Year 1

Unit Overview

In the Childhood project, your child will learn words and phrases related to the passage of time. They will explore artefacts to help them to understand childhood in the past and how childhood has changed over time. They will explore the six stages of life and explore timelines and family trees. Everyday life in the 1950s will be explored, including shopping, transport, family life and childhood. They will also learn about the significance of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 by studying photographs and online sources. The children will use maps to explore how places have changed over time and highlight any similarities or differences between childhood today and childhood in the 1950s. At the end of the project, they will create a short video for children who are about to study the topic of childhood.


We will interview a Grandma/Grandpa.


Sequence sentences to form short narratives.

Write a sentence or sequence of sentences for a given purpose.


We will explore the local area and compare and contract local buildings depending on when they were built.

Unit Sequence: Learning Intentions

  1. Timelines - To Order information on a timeline.

  2. Important events - To use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time to communicate ideas and observations (here, now, then, yesterday, last week, last year, years ago and a long time ago).

  3. How long ago was the 1950's - To describe an aspect of everyday life within or beyond living memory.

  4. Everyday life in the 1950's - To describe an aspect of everyday life within or beyond living memory

  5. Significant event - Elizabeth II's Coronation - To describe a significant historical event in British history.

  6. Same or different - To identify similarities and differences between ways of life within or beyond living memory.

  7. Big Finish - Create a short video to present our new found knowledge.


We will present our new found knowledge in a short video clip to share with Year 5.


Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge Mem Fox

Lost in the Toy Museum: An Adventure David Lucas

Old Bear Jane Hissey

Once There Were Giants Martin Waddell

Me and My Family Tree Joan Sweeney

Who's In My Family?: All About Our Families Robie H. Harris

My Grandpa is Amazing Nick Butterworth

My Grandma is Wonderful Nick Butterworth

Grandad's Island Benji Davies

Grandma's House Alice Melvin

Alfie and Grandma Shirley Hughes

The Paper Dolls Julia Donaldson