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The Y1 team includes:-

  • Mrs Keightley (Miss Lumsdon)
  • Miss McLoughlin
  • Mrs. Anderson 
  • Miss Flather

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Y1 - Autumn 1 - Memory Box

Autumn 1 - Memory Box 

In Y1 our topic will be a history based project called Memory Box. We aim to teach children about changes over time, family and community. This project develops children’s knowledge and appreciation of local history, special memories, customs and traditions, and growing up.


In science the children will be thinking about how they grow and change and will focus on the children understanding the similarities and differences between themselves and others. Children will name the main parts of the body and investigate the five senses. 


In literacy the children will read texts linked to our history based topic. Two books we will focus on are called My Grandpa by Marta Atles and Major Glad and Major Dizzy by Jan Oke. These books will support the children's learning in literacy and focus on the Grandpa's life, special memories and old toys. 

Y1 Autumn 2 - Robot Rumpus

Autumn 2 - Robot Rumpus


Our topic will involve learning all about materials and their properties, designing our own robot and looking at the city we live in. We will be inspired by the books ‘Robot rumpus’, Nobot’ and ‘The robot and the bluebird’ which will be a focus in our literacy.

In science we will be looking at materials and their properties. We will be comparing and sorting objects based on their properties, testing objects for floating and sinking and experimenting with materials to find the best material for an umbrella. 

In Geography we will be looking at maps of the UK and we will be locating important cities such as Sheffield and London. We will also be comparing Sheffield to a coastal village, using directional language and learning basic map skills.  

Spring 1 - Moon Zoom

Y1 - Moon Zoom 


Our topic will involve learning all about the moon and space. We will be inspired by the books ‘Man on the moon’, ‘Toys in space’ and ‘The way back home’ which will be a focus in our literacy. We will be focusing on numbers to 20 in maths.


In science we will be looking at the four different seasons. We will be looking outside for signs of winter and creating pictures to help explain the 4 seasons. We will also be thinking about weather patterns in the UK.


In History we will be looking at the lives of significant people who have visited space such as Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake and local astronaut Helen Sharman.

Spring 2 - Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Spring 2 – Paws, Claws and Whiskers


Our topic will involve learning all about the different animals and how they can be sorted and classified. We will be inspired by the books ‘Handa’s Surprise’ ‘Zereffa Giraffa’ and ‘Oi Get off my Train’ which will be a focus in our literacy. We will be focussing on place value to 50 and measuring length and heights in maths.

Spring 2 Y1 Knowledge Organiser

Summer 1 - Enchanted Woodland

If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a BIG surprise. Foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady eyed owls in the swaying tree tops. Beneath the leaves are tiny footprints – animal or imp? You decide. Deciduous or evergreen? Can you match a leaf to its tree? Can you match a petal to its flower? Let’s build a den, stick by stick and branch by branch. Or we could make a teeny tiny home for a woodland fairy. Then let’s party down in the woods with Mr Fox and all his woodland friends. We’d better not get lost. Let’s leave a trail of conkers as we go. At last, it’s time to rest by the woodland fire, listening to stories and toasting our sweet, gooey marshmallows. Yum, yum.

Summer 2 - Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside. Do you? That’s good, because you’re about to become an expert beachcomber. Head to your nearest beach to look for interesting and unusual objects, using your senses to spot, sniff and seek them out. Have you seen the rock pools yet? We can take a peek into the cool water to learn about the weird and wonderful animals and plants in their microhabitats. Maybe we can kick back in a deckchair and do a little reading. What’s your favourite book about the seashore? Let's invent an amazing rock pool resident. What features will it need to survive happily in its watery habitat? Make a 3-D model of your plant or creature. Got your shorts and sunglasses on? Bucket and spade at the ready? Let’s get beachcombing.

Y1 Maths - Counting and Times Tables

In Y1 the children are beginning their times tables journey. 

The children begin with lots of practice counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10. 

 We aim for the children to be confident in their 2, 5 and 10 times tables by the end of Y1. 

You could help your child by practicing counting in steps of 2, 5 and 10 and helping them to say their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.