Year One

Welcome to Year 1

Class Teacher – Mrs Rebecca Olive                                                          

Teaching Assistants- Mrs Goodchild, Mrs Cross, Mrs Leverton

Year 1 Summer Term 2 “Rivers”


This term we will be learning all about Rivers. We will launch our new topic with an outdoor activity day. The children will use guttering to create their own rivers, build rafts to flow down their rivers, make river bugs out of clay and natural resources, build river bank dens and create River art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy

We will be locating and naming rivers in the UK and then learning about rivers in our own locality. We will look at maps and Google Earth to identify the river sources, tributaries and final destinations. The children will learn how rivers start, where they flow to and how important rivers are to humans and animals. We hope to take a river trip down the River Fal to experience life on a river first hand. They will find out where the River Fal originates from and how it is used and as well as which plants and animals live there.


In Art we will develop our colour mixing and watercolour painting skills, using  Hokusai river paintings  as inspiration. In music we will listen to “Aquarium” by Saint-Saëns from Carnival of the animals and compose our “River Journey” music.   

In DT the children will design and make a raft to float down our river and build bridges out of construction materials. They will have to successfully carry objects on their rafts and add weights to their bridges to test their strength.


As an outcome for our topic, we will be inviting parents to a short presentation in the hall on 19th July 9:15-9:45.


Please see the attached Parent Overview and Maths Overview for more detailed information about this term’s learning.