Dragonfly (Year 1)

Module 1

Welcome back to school! It’s the start of a new year, and across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘Who We Are’. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Experiences form our identities.

We will be reading:

‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Understanding numbers to 10
  • Adding and subtracting within 10

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • Who we are
  • How our bodies work
  • How our experiences form our identities

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 1 Homework – Who We Are

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive phonics work and a task to practise mental maths. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in Friday 15th October 2021.

I am an Inquirer

Can you find out an interesting fact about each of the UK’s capital cities? You could try labelling these facts on a map?

I am Knowledgeable

Your family helps to make you, you! Who are the members of your family? Can you find out some family stories or history and share them?

I am Creative

We are going to be learning about Andy Warhol and Picasso. Can you find out about another famous artist and create a self-portrait in the artist’s style?

I am Caring

Families are important and give us love and care. Can you share some of your favourite things about your family?

I am Reflective

Think about yourself as a person. Share something which you are proud of, something which you are good at and something you would like to improve over Year 1.

I am Open-Minded

Talk to an adult in your family about what their childhood was like and think about how it might be different from your own.

I am a Communicator

In school, we are going to be learning about the different parts of our bodies. Can you learn how to name any of your body parts in a different language?

I am Curious

Families sometimes celebrate special occasions such as birthdays or Christmas by sharing a meal. What are your family members’ favourite foods? Can you invent a dinner with everyone’s favourites?

I am a Thinker

Share your favourite story with an adult. Can you draw a front cover or write a blurb for it? Could you explain to someone why it is your favourite?

Module 2

How We Express Ourselves

Welcome back to school! It’s the start of a new year, and across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘How we express ourselves’. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Significant events form traditions.

We will be reading:

‘Remember Remember the Fifth of November’ by Deborah Webb

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Number: Addition and Subtraction
  • Geometry: Shape

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • How past events form traditions.
  • Different cultures celebrate different traditions.

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 2 Homework

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive a task to practise maths and phonics. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in Friday 10th December 2021.

I am an inquirer

Around the world there are lots of different Christmas traditions. Could you find out about a Christmas tradition from a different country?

I am knowledgeable

Poppies are the symbol of remembrance around the world but this is because of a specific reason. Research why poppies are important in commemorating Remembrance Sunday. Present this creatively.

I am creative

Bonfire night is so exciting because there are so many contrasting colours against the night sky. Can you create a bonfire night picture?

I am caring

Bonfire night can be a lot of fun however it can be dangerous for people and animals. Make a poster informing people how to take care of themselves and animals this year.

I am reflective

Every year on the second Sunday of November, the country remembers soldiers who have fought in past and present wars. Could you create a thank you card, poster or piece of art to commemorate this?

I am open-minded

Christmas is traditionally a Christian celebration. What is another religious celebration from another religion?

I am a communicator

In school we will be learning about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot. Create a dance sequence to show the events which led to the tradition of celebrating bonfire night every year.

I am curious

Why do the majority of people in this country celebrate Christmas? Where did the tradition come from?

I am a thinker

As the evenings are getting darker, it is important to wear bright or reflective clothing so that you can be seen by cars. Design an outfit to ensure that cars will see you when walking.

Module 3

Where We Are In Place And Time

Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed the break with your families and have had a great start to the year. This term, across the school we will all be exploring the theme ‘Where We Are In Place & Time’. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Cycles and patterns occur in the natural world

We will be reading:

‘The Queen’s Hat’ by Steve Antony

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Number: Addition and Subtraction (within 20)
  • Place Value (within 50)

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • Differentiating between people, places and events in the past and the present.
  • Ways to find out about the past.
  • How aspects of the past still influence society today.

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look below for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 3 Homework

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly class homework, specific to their year group. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 2 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in by Friday 4th February.

I am an inquirer

What is a coronation? Research by using the internet, books or even asking family members to find out. Could you make a poster to show the information you have found out?

I am knowledgeable

Who are the members of the royal family? Could you make a royal family tree to show who the people are and how they are related?

I am creative

Kings and Queens wear crowns. Can you design or make a crown which is fit for a member of the royal family?

I am caring

This year the Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee. That means she will have been Queen for 70 years! Can
you make a card for the Queen to celebrate this?

I am reflective

Being part of the royal family would have lots of advantages however it could also have some disadvantages – The Queen is a very busy lady! Would you like to be a member of the royal family? Why?

I am open-minded

This module we will be visiting the Tower of London. What other famous landmark in London would you like to
visit? Can you make a poster which would make someone want to visit there too?

I am a communicator

Could you find out how to say these words in another language? King, queen, crown, royal and palace.

I am curious

In the UK, we have a royal family and a Queen. Do all countries have a monarch? If they don’t, what do they have instead?

I am a thinker

If you were a king or queen for a day, what rule would you make? Why? How would you make sure people keep to this rule?

Module 4

Welcome back to school, we hope that you had a lovely half term! This term, across the school we will all be exploring the theme ‘How The World Works’.   Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Cycles and patterns occur in the natural world

We will be reading:

Lila and the Secret of Rain

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Number: Place Value (Within 50)
  • Measurement: Length and Height
  • Measurement: Weight and Volume

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • Different types of weather and seasons (Connection)
  • Natural cycles caused by the movement of the Earth in relation to the Sun (Causation) 
  • How people predict the weather (Function)

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 4 Homework – How The World Works

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly class homework, specific to their year group. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in by Friday 25th March.

I am an inquirer

At different times of the year we have different amounts of rainfall. Could you create a rain gauge to measure the amount of rain we have and keep a record?

I am knowledgeable

The sun plays an important role in determining the seasons. Research and then show this.

I am creative

In Lila and the Secret of Rain, it hadn’t rained for weeks and weeks. The village was suffering the effects of a drought. Make a picture (in any way that you like) to show the impact.

I am caring

Animals are being impacted by global warming as their habitats are changing. Design a home for one of these animals, thinking about their needs. E.g. a polar bear would need a very cold home.

I am principled

Humans are having an impact on the climate and the world is warming because of it. There are simple changes we can make to slow this down. Make a poster encouraging some of these ways.

I am open-minded

Life in Kenya, where Lila (the main character in our story) lives, is different to life here in the UK. Can you think about how life might be different?

I am a communicator

“Out and About” by Shirley Hughes is a book full of poems. Write your own poem about your favourite type of weather.

I am curious 

Different countries experience different types of weather to what we do in this country. Look at the weather in a different country then design 4 outfits; one for each season.

I am a thinker

The world has many different climates depending on location. Why is this important? Why can’t all countries have the same weather?

Module 5

We hope that you had an enjoyable Easter Break. This term, the school will be learning around the theme ‘Sharing The Planet’. Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Humans play a role in protecting life on our planet.

We will be reading:

‘Croc and Bird’ by Alexis Deacon

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Number: Multiplication and Division
  • Number: Fractions

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • Types of life (Form)
  • Animal welfare (Change)
  • Human responsibility towards conservation (Responsibility)

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 5 Homework – Sharing The Planet

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly class homework, specific to their year group. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 2 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in by Friday 20th May.

I am an inquirer

Deforestation is one of the main reasons animals are becoming extinct. What does deforestation mean? Use the following website to learn more. 

Britannica Kids – Deforestation

I am knowledgeable

We can tell if an animal is a herbivore, omnivore or carnivore by looking at their poo! Can you tell which animal these poos belong to? Have a go at the WWF quiz. (Move the slider across to reveal the animal).

WWF.org.uk – Do you know your animal poo?

I am creative

All living things have a life cycle. Can you choose your favourite animal and create a diagram of its life cycle?

I am caring

Some hens which lay the eggs which we eat are kept in cages whilst others are free-range. Design (or create) a hen home which you think is fair living conditions.

I am principled

The Aspinall Foundation is a British charity which works to promote wildlife conservation. Research about the work of the Aspinall Foundation and then write an email, letter or create a card with why you think their work is important.

I am open-minded

Animal extinction and climate change are both major problems we are facing. How can you do your part to make sure we are all looking after the planet the best we can?

I am a communicator

There are lots of different types of animals but which is your favourite? Why? Show this in any way you like but be creative!

I am curious 

There are many endangered species including rhinos, gorillas, tigers, elephants, turtles and unfortunately more. Why is this happening though?

I am a thinker

Some animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, etc, make great pets but others don’t. What makes an animal a good choice for a pet? Perhaps you could compare a selection of animals and write a list of pros and cons.

Module 6

Welcome back to school! It’s the start of the last term of year one. Across the school we will all be thinking about the theme ‘How We Organise Ourselves’.

Find out more about the inquiries for your class below:

Central Idea:
Humans may cause the local environment to change.

We will be reading:

‘The Everywhere Bear’ by Julia Donaldson

Our Maths Skills we are focusing on are:

  • Number: Place Value
  • Geometry: Money and Time

In our Lines of Inquiry, we will explore:

  • Our local area
  • Changes to our local area
  • Our community in the future

These are the ideas we will be exploring in school, but we’re really looking forward to seeing your own inquiries take shape! Take a look on the next page for some suggestions to get you started…

Module 6 Homework – How We Organise Ourselves

Homework is shared with you termly. In addition to this document, your child will also receive weekly homework tasks. The tasks below focus on the Learner Profiles, which are part of our day to day expectations in the classroom. These require the children to show their thinking and explain their solutions. Each child is required to complete 3 tasks by the end of the term. The completed homework should be brought in by Friday 15th July.

I am an inquirer

Go for a walk around the village (with an adult of course). Can you spot any signs of history in the village? Are there any memorials? Are there different buildings which might have had a specific job?

I am knowledgeable

There are lots of lovely flowers, plants and trees in our local area. Could you research unusual types of plants or flowers though? What might you learn about them? Which is the most unusual?

I am creative

Can you create a picture of a plant and label key parts? Challenge – Could you use more than one technique? For example, collage and paint, etc.

I am caring

Being a member of a community is a bit like being part of a big family, even though you might not know everyone! Can you think of a caring act you might do for a community member? Could you carry out this act?

I am reflective

In the olden days, people had coats of arms, which explained a bit about themselves. Design your own coat of arms for our High Halstow community.

I am open-minded

Our local area has gone through many changes and it will continue to do so. Describe what you think the village might be like in 100 years from now. How will it have changed?

I am a communicator

We are so lucky to be part of the High Halstow community as it has lots of lovely things about it. Can you express something you love about our village?

I am curious 

Apparently, if you turn a beanstalk seed over once a day during its germination period, you can grow a corkscrew beanstalk! Give it a try and let me know if it actually works.

I am a thinker

If you could get in a time machine and travel back 100 years, how do you think High Halstow would be different to how it is now? What sorts of jobs might people have? Would there be cars? What might be the same?