Autumn Term

In the Autumn term, we focus our studies on ‘What makes a Hero?’. We will investigate what a real life hero looks like in comparison to fictional heroes that we read about in stories.

Later in the term, we will structure our learning around the various ‘Celebrations’ that the Autumn/Winter season offers.

As readers, we will continue to develop our phonic knowledge through daily Read Write Inc. sessions whilst also undertaking daily group guided reading. Through guided reading, we will enjoy sharing, and discussing, a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. Children will develop improved fluency and the ability to summarise what they have read. They will learn to make sensible predictions, read beyond the text, and answer a range of questions appropriate to the book they are reading.

We will also be sharing the following texts during our English lessons:

  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • Supertato by Sue Hendra

We will be reading and comparing Autumn poetry; learning the story of Guy Fawkes and The Christmas Story.

As writers, we continue to develop our confidence to write independently using the phonics sounds we have learnt so far. We will focus specifically on what a simple sentence needs to include: a capital letter at the beginning, clear finger gaps and a full stop at the end.

Throughout this term we will look at common spelling patterns, the Year 1 Common Exception Words, the days of the week and simple punctuation.

We will use the stories and texts we have shared to stimulate ideas for our writing. Topics include:

  • All About Me
  • A simple retelling of The Rainbow Fish
  • Creating a WANTED poster to help catch Supertato
  • Creating and describing our own superhero
  • Writing an Autumn Poem
  • A simple retelling of The Story of Guy Fawkes
  • A letter to Father Christmas
  • A simple retelling of The Christmas Story

As mathematicians, we begin to develop our knowldge and understanding of number and place value using apparatus such as Numicon. We develop our addition and subtraction skills with ever-increasing numbers. We also further our knowledge and understanding of 2D shapes and 3D solids.

As geographers, we will learn about the four seasons, and which months are associated with each season. We will also learn about the weather patterns of the UK and how they change with each season. Children will be able to describe the length of day versus night, and how this varies from season to season.

As historians, we will investigate significant individuals and the impact they made to enable us a better future. In our ‘What makes a Hero?’ topic we will look at Florence Nightingale and the role she played in improving hospital standards. As a direct comparison, we will learn about modern day hospitals. We will be visited by a practising nurse, who will describe the challenges and opportunities that their job entails.

We will also learn about, Guy Fawkes as part of our ‘Celebrations’ focus. We will recall the story of ‘The Gunpowder Plot’ and how this is remembered and celebrated to this day.

We will consider significant events that have occurred in the past, learning about the Great Fire of London and creating a timeline of the fire spreading. Throughout this topic we will also look at Samuel Pepys and his importance with regard to the Great Fire of London. During this study we will learn about the contributions of fire fighters: their role in society and their contributions during the Great Fire.

As theologians, we will learn about the ‘Story of Creation’, making links between religious rules and rules at school. We will share the story of Jesus’ Birth and will talk about what Christians believe; reflecting on important days in the year and how these are celebrated.

As computer users, we will introduce algorithms and how they are implemented as programs on a Beebot. We will program our Beebots as fire engines to navigate their way to an emergency destination, ensuring that we give, and follow, precise and unambiguous instructions. We will learn how to debug our Beebots and why this is an important step.

We will also consider the use of information technology beyond school. We will visit the library to find out how technology is used there, and discuss how technology is vital to different professions.

As artists, we will look at the work of the famous artists Claude Monet and Andy Goldsworthy. Through our study of Monet, we will appreciate a variety of his famous paintings. Whilst learning about war heroes, we will look closely at the famous ‘Poppy Field’ painting, and replicate Monet’s well known stippling technique.

When looking at the Autumnal seasonal changes we will learn how Andy Goldsworthy uses natural resources to create his sculptures. We will recreate some of his designs and use our own imagination to create individual masterpieces in our outdoor area.

As scientists, we will conduct an investigation into which material will be best suited to create a superhero’s cape. To do this we will recognise and name a variety of common materials and look at their properties. We will evaluate the best material for the product.

While we are learning about Florence Nightingale as a hero, we will look at the human body. We will label the basic parts of the human body and say which part is associated with each sense.

As citizens in PSHE, we will learn about our identity, relationships, risk and safety, diversity and equality, power and making sure we are promoting a healthy balanced lifestyle.

As musicians, we will explore a range of songs linking to harvest, jobs and heroes. We will learn to name classroom percussion, and will listen to pieces that contain contrasting elements of music, such as tempo, dynamics or pitch.

As sports people, we will explore the basic skills of rolling, controlling, dribbling, kicking, throwing and catching a ball and use these skills in some invasion games. To develop our movement skills, we will explore a variety of ways of travelling and focus on spatial awareness. We will balance on a variety of body parts and use body control to stimulate movement to percussion instruments.

Visits

We have plans for Frank from Andrew’s Hedgehog Hospital to visit us. He will explain what his job entails and we will consider how he could also be a hero. This will help inspire our Autumn poems.