Grade 1J Curriculum Letter

The Five Senses!

We are very excited to begin our new Unit of Work ‘Sensational!’ and are sure that your child will thoroughly enjoy the experiences we have planned for the coming weeks.

Over the next 4 weeks, we will be following a unit of work which focuses on the theme of the senses. We will be investigating and questioning the way in which our senses are important to us and help us enjoy life. This unit follows on very nicely from our unit ‘Learning about Learning’.

Learning Goals

This unit of work is part of The International Primary Curriculum. This curriculum sets out very clearly what children will learn – the learning goals – in three different areas:

  1. The learning goals for each of the integrated subjects
  2. Personal development – the characteristics which will help children become 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 culture

Each unit of work is based around specific targets derived from the learning goals for one or more of the subjects. In this unit we will be focusing on Art, Music, Science, Technology, Internationalism, Language Arts and Mathematics.


Using our senses to explore, appreciate and create art. The children will become knowledgeable about the elements of texture, colour and line and the ways in which artists use these elements to appeal to our senses. To help us with these projects, we will develop the technical skills of making collages, mixing colours using paint and line drawings.


The children will begin a unit titled 'Exploring Sounds' and will be learning about different types of sounds, and how to identify sounds as musical and non-musical. They will develop individual control of a range of sounds with the use of various percussion instruments to allow them to explore and gain a deeper understanding of the basic elements of music:

  • Pitch
  • Tempo
  • Dynamics
  • Duration
  • Timbre

Throughout this unit, we will develop the technical skills of handling instruments correctly and playing them appropriately.


We will be learning about:

  • Our senses and how we use them
  • What happens when we are deprived of our senses

  • How sound travels and how our senses of taste and smell are connected

  • About the sensory qualities of different materials


We will be learning about:

• Optical illusions and how we can fool the senses

• How to make our own optical illusion displays


We will explore how we experience and remember places through our sense of smell, taste, touch, hearing and sight.


Using Microsoft Word to work with text. The children will become knowledgeable about the tools on Microsoft Word and we will be developing the technical skills of:

· Touch typing

· Formatting the size, style and colour of font

· Inserting word art

· Saving and retrieving our work


We will be

  • Learning number bonds
  • Ways to Add
  • Ways to Subtract


In PE:

The children will be:

  • developing their agility, balance and coordination using a range of equipment and in a range of activities
  • given emphasis on rules and officiating and leadership and communication skills

Communication and cooperation will be the focus of all lessons!

In Swimming:

The children will learn:

  • to take part in competitive swimming races including correct starts and finishes
  • to spend time at ease in the water
  • to understand the principles of safe activity in the water
  • to develop arm and leg action and breathing in Breaststroke and Backstroke
  • to understand that exercise has an effect on their body

Personal Goal

Resilience- to keep going even when things get tricky!

Our home-school partnership

All of the activities we are going to do have been specially written to help your child reach the learning goals. Children will be reading, researching, writing, illustrating, working on their own and working in groups. We will be checking how well your child has learned through particular activities and by asking children to explain their work, perhaps to you.

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 if they can. If your child has some work to research, please help them – but without actually doing the work! If you have the chance to further their interest in the ideas of this theme please take it – but your enthusiasm and interest are most important.

In particular, please spend as much time focusing with your child on your shared enjoyment and use of your senses.

By the end of the unit, we hope they have had an enjoyable time in the classroom, and have reached the learning goals set out for them. We hope you enjoy seeing your child work with enthusiasm.

Please let us know if you have any questions, or feel you have anything to add to our unit.

Thank you for your continued support

The Grade 1J Team

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 21st January - Year Ahead - looking forward to seeing you at 6.00pm