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Year 1 Trip to Hickling Broad
Well done to all of Year 1 for a positive start to 2019.

Happy New Year! We hope you had an enjoyable and restful break.

Our topic for the Spring term is The Great Fire of London. The children will generate questions, research the answers and write reports for a class newspaper ‘Great Fire’ special edition. They will consider the design of buildings, the properties of building materials and the contrast between the materials used in modern buildings and the 17th century. Using line drawings, colour mixing, wax/brusho resist and collage we will make our own representations of London and the Great Fire. The children will follow instructions to make a clay thumb pot and quill pen and become bakers making bread. Music will take us to historical songs and chants (London’s Burning and Ring a-ring o’roses) and we will create our own fire compositions. Dance will be linked to interpreting ‘fire’ music culminating in a spectacular performance! With the help of the Fire Brigade, we will find out how we fight fires today and can keep ourselves safe. We will design a fire safety poster and display them at school and home.

There will be a half-term project to design and make a Tudor-style house. More information to follow

Trip to Strangers’ Hall Museum for a carousel of three activities based around Life at the time of the Great Fire of London (27.2.19 TBC)

As always, any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to come and speak to one of the Year 1 team.

Mrs Hands, Mrs Green and Miss Sutton

Useful topic-related websites (chronological order interactive game) (BBC Watch Magic Grandad – Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London) (During the Great Fire of London – The Playhouse online) (Pudding Lane Productions – 17th century London)  (Museum of London – use search tool to find The Great Fire resources) (animation before and after the GF) (extracts from Pepys’ diary) (life in 17th century England) (constructing a Tudor house) (How a Tudor house is completed)


  • Please label all clothing
  • Ensure your child has a coat, water bottle, their reading book and diary every day
  • PE is on Thursdays (alternating with Forest Schools) and Fridays (indoor kit needed for both days)
  • Forest Schools is alternate Thursdays (change of clothes, waterproofs and wellies needed)

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Strangers’ Hall Great Fire of London trip 27th Feb

Curriculum & Resources


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Year 1 2015-16

Year 1 2016-17

Year 1 2017-18


End of year expectations for English and Maths

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