Year 1

Information for Parents


Class One Rockets and Explosions

Subject Children will learn about;


In literacy this term the children will be reading stories about Winnie the Witch and other stories associated with spells and explosions. We shall also be developing our visual literacy skills by creating storyboards from “The Grand Day Out. We shall begin to look at the features of non fiction texts.

During this term the children will be developing their knowledge of addition and subtraction and using their knowledge of number bonds to solve problems. The children will also be learning about right angles and quarter and half turns.

The children will be investigating light and dark and exploring forces. We shall be learning about the seasons and how these are created. We shall also investigate how we can launch a bottle rocket using every day ingredients.

The children will be using their coding and debugging skills to launch a virtual rocket. We shall also be using the internet to research space and the children will use a paint program to design a rocket.
Design & Technology/Art
In DT the children will be making moving space pictures. We shall be learning how to make sliding mechanisms and pop up features. The children will be creating a rocket. They will be using different materials to create textures on their rocket. The children will also have the opportunity to explore colouring mixing to create a planet.
In RE the children with be learning about the Hindu festival of Divali and as December approaches the “Christmas Story.” We shall continue to learn about significant Christian religious figures.
In PSHE we will developing our understanding of empathy and compassion. They will be exploring their feelings and developing their understanding of right and wrong choices within their day to day lives.

In history we shall be learning about Guy Fawkes, the moon landings, space exploration and the historical figures associated with these events.
In geography the children will be identifying the oceans and continents on earth and locating NASA on a map.

This half term the children continue to develop their dance skills through the theme of space. We shall continue to move using jumps and turns and sequence a routine.

The children will have the opportunity to develop their music skills through space songs. They will be learning about pitch and listening to “The planets.” by Holst. The children will be creating their own rocket sounds and composing their own planet music.