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Autumn 1


During Autumn 1 in History the children in Year 1 have been looking at toys then and now. They have been working:

  • To understand how toys have changed over time by looking at their own toys, their parents’ toys and then their grandparents’ toys and identify differences.
  • To sort toys and books into old and new, and create a timeline.
  • To identify old and new toys from images.
  • To understand how children’s books have changed over time.
  • To explore photographs of museum toy artefacts and identify whether they are old or new.
  • To share knowledge of old and new toys and books with others.

Spring 1


During Spring 1 the children in Year 1 are going to be thinking about Neil Armstrong and other significant events in space travel. As part of this half terms learning they will:


  • Know when Neil Armstrong/Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, and other significant events.
  • Sequence events relating to the Apollo 11 moon landing.
  • Discuss how we know that man has landed on the moon and what we could use to support our ideas.
  • Develop an awareness of a historic event in the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
  • Summarise the first landing on the moon and how space travel has changed over time.

Our Planetarium Visit

Spring 2


This half term in History the children have moved on to thinking about The British Monarchy. 

Within this unit we have worked to:

  • Compare and contrast three historical reigning monarchs.
  • Develop an awareness of the Royal Family/Monarchy past and present, using vocabulary relating to the passing of time.
  • Study Elizabeth I (Tudor), Victoria (Victorians) and Elizabeth II.
  • Know where the three Queens and their reigns fit within a chronological timeline.
  • Identify some of the ways in which we find out about the Royal Family in the past and identify different ways in which it could be represented.
  • Understand each monarch and how their rule has changed over time.
  • Understand the role of the Royal Family in the time of Elizabeth I, Victoria and in the time of Elizabeth II.
  • Compare similarities and differences between the three different Monarchs, discussing their roles and achievements.