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Children: Now and Then

International Food Day: Thank you so much to parents/carers who contributed a traditional dish. The children thoroughly enjoyed tasting the food of different nations!

10/11/17- We made poppies for Remembrance Day to help us remember people who have been affected by war. Here is our poppy display!

07/11/17- Today we used a floor plan of our school to help us learn about mapping (Geography). We also used it to help us think about how lucky we are to have all of the resources we have to help us learn (PSHE).

We went to Canary Wharf to sketch modern buildings as a comparison to the old buildings in Lowry's artwork. This was to help us learn about how people's lives have changed from how they were in the past.

Children: Now and Then Topic Information


Over the next few weeks, our work in Year 1 will be focused around the topic of ‘Children: Now and Then’. We will explore many different aspects of children’s lives now and in the past such as schools and toys. We will also be looking at how children’s lives are different in other countries compared to our own. During this topic we will be covering many areas of the curriculum; particularly Geography, History and PSHE.


In English we will be retelling the story ‘Lost in The Toy Museum’ by acting out scenes, creating story maps and writing our own versions of the story.


In Geography children will be learning about how children’s lives differ in other countries. If any of our parents or other relatives went to school in another country, please get in touch and we may ask you to come in and talk to the children about it!


In PSHE we will be learning about how children’s lives in the past and in other countries differ to our own.


In History we will be learning about how school was different in the past and how toys differed. As part of this we will be visiting both the Museum of Childhood and the Ragged School Museum.


In Physical Education the children will be continuing gymnastics and will be practising other important physical skills such as throwing and catching.


Activities to do at home

Continuing the learning from school to home is also very important and helps our children progress even further. So  we will also provide a home learning folder, and send home some work each week to build on the learning in school. We hope it will help you reinforce the learning that takes place at school.


This week we need children to bring in photographs of themselves from their past i.e. when they were babies and toddlers.


Year 1 P.E.

Please note that Year 1 P.E. sessions will take place on Mondays and Fridays.  Please ensure that your child brings the correct P.E. uniform on a Monday and leaves it in school until Friday, when it can then be taken home. The correct uniform consists of black shorts / tracksuit bottoms and a plain white T-shirt. Please note that football shirts cannot be worn. Suitable black footwear should also be provided.


Phonics books

Your child will be issued with a new reading book and a story book at the end of each week. Please ensure that these books are returned by the following Wednesday at the latest.  It is important that you take time to listen to your child read, and support them as they need it.


Reading books

Please remember also that the children are welcome to take library books from the Year 1 classrooms to read at home. Each class group has a file in the reading area – please note down the date and title of the book you are borrowing. Please don’t forget to return these to school.


Year 1 Clubs

Year 1 clubs this year are every Thursday after school. Please note that children may need to alternate the club they attend.


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


Year 1 Team

Curriculum Map - 'Children: Now and Then'

Curriculum Map - 'Children: Now and Then' 1