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?

As part of this term's topic, we have been learning about different animal and where they live across the world. 


This week we have been learning to recite the poem 'Penguins on Ice' by Celia Warren. Together the children thought of actions to help support them in reciting the poem and the children picked the poem up so quickly using these.




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In RE this term our key question has been 'What makes some places sacred?'. In support of this we visited our local church and had a lovely morning learning about the different artefacts and features in a church.

We also discussed what 'Sacred' means and how many artefacts in Church as sacred to Christians. We then brought in special things from home to share with the class to link in with our RE learning.



In Art this term, we have been learning about the work of the artist Wassily Kandinsky. We have taken inspiration from his artwork of the Concentric circles to create our own northern lights on our arctic landscapes!

Topic 4- How Incredible is India?

As part of Geography this term, we are learning about our locality and where we live. We thoroughly enjoyed our local walk around Clowne, discussing the human and physical geography within our local area. 

 In D&T this term our focus has been on textiles and we have been learning how to join materials using different joining techniques. From this we have made our very own Indian animal finger puppet. Can you guess which animals they have made?



On the final day of term, the children had a day full of Easter fun! The children had an Easter bonnet parade followed by an Easter egg hunt organised by our incredible PTA. Thank you to all of the parents and carers for your support in making the children's Easter bonnets- they all looked amazing!


Red Nose Day!

Our topic this term is:

What Makes Space Special?

This term we are going to explore space and different planets. We will be learning about the Moon Landing and why this was a significant event in History. We will be also be learning about multiple significant individuals such as, Neil Armstrong, Helen Sharman and Tim Peake. 

Click on the following pictures to learn more about space



Term 6 Topic 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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