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Glastonbury Thorn School


Year One Curriculum


Academic Year

Autumn Term 1 - Magical Me!

Year 1 Autumn Term 1 Curriculum Map - Magical Me!

Magical Me!

What I will learn...


By learning about the human body and what makes us special, I will understand more about myself and others around me. I will understand that we all have similarities and differences and these should be celebrated. I will understand more about friendship and how we have a role in keeping each other safe and happy. I will also learn that things were different in the past and how technology has changed.


Through learning about ourselves, I will be given opportunities to research, explore, create and write about many things. Through collaboration, I will understand the importance of our senses, how wonderful our bodies are and the amazing things they can do. I will ‘visit’ different beach locations in the UK through the use of technology.


I will understand that anyone can achieve if they work hard enough and believe in themselves.  I will become aware that science has helped men and women from different backgrounds and ethnicities achieve their dreams.


Through the geography of my locality, I will begin to gain a sense of what a community is and understand that by being part of a school, I am part of a community. This will help me to identify with others around me and have a feeling of belonging.

Summer Term

Summer Term 2 Topic: Going Wild!

What an exciting last half term we have in store! We will begin our learning journey by looking at the wide variety of animals that can be found in Britain, focusing on common British wildlife! Within this we will have our 'Wow!' experience of hatching a small clutch of duck eggs and caring for the ducklings when they hatch. They will be arriving on the 21st of June and should hatch that week. We are very excited to watch them grow and discuss what they need to survive. In our science lessons we will also then be able to classify them into the 5 main animal groups we are learning about; bird, amphibian, mammal, fish and reptile. 


In DT we will be learning about food safety and hygienic food practices to design and make our own dips and dippers in our cookery lessons. We look forward to trying them!


In English we will be focusing on punctuating our sentences correctly, writing a non chronological report, writing a letter, writing instructions and describing a fantasy setting. We will be using the book 'A mouse called Julian' and 'Where the Wild things are' to inspire our reading and writing. 


In maths we will be reading and writing numbers to 100, partitioning numbers within 100 into tens and ones, identifying coins and notes and understanding the value of money. We will be learning to tell the time to the hour and the half hour and to order the days of the week and months of the year correctly. 


We are really looking forward to communicating with a small coastal school in Lincolnshire to compare and contrast life in MK with life a coastal town. 


This half term should be a really great finish to end a lovely school year! 




Year 1 Summer Term 1 Topic: Green Green Grass Of Home

We’re looking forward to a half term full of fun learning on our new topic growing. We begin this half term by immersing ourselves in the story of ‘Pattan’s Pumpkin’ and focusing our learning on plants and growth!

In Literacy we will be focusing on retelling the story, securing our knowledge of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces to ensure we write sentences correctly and learning the features of writing a recount to recount our trip to the woods! We will be linking our learning to science by writing instructions of how to plant a sunflower and writing a diary recording its growth, also linking to our maths learning. 

In Maths, we will begin this half term by focusing our learning on multiplication and division. We will revisit counting in 2s, 5s and 10s from last half term and then go onto learn about making equal groups, adding equal groups, doubling and making arrays as the first steps in our multiplication journey. We will then learn how to share equally and how to share equal groups for division. We will do this practically and record our learning in a variety of different ways. Throughout the process we will be problem solving and reasoning to explain our understanding fully. During the second part of this half term we will progress to learning about fractions. We will explore making and finding half of a quantity and then a quarter. We can’t wait to continue on our maths learning journey, Year 1 have an exciting time ahead of them!

In Science we will be going on a walk to Shenley Woods to engage and excite us! We will be learning to name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. We will learn about the different parts of a plant and their functions; the petals, stem, leaf and root of a plant. We will then extend our learning to be able to name and identify the roots, trunk, branches and leaves of a tree.

In Geography we will be using our observational skills to complete a ‘sense of place’ timeline of a journey around our school grounds (recording what is seen, heard and smelt) to study the geography of our immediate location and make journey sticks. We will also learn to describe simple features and routes on a basic map using locational and directional language starting with near and far, left and right, route, map, direction. We will be devising simple maps linking our learning to computing. We will look at maps and simple keys and make our own maps of our school grounds.

In Art we will be observing our growing sunflowers and learning how to paint them in the style of Van Gogh.

In computing we will have a great time creating an audio story book, we can’t wait to listen to each other’s!


We are really looking forward to a fun and investigative half term of learning in Year 1.

Year 1 Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact