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Highlees Primary School

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Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 page for David McKee and Julia Donaldson class!

This page will be updated with details of our learning journey throughout the school year. Please read our Year 1 blog to find out about all the exciting things we've been doing!




Memory Box

Moon Zoom!

Dinosaur Planet

Bright Lights, Big City


Owl Babies - Martin Waddell

Man on the Moon - Simon Bartram; Beegu – Alexis Deacon; Aliens in Underpants Save the World – Claire Freedman

Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak

Dick Whittington – Russell Punter; The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse – Susanna Davidson; Katie in London – James Mayhew

Memorable Experience

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Alien crash scene investigation

Visit a natural history museum

A royal visit

Innovate Challenge

Special Memories Box

Help the alien home

Dinosaur museum

Marley the Meerkat's trip to London

English genres

Recounts; Diaries; Rhymes and mnemonics; Descriptions; Information texts

Posters; Character descriptions; Non-chronological reports; Adverts; Science fiction

Fact files; Poetry and riddles; Non-chronological reports; Narrative; Writing for different purposes

Recounts, Labels and captions; Adventure narratives; Instructions; Emails; Character descriptions


Fieldwork in the local area

Satellite images

Locating continents and oceans

Countries and capital cities of the UK (London focus); Using locational language; Using maps; Geographical similarities



Drawing software; Algorithms; Email; Photo stories

Programming a floor robot; Stop motion animation

Searching the web; Digital images; Algorithms; Logical reasoning; Creating and debugging programs; Common uses of information technology; Communication; E-safety; Stop motion animation



Drawing; Painting; Collage; Family portraits

Models of the Solar System

Large and small-scale modelling


Making picnic foods; Celebration cards; Making a memory box

Designing and making space-themed vehicles; Evaluating toys; Using mechanisms

Designing and making

Exploring mechanisms; Constructing moving models; Understanding where food comes from; Designing and making souvenirs; Models of London landmarks


Changes within living memory

Significant people – Astronauts; Changes within living memory

Events beyond living memory; Significant individuals – Mary Anning

The Great Fire of London


Songs that help us remember; Writing a class song

Space sounds; Space-themed songs


Traditional songs and nursery rhymes


Animals, including humans; Working scientifically

Properties of everyday materials; Working scientifically

Plants and animals

Everyday materials; Working scientifically