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Our Topic for the First Autumn Term is ...




We had a very busy and exciting start to our topic - some might say stunning!


Each classroom in KS1 had a different type of game or toy Mrs Peacock and Mrs Bramwell had a selection of board games, Mr Bridge had construction toys, Miss Rose had small world toys, puppets and books and Mrs Walton had games and toys which we could  play with outside.  


This half term we will be reading a book of poems written by children called 'The Best Part of Me' and creating our own books thinking about which part of our body we like best and why. A recount of our school trip to Liverpool and finishing the term writing a narrative using the text Kipper's Toybox.


We will focus on using our phonic knowledge to sound out words to write labels and simple captions.


Our focus for this term is:

  • To leave spaces between words
  • Use a capital letter at the beginning of sentences
  • Use a full stop at the end of sentences
  • Capital letters for names and pronoun, I
  • Write labels, captions and simple sentences


In our phonics sessions we will be revisiting the set 2 sounds and learning set 3 sounds.



This term we are consolidating our number recognition to 20, counting accurately using 1 - 1 correspondence and saying numbers in order to 20 and beyond forwards and backwards. 


We will be working on place value to understand how two digit numbers are made up of groups of 10 and ones using dienes. 



This term we will be investigating materials looking at what toys and everyday items are manufactured from and their properties. Describing what we see and feel using technical vocabulary: bendy, bumpy, dull, feel, hard, made, manufactured, material, natural, rough, shiny, smooth, soft, squashy, stiff, stretchy, transparent, flexible, rigid ... 


We will be conducting an investigation to consider why an object is made from a particular material and what would be the best material to make a waterproof coat.


We will find out who is Charles Mackintosh and what was his famous product, we will be emulating his discovery to create our own waterproof material.  


We will be able to:

• 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.





  • We are learning about the history of toys and exploring the questions 'What were toys like in the past? How and why have they changed?'
  • We will be exploring old toys and comparing them to new ones, as well as having a visitor in to talk about her old toys.
  • If any parents or grandparents have their own toys that they would like to share, we would be very grateful!
  • We will be visiting the Museum of Liverpool to participate in a toys workshop, tour the museum following a toy trail and visit Little Liverpool a gallery within the museum which is a hands-on fantasy world especially for children under the age of six to play and learn.


We will use programmable robots to follow and create algorithms and 'debug' our programming



We will listen to a piece of music and respond to what we hear and how it makes us feel.  We will learn to sing in harmony developing pitch and timbre. To complete our musical topic we will create our own composition using instruments with control and perform our piece of music to the class. 

Design and Technology

  • We will be looking at a range of puppets and talking about what we like and dislike about them. We will establish that some are moving puppets and take a closer look at how they move. From this we will have a go at making a simple moving puppet before designing and making our own slightly more complete moving puppet.  


As part of PSHE and RE we will be exploring these questions:

  • What are our rules and responsibilities within our school community?
  • What are consequences?
  • Who is a Christian and what do they believe?
  • What do Christians learn about God from bible stories?


In Street dance on a Monday we will be pretending to be toys following choreography to dance in a sequence coordinating our movements as a group.

On Wednesday we will be developing our key movement skills:

  • moving in different ways
  • developing our spatial awareness