Curriculum Overview

Year 1 - Autumn 2


Splendid Skies

Unit Overview

This half term, weโ€™ll take a walk outdoors to find out about different types of weather and to look for signs of the seasons. Weโ€™ll study TV weather reports, make weather symbols and learn about the life and work of Sir Francis Beaufort. Creative opportunities will allow us to explore weather in works of art, make season trees and create seasonal music! Weโ€™ll compose weather poems and write postcards describing the weather in different places. Our thinking skills will come in handy when we experiment with thermometers, investigate the effects of the Sun and compare weather around the world.

โ‡ MEMORABLE MOMENT

We will take a natureโ€™s treasures walk to search for seasonal signs. Our Parkfielders will be asked make observations of trees, responding to questions such as โ€˜Can you see leaves? What colour are they?โ€™ Parkfielders will investigate what the weather is like, looking upwards to the clouds to look at their shapes, sizes and colours.

Parkfielders will collect items to talk about back in the classroom, such as buds, dried leaves, wildflowers, sticks, leaf litter, acorns, pine cones and other natural objects.

๐Ÿ BIG FINISH

Reflection time - What have I learnt?

Parkfielders will perform a favourite weather poem to an invited audience. Parkfielders will practise reading the poem aloud and even learning it by heart.

We will film children performing the poem. Parkfielders will work together, read together clearly and confidently.

๐Ÿ‘‰ DRIVERS & ENHANCERS

The driver subject for this unit of work is Science

The unit will be enhanced through Art and Design.

๐Ÿ“– FOCUS TEXT(S)

The class will be reading XXX by XXX.

๏ธโœ๏ธ WRITING OPPORTUNITIES

Throughout this unit of work we will be writing..

๐ŸŒณ LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Weather is wonderful! We will go for a walk and observe the weather. Take photographs and make notes of interesting observations.

HELP AT HOME: Why not study a weather app together to see how symbols are used to show the weather over the coming days? You could fly a kite in the park on different days to find out which conditions are best for kite flying .

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. Observe changes across the four seasons.
  2. Investigate weather using toys, models or simple equipment. xxx
  3. Compare shadows made by different objects and materials
  4. Observe objects, materials, living things and changes over time, sorting and grouping them based on their features
  5. With support, use simple equipment to measure and make observations. xxx
  6. Investigate weather using toys, models or simple equipment.

APPROXIMATE LENGTH OF UNIT: 12 hours