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Reception/Year 1 - David Attenborough Class

Reception - Year 1 Autumn 2 curriculum information


Night and Day

Here we go again! For the second part of the autumn term we are finding out about ‘Night and Day’ and our ‘Big Question’ is ‘Does Everything Sleep at Night.’

We begin by reading a book called ‘Owl Babies’ written by Martin Waddell. In the book three baby owls are waiting for their mummy to return home from hunting. As we understand how the owls are feeling we will develop a sense of compassion, one of our school values. The book weaves in many facts about Owls. We learn about what they look like, where they live, what they eat and when they wake up! They are brave little owls looking after each other! It is a truly inspirational book.

We will also be reading a book called ‘Funybones’ by Janet and Allan Ahlburg. It tells the story of three skeletons who go on an adventure in the night. They want to scare someone, but everyone is asleep! The repetition of the language in the story is captivating. It develops our superpowers of communication, wanting to join in! In addition, this story makes links with our science curriculum as we find out about, name and label human and animal parts.

Another book we will be sharing is ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ by Jill Tomlinson. An endearing story about a barn owl called Plop, who is like every other barn owl in every way except he does not like the dark! His mum sends him down from their nest to learn how amazing the dark really is. How the dark can be fun, exciting and magical! We will show curiosity and self-belief, some of our school values as we find out about the dark in different ways and as Plop’s confidence grows. The story also links to our history curriculum, finding out about Guy Fawkes as Plop sees fireworks for the first time!

Continuing with a night-time theme we will be reading ‘Peace at Last,’ another engaging book. The story is about Mr Bear and how he spends the night trying to find somewhere comfortable to sleep. When he finally does it is time to wake up!

Finally, we will read a book called ‘One Special Night’ by Claire Freedman. This story gives an insight into winter weather part of our science curriculum. It takes place on a winter’s night and one star burns brighter than all the rest. It turns out to be a “special star” and animals in the story go on a special journey to get to the star. It really is one very special night! 

Reception - Year 1 Autumn 1 Curriculum Information


Super Duper You!

To start the Autumn term, we will be reading a book called ‘Super Duper You’ by Sophy Henn. The story explores how we grow and change. As we turn each page, we realise how amazing and special we all are! We will be finding out about ourselves and make links to our big question ‘Who am I and who are my family?’

We will also be reading a book called ‘George’s Dragon goes to School’ by Claire Freedman.’ The story is about a boy called George and his school are having a ‘bring a pet to school’ week. George is so excited as he hopes to win the ‘best pet trophy.’ However, George’s dragon Sparky is so clumsy things do not go to plan! But all ends well as Sparky saves the day with his kindness and bravery!

The next book is an old favourite ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’ We will retell the story through drama and puppets bringing it to life. We meet the bear family and alongside this will explore our own families, sharing how we care and lookout for each other. We will talk about everyone in our families and all the wonderful things we love to do together!

Our final book is ‘Grandad’s Island’ by Benji Davies. This book has beautiful detailed illustrations and sensitively shares and weaves in the special relationship Syd has with his grandad. Syd can visit grandad’s house any time he likes through a gate at the bottom of his garden, how magical!

Alongside our books we have many more things planned this half term. They include a whole class family tea with cakes and squash at school; a shared occasion we can all prepare and take part in. Then in our beautiful Forest School we will create leaf crowns, footprints and handprints, using them to explore ourselves and the world around us. We have so much to look forward to!