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The Beacon C of E (VA) Primary School

'Living life in all its fullness' (John 10:10)


1 Beacon Place, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 2SR

01395 264300


Year 1 2022-23 previous term's learning

Autumn Term - Childhood: All about Us

In our Childhood project, your child will learn words and phrases related to the passage of time. They will explore artefacts to help them to understand childhood in the past and how childhood has changed over time. They will explore the six stages of life and explore timelines and family trees. Everyday life in the 1950s will be explored, including shopping, transport, family life and childhood. They will also learn about the significance of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 by studying photographs and online sources. The children will use maps to explore how places have changed over time and highlight any similarities or differences between childhood today and childhood in the 1950s. 

Companion projects include:

Science 1: Human senses - learning about how we see, hear, smell, taste & touch.

Science 2: Materials - identifying & sorting everyday materials

Geography: Our beautiful world - discovering physical and human features of Earth, following maps, using the compass points, and positional and directional language

Art: Funny Faces - creating portraits, looking at the work of Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

DT: Shade & shelter - designing & building dens from different materials

Summer Term - School Days

Our summer topic is 'School Days' and in this project, your child will have the opportunity to take part in a traditional Victorian class and will learn about the differences between schooling in the Victorian era and schooling today. They will learn about objects found in a Victorian classroom and how they were used. They will research Samuel Wilderspin, an important figure in the development of schooling for young children in the Victorian era, whose ideals are reflected in schooling today. They will learn to describe the passage of time through study of past, present and future tense vocabulary. We will also be finding out about the history of The Beacon School and its surroundings.

Companion Projects:

Science 1- Plant parts: This project teaches children about wild and garden plants by exploring the local environment. They identify and describe the basic parts of plants and observe how they change over time.

Science 2 - Animal parts: This project teaches children about animals, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates. They identify and describe their common structures, diets, and how animals should be cared for.

DT: Chop, Slice, Mash: This project teaches children about sources of food and the preparatory skills of peeling, tearing, slicing, chopping, mashing and grating. They use this knowledge and techniques to design and make a supermarket sandwich or smoothie according to specific design criteria.

Art: Street View: This project teaches children about artwork depicting streets and buildings and focuses on the work of the American pop artist, James Rizzi. They create a 3-D mural based on Rizzi's work.

Spring Term - Bright Lights, Big City: The UK & London

In the Bright Lights, Big City project, your child will learn the story of a local landmark. They will learn about the countries that make up the United Kingdom, including their location, capital cities and some of their physical and human features. They will have the opportunity to do map work, using compasses and positional and directional language to plan routes around London. They will research the cause and impact of the Great Fire of London and look at some famous London landmarks. They will learn about other capital cities around the world, including Kuala Lumpur, and compare how they are similar and different to London.

Companion projects:

Science - Seasonal change

Identifying & ordering the seasons

Monitoring & measuring the weather

Observing how deciduous and evergreen trees change during the seasons

Art - Rain & Sunrays

Designing & printing repeating motifs based on weather symbols

DT - Taxi!

Exploring how wheels and axles work

Designing & making a moving toy based a London cab or the Naughty Bus