Year 1 2020 - 2021
Our next ‘Learning Journey’
Our spring topic focuses on ‘Explorers’ and much of our curriculum work will be taught creatively through this topic; with a large focus on History and Geography. The children will be writing a story based on the structure of Simon Bartram’s ‘Man on the Moon’ as well as researching all about Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong in preparation to write a non-chronological report.
This term, we will continue following the White Rose scheme, focusing our learning on addition and subtraction within 20, Place value within 50, and measurement – Length, height, weight and volume. The children will revisit the different strategies including using part / whole models, bar models and tens frames. Maths is taught through practical activities and the children are encouraged to use concrete resources wherever possible; so they can see what numbers looks like and it reinforces their knowledge of the subject in other areas.
The children will continue reading regularly in school. Your child has been given an allocated reading day where they will read 1:1 with a member of the Year 1 team. If your child’s reading record is completed, and they have their books, they will get changed by Mrs Watt every Friday. She will replace them with two new books. Reading assessment are ongoing and books will be moved up a level at this time, if appropriate.
Tips for reading with your child: Check your child’s knowledge and understanding of the books by asking questions about what they have read and encourage them to use their fingers to follow the words. This will encourage them to read every word and you will notice if they struggle with any specific vocabulary. Your child may benefit from a shared read first before reading independently.
Phonics will continue to take place every day in Year 1 in preparation for the Phonics Screening test later in the year. I will regularly send out optional extra homework that links in with the sounds we are learning during the week via google classroom.
It’s great to see so many children keen to learn their tricky words and Common Exception Words, so thank you for your continued support in this area!
Homework is set every Friday at 9am via Google Classroom. The type of homework will alternate between Maths, English and Phonics, however, I may also set optional extra work for those children who wish to complete additional learning.
Spelling are set weekly and they are tested throughout the week as part of the children’s registration tasks and are encouraged to use them in their writing, if appropriate.
We encourage all children to read to a grown up at least three times a week and for their reading diaries to be completed to ensure they receive new books weekly.
PE will take place on a Wednesday morning and Friday afternoons. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school, labelled with their name. Wherever necessary; or appropriate, lessons will be outside so please ensure that they have warm jogging pants and trainers, in addition to their shorts and pumps.
In RE, the children will be learning about why Jesus is special, the miracles he performed and the call of the 12 Disciples. They will be linking this to PSHE and focusing on what makes a special friendship and how to create positive friendships.
Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to teaching all the fantastic areas of learning to your children this next term.
Our topics this term are “Superheroes” and ‘Robots’.
We will be reading, un-picking and studying: ‘Supertato” and linking our topic with other related books such as ’The Superheroes Hotel’. The children will make predictions about the story and create a ‘trap’ through our Design Technology curriculum to capture the evil pea.
During our ‘Robot’ topic we will be reading a book written especially for the year 1 children written by their teacher called ‘Robbie’s Roaming’. The children will find out about all the places he had visited and they will help him by taking photographs of different things and through our Geography topic will create a map of our school playground so he can show his family where he has been.
The children will also create their own mini Robot or Robot screen through our Design Technology lessons
All children will be read with during the week so please ensure that they bring their reading diaries with them every day. We also encourage you to enjoy their books with them so please could you allow them to read with you daily and then sign their diary. Reading books will be changed every Friday.
In Science the children will learn all about their bodies and label different parts of their body and learn about the 5 senses. They will identify the seasons and recognise the main differences between them, and this will also be linked to our art lessons.
In our maths classes we will be focusing on Place Value and counting forward and backwards as well as completing number lines and squares. The children will be taught in practical way and encouraged to use the different concrete resources to embed the maths. They will complete individual challenges and work in small groups.
The children will be working on counting on from any number and are practicing hard on number formation and at writing their numbers as words.
PE takes place every Wednesday and Friday so please ensure all kits are in school ready for the lessons. We continue to benefit from working alongside the School Sports Partnerships and actively encourage this particularly important aspect of the curriculum.
Homework will be set every Friday and will either be in their books or on Google Classroom. Please ensure that your child completes this extension of school learning and hands it back in on a Wednesday. The homework will be a combination of Maths, English, or Phonics usually. I will also put extra songs, YouTube clips or general information on Google Classroom so your child can benefit from further educational advancements.
Thanks so much for you continued support in your child’s learning journey I really do appreciate all your help.
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact me.
‘Explorers’! Much of our curriculum work will be taught creatively through this topic with a large focus on History and Geography. The children will be writing a story based on the structure of Simon Bartram’s ‘Man on the Moon’ as well as researching all about Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong in preparation to write a non-chronological report. Our topic for the following half term, as Spring approaches, will be ‘Growth and Green Fingers’.
This term, we will continue following the White Rose scheme, focusing our learning on addition and subtraction within 20, Place value within 50, and measurement – Length, height, weight and volume.
The children will continue reading regularly in school. Your child has been given an allocated reading day where they will read 1:1 with a member of the Year 1 team and choose new books for the week. In order for your child’s book to be changed, the diary must be signed, showing that they have read at home as part of their on-going homework. Please remember to check your child’s knowledge and understanding of the book by asking questions. Your child may benefit from a shared read first before reading independently. It is still imperative that books and book bags are brought in daily.
Phonics will continue to take place every day in Year 1 in preparation for the Phonics Screening test later in the year. Also, it’s great to see so many children keen to learn their tricky words and Common Exception Words, so thank you for your continued support in this area!
At present, our main homework is still the ‘Creative Homework’, where your child can choose 2 or 3 activities that they would like to complete. In addition to this, please note that reading daily, learning number bonds (card from Meet the Teacher), Learning tricky words (updated card sent home on Parents’ Evening) and Year 1 common Exception Words (updated spellings to learn sent home on Parents’ Evening) are weekly homework tasks that your child must also be completing. If you require new copies, don’t hesitate to ask!
PE will take place on a Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The children will be taking part in a health and well-being fitness class on a Tuesday and on Wednesdays they will be enhancing their striking and fielding skills! After half term, our new focus will be dance. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school, labelled with their name.
In RE, the children will be learning about why Jesus is special, the miracles he performed and the call of the 12 Disciples. The children will also be learning about springtime, new life and the Easter Story.
Spanish will be taught on Monday mornings this term. The children will really enjoy the engaging activities that Mrs Culshaw uses to teach this modern foreign language.
What a brilliant start to the year we’ve had so far! The children have settled in really well and are becoming familiar with their new routines. Mrs Loynton, Mrs Watt and Mrs Durham will be our Teaching Assistants this year and will be supporting your child with their learning. We are also very lucky to be welcoming Miss Newson to our team who is currently training to become a Teacher.
Our first topic this half term is ‘Robots’. We will be looking at fantasy stories, recounts and the human body. In the second half term, our topic is ‘Family Album’ where the children will be exploring the differences between the past and present. In RE, we will be learning all about the importance of Harvest and the key gospel teachings of Jesus.
The children will read regularly in school as part of our English lessons, discrete Guided Reading lessons and on their set book change day. The children are also encouraged to read during our register time, thus it is imperative that books and book bags are brought in daily. Additionally, reading must be ongoing at home. Please use this opportunity to test your child’s understanding of the text by asking questions about the characters, setting or events. For non-fiction books, please help your child to find information using the contents page, index and glossary. Additionally, phonics will take place every day in Year 1. Year 1 is the year for the Phonics Screening assessment which takes place nationally. I will be holding an information event in the New Year.
In maths, we will be following the White Rose scheme of learning. The children will be undertaking tasks set with varied fluency in order to ensure breadth and depth of learning. The children will also be solving problems and developing their reasoning skills.
Regarding homework, we are continuing with the Creative Homework, however, I would also like your child to read daily at home and continue to learn their tricky words, common exception words and number bonds which I have included in your information pack.
PE will be on Wednesdays and Friday so please make sure that your child has the correct kit in school.
During the first half term the children’s topic will be ‘Penguins, Possums and Pigs’. Much of our curriculum learning will be focused on different kinds of animals and the climates which they call their habitats. We will begin by exploring the hot and cold places of the world before investigating the kinds of animals that we might find there. Our focus story is Zog. The children will be putting their own twist on the story, by inventing new characters and scenarios. We will also be writing a non-chronological text on a focus animal of the children’s choice which they will be researching using a variety of secondary sources. In RE, the children will be learning all about how people of faith welcome new babies and we will be visiting All Saints church to learn all about Christian Baptism.
In the second half term, the children’s learning will be focused on ‘The Great Outdoors’. Our focus stories will be Percy the Park Keeper and – weather permitting – the children will have hands on, active learning experiences outside where we will be building dens and investigating the best man-made and natural materials to use for different purposes. In RE, the children will be learning about the actions of the people in the Old Testament and the nature and characteristics of God.
Spring Term 2019
Happy New Year to you all! I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas break. It is so good to see that all of the children have settled back into routine and are keen to learn. Thank you for your continued support throughout all aspects of school life!
THIS TERM’S TOPIC IS …..‘Explorers’! Much of our curriculum work will be taught creatively through this topic with a large focus on History and Geography.