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Hawking, Newton and Parks

KS1 Long Term Curriculum Plan

KS1 Summer 1 Medium Term Plan- 'What is it like to live in India?'

KS1- Summer 2 'What are the features of our amazing world?' (The New 7 Wonders of the World)

Welcome to Key Stage 1


In Key Stage 1, we have three classes; Hawking, Newton and Parks. Each class is mixed age, having both Year 1 and Year 2 children.


Hawking's class teacher is Mrs Johnson and Miss Archer is the teaching assistant. Mrs Henry teaches in Hawking on a Friday.


Newton's class teacher is Miss Norris and the teaching assistant is Miss McLean. Mrs Henry teaches in Newton on a Thursday afternoon.


Parks class teachers are Mrs Satchell and Mrs Tweed and Mrs Reeves is the teaching assistant.


We will constantly update this page to keep you informed of key curriculum information and any other important news.





Due to the current COVID 19 situation, children are required to come to school wearing their PE kit on their specific PE day. Please make sure that any earrings are removed before coming to school on PE days as children will not be able to participate if they have not done so.


Current PE Days:


Hawking: Thursday 

Newton: Wednesday

Parks: Tuesday



Water Bottles


Please make sure that children bring a water bottle to school every day. This can be refilled during the day.

Reading Books


Please make sure that your child has their reading book and diary in school every day. Books will be changed once a week according to whether your child has read at home. At school, we promote a love of reading and is is vital that this is also conveyed at home. It is so important that you listen to your child read regularly and this will have a huge impact on their progress. 

Please try to listen to your child read at least 3 times per week. Please record any comments in the diary. You can also record any additional reading that your child does at home. We love to hear about what they are reading!





Homework is currently set using the learning platform 'Education City'. Each week, we will set tasks that are both English and Maths based. New homework is set every Friday and needs to be completed by the following Thursday. 

We appreciate your support in helping your child to complete their homework each week.



This half-term, all children in Key Stage 1 will have the same spellings to learn each week. Children will have a spelling lesson every Monday where they will be taught the new spellings and given opportunities to apply the spellings when writing sentences. They will then be expected to practise the spellings at home over the following week. All children will then be tested during their next spelling lesson (Mondays).

Spellings will be sent home and will also be published on Class Dojo. Spellings that your child have got incorrect during the test will be highlighted in their reading diary for them to continue to practise at home.


All spellings will be taken from the list of Common Exception words for Year 1 and 2 or will be based on Letters and Sounds phases.



We follow the Letters and Sounds phonics programme across Key Stage 1. Children are grouped by ability, according to the phase that they are working within. Children are regularly assessed and may move groups during the year according to the progress they make. 



Autumn 1 theme- 'School Days'



This half-term, our theme is 'School Days'. The main subject focus for our theme is History. We will be learning about how schools have changed over the last 100 years and in particular we will be learning about how our school has changed.

Black History Month


For Black History Month, we learnt about three inspirational women. Hawking learnt about Wilma Rudolph, a world record holding athlete. Newton learnt about Katherine Johnson, an American mathematician who helped NASA put an astronaut into orbit around Earth. Parks class learnt about Rosa Parks, an American civil rights activist.


The children produced lots of amazing work about the three women.

Autumn 2- Poles Apart


This half term, our theme is 'Poles Apart'. 

We will be learning about the Arctic and the animals that live there. We will learn about how different animals are adapted to their environments. We will learn to use maps and atlases to locate different places around the world.

Summer 1- 'What is it like to live in India?'


This half term we are going to be learning about India. In our Geography lessons, we are going to be learning to locate India on a map, comparing the capital city of India, New Delhi with London and comparing a village in India with Polesworth. We are going to be learning about the similarities and differences between India and the United Kingdom. Part of our research will involve us learning about the different climates of the two countries. 


We are also going to find out about Indian food, traditions and culture.

Pattan's Pumpkin


This half term our key text is 'Pattan's Pumpkin' by Chitra Soundar. 

Summer 2- 'What are the features of our amazing world?'


This half term we are going to be learning about our amazing world! We are going to be finding out about the 'New 7 Wonders of the World'. We will be researching each of the New Wonders and will be finding out why they are so important. As part of the theme, we will learn about each of the countries where the wonders are located. We are looking forward to our journey around the world!

The New 7 Wonders of the World

Summer 2- English


Our key text for this half-term is 'The Lonely Beast' by Chris Judge.



Class Dojo


Due to the success of Class Dojo during Lockdown, we are now using this as our main form of communication. Please feel free to contact your child's class teacher on Class Dojo if you have any concerns or questions.

We will also update Class Dojo regularly with any important information.


In class, children are awarded Dojos for a variety of reasons including excellent behaviour, good effort, showing kindness towards others etc. Each week, the Dojos are collected and converted into House Points which will contribute to the whole school's reward system.


You can also upload any work that your child has completed at home onto Class Dojo using the 'Portfolio' section.



If your child has to self-isolate at any point, work will be published weekly on our school's learning portal. This is only to be completed if your child has to self-isolate, and they are well enough to do so.

You can find the Portal by following this link:



Supporting your child's learning at home


Here are a few useful documents to help you to support your child's learning at home.



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