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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Class Teachers 




Jemma Holmes         Kiran Khan    Lloyd Hayter-Lewis


This Learning journey will instil a sense of belonging and identity as they will learn the history of their local community and understand their heritage. Children would have the opportunity to explore their chosen topic by visiting the local area and discover different landmarks and the society they were brought up in, which in turn will provoke curiosity and engagement.

Throughout this Learning Journey, children will explore and examine an aspect or theme of British History. As Black Britons can be widely misunderstood and misrepresented, it is important to engage with the community makeup of our school as well as listening to unheard voices and their unique experience and positive contribution to Britain. Through this, children will dig deep and discover how different heritages have positively integrated their cultures in Britain. They will explore in more depth on how different journeys contributed to society today and will begin to uncover the significance of individuals in the past. By the end of this unit, children will create a sense of understanding, inspire their curiosity and make links with their own belonging and identity in their local community.

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During the History Learning Journey, children will explore and uncover the a rich history from a significant event or the life of a significant individual

They will examine and gain a deeper understanding of chronology for the period of history they are    focusing on. Children will learn to make contrasts and connection to other events in History as well as looking at the impact on modern times. By the end of this unit, children will have been exposed to a range of different sources to support them in develop a strong historical understanding.

This half term our learning journey will focus on local geography. The children will develop a geographical knowledge of our world focusing on the locational, place, human and physical knowledge. Each year group will tackle a world, national and local issue that affects our society and consider how locally they can have an impact as a citizen of today. The aspect of geography will be explored to gain a global picture initially before looking at how this impacts our local community. Links to both human and physical features will be explored through the use of a range of maps and the creation of maps to gain a local picture. Children will then consider how they can make a positive impact on our local area through a form of social action. In order to do this, children will undertake a fieldwork investigation to observe, measure, and record their findings and consider the next steps that they and our local community could undertake.

As we come to the end of our learning journey we have put together a showcase of our response to the secret History mission set by Ms Ilic, Miss Linton-Marshall, Ms Elmi and Ms Carty

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As part of our music learning  this half term, the children have learnt a song linked to London. Take a look at our performance videos below.

Year 1 - Great Fire of London

London: A Place for me!

London: A Place for Me!

This half term our Learning Journey will focus on the diverse city of London in which we live. The history of London, the capital city of England and the United Kingdom, extends over 2000 years. In that time, it has become one of the world's most significant financial and cultural capital cities having withstood plague, devastating fire, civil war and much more.

Over the next 6 weeks we will focus on both the geographical and historical aspect looking back to the past and linking our previous learning to the city of London and how it has impacted us today.

As part of our learning we will use the book ‘The Story of London’ to develop our chronological understanding of the history of London and many of the key events that have shaped its existence. Click on the PDF below to enjoy this book from home


To support with learning from home we have provided a knowledge organiser on London and also on the Great Fire of London to support our linking of previous learning.

Year 1 - Great Fire of London

Hidden Histories in Britain


During the History Learning Journey, children will explore and uncover the real, rich history our children deserve to learn. They will consider the forgotten stories  of men, women and children in history. They will explore what Stuart London was like for all members of society at those times as well as explore the events that led to The Great Fire of London. They will study what it was like to be a child in these times. The children will debate whether the fire was preventable and make links between the past and present including how  the rebuilding of London took place.


For more information, please see the Learning Journey Letter and Knowledge Organiser below.


Celebrating our Learning!


During this History Learning Journey, children have investigated and interpreted the past.  Children have learnt about key Black British men and women and their contributions to Britain.  They have explored the features of the past, including ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children during the period of time they lived.  Children have been able to understand how and why the significant person they studied has impacted their lives today.

Every class has been taking part in our 'Poetry Slam' competition, with learning inspired by a significant black poet.  The children chose and voted for a winning poem, learnt it as a class and performed it for you to watch at home!

Cedar Class Poetry Performance

Pine Class Poetry Performance

As a year group, the children have created a news broadcast to showcase the historical learning over the last 5 weeks.  

Year 1 News Broadcast

Welcome to Year 1!  We have created a short information presentation for our Year 1 families to watch at home.  This includes information on uniform, daily routines, home learning and blended (virtual) learning.  If you have any other questions, please email us at

Year 1 Information Presentation

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