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Welcome to the autumn term and year 1.


We really enjoyed meeting you all during transition week where we created some lovely artwork.


Over the next six weeks Murphy class will be following a unit of work called `The Magic Toymaker’ that focuses on ‘Toys and Games’.


This unit of work is part of the International Primary Curriculum. This new curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn through learning goals, these are split into three different areas:

  1. The subjects of the curriculum. The learning goals for each of these subjects are at least as challenging as anything taught within the UK curriculum. In many cases, the learning goals are more challenging.
  2. Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become more responsible, independent learners.
  3. International understanding – which will help children develop both a sense of the independence of their own country and culture and the interdependence between countries and cultures.


Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects based on National Curriculum. During this unit we will be focusing on History, Science, Technology, Physical Education and International Learning. During this unit of work, children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups.


In History, we’ll be finding out:

  • About toys and games from the past

  • How to decide if a toy is new or old

  • How to create our own toy museum

  • How we can learn about the past in different ways


    In Science, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to sort toys based on what they are made out of

  • Which materials can be bent, squashed, twisted or stretched

  • What materials are best for making a bath toy

  • About pushes and pulls, and how things move

    In Technology, we’ll be finding out:

  • About ‘magic’ toys that fool our eyes

  • How to design and make our own board game

  • How to design and make our own puppets


    In Physical Education, we’ll be finding out:

  • About how different toys move


    In ICT, we’ll be finding out:

  • How to make our own space-themed computer game


    In International, we’ll be finding out:

  • About a popular game from another country and teaching others to play it


    Teaching in a thematic way, the national curriculum requirements of English, Maths, RE and music will be interwoven with our topic learning. In English we will be looking at a range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. In Maths, we will be exploring the number system, securing numerical fluency and calculating.


    We already know the interest you take in your child’s work. If you can, please discuss with your child the work they have done as the term progresses and let them teach you. Please talk with your child about the toys and games that you used to play with when you were growing up. If you still have examples of these toys, then show them to your child and talk about how you played with them. Collect and look at old photographs that feature family members playing with toys. Help your child to understand how toys have changed over time.


    If you have the opportunity to further their interest in the themes of this topic by visiting a toy museum or allowing them to bring in old toys to show please do so.


    By the end of the unit, we aim for your child to achieve their learning targets.


    We hope they have an enjoyable time in the classroom and that you have enjoyed seeing your child work with enthusiasm. If you have any comments or questions about your child’s learning, please get in touch.


    We will encourage the children to be as independent as possible in the classroom so please encourage your child to be independent with their choices at home and this will play dividends at school. We hope the class will continue to have fun and be enthusiastic in their learning.


    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call in and see us after school or call the office to make an appointment.


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