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Camelsdale Primary

A Flying Start to a Learning Life

welcome to year 1

The Hedgehogs are our Year 1 class. 

The Hedgehog team are Mrs Brownbill (Class Teacher) and Mrs Pinchbeck (Teaching Assistant).

Summer Term 2024 Class Letter

The Year One Learning Journey

Within the Hedgehog’s Learning Journey, the children access their learning through imaginative and exciting topics, which provide the foundations for our creative curriculum, interlinking themes and activities across all subjects.

In the Autumn Term, the Hedgehogs begin their learning journey by exploring ‘Magical Story Land’. This term we share a wide variety of stories to explore the topic, including traditional stories and fairy tales. We spend time consolidating the phonics learning from Year R and look at alternative spellings for long vowel sounds. We practise our cursive writing and begin to write our own stories. We enjoy our science as we investigate the Seasons, the Human Body and our Senses. In history, we discover what it might have been like to live and work in a medieval castle; we enjoy drama as we assume the roles of a knight, a king, a queen or a servant.

Year 1 is a very busy, fun-filled year in which the children grow and develop hugely.

In the Spring Term, we go on a ‘Jungle Safari’. We research life in the jungle, endangered animals and the jungle weather and climate. There are plenty of opportunities for geography as we investigate maps and compare the features of our local area to a jungle zone. Sadly, we can’t manage a trip to the actual jungle but we do try to fit in a visit to Marwell Zoo this term! This topic sees us doing a lot of science as we learn about Animal Habitats and Classification. As the seasons change we observe the changes that spring brings in nature and look at the structure of plants; we also try to identify some common trees and flowers. In literacy, the children write poems and stories centred on the jungle theme.

In the Summer Term, the Hedgehogs go on a journey of discovery as they learn about Marvellous Machines; tracing their origins from the earliest beginnings to the space rockets, bullet trains and electric, driverless cars of today.  They visit Brooklands Motor Museum to see first-hand amazing racing cars, early planes, a WW2 bomber - and even take a look inside Concorde!

In Science, they study and then learn to create their own artwork using computer applications, pencil drawings and clay, incorporating floral patterns inspired by their own studies and the work of Van Gogh.

Year 1 is a very busy, fun-filled year in which the children grow and develop hugely. The Polar Bears’ Team love teaching in this incredibly rewarding year-group!