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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


Year One is an exciting year to be a part of, it is also known as the continent of Europe! Like every Year Group at Clockhouse, we have a fun-filled, creative curriculum to excite and inspire the children of the year group. Our teachers work hard to ensure that we make the learning in Year One exciting and memorable. Our teachers are Mrs Nelder-Marsh (France), Mrs Jarvis and Mrs Everingham (Spain) and Miss Page (Italy). We also have a number of other adults who help us learn, make progress and be the best that we can be.


Our exciting lessons are linked to the Clockhouse Curriculum and using our topics we also have the opportunity to develop and improve our English and Maths skills. During Year One we will be learning through the exciting themes of It’s all about the UK, Woodland Life and Seaside Life. At the start of each new topic we have an entry point activity which helps us to get involved in the new theme and motivated to learn. At the end of each topic we have an Exit Point where we celebrate our learning throughout the topic. We often invite our parents in as this gives us the opportunity to share our learning in a fun and meaningful way.


During the Autumn term, we learn about Woodland Life as part of our topic “If you go into the woods today…” At the beginning of our topic we will be creating a Little Red Riding Hood wolf trail where parents will be invited in to join us.  We will be visiting Thorndon Country Park and going on the Gruffalo trail and we will finish the topic with a Birds of Prey show.  As part of our history we will take a look into the legend of Robin Hood and why he lived in the forest.  The children will have an opportunity to look at their local area and locate places on a map.   Alongside this, children will develop their understanding of human and physical features within their local area such as the library, shops as well as grassland and forestry areas. In Science, we will be learning about the animals that live in a woodland area.


During the Spring term, we learn about “It’s all about the UK”.  As part of our topic “Where in the world is the UK?” we will learn about where London is and why it is such an important place. We will have the opportunity to create some famous London landmarks in DT and we will be learning about The Great Fire of London and finding out how this has changed the way London looks today. We will be comparing two cities and look at the differences between a town and the countryside. To add to the excitement we will be having tea with the Queen where parents will be invited in and we will be finishing our exciting topic with a demonstration of how the Great Fire of London rapidly spread through the streets of London.



During the Summer term, our topic is all about Seaside Life. As part of our topic “Oh I do like to be beside the seaside” we will be learning about why people like to go to the seaside.  The children will compare two seaside towns, St Ives and Southend, looking at differences and what is the same in both towns. We will be looking at ways to stay safe in the sun and how best to protect ourselves. In history, we will be looking at the seaside from years ago and comparing it to today’s modern seaside.  We will discover how people from years ago travelled to the seaside, the games they played on the beach and the clothing they wore.  To finish our topic we will create our very own mini beach at school, make an ice cream parlour where parents will be invited in to buy an ice cream and we will learn more about sealife with a fantastic trip to Southend where we visit the Sealife Centre.


During each topic we will have a home learning quest which provides an opportunity to learn about the things that interest us and we want to find out about.


During the year we will have lots of other exciting events… keep checking the website and letters home for further information.


All this sensational learning means that we enjoy our time in Year One and are ready and excited for the new challenges ahead of us in Year Two!


Please click on the link below to find out more information about what we will be learning this year: