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Reception/Year 1 - David Attenborough Class

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!