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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1




In Art, we study the work of the artist, Kandinsky and experiment using colour with different media.   The pupils also use the book 'Lucy's Picture' as a stimulus to create collages with a range of textures.  




Pupils use Purple Mash to learn about online safety, grouping and sorting, pictograms, following instructions and algorithms, programming Beebots, animated stories, coding, spreadsheets and the uses of different technology. 




The first DT project is held in the run up to the Christmas Fair, where pupils design and create fingerprint gift tags.  As part of the Kings and Queens' topic, pupils also create a clay crown.  The final DT day in summer term is linked to the work of the Eco Warriors.  In previous years, pupils have designed and created bird feeders, scarecrows and wind turbines as part of this project.




We introduce the children to the basic concept of geography and the world in which we live through these topics:

What is the geography of where I live?  Pupils look at the human and physical features of the local area of Handsworth.

Why do we love being beside the seaside so much? Pupils look at Cleethorpes and distinguish the similarities/differences between rural, urban and coastal areas. 

How does the weather affect our lives? Pupils look at different types of weather and compare climates across the world. 




We begin by developing the children’s understanding of history by learning about a range of significant individuals from Sheffield, such as William Wilberforce, Sean Bean and Jessica Ennis-Hill.  We then look at monarchs and politicians, including Henry VIII and Oliver Cromwell.



Traditional tales - retelling stories, letter writing, character descriptions

King and Queens - non-fiction writing about monarchs

Instructional texts

Setting descriptions

Poetry and riddles

Diary writing based on the book Oliver's Vegetables

Disney - story mapping and retelling/changing plots using Talk for Writing




Click here for the programmes of study for mathematics. 




Confident use of Foundation Stage vocabulary - yes and no, greetings for answering the register, please and thank you;
Numbers 1, 2, 3; using Mr, Mrs, Miss

Focus on oracy - children encounter more rhymes and stories and learn a little about Spain itself e.g. its weather, customs, traditions and food.




The children learn about rhythm and pulse in which they have the opportunity to listen to a range of Reggae and Hip Hop music.  They learn about composing and performing simple pieces of music using their bodies and a range of instruments. 

Pupils also work towards a fabulous Christmas Performance to parents/carers each year to showcase their singing and percussion skills. 




Children develop their gymnastic skills exploring different ways of travelling over and under apparatus, making stretching and curling shapes with their bodies, balancing and taking weight on different body parts, jumping, balancing and linking movements together. In addition to this, children learn to play a variety of playground games, team games and outdoor games skills each half term.


Aut 1 Aut 2 Spr 1 Spr 2 Sum 1 Sum 2
Gymnastics     Dance    Gymnastics      Flight    

Rocking and





Being Me in my World - pupils learn about their own personalities and feeling

Celebrating Difference - pupils learn to understand and appreciate that everyone is different

Dreams and Goals - pupils set their own targets for the things they want to achieve in the future

Healthy Me - pupils learn about life routines, healthy eating and hygiene

Relationships - pupils learn about different types of relationships and friendships

Changing Me - pupils look at how they have changed over the year and get ready for the next chapter of their lives




We follow the Sheffield SACRE scheme of work for RE. As part of this work in all year groups we celebrate the festivals of children within our school in every year group, particularly Christmas, Easter and Eid.  Y1 also have termly assemblies from the Christian group, Open the Book, where the children learn about different stories from the Bible. 




Seasonal change

Everyday Materials


Animals Including Humans


Click here for the programmes of study for Science.