Dunchurch Infant School & Nursery

Welcome to Year 1- Please see below for links to Knowledge Organsers

Our curriculum is based around six cross-curricular topics, this year these are:

  • I am an Artist
  • Bonfire Night and Toys
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • I’m Alive!
  • The Great Fire of London

The children will have the opportunity to take part in several school trips relevant to the national curriculum subjects taught within these topics, such as a visit to a castle and a visit to The Rugby Art Gallery and Museum to stitch their own rugby ball. We also seek to bring visitors into school to allow the children to deepen their learning experiences such as the chance to explore toys from the past and visitors of a certain age to explore the differences between life today and life in a different time period.

I am an Artist

In Art, children will learn about warm and cold colours.  They will practise colour mixing and study art work by Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Seurat.

In D.T., children will learn about levers and sliders

In Science, the children will name common animals and will be taught about fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.  They will learn about the seasons (autumn) and they will create a weather chart in Geography.

 Bonfire Night and Toys

In History, the children will find out about Guy Fawkes and his connection with Dunchurch.  They will also find out about Toys from the past.

In Science, the children will learn about materials linked to their work on Toys and the seasons (winter)

In Geography, the children will locate the four countries that make up the U.K. and link this with learning about St. Andrew's Day.  They will create a weather chart for winter

In Art, the children will find out about Pieter Brugel

Home Sweet Home

In Geography and History, the children will learn about the features and the history of Dunchurch and the people that lived here in the past.  In geography, the children will be introduced to physical and human features.

In Art/D.T., they will learn about Craft Makers (Visit to Rugby Museum)

 Dungeons and Dragons

In Science, the children will name the parts of the body, learn about their senses and materials.

In History, they will learn about castles and compare these with homes of today

In D.T. the children will design, make and evaluate a Mother's Day gift

In Art, they will create their own dragon

In Geography, the children will learn how to draw a map with a simple key

 I'm Alive

In Science, the children will learn about plants and trees.  They will name common wild and garden plants and learn about the structure.  They will plant a bean and keep a diary linked to growth.  They will conduct an experiment linked to growing cress.  They will learn that there are different types of trees including deciduous and evergreen.  They will learn how to group animals and to sort animal into Carnivores and Herbivores.  They will visit Ryton Gardens.

The Great Fire of London

In History, the children will learn about the Great Fire of London.  They will look at how this event features on a timeline.  They will compare London then and now.

In Geography, the children will recap their knowledge linked to the 4 areas of the U.K.

In Art, the children will create  collage of The Great Fire of London.

In D.T., the children will design, make and evaluate a Father's Day gift.

In Science, the children will learn about the Seasons (spring and summer)


During year 1 we build on the children’s word reading skills and throughout the year begin to focus on the comprehension side to reading using retrieval and inference skills. The children will be heard read individually once every fortnight by either a teacher or a teaching assistant. Their reading diary will have a comment written in and we ask that you also write in the diary when you hear your child read. The children will have three books at a time in their book bag and they can change them once they have read all three books. Children will also take part in guided reading sessions every week with a teacher or a teaching assistant, the children’s reading diary will be stamped to show when this has taken place.

 Phonics/SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar)

Throughout the year the children will participate in daily phonics lessons, based on phase five phonics which consists mainly of vowel digraphs, split digraphs and trigraphs. The children are also taught how to read and spell words containing the suffixes ing, ed, est and er. The prefix un is also taught. As part of some phonics lessons, the children will be taught to read and spell real and nonsense words. This allows us to check the children’s ability to segment and blend words.  Towards the end of the school year, the children will take part in a statutory phonics test. This test is completed on an individual basis and lasts for around 10 minutes.


The children will be applying the above skills in their day-to-day writing, based on our topics. They will learn to write stories, non-fiction texts and simple poems. A large focus will be on the appropriate use of punctuation such as capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks. The children will also be taught how to use adjectives within their writing. In year 1, a printed handwriting style is used with a focus on appropriate letter sizing and formation, writing orientated on the line correctly and differentiation between lower and upper case letters.


The children will complete lots of practical maths activities using a range of concrete resources along with pictorial representations and written questions. They will learn how to solve questions involving addition and subtraction using mental methods, the number line and the hundred square. In the summer term, the children will also learn how to use arrays to solve multiplication and division questions. Work is also carried out in relation to fractions, space, shape and measures. The children will take part in a range of problem solving activities where they can demonstrate their understanding of maths skills.

 P.E. (Physical Education)

The children have two sessions of PE a week.    This year the children will have their lessons on a Wednesday and a Thursday. Please ensure that your child has a named PE bag on their peg containing a PE kit consisting of a white t-shirt, dark coloured shorts and pumps. We often complete PE sessions outside and the children can bring in a jumper, jogging bottoms and trainers to wear in these sessions if they wish to do so. Please ensure that earrings are either removed or covered up on PE days.

 R.E. (Religious Education)

R.E. is taught by Michelle Maguire.  The units that are covered are: What does it mean to belong to a faith community? Who is Christian and what do they believe? What makes some places sacred? How and why do we celebrate special and sacred times? (Christmas, Easter, Eid-ul-fitr) What can we learn from sacred books?


Music is taught by Sarah Morgan. In year 1, the children are taught how to explore sounds, rhythm and rhyme, Beat/Pulse and composition.  They also start to learn the Ukulele.  They listen to music linked to: Lloyd Webber, 60'S, Classical, Pop, Swing and Folk.

P.S.H.E. (Personal, Social, Health Education)

We use the scheme "Jigsaw" to deliver P.S.H.E. lessons.  The units covered are:  Being me in my World, Celebrating Differences, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.

Knowledge Organisers- Please click on the links below to find out more about the learning in Year one.

Art and D.T.- Great Fire of London

D.T.- Toys

Geography- Seasons and the U.K.

Geography- linked to Great Fire of London

History- linked to Great Fire of London

History- Toys

R.E.- Belonging

R.E.- Christianity

R.E.- Sacred Places

R.E.- Celebrations


Science- I'm Alive and Seasonal Changes

Science- Toys and materials

Science- Great Fire of London

 Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or concerns. Our doors are always open!