Walnut – All About Me – Term 1 – 2020/21

Walnuts learned around the theme ‘All About Me,’ in which they explored what it means to be human, the world around them, and a part of something bigger than them. Through diverse activities from different subjects, pupils have done great amounts of introspection to develop a positive conception of themselves. Have a look at all they accomplished this term.


Objectives we achieved this term:

Through multi-sensory activities and various mathematical tools, we have developed our skills in place value, addition and subtraction.

Place value

We have learned to:

  • count from 0 in multiples of 4, 8, 50 and 100; find 10 or 100 more or less than a given number.
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a three-digit number (hundreds, tens, ones).
  • read and write numbers up to 1000 in numerals and in words.
  • solve both number problems and practical problems involving these ideas.
  • count in multiples of 6, 7, 9, 25 and 1000.
  • recognise the place value of each digit in a four-digit number (ones, tens, hundreds and thousands).

Addition and Subtraction

We have learned to:

  • add and subtract numbers mentally, including: a three-digit number and ones.
  • solve problems, including missing number problems, using number facts, place values and more complex additions/subtractions.
  • add and subtract numbers with up to 4 digits using the formal written methods of column addition and subtraction where appropriate.
  • understand the concept of negative numbers.
  • understand Roman numerals.


We learned about ourselves and others by looking at a couple of stories to help us unlock what it means to be ‘me’ and what it means to be ‘somebody else’. Additionally, we worked with narrative structures, creating characters and describing settings. We used The Madagascar Storybook by DreamWorks to better explore settings, characters and sequencing events. As part of a larger project, Walnuts created their own version of The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson in their own words as part of their own story.

Objectives we achieved this term:

We have learned to:

  • recreate a narrative using a model text to create our own story.
  • read and listen to narrative texts which discussed a wide range of topics and structures.
  • discuss through book-talk what is being read for reading comprehension practice.
  • practise reading comprehension from texts with questions attached.
  • draw inferences such of characters’ motivations, thoughts and feelings from their actions within the story.
  • describe a setting in detail with well-selected fronted adverbials.
  • identify nouns, verbs and adjectives.

Walnuts reading their version of ‘The Day You Begin’!


To link with the theme ‘All About Me,’ we learned about our bodies and the world around us through nature. We focused on the plant kingdom and the human body.

Objectives we achieved this term:

The Plant Kingdom

Thanks to the natural environment of our schools, children had the perfect opportunities to gain a meaningful knowledge about the plant kingdom in a real context. Exploring trees, flowers, native plants, … of our forest, they discovered and manipulating the different parts of plants.

We have learned to:

  • identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants: roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers.
  • explore the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soil, and room to grow) and how they vary from plant to plant.
  • explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination, seed formation and seed dispersal.

The Human Body

We have learned to:

  • appreciate the importance of bones and the skeleton.
  • identify the principal bones of the human body
  • describe the simple functions of the basic parts of the digestive system, respiratory system and circulatory system in humans.
  • identify the different types of teeth in humans and their simple functions.
  • describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air).
  • understand diseases and remedies which affect our bodies.


This term Walnuts learned about prehistory in order to answer the question of where humans come from. We’ve learned about the basics of evolution, the domestication of various animals such as the wolf or the wildcat, and how societies looked before the Agricultural Revolution.

Objectives we achieved this term:

We have learned to:

  • see how humans lived on a daily basis within a hunter-gatherer society.
  • understand the physical evolution of humans into what we are today.
  • appreciate the origins of life through a process called evolution.
  • know how wolves and other animals were domesticated into dogs and various farm animals.
  • see how large history is before human history.
  • appreciate how nature plays a large role in humanity’s history.


Walnuts swam and danced for sport this term with specialised instructors trained and experienced in those respective fields. It was both impactful and delightful, a balanced mix of learning new techniques and having some lighthearted fun in the process.


We related our art theme to what pupils were learning in history and science, namely the artwork that premodern humans would have created and artwork related to the different seasons. Additionally, we created our own class eco-bins to build conscientiousness of recycling and taking care of our environment.

Objectives we achieved this term:

  • to use drawing and painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • to use recycled objects and other various materials to creatively design and make products.
  • to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.


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