In Year 1’s creative curriculum they focus on a number of different topics.
At the start of the year the children have the opportunity of a smooth transition from Reception to Year 1, by focusing on ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ which is covered in the last weeks of their time in Reception. The first few weeks allow the children to settle into the new curriculum by continuing a focus on play and introducing more formalised learning later in the term. This is when we follow the theme of ‘London’ using the book ‘Paddington Bear’ as a learning tool. where we go to London on an exciting sightseeing tour. In our second topic we think about ‘Light and Dark’, specifically the difference between the sun and the moon and focus our learning on the book ‘Can’t you sleep Little Bear’.
In the Lent term, we learn about ‘Houses and Homes’ and investigate houses from around the world and the materials that are used for building. During this topic the children have the opportunity to create a globe and model many of the houses they have looked at out of clay with our resident artist Rosie. We follow this with our ‘Wild Animal’ topic, where the children learn about animals from around the world and go to Whipsnade Zoo where they have the opportunity to see some of the international animals they study.
Moving into the Pentecost term, the children focus on 'Plants' and learn how they grow and have the wonderful opportunity to take their learning outside and explore the living environment around them. They are immersed into the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and plant and care for their own bean plant.
Our final topic for the year is Healthy Eating and Living. The children learn how to care for themselves and the importance of a balanced diet. The children also look at sports, fruit and food from around the world. The children work with the cookery teacher to create an array of dishes from around the world which they share with parents as part of our exciting international food afternoon.