Oak - Reception and Key Stage 1

Term 1 and 2 Project - Childhood

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 knowledge organisers for children who are about to study the topic of childhood.


Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Shape


God: What do Christians believe God is like?

Gospel: What is the good news that Jesus brings?


Little Red Riding Hood, Grandad’s Island, The Train Ride, Toys from the Past


Historical vocabulary; Historical artefacts; Timelines; Everyday life and childhood in the 1950s; Significant events – Queen's coronation; Enquiry



Colour mixing

Shade and Shelter


Settlements; Changes over time


Stages of life; Changes


Everyday materials


Memorable Experience

We will be setting up a classroom museum of 1950’s artefacts and having a visitor come in and share their photos and experiences of growing up in 1950’s Britain.



Topic homework will be set on Satchel One. Please choose three to complete over the term. You can bring your homework into school to show and tell on a Friday. Your child’s wonderful work will either then be returned or displayed in the classroom. We can’t wait to see your amazing home learning!  

Log on to TTRS or Numbots to practice your times tables and number bonds. Try to do this 5 minutes a day - it really makes a difference! 

Maths quizzes linked to our learning are set weekly on https://diagnosticquestions.com 

Please check Satchel One for your class code to create an account.



This term, our Big Question is "What do Christians believe God is like?"

We have started by looking at an image of the Parable of the Lost Son.  We imagined what else might have been in the picture by looking for clues.  We noticed that the man being hugged looked like he was wearing rags, which made us think he might be cold or poorly.

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In Collective Worship, our current value is Compassion. 

We have been thinking about how Jesus put the needs of others before his own and showed compassion towards them.  We thought about what people and animals need to feel loved.

Mark 6.34: And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.'

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Here are some of the things we have got up to so far this term:

History:  We had two visitors come and share their experiences of growing up in the 1950s.  Mr Westmacott brought in his rugby ball and boots from when he was a boy, and Mrs Westmacott brought in her doll, teddy and photo albums of her family.


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We also made our own class museum using artefacts loaned to us from the Oxfordshire Museum.  We had to be really careful handling the items because they were very old!


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Science: Our science project is about everyday materials.  We have learnt about natural and man-made materials, and we enjoyed sorting objects into the materials we thought they were made of.


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Art and Design: Our art project is called 'Mix it up' and is all about using the primary colours to make secondary colours.  We have explored making different shades by paitning and printing.


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The Write Stuff: Year 1 and 2 are currently reading the book 'Grandad's Island' by Benji Davies in our Write Stuff lessons.  We sailed on a boat on a VERY rough sea for one of our experience lessons, and then wrote about what we saw.

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Communication and Language: In Reception we read the book 'In Every House, on Every Street' by Jess Hitchman. We worked together to make a safe house for our dolls that wouldn't fall down!


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Page Downloads Date  
Knowledge organiser Childhood 23rd Feb 2021 Download
Home learning Childhood 23rd Feb 2021 Download