Year 1 Page

Welcome to the Year 1 Year Group Page


Mrs Elsome, Mrs Watson and Mrs Parmar teach our year 1 children. They are supported by Mrs Plumb and Mrs Brown.

Read on below for an overview of our exciting learning journey in 2022/23.

Autumn – On Safari and Secrets of the Seashore

On Safari is our mini theme for the Autumn Term. We use our first Year 1 science topic and broaden it out to encompass a smooth transition from EYFS into Year 1. We immerse ourselves in a jungle theme as we settle into our new environment, building upon all that we learned in foundation stage, as we build relationships with each other, new adults and the wider community and school and grounds.

Secrets of the Seashore As we uncover the Secrets of the Seashore, we will discover real-life and fictional heroes who show courage, determination and kindness in their actions, inspiring our young learners as they begin their Year 1 learning journey. The stories of Katie Morag have a strong sense of place which inspires in us a curiosity and fascination about the world and our place in it. Our children can relate to Katie Morag and the relationships she has with her family and the wider community on the Isle of Coll. We make links with our own families and discover our place in the community, learning how we can make a positive difference to the lives of others. Katie Morag’s island home is based on the real Isle of Coll and we are inspired by all that Coll has to offer. We later head into the sea itself and learn how Grace Darling rescued nine men one stormy night and how her determination and courage made a difference to the lives of others and how we can develop positive character traits in ourselves so we too can make a difference in the world.


Spring – Once Upon a Time…On Planet Earth

When a mystery package arrives one morning revealing a map of Fairy Tale Land, we begin our journey meeting well-loved characters from traditional tales and discover stories that have been told and re-told for many years. We will be captivated by the characters within these stories as we hear about how their determination, empathy, kindness and strength to make a stand can make the world a better place for those around them and how these are powerful qualities in the real world.  We learn from the power of good (over evil) and how even small acts of kindness can make a difference and spread happiness in others , but in doing so will also go a long way in helping ourselves feel good too! As we discover each fairy tale’s happy ending, we look towards finding our very own happy ever after here on our precious Planet Earth. We take inspiration from Sir David Attenborough, who before becoming the face and voice of the natural world that we know, grew up showing care, curiosity, wonder and empathy to living things. David Attenborough moved to live on the campus of Leicester University from when he was the same age as we are- 5! Just like Sir David, we too will embrace the great outdoors and explore the wildlife around us by dipping in our own pond and mapping the grounds of our school and discover that we too can make a positive difference to the natural world- right here at school and in our own homes and community. We go on to learn about the wider world and focus on the Polar regions, the unique and magical environment that is home to some amazing and endangered animals. We make links with The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) and suggest ways that this charity can help to protect our polar animals and their environment which is under threat. We uncover the impact that humans can have on nature which may cause harm, but also the good that they can do—and how when we all work and join together, each individual person’s small acts of kindness and consideration for our environment can make a big difference for the world and the living things around us.

Summer – Paddington!

Paddington, the much loved fictional bear created by Michael Bond, will lead us on many adventures this term. When Paddington leaves Peru and arrives in London wearing a sign saying “Please Look After this Bear”, the Brown family just cannot resist this request. This theme of looking after each other and caring for people in world around us, will be explored through this Year 1 topic.  Taking inspiration from the Paddington stories, children will start by taking care of their own toy bear and think carefully about people who love and care for them, and what they do to make them feel cared for. Paddington is also the face of the charity Unicef; his kindness, tolerance and perseverance in the face of adversity or marmalade-related mishaps make him the perfect champion for children. Over the term, Year 1 children will develop their collaborative and problem solving skills to organise a fund-raising idea/event to support Paddington and Unicef and help to make a difference to the lives of other children around the world. We will explore our capital city London, finding out about key physical and human features, including famous landmarks and its transport system, and the cultural experiences it has to offer. We will find out about the joy that teddy bears, like Paddington  as well other toys from the past, have brought to children and learn how children played in the past. We will come back to the present and explore the impact that the pandemic, the positive and the challenging, has had on the lives of our children and appreciate what is important to us for our physical and mental well-being.