KS1 Termly Curriculum Information

Penguins, Octopuses, Seals and Polar Bears    

Spring Term 2018

Inventions - Cracking Ideas!

As Historians we will:

We will begin by looking at some amazing and fun ”Cracking Ideas” inventions from the Wallace and Gromit animations. We will also look at some funny and amazing inventions of the Victorian artist Heath Robinson.

  • Observe and handle evidence to ask questions and find answers to questions about the past.
  • Ask questions such as: What was it like for people? What happened? How long ago?
  • Use artefacts, pictures, stories, online sources and eye witness accounts to find out about the past.
  • Identify some of the different ways the past has been represented.
  • Describe Historical events.
  • Describe significant people from the past.
  • Recognise that there are reasons why people in the past acted as they did.
  • Place events and artefacts in order on a timeline.
  • Label timelines with words or phrases such as past, present, older and newer.
  • Recount changes that have occurred in their own lives.
  • Use dates appropriately.
  • Use words and phrases such as: a long time ago, recently, when my parents/carers were children, years, decades and centuries to describe the passing of time.



As Scientists we will:


Work scientifically to:

  • Ask simple questions.
  • Observe closely, using simple equipment.
  • Perform fair tests and observation over time investigations.
  • Identify and classify.
  • Use observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.
  • Gather and record data to help in answering questions.

To understand Materials, we will:

  • distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made
  • identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass,

metal, water, and rock

  • describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their

simple physical properties.


To understand that materials can change, we will:

  • Explore materials and solid objects whose shape can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.
  • Understand that some materials change from solid to liquid, and liquid to solid (water, butter, ice, wax) when heated or cooled and that some materials do not change state.


As Musicians we will:

  • Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high quality live and recorded music.
  • Take part in singing, accurately following the melody.
  • Create a mixture of different sounds (long and short, loud and quiet, high and low).
  • Choose sounds to create an effect.
  • Create our own piece of music using tuned and un-tuned instruments for the Queen’s coronation using a pictorial score.


As Artists we will:

Respond to Chester Zoo trip


• Use thick and thin brushes.

• Mix primary colours to make secondary colours and explore hot and cold colours.

• Add white to colours to make tints and black to colours to make tones.


• Use a combination of materials that are cut, torn and glued.
• Sort and arrange materials.
• Mix materials to create texture.


• Use a combination of shapes.

• Include lines and texture.

• Use rolled up paper, straws, paper, card and clay as materials.

• Use techniques such as rolling, cutting, moulding and carving.


As Theologians and Philosophers we will:

  • Learn what Muslims believe and how they worship God
  • Explore why Easter matters to Christians.

As Information Technologists we will:

  • Use technology purposefully to create, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.

E.g. Use 2 Paint a Picture to create scenes from the past.


As Writers:


In addition to our English curriculum, we will use Cracking Ideas to stimulate our writing and provide us with varied opportunities to use our writing skills. This will include:

  • Writing labels for pictures and artefacts.
  • Writing lists
  • Writing captions to describe inventions and designers.
  • Writing instructions for making an invention, making an Easter nest.
  • Descriptive writing inspired by Cracking Ideas.
  • Writing diary entries as significant people from the past.
  • Writing newspaper reports and stories based on significant events from the past.


As Readers we will:


  • Explore non-fiction books and their features to help us to find out about cracking ideas and events from the past and significant people.
  • Explore poetry and identify descriptive language.


As Communicators we will:


  • Learn new and technical vocabulary.
  • Describe and re-tell new information found.
  • Tell other people about significant events in our own lives.
  • Listen to and watch clips which inform us about cracking inventions from the past
  • Ask questions when interviewing eye-witnesses from the past
  • Use role play to explore feelings of people from the past.




As Mathematicians we will:


In addition to our maths curriculum, we will be linking our topic work to the maths curriculum by:

  • Sequencing events in chronological order using the language of time; e.g before, after, first, next
  • Recognising and using language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years.


As Designers and Technicians we will:


Design, make and evaluate food products by:

• Measuring or weighing using measuring cups or electronic scales.

• Assembling or cooking ingredients.


As British Citizens we will:


  • Understand that we belong to different groups and communities such as family, school and the wider community.
  • To understand what it means to be British.


As Gymnasts we will:


  • Investigate movement, stillness and using space safely.
  • Use basic gymnastic actions on the floor and on apparatus.
  • Learn how to perform short movement phrases eg two rolls, two jumps.







Christian Theme of the Month

The Christian theme for this half term is 'Trust'.

"When I am afraid I put my trust in you" Psalm 56.3

In school we will be:

Exploring the concept of trust.

Encouraging pupils to further develop a trusting attitude.

Exploring who we can trust and how we know if someone is trustworthy.

Parents and carers, please help us at home to support your child in their understanding of the above concepts.