Year 1 - Mrs Kirkpatrick

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Curriculum

History

During the Autumn term our history topic was ‘Explorers’, we focused on Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. We learnt facts about both explorers, and we went on a fact finding search around the playground, using binoculars that we made. During the Autumn term our history topic was ‘Explorers’, we focused on Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. We learnt facts about both explorers, and we went on a fact finding search around the playground, using binoculars that we made. We learnt about the lives of both explorers and how they made a difference to the modern world. While we were learning about Neil Armstrong we learnt that America wasn’t the only country trying to land on the moon and that they were part of the ‘Space Race’. We created a time line of events in chronological order. We learnt all about Neil Armstrong’s space craft Apollo 11 and can explain all the three main parts that made up the rocket. We then moved onto learn all about Christopher Columbus and his discovery of America. We learnt all about Columbus’ life and how he came to make his discovery. As part of our learning we wrote a letter from Columbus to the King and Queen of Spain to explain why Columbus needed to borrow money to build ships. We can also now name the three different ships that Columbus sailed on. We then finished our learning by comparing the two explorers for similarities and differences.



Science

This term in Science we have been learning about materials. We began by exploring lots of materials and described how they felt. We then created out investigations to find out why different materials may be used for a particular purpose.

We found out what opaque and transparent means and investigated which material would be suitable for a pair of curtains. We also carried out an experiment to test the strength of paper and recorded our findings in a graph.

During the term we have been talking about the different seasons and how the environment changes as the season changes. We went on an Autumn and Winter walk and recorded our observations onto our seasons wall.