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Fernvale Primary School

A place to learn and grow

  1. Our classes
  2. Year 1 – Conkers
  3. Other Curriculum Areas

Year 1 


The children work towards objectives from the National Curriculum. Their subjects include Science, Design and Technology, RE,  PSHE, Music, Art, History, computing, Geography and PE.

Spring Term Learning 

In maths this term we have been concentrating on working with numbers 0-50. We have learnt about partitioning these numbers into tens and ones. We have worked with these numbers to order, add and subtract. We have learnt all about measuring using a variety of measuring tools such as cubes, body parts and rulers. We learnt about 2D and 3D shapes and had a go at building some.


During literacy in the first half term we looked at traditional tales – we read lots of these during this time but we mainly concentrated on ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ and ‘The gingerbread man’. We wrote about our favourite part of Jack and the beanstalk and draw pictures of the giant. We received a huge letter from the giant asking for our help so we wrote letters back to him. We re-told the story of the gingerbread man and wrote our own version of the story. This term we also looked at the story ‘Traction Man’ by Mini Grey which we all loved! We learnt about adjectives to describe Traction Man’s outfits and the characters from the story. We wrote about our favourite parts and discussed the settings and events from the story.


In D&T we learnt all about structures. We went on a hunt around the school and used the iPads to take photos of structures and how they were made strong. We then looked at the traditional tale ‘The three little pigs’ where we used different materials to build the structure of a house. In Art we have been looking at sculptures. We have used a whole range of materials to build our own sculptures based on different sculptors we have learnt about. We even made our hands out of bread!


In science we have learnt all about the polar regions. We learn about the animals that live in the Artic and Antarctica and Inuit people. We carried out an experiment so we could understand how animals stay warm in such cold places. We learnt about the parts of plants and grew our own beans. We wrote predictions on what we thought would happen, measured them weekly and kept a diary on their growth.


In Geography we learnt about the seven continents we wrote facts about each one and learnt a song. In History we learnt about what life was like growing up in the 1950’s. We enjoyed watching some children’s films such as Andy Pandy, The Woodentops and Bill and Ben. We learnt about old coins, old shops and household objects – We even wrote our names on a typewriter! We really enjoyed Mrs Peers and Mrs Boyd bringing things in from home for a show and tell.   


In ICT we made our own story of Goldilocks and the three bears using the green screen. We worked really hard on our voices and re-telling the story.  

Here is a slideshow of learning


Autumn Term Learning 

In Literacy we learnt to write captions, lists and labels. We then learnt about Stories with repeated patterns. The first story we learnt about was Handa’s Surprise. We acted out the story in our role play and with the puppet show. We wrote about the story and then made our own version by changing parts of the story. We even learnt a Handa’s surprise dance in PE. The next book we looked at was ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell. We performed this story with a group of friends, ordered the animals and wrote their adjectives before planning and writing our own version by changing the animals. Also in literacy we wrote some animal poems!


We have been working hard in maths with numbers to 10. We started the year by learning how we could sort objects and numbers in different ways. We played games to find one more and one less than a given number to 10. We learnt to represent numbers in different ways eg. As words, with pictures and objects etc. We compared numbers using the language more than, less than and equal too as well as learning the symbols for these words.  Most recently we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes.


In Science we learnt about our body and senses. We carried out different experiments to test our sense of hearing, sight, smell and touch. We labelled our body part and we built a skeleton using dog bones!


In history we learnt all about the Gunpowder Plot and learnt about why people set off fireworks and light bonfires on the 5th of November. In Geography we learnt all about places that are near and far and places that we go to often and rarely. We spoke about what a bird’s eye view was and looked at a bird’s eye view of the classroom. With our group we tried to locate tings around the room.


In RE we learnt all about ‘What a Christians is and what they believe’. We used people to people to act out the story of the lost son. We spoke about what we thought God might looked like and where he might live. Lizzie came in to do Godly Play and told us the story of Jonah and the Big Fish.


In Art we learnt about the artist L S Lowry we made some pictures in his style. We then learnt all about portraits. We made realistic and abstract portraits in different styles. We even made muddled up faces!!


In PE we practiced different ways of travelling under, over and through. We used the skills we had learnt on the apparatus.


Here is a slideshow of our learning. 

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