Maun Infant and Nursery School

Reach for the stars

Year 1 Cohort Page

Welcome to the Year one page. On this page, you will find out about the current projects and homework challenges. This half term, we do PE on Tuesday and Wednesday. The children can come dressed in their active clothes. 

James Starley - How inventions changed over time?

Our Learning


James Starley is our famous person that will be inspiring us this half term. We will find out what it is like to be an inventor. James Starley is remembered as one of the most important people in the early history of the bicycle. He was named 'father of the bicycle' and one of the most successful bicycle inventors of the 19th century.


Our Concepts - faith, change, failure

The Wider Curriculum


In science, we will be investigating materials. The children will be finding out about different materials and their properties. We will be sorting and classifying materials. In DT, we will be finding out what it is like to be an inventor. We will be using the texts, Izzy Gismo and Mrs Armitage on wheels to support our learning. 

In PE, we will be completing Unit 3 - cognitive in our REAL PE scheme and also gymnastics. We will continue to complete our daily skip and during Wellness Wednesday take part in some Yoga sessions.

In RE, we will be listening to stories Jesus told and stories about Jesus. In Talking Points, we will be using the texts -  The Tooth Book, I don't want to wash my hands and No more dragons for tea. 

In History, we will be looking at chronology and finding out about inventions in the Victorian period. We will be finding out how inventions changed over time.

In computing, we will be learning about how to stay safe online and the importance of keeping safe. Enjoy completing the homework challenges and we look forward to seeing all your great efforts at the end of the half term. 




Quality Texts


Please bring your reading book and diary to school everyday. If the children read 3 times a week, they receive a sticker. If the children read five times or more, they are able to get a dip in the box! Read lots in one week and you may even get chosen to take Reading Ted home!


In each class, we have a reading river. Print is all around us, so we want to encourage the children to bring items they have read other than their reading book; for example, leaflets, road signs, menus, comics. Bring in photos or the item and we will put them up on our reading river. 


Author of the Month

Every month we pick a different author. By the end of the year, the children will have listened to stories or poems by 10 different authors. Visit the library or look on your bookshelves at home to see if you have any books by these famous authors.

January - John Burningham

February - Judith Kerr


Pocahontas - What makes a good role model?


Our key question: What makes a good role model?

Our concepts to link our learning: Respect, community, rights


This half term, Pocahontas is our inspiring famous person. She was instrumental to maintaining relations between her father and the Jamestown colonists and is believed to be the first Powhatan Indian to convert to Christianity. She is remembered as a courageous, strong woman who left an indelible impression on colonial America.  Visit the library and find out some interesting facts about Pocahontas.

In English, we are reading Traditional Tales and comparing them to Native American tales. We will be looking at the features of the tales, settings, characters, morals and lessons learnt. The children will continue to develop their sentence writing skills and write their own traditional tales. We will also be reading the story The Dot. In this story, Vashti shows perseverance and resilience. This story teaches our children what they can achieve if they believe in themselves.

In maths, we will continue to use Power Maths and do CLIC every day to strengthen our number skills.We will be working with numbers to 10, making our number bonds and using equipment to solve additions and subtractions. Later in the term, we will be investigating both 2D and 3D shapes. 

In science, we will learn about the seasons. We will investigate how the seasons and why the seasons change. In music, we will be learning all about pulse and rhythm. We will be listening to Vivaldi’s ‘Four Seasons’ (Baroque period)

In PE, we will be following our scheme REAL PE and also learning the importance of being part of a team. We will be developing our throwing and catching skills and learning how to play Bench Ball.  

In art, we will be developing our drawing skills and learning how to create different effects using pencils, crayons and pastels. In PSHRE, we will be discussing What makes a person? Who is in my family? Who is important to me?  We will use quality texts to learn about these topics. In RE, we will be learning about celebrations and festivals. How and what do Christians and Jewish people celebrate?