KS1 Termly Curriculum Information

Penguins, Octopuses, Seals and Polar Bears    

Spring Term 2015

Space - A giant step for mankind

As Scientists we will be:

  • Asking simple questions about hard materials, linked to space travel.
  • Investigating the best materials to make a space rocket, space helmet or space buggy.
  • Identifying and naming a variety of hard materials such as plastic, metal, wood and rock.
  • Describing the physical properties of hard materials.
  • Investigating which hard materials float and sink.
  • Using the space buggies we make in DT to compare and describe how things move, using vocabulary such as faster and slower.
  • Investigating forces used to make things move.

As Designers and Technicians we will be:

  • Designing and making our own space buggy using wheels and an axle.
  • Designing a product with a clear purpose and an intended user.
  • Learning to cut materials safely and demonstrate a range of joining techniques.
  • Suggesting improvements to our space buggies.

As Artists we will be:

  • Creating a space world in a box using different shapes, colours, textures and techniques.
  • Using thick and thin brushes to paint and learning how to mix primary colours to make secondary colours.

As Theologians and Philosophers we will be:

  • Learning about Judaism and the Torah.
  • Exploring why Easter is important to Christians.

As Historians we will be:

  • Linking Tim Peake’s journey to the International Space Station to space travels in the past.
  • Learning about Neil Armstrong and man’s journey to the moon.
  • Creating a time line of travel that includes space travel.
  • Using vocabulary such as past, present, older and newer.


As musicians we will be:

  • Listening to Holst’s Planet Suite and identifying the beat of a tune and dynamic changes (loud and soft)
  • Composing a sequence to accompany the launch of the rocket, creating a mixture of different sounds: long and short; loud and quiet; high and low.
  • Choosing sounds to create effects of: countdown, blast off, disengaging of boosters, gliding through space, twinkling of stars…etc

As Gymnasts and Dancers we will be:

  • Sequencing movements to replicate moonwalking, floating on the ISS, the rocket launch…
  • Linking actions to make a sequence, showing contrasts such as small/tall, straight/curved, wide/narrow and by rolling forwards, backwards and sideways.
  • Choosing movements to communicate the idea of space travel.

As Good Friends we will be:

  • Exploring ways of getting along with each other and dealing with fallings out.
  • Showing an understanding that one’s own behaviour affects other people.
  • Listening to other people’s point of view.

As Information Technologists we will be:

  • Sequencing instructions to move a Beebot/Space buggy along a simple route.
  • Refining instructions to achieve a goal.
  • Showing an understanding that computers are controlled by instructions – link to Tim Peake’s journey to the ISS.

As Mathematicians we will be:

  • Measuring distances using standard measures.
  • Statisticians sorting and classifying materials.
  • Exploring 3D shapes when making models.
  • Reading time using digital clocks.
  • Counting down for launch.
  • Collecting and representing data in a variety of ways.

As Writers we will be:

  • Writing descriptively thinking about space travel.
  • Writing poems about space, including shape/acrostic poems.
  • Writing Tim Peake’s diary entries on the ISS including his feelings at different stages of his journey/stay at the ISS.
  • Using a role play area to write lists, log books and warnings.
  • Write a story based around space travel.
  • Researching and creating an information booklet on space, organising our writing in line with its purpose.

As Readers we will be:

  • Using non-fiction materials to find out about space, the history of space travel and hard materials.
  • Sharing stories linked to the space theme.

As Communicators we will be:

  • Introduced to new and technical vocabulary.
  • Presenting our space poetry.
  • Describing/retelling new information found.
  • Listening and watching Tim Peake’s broadcasts from the ISS. 


Christian Theme of the Month

The Christian theme for this half term is 'Truthfulness'.

In school we will be:

Helping children to explore and understand the concept of truth.

Encouraging all members of the school community to be truthful in their interaction with one another.

Exploring the concept of being true to oneself.

Encouraging children to develop their understanding of the moral choices we are sometimes faced with in life.

Exploring how through Jesus's teaching we are given an insight into the nature of God and the way he means us to live.

Parents and carers, please help us at home to support your child in their understanding of the above concepts.