Clowne Infant & Nursery School

‘We take our children on a journey of discovery, giving them aspirations and engaging them in lifelong learning’


Year 1


Welcome to Year One

Class 4- Miss North, Miss Mason and Miss Cooling

Class 5- Miss Dunks, Mrs Collier and Mrs Kelly

Class 6- Miss Alsop, Miss Mellors and Miss Coates

Class 4 PE days are Monday and Thursday.

Class 5 PE days are Tuesday and Thursday.

Class 6 PE days are Monday and Wednesday.


Children will need a PE kit in school, stored in the PE draws outside the classroom, containing a white T-shirt, black shorts and PE pumps.

Our first topic this year is:

How Do We Keep Ourselves Alive and Kicking?

We will be learning all about our bodies and that the human body has many parts from head to toe. Some of these body parts are connected to our five senses; touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing. We will be learning how our senses keep us safe and help us to learn.



Click on the pictures above to find out more information about these different topics we will be learning about this term.


We will also find out about a nurse who helped soldiers in the Crimean War. Her name was Florence Nightingale. We will be watching video clips about her life and discussing the issues she faced during her life as well the amazing work she carried out.

Florence's work changed how hospitals worked and how nurses were trained. Many of her methods are still used today. 

In Art this term, we have been learning to use our draw a self-portrait of ourselves. We used our knowledge on mixing colours to mix primary colours to make secondary colours in order to paint our self-portraits. 

Take a look at some of our fantastic artwork below.

As part of our Science work this term we carried out an investigation into our sense of taste. We used our sense of taste to identify different flavoured crisps. 

We really enjoyed our Harvest assembly. The Reverend Bryony told us all about harvest time and we all brought some food for the harvest table. All the food got taken to our local food bank.

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Topic 2: How Do We know About The Great Fire of London?


In our second topic we will be finding out all about the Great Fire of London. How the fire started, how they tried to stop the fire and how we know about it today. 

In Science this term, we have been learning to identify and name different materials and discuss each of their properties. We have then used this knowledge in DT to create our own Fire engines using different materials. 


As part of RE this term we learnt all about what a Christingle means/represents and we even got make our very own!
The orange represents the world. The red ribbon (or tape) symbolises the love and blood of Christ. The sweets and dried fruit represent all of God's creations. The lit candle represents Jesus's light in the world, bringing hope to people living in darkness.

Remembrance Day


Our Year One children did us proud at our local cenotaph for the Remembrance Service. They respectfully paid their respects to those who fought in the war. 


Our poem this term that we have learnt to recite by heart is called 'Little Poppy', we recited this poem in memory of those who fought in the war. 


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Topic 3: How Do I Live Here?


Our topic this term is:

What is ‘great’ about the great outdoors?

In writing this term we will be looking at instructional writing, why do we use it and the importance of the correct order. Towards the end of the term our focus will be on poetry and creating our own acrostic poems.

In Geography we will be creating a mini-beast hotel, going on a nature work and creating an observational drawing using different textures that we find in art.

We will be looking at 3 key stories in RE linked to Christianity, these are, Noah’s Ark, Parable of the Sower and The Good Samaritan.

We will be looking at healthy eating and creating a healthy stew. We will link this into computing by creating a tally and then bar chart of their favourite food.

In science we will be continuing our seasonal pictures by drawing a summer child and what clothes we would wear in the summer. Identifying and naming common animals, recording our final height and comparing the changes throughout the year.

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Our topic term 5:

What Would Your Castle Look Like?

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Our Year One Trip to Bolsover Castle

This term we are going to look at different types of castle and their structures. How they are made, their features and how they are protected. We will be doing different experiments to look at the strength of different materials. In design technology the children will be making their own castle structure using their learnt knowledge of castle structures and appearance. The children will be learning about different historic places and comparing these with each other. 

Click on the following pictures to learn more about castles:


Below are the 2 books that we will be focusing out writing tasks on this term

Click on the picture to direct you to a YouTube link that tells the story


Our topic this term is:

What Makes Space Special?

Parental information about Term 4

This term we are going to explore space and different planets. We will be learning about the first exploration to the moon and Neil Armstrong being the first person to step onto the moon. We will be learning about Helen Sharman and Tim Peake. Creating are own space buggy and rockets in design technology and creating a chronological space timeline of events.

Click on the following pictures to learn more about space


Our Space Experiments


During science week the children have had lots of fun doing some space experiments.

Take a look at some of the pictures below to see our rocket launch experiment, our parachute egg experiment and our craters experiment.


Rocket Launch

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The children made 3 rockets and filled them with 3 different amounts of water. We used a pump to launch them into the air and see how high they would go. The children predicted which would go the highest and recorded their results.

Our topic for term 3 is:

How Do I Live Here?

This term we are going to explore the hot and cold places across the globe and learn about the different climate zones as well learn all about the amazing animals that live in those places and how they adapt in order to survive there!

Why not click on the links below to find out more about the hot and cold places across the world that we will be studying this term.


Art Work

This term's art work we have been learning all about the primary colours and how to mix these to make secondary colours. We have looked at tints and shade, how white makes a colour lighter and how adding black makes a colour darker. We used our skills to create an Antarctic landscape scene.

We have also looked at the work of Wassily Kandinsky, and how he uses shapes and colours to express different emotions and feelings. We looked closely at a piece of his work ‘Squares with concentric circles’ and used this to create our own Northern lights Arctic landscapes.

Have a look at some of our beautiful pieces of work.

Our topic for term 2 is:

How Incredible is India?

As part of this term's topic, we have been looking at the different celebrations and festivals celebrated across India. In India, rangoli patterns are created to welcome people into their homes and they are thought to bring good luck. As part of our art work this term, we have looked at how many rangoli designs are symmetrical and often include different shapes and bright colours.


Take a look at some of our very own rangoli patterns we have created.


In art this week we have been looking at repeating patterns and have applied our skills learnt to create our own Mehndi patterns using repeating patterns.

Take a look at some of our art work!

We would love for you to research India at home too and share the information you have learnt back at school!


Our topic in the first term was:

What Makes Me Marvellous?

Our topic this term is all about ourselves and what makes us marvellous. We will be learning about senses, body parts, our local area and our families. 

In Art this term, we have been learning how to draw a Self-Portrait.


Take a look at some of our amazing Self-Portraits below!

In Art this term we have also been learning about a famous artist called Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol was an American artist and was well known for being the leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. He used a technique called screen-printing to create lots of prints that look the same. Andy Warhol often used very bright colours in his work and used repeated images to make patterns.


In Geography this term we have been learning about our local area. As part of this topic, Year One went for a walk around our local area and we thoroughly enjoyed exploring the new Branch Line which is a disused railway line which runs from Creswell to Staveley. It is now in use as a greenway.