Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome to Year 1, 2021-22.

We have a fantastic year ahead of us and after a strange end to the previous academic year, we are ready to get stuck into our learning.

During Autumn term children will explore the country Peru through all of our core and foundation subjects. Linked to our class novel, A Bear Called Paddington, children will study what Darkest Peru may have been like for the young bear by looking at Peruvian Amazonia and comparing the culture, climate and habitats to that of which we have back home.

Castles are our topic for spring term and we are lucky enough to have one right on our doorstep (with the largest, intact keep in Europe!) Children will learn about significant historical events within and before their lifetime and later into the term, become scientists researching and comparing materials to pick the most suitable.

Summer term will be a time for celebrating our heroes (spoiler, they do not always wear capes!) and those that keep us safe. Children will become time travellers and learn about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. To finish the year with a blast off, we will be looking at our beautiful solar system, the moon landing and Neil Armstrong himself.

Our themes for this year are closely linked with our Christian Values of Love, Trust and Wisdom. During children’s time at St Andrew’s, they will become confident life-long learners in safe and stimulating environment.

Miss Percival (Class Teacher)

Above all guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs, 4:23

Useful information for this year

Paddington’s PeruPaddington Bear by Michael Bond

Where do the animals live and grow?

Children will build on their learning in EYFS by learning about Peru with a focus on the story of Paddington Bear. They will learn about what it is like in Peru and how it is similar and different to life in the UK. Then, they will think about the life of Paddington and what the Browns would need to do to look after him properly and make him feel at home!

Precious Pets
How do we show we care about God’s animals?Sophie's Snail

To build on their learning about looking after the fictional bear – Paddington, the children will learn about about pets and taking care of animals responsibly. They will also learn how to scientifically classify animals according to their characteristics, the habitats of a wider range of animals and the difference between living and non-living things.

Year One Curriculum