Year 1 Spectacular Sycamores and Positive Palms

Spectacular Sycamores and Positive Palms 2022-23

Welcome to Our Page!

Our teachers are:

Spectacular Sycamores – Miss Hodges and Miss Hussain

Positive Palms – Miss Goodhead and Mr Richardson

Look at our classrooms!

Our classrooms are well organised and provide a calm environment to promote the children to be independent. The children can find their own resources to support them in learning.

See who our dojo masters and school council representatives are.

Our dojo masters are:

Positive Palms – Roman and Ruuhi

Spectacular Sycamores – Luca and Muthmoheenat

Our school councillors are:

Positive Palms – Octavia

Spectacular Sycamores – Jessica

Below is how our topics will look this year:

Throughout our Enchanted Woodland topic, in Science we will be identifying wild and common plants and describe the a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. In Art we will be looking at patterns in nature and drawing observational sketches.

Quality Texts

Quality Texts:

Our Fiction Key text for Autumn 1 is ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. We will be using the talk for writing structure to learn and innovate the story. We will be focusing on character description, using adjectives to describe.



Our Hook for Enchanted Woodland will be happening on the 22nd September when we are all going to Elvaston Castle!


Memorable Experience

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During this Topic, we will be exploring significant historical figures (Amelia Earhart and Nelson Mandela) who have challenged stereotypes such as gender roles and race.  Through our Environmental Studies we will be looking at Greta Thunberg and how significant she is to fighting climate change.  In science we are looking at animals including humans.

Quality Text

This term, our fiction text is Traction man by Mini Grey. We will use this to help us write a ‘defeat the monster’ story.

For our Non-Fiction topic, we will be writing an explanation text about Amelia Earhart.


Over the half term, the horrible hoover had hoovered up all of our favourite toys! When we got back to school, we knew we needed help to save them. We wrote a letter to Traction man to help us get our toys back.


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This term we will be having a superhero day! We will get to dress up as any superhero we would like to. During the day we will get to do an agility/ gymnastics course, find and rescue the people in danger and think about real life superheroes.

More coming soon

For our topic this term, we will be learning about the oceans and continents in Geography.  In Science we are learning all about animals. we will find out about what animals need to survive, classifying animals and investigate animal life cycles. We will also be learning about animals food chains and what habitats different animals live in and why.

Quality Text

Quality Texts

Our model text for this half term is based on the book ‘ Tiger who came to Tea’. We will be writing our own wishing tales focusing on openings and endings.

For our Non-Fiction writing, we will be writing a diary entry of our trip to Peak Wildlife.



For our memorable experience this term we will be visiting peak wild life park! We will get to investigate the park and see all the animals.

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During this term we will be focusing on plants in our science lessons. We will learn how to name, identify and describe common plants and trees and investigate how beans grow. In geography we will be using maps and looking at the physical and human features of our school environment. In Art we will be looking at the artist Georgia O’Keeffe and creating our own observational drawings of flowers. We will also be designing and building our our bug hotels in Design and Technology.

Quality Text

Quality Texts

For our quality text this term, we will look at the traditional tale ‘Jack and the beanstalk”‘ The Non-Fiction text is a Instructions on “How to plant a seed”.



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For our memorable experience this term we will be planting and growing seeds. We will be watching them closely to check how the grow and check on them regularly to make sure all their needs are met. We will be using our knowledge to write our instructions.

In this topic, we will be learning about dinosaurs.  Through our Environmental Studies we will be looking at extinction; looking at other animals now extinct or endangered due to climate change/human development. In History we will look at Mary Anning who was a palaeontologist. Through Art we will be creating dinosaurs sketching and working on our pencil skills.

Tyrannosaurus Dripp

Our model text this half term will be based off the book ‘ Tyrannosaurus Drip’ by Julia Donaldson. We will be writing a tale of fear.


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During the topic, in History, we will be learning about changes within living memory looking specifically at transport over time, including uses of bridges and tunnels. We will also be looking at Isambard Kingdom Brunel who was an architect. He is famous for building the Thames Tunnel. In Design and Technology we will be designing and building a bridge to solve a tricky problem. We will also be comparing transportation, looking into which ones are the most eco-friendly.

Quality Text


This term our focus text is ‘The Tunnel’. We will be writing a portal story.


We will also be writing a recount about our visit to a castle.


For our hook, we explored what is through a special tunnel! We made predictions and described the setting that we would explore if we climbed through the tunnel.


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See below our important information you need to know:

In maths, we are looking at increasing our children’s fluency with basic skills. Have a go at this interactive game at home!

Here is a list of the spellings your child will need to learn by the end of year 1 and 2:

Our PE lessons happen on a Thursday afternoon. Please send your child to school with their PE kit.

Autumn 1

Thursday 22nd September – Year 1 children to go to Elvaston Castle.
Tuesday 11th October – Parents in for an art afternoon.
Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October – Parents afternoon

Autumn 2

Friday 4th November – Wonder Dome coming into school

Tuesday 20th December – Parents in for Design & Technology afternoon.

Spring 1

Messy afternoon (Date to be confirmed)

W/C 23rd January – Parents in to make pizzas (Design & Technology)

Spring 2

Having a Mexican carnival day (Date to be confirmed)
W/C 13th March – Parents in to create a picture of an animal (Computing)
Summer 1
Local area walk round
Parents in to use digimaps to label the local area (Geography)

Summer 2

Coming soon!

Here are some useful websites that you might want to visit to support your child’s learning.

Maths adding

Pure sounds guide for their phonics test and reading



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Firs Primary School
Raven Street
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782

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