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This terms topic in Year 1 is:


The children will be finding out why we play with different toys as we grow older.


At the beginning of term the children received a very exciting letter from Father Christmas. It said that unfortunately some of his elves had been poorly and unable to work in his workshop. Santa had heard what a good job year 1 did at organising a party for Cinderella last term and wondered if they would be able to help. He asked the children if they could help him to make some toys while his elves are poorly and can’t work.


The children will be looking at different toys from the past and present. The children will be thinking of questions to ask their grandparents to find out about the toys they used to play with when they were children. As well as this, the children will be looking at some old toys, to see if they can answer their own questions about them. The children will also be looking at the toys they have now and thinking about the similarities and differences between them and the old toys. The children will be using this research to design their own toys. The children will do some still life drawings of their own favorite toy from home, before creating their own toy using their designs.


In Science, the children will be learning about the human body. They will be learning about the different body parts, and thinking about ways we are the same as our friends and different. The children will be thinking about when they were babies and all the things they could/couldn’t do and how they change as we grow older.


In Maths, the children will be using numbers 0-10 to solve addition and subtraction problems. They will be learning about 2D and 3D shapes as well as place value, using numbers to 20. The children will be learning how to solve reasoning and problem solving questions within all of these areas.


In phonics, the children will continue to be streamed. Most groups are now learning phase 5 while some are learning phase 3. Phase 3 phonics focuses on new sounds (digraphs and trigraphs), while phase 5 focuses on alternative sounds to the sounds learnt in phase 3. In all phonics lessons children will focus on blending the sounds to read words, as well as practice to read words on sight. Children will learn common exception words (tricky words) and practice writing these along with decodable words containing phase 3 and 5 sounds.


For more information please see our Curriculum Map and Weekly Learning Letters below. 

  • Plympton St Mary CofE VA Infant School
  • 8 Market Road, Plympton, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 1QW
  • Telephone: 01752 337912