Year 1 - Spring 1

This page explains what your child will be learning this half-term as their main project in class. Please use the menu at the side to view objectives for additional objectives for the stand-alone subjects (Mathematics, Physical Education, Computing, Music, Languages, PSHCE and Religious Education) and for our extended curriculum.

Curriculum Overview

Unit Overview

Stomp, crash, roar! Watch out – there are dinosaurs about! Yes, that’s right, we’re travelling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs.

This half term, we’ll have a visit from Ranger Rob, look closely at fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs may have lived and eventually died out. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. We will learn dinosaur names, complete some fantastic fact files and create exciting dinosaur stories. We’ll also use our artistic skills to make model dinosaurs and bake dinosaur biscuits.

At the end of our project, we will have a dinosaur party. We’ll invent some dinosaur games to play and enjoy celebrating our learning!


Ranger Rob visiting school. Ranger Rob will bring a selection of animals for the children to handle and learn about. This will then support our non- fiction writing.


Our Parkfielders will celebrate their learning with a Dinosaur party!


The main subject driver for this unit of work is Science.

The unit will be enhanced through Design Technology.


Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak.


Throughout this unit of work we will be completing non fiction writing and creating our own dinosaur stories.


In this unit of work we will measure trees and explore the environment chasing dinosaurs and comparing sizes.

Unit Sequence

Driver Subject: Learning Intentions

  1. Listen carefully and respond to others. (spoken language)
  2. Apply phonic knowledge and skills to decode words. (reading, speaking and listening)
  3. Orally rehearse and write short sentences. (Writing)
  4. Describe, following observation, how plants and animals change over time. (Science)
  5. Label and describe the basic structure of a variety of common animals.
  6. Explain why a significant individual is important. (History)
  7. With support, use simple equipment to measure and make observations. (Science)
  8. Group and sort a variety of common animals based on the foods they eat. (Science)
  9. Observe objects, materials, living things and changes over time, sorting and grouping them based on their features. (Science)
  10. Talk about what they have done and say, with help, what they think they have found out. (Science/writing)
  11. Group and sort a variety of common animals based on the foods they eat. (Science)
  12. Label and describe the basic structure of a variety of common animals. (Science)
  13. Identify some key features of a significant historical event beyond living memory.(History)
  14. Write for a range of purposes. (Writing)