1K - Miss Kelly - supported by Mrs Hillyard
1R - Miss Rayton - supported by Mrs Netherton
1P - Miss Pierce - supported by Mrs Tamcken
Year 1 is a very important and exciting year for our children when they move from the Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1. We continue to build upon the progress the children have made during their Reception year and to encourage greater independence in subtle ways. We ask our parents to leave their children at the classroom door to give them responsibility for getting ready each morning. We recognise that it is sometimes more difficult for our parents than it is for our children!
We have been setting up our new classroom rules and have been familiarising themselves with their new surroundings. The focus for our PSHE lessons will be on settling into new routines. The children have had the opportunity to talk about settling into Year 1, voicing their worries and excitement.
Our theme this term will be 'Above & Beyond'. Throughout the topic we will receive letters and postcards from aliens and astronauts asking for our help with solving problems ranging from spaceship design to a travel pack for astronauts. We will also be looking at the Apollo missions, including the first moon landing and will we will travel through space in a mobile planetarium that will visit the school.
We will be reading the books 'Bob's Best Friend' and 'Man on the Moon' by Simon Bartram as well as 'Aliens Love Underpants' by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort.
Our daily Maths lessons will be based upon 'Adapt Maths'. Targets this term will include place value, rapid recall of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, formal written methods of addition and subtraction and 2D and 3D shapes.
During our English lessons we will be looking at story structure, adding nouns and adjectives to form a character description and basic letter writing. We will continue with daily letters and sounds and each week we will have a basic skills lesson. The children will also have handwriting targets and will read every week with their teacher.
In Computing, we will use basic coding to make a digital sprite perform actions such as disappearing or moving in a particular way.
Our PE lessons will focus this term on gymnastics and dance.
The children will begin to learn Spanish with our language specialist, Miss Hatchell. She will develop their vocabulary through a selection of songs, games and oral activities.
Mrs Powell will be teaching Music, exploring how to make different sounds with instruments and their voices whilst learning songs about aliens.
Our theme this term is 'Circle of Life'. During the term the children will gain a greater understanding of Africa and its inhabitants. They will identify African elephants and their habitats, have a look at the food chain and cover the 'big idea' of power within this. Using a map of Africa they will locate some famous places. The children will also look into the tribal life in Africa and make their own drums and Zulu art to use in a performance for the rest of Year 1.
During the first half of the term we will be concentrating on place value, time and fractions in maths. Later on we will work on rapid recall of addition and subtraction, measure, shape and position. The children will develop their ability to apply these mathematical skills in a context when solving problems. Our basic skills sessions will cover addition and subtraction, counting to 100 including one more and one less and number bonds to 10 and 20.
In English we will be writing non-chronological reports about African animals and then will focus on writing a simple narrative. Later in the term we will be using our senses to create a setting description of an African landscape and then using our skills to create one on the world around us. This term we will begin to read with the children in a group focusing on the skills of clarifying, predicting, questioning and summarising.
In computing the children will be creating their own story using a program called 2Create a Story. They will learn how to manipulate pictures, use tools such as brush, pencil and the rubber and add sound to their pictures.
Music will continue to be taught by Mrs Powell, a music specialist. They will be exploring how to make different sounds with instruments and focus on the rhythm and beat to African music.
Spanish will be taught by Miss Hatchell, our language specialist. She will develop their vocabulary through a selection of songs, games and oral activities.
In preparation for the Curriculum Evening the children will be creating art work based on the artist Wassily Kadinsky.
Our PSHE sessions will focus on bullying - what it is, how it feels, why people bully, how we can prevent it and respond to it and how children can use their social, emotional and behavioural skills to tackle this problem.
Our theme this term is 'Under the Sea'. Throughout this topic the children will be looking at a variety of different mediums to create under the sea collages. We will be learning all about different sea creatures and making fact files about a chosen sea creature. the children will be participating in a specialised art morning to learn how to draw different sea creatures.
In Maths we will be looking at place value and formal written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and place value. Our basic skills sessions will also cover counting in two's, fives and tens, counting to 100, number bonds to 10 and 20 and reading and writing numerals to 100. In addition, we will consolidate 2D & 3D shape names and measuring.
English lessons will see us writing a narrative text based on 'Billy's Bucket' and writing instructions on how to build a sandcastle. Later in the term, we will continue with writing instructions and then move onto writing a character description of the missing mermaid.
In Computing the children will be creating a code that will cause a computer sprite to perform a desired action. We will then extend this to create an APP which includes a scene and different sprites performing different actions. Later in the term they will create a PowerPoint presentation about a sea life creature.
Music will continue to be taught by Mrs Powell, our music specialist. they will be exploring how to make different sounds with instruments and their voices whilst learning songs about the seaside and then accompany them with appropriate percussion instruments.
In PE we will be spending time on athletics and gymnastics skills.
Spanish lessons will continue with Miss Hatchell who will develop their vocabulary through a selection of songs, games and oral activities.
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