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Reception/Year 1 - David Attenborough Class

Reception/Year 1 Spring 1 Curriculum Information

In the first part of the spring term, we will be reading books linked to our English lessons, our class reading times and our Science big question.

In Science our big question is ‘Why does the Weather Change?’ We start learning about seasons and the weather in our Science by sharing a book called ‘After the Storm’ by Nick Butterworth. The book begins on a stormy autumn night in the park. It makes links to the weather and seasons in detailed pictures and descriptive language. When Percy the park keeper wakes the next day the old oak tree has blown down! Many animals live in the oak tree, what will happen to them? We will discuss our school values of compassion and perseverance when Percy helps all the animals. He saves the day by finding them all a new home!

One of our English books is ‘The Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen. A family set off on an amazing adventure. The rhythm and movement of the language used brings the journey to life. As we turn each page and join in, we become part of the story. With curiosity and creativity, we splash in the river, squelch in the mud and swirl in the snowstorm before arriving at the gloomy cave. Finally with courage we meet the bear!

The next book is ‘Seasons Come, Seasons Go’ by Patricia Hegarty. In this book we are invited by an owl to explore and learn about the seasons. The inspiring artwork captures the life cycle of a tree as it changes through the spring, summer autumn and winter. This will make great links with our Science big question.

This half term includes a poetry focus. We will learn a poem called ‘By Myself’ by Eloise Greenfield. This poem will make us think about ourselves. What do we know about ourselves? How do we feel? With self-belief, another of our school values, we will collect ideas to create our own poems. In addition to this we will share poems by Michael Rosen in his book of ‘Nonsense Poems.’ Poetry full of silliness and laughter, and the inspiration to make up our own class poem!

In addition to poetry, we will spend time finding out about William Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’ We will venture into enchanting forests, meet Queens and fairies. With magic and lots of tricks along the way!

Finally, our class book is ‘The Sheep Pig’ by Dick King Smith. A charming story about an orphaned piglet called Babe who is adopted by a sheepdog called Fly. Babe wanted to be a sheepdog! We follow his story, his antics and capers as he becomes the Sheep Pig!

Looking forward to sharing so many amazing books!

Reception/Year 1 Autumn 2 Curriculum Information

In the second part of autumn term, we will be reading books linked to our English lessons, our class reading times, our Science and History big questions.

In Science our big question is ‘Which animals would make the best pet?’ We are learning about ‘Animals and their Needs’ exploring and finding out about a variety of animals. Our Science story is a book called ‘My First Book of Garden Birds’ by Sarah Whittley and Mike Unwin. This delightful picture book is full of everyday birds we might see in our gardens, or around and about. As we turn the pages, we get clues and are encouraged to guess the bird!

We will also be reading a book called ‘Dinosaur Bones’ by Bob Barner. We can make links with this book in our Science lessons. This book ‘roars and stomps’ with dinosaur bones and fossils that can be found in museums. The author brings these piles of bones to life as we find out facts about dinosaurs!

The next book is ‘How to Grow a Dinosaur’ by Caryl Hart. Albie, the little boy in the story has amazing adventures! He plants seeds with his mum and overnight they grow into dinosaurs of different shapes and sizes. Imagination and creativity ooze from this book, helping us to create and tell our own dinosaur stories.

In addition to our dinosaur books, we have a ‘Dinosaur Project Box’ in school from the learning library. First-hand experiences with so much to explore. Alongside this we have a ‘Dinosaur Art Session’ we are so excited!

In English one of our books is ‘On Sudden Hill’ by Linda Sarah. Two best friends play on Sudden Hill inventing contraptions out of cardboard boxes, what a team! Then along comes a new boy. What will happen to their friendship? This story explores emotions, friendships, ups and downs. However, compassion and kindness shine through.

Our other English book is ‘If Sharks Disappeared’ by Lilly Williams. We find out about the many animals that live in the sea and how some of them are scary! But what would happen if sharks disappeared? What would happen to other animals? Together we need to look after our oceans and our planet!

Our class book ‘The Night Gardener’ by Terry Fan is enchanting. The main character William and his town are transformed by a night gardener. Trees are sculptured into owls and much, much more. The town transforms and changes.

Our final book is ‘Stickman’ by Julia Donaldson. A rhyming book about a family, with bags of courage and perseverance, some of our school values. The book links with our history big question ‘What do we know about our families?’ As we see Stickman finally reunite with his family.

So many books to share and learn about, so much to look forward to!

Reception – Year 1 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information

To start the autumn term, we will be reading books linked to our English lessons, our class reading times and our Science and Geography big questions.

In Science our big question is ‘What super sense would you choose?’ We are learning about our bodies and our senses, and our science story is a book called ‘My Five Senses’ by Aliki Brandenberg. The story explores our five senses and discovers how we use them. As we turn each page, we realise how amazing our senses are and how we use them to find out about the world around us! Which sense would you choose a as superpower?

We will also be reading a book called ‘Funnybones’ by Allan and Janet Ahlberg. In science we are learning about parts of the body and in this story, we will learn about the skeletons body parts as we go on a journey at night-time. This story is funny, full of repetition and you just have to join in!

The next book is ‘The Velveteen Rabbit’ by Margery Williams. When the Velveteen Rabbit first arrives in the nursery, the other toys don’t want to talk to him. However, the Rabbit soon makes friends who tell him how toys can become 'real' if they are loved enough. The Velveteen Rabbit can’t wait for this to happen! This is a magical story exploring emotions, feelings, our families, friendship and all the memories we make!

Another book we are reading is ‘Paddington Bear’ by Micheal Bond. This bear from Darkest Peru sets out on an adventure. He arrives at London’s Paddington Station and is found by the Brown family who name him Paddington after the station. In geography our big question is ‘What do I need to draw on a map?’ As we learn about maps and locations, we will create one for Paddington talking about and drawing features and landmarks Paddington might see.

In English we are reading a book called ‘Perfectly Norman’ by Tom Percival. Norman is just like other children until one day to his amazement he grows a pair of has wings! This is an inspirational book about self-belief and being proud of who you are.

The final book we are reading in English is a poem ‘How to make a Chocolate Mug Cake’ by Michael Rosen. We are using this poem as a stimulus for making a chocolate cake in a mug. Who loves chocolate cake? Do you? Michael Rosen does, it is his favourite treat! The poem is amazingly funny and full of funny noises and superb descriptive vocabulary. In our English lessons we will follow instructions and write our own to ‘make a chocolate cake in a cup!’

We have many more things planned this half term. We have a ‘Farm in a Box’ day, participating in activities, investigations and challenges linked to farming. This will be followed by a trip to the farm, bringing learning to life. So much to look forward to!

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