Year 1        Autumn 2

Light and Dark

 Key objectives:

  • To develop creative responses to the text through drama role play and story telling.
  • To write in role to explore and develop empathy for a character.
  • To sequence events in books.
  • To draw inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.
  • To discuss favourite words and phrases in stories.
  • Daily phonic lessons and handwriting practice.

Core texts and stimulus for learning:

The Owl who was afraid of the dark by Jill Tomlinson

Little Moon by Stuart and Nicola Clarke

Sun Moon and Stars – Information Text

The Bear and the Hare Christmas animation.



  • Continue with daily counting practice from 0-100. Count forwards and backwards in ones, twos, fives and tens.
  • Focus on recognising the place value of each digit in a 2-digit number by partitioning numbers into tens and ones.
  • Finding one more and one less than a given number.
  • Compare and order numbers to 20 and beyond using the < and > symbols.
  • Use knowledge of place value to add and subtract two digit and one digit numbers.
  • Continue to work on fluent and rapid recall of key number facts especially bonds for all numbers to 10.


  • To investigate the effect of light and dark on plant growth.
  • To find out about nocturnal animals and the ways in which they adapt to the night time.
  • To lean how our eyes work and how darkness effects vision.
  • To recognise and describe reflective, translucent and transparent materials.
  • To explore the night sky.
  • To find out about the Sun, Moon and Planets.


  • Creating Remembrance Day prayers.

Mary our mother.

  • To know that God asked Mary to be the mother of his son and to reflect on her response.
  • Know that Advent is a time when we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Talk about the preparations we can make.
  • Know the story of the birth of Jesus and understand that God sent Jesus to help us.


  • To learn about Diwali the festival of light.
  • Investigate countries that experience differing seasons and periods of darkness.

Art and design

  • Design and make glow jars.
  • Use charcoal to create shadows and monochrome pieces of art.
  • To learn about and appreciate artists who explore light and dark and create silhouettes.
  • To study the painting The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh.
  • Christmas crafts.


  • Keeping ourselves safe.
  • What makes a good friend.
  • Exploring our core value of Perseverance.

P.E – Come to school in PE kit:

  • Monday – P.E
  • Wednesday – Dance