhh!
WOW day: Pirate art day.
Fabulous Finish: Pirate school and graduation ceremony.
This historical topic will begin with the children becoming palaeontologists, investigating dinosaurs and their habitat. They will use co-ordinates, brushes and magnifying glasses to discover fossils in our own ‘dino dig site’. Later in the topic, the children will learn about how fossils are formed and they will have the opportunity to make their own fossils and dinosaur footprints using modelling clay in art lessons.
Over the course of the topic, the children will learn about the three different dinosaur time periods i.e. the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. In history, children will have the opportunity to make models and timelines of the three different time periods in order to understand the differences between them.
Linking to their numeracy the children will learn about sorting and classification by examining the features of different types of dinosaurs. The children will be looking at the skeleton and appearance of herbivores and carnivores, and identifying the defensive armour and dangerous weapons of predatory dinosaurs.
In art they will use their knowledge and understanding to design and create their own dinosaur skeleton using an X-ray effect! They will also be designing and inventing their own made up dinosaur!
The children will practise discussion and presentation skills through a debate about how dinosaurs became extinct. There will be lots of opportunities to use ICT and non-fiction texts for research and presentation. The children will be using ICT to create fact files and presentations about some of their favourite dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures.
Wow Day: Dinosaur discovery.
Our Fabulous Finish will be truly memorable as the children will visit the national trust museum in London! They will have the opportunity to view authentic and actual dinosaur skeletons as well as take part in a hands on workshop!
Jack and the Beanstalk
This topic uses scientific enquiry to allow children to investigate how plants grow, and what they need to be able to grow into healthy plants. This will extend on what the children learnt about plants in the EYFS. The children grow a large variety of different types of fruit, vegetables and flowers from seeds and tend to them throughout the growing process. The children will attempt to grow a very special surprise for you, their parents and carers. The children will also learn how to identify and describe the different parts of a plant, i.e. roots, stem and leaves.
In Literacy, children discover a large range of fairy tales and non-fiction texts to support their gardening skills. Using drama, the children role play a variety of fairy tales; considering characters’ motives and behaviour, the story’s settings and common themes that underpin fairy tales. We will look in special detail at different versions of Jack and the Beanstalk and how they vary.
Throughout the topic the children will learn and apply a range of ICT skills. The children will use photography to record the process of their images. Children will begin to use the internet as a research tool, loading websites that can help them with their learning about the parts of a plant.
The children will also apply their learning of the features of non-fiction texts and work towards creating a class scrapbook about Jack and the Beanstalk. Each child will contribute an aspect of their own learning and understanding to create a class book which contains interesting and well-presented facts, diagrams, labels and captions including facts about plants, retellings of the famous story and character descriptions.
Children will use their numeracy skills to measure their growing plants and measure out the correct amount of water plants need.
Our WOW day will involve a talk from a lady from Woughton council, who will teach us all about planting our own seeds and bulbs.
Our Fabulous Finish will be a feast and celebration of what the children have grown!
Who am I?
This topic begins with an art WOW day. The children complete a range of activities based on the work of a variety of famous artists and look at the techniques they use to create their works of art. They will also have the chance to use ICT to create their own Picasso-style portraits. The children will learn about colour, tone and shape through Pop Art themed activities and have the chance to paint their own self-portraits on the classroom windows. The children will use their Literacy work on ‘stories from other cultures’ to interpret story events, characters and settings through music. Using flip cams they will create their own short film, complete with narration and background music!
Using their design technology skills, the children will plan and make a moving puppet of themselves. This activity will enable the children to begin to understand the design process, including the importance of prototypes, design development and following a plan, which they will evaluate after each design stage. The children will use peer and self-evaluation to assess their work and think about modifications to both their work and the design process. Following on from this, science lessons on parts of the body enable the children to gain some understanding of the workings of their own bodies. They will then make gingerbread versions of themselves to take home. As part of this topic, the children will begin to understand the fundamental beliefs of six key religions and present their findings in a variety of ways including information booklets and posters. They will need to apply higher order thinking skills to discuss and understand similarities and differences between world religions.
In Geography, the children will think about caring for their local area. They will help to plan and complete a local walk and use data handling to evaluate local amenities.
In History, the children will learn about significant people in the past and present and discuss the influence they have had on peoples’ lives.
WOW Day: Who am I? Exploration art day.
Fabulous Finish: Parents to visit the class gallery.