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Year 1 - Fir and Elm

Welcome to Year 1! 


Year 1 is split into two classes.


Elm- Miss Walter

Fir- Mrs Palmer


We are also very lucky to have 3 amazing teaching assistants across Year 1- Kay Ruth, Lucky Scott and Mrs Connelly.

Our highlights this year

Our Christmas production

'Christmas craft day' with our families

'Toy day' with our Grandparents 

Half termly library visits

World Cup football festival

'Easter fun day' with our families 

Visit to a local church

Disco dodgeball with Next Level Sports



Some photos of our highlights

Summer 1

Our key texts:

'The Secret Sky Garden' by Linda Sarah 'The Extraordinary Gardener' by Sam Boughton and 'The Tiny Seed' by Eric Carle

Our artists:

Georgia O'Keeffe and Vincent Van Gogh


Throughout this learning journey we will be using the topic 'plants' to help us answer the overarching question 'What makes something beautiful?'


We will begin our learning journey by talking about what 'beautiful' means to us and exploring the idea that most people will have different opinions about what makes something beautiful. We all have different tastes whether this is our favourite colour, our favourite food or our favourite flower. We will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, as well as using the music 'Tree' by Stevie Wonder in our English, Music and Dance lessons. As part of our cultural capital, we will be learning about two famous artists; Van Gogh and Georgia O'Keeffe and we will also be engaging in a range of forest school activities.



PSHE– We will be focusing on mental health and well-being, starting by naming and identifying a range of feelings and emotions that humans can experience. We will be learning about how feelings can affect ours and others’ behaviour as well as learning about how we can recognise when somebody around us is experiencing a particular feeling. We will also begin to explore some of the ways we can cope when we are finding things difficult. We will be making links to PSHE throughout every day in our classroom, as well as having discrete weekly lessons. We will also be revisiting the idea that everyone is unique and that we all have different likes and dislikes. This will link nicely to the idea that everybody will interpret ‘beauty’ differently.

D&T– Children will research a range levers before creating their own moving picture of a flower and a bee.

Art– Children will explore moulding, pinching, rolling, coiling, joining and scoring (using a small tool)  using playdough and clay. We will be using these skills to create our own coil flowerpot. We will also be learning about two famous artists: Georgia O’Keefe and Vincent Van Gogh. We will be appreciating and giving our opinion about their work, aswell as creating our own artwork in similar styles. To recreate Van Gogh’s Sunflower painting, we will be using acrylic paint.

RE– We will be exploring some stories of Jesus and talking about how religious stories can make a difference to people’s lives. We will also be discussing how people’s lives can be shaped by their beliefs and world views. This also links to PSHE and British values, particularly mutual respect and tolerance.

Computing– We will be using purple mash to continue our learning about algorithms, coding and programming.

Music– We will be naming, identifying and listening to a range of musical instruments. We will also be exploring with musical instruments ourselves and creating our own pieces of music to enjoy. We will then be revisiting our learning about ‘pulse’ and spending some time finding, listening and responding to the pulse in music. We will also be appreciating music and it’s beauty by listening to a range of pieces in lessons and in our weekly music assemblies. We will be giving our opinions on each piece and talking about the instruments we can hear, how it makes us feel and how it makes us want to move.

PEWe will be using the book ‘The Tiny Seed’ to begin our dance unit this half term. We will create simple movements to retell the story of the seed’s journey from being planted, to growing and beyond. We will also be using the music ‘Tree’ by Stevie Wonder to create our own class dance piece with a beginning, middle and end. We will film our performances to help us evaluate and improve, and w will perform our dance to a live audience at school!


We are looking forward to showing families round our school, ready for the September 2024 Reception intake. You can book a visit by contacting the school office on 0115 9553440.