Welcome to Year 1!
The children are settling well into Year 1 and are learning to be more independent; ordering their own lunches and changing their own reading books. We have been taking advantage of our outside area and the children have been provided with opportunities to extend and embed their learning through play and choosing activities.
We are also getting ready to celebrate Harvest Festival and look forward to families joining us to hear our songs.
Autumn 1 - Animal Antics
We start the term by learning about ourselves and exploring the characters and shapes of the Mr Men world. Our topic focus this term is Animals: we will label animals, write adjectives to describe them and write about our favourite creatures. We look at animals in the texts: Dear Zoo and Owl Babies. We will gain confidence writing independently using our phonics, capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will also learn about the season of autumn. We will go on an autumn hunt and explore our school surroundings to observe seasonal changes. Then we will write autumn poems using adjectives.
We will recap our Phase 2 and 3 sounds and words to ensure our learning has been embedded. We will develop further confidence using these sounds to decode, segment and blend when reading and writing.
Please read daily with your child to ensure their phonics and comprehension skills are continually being practised at home. We celebrate children who have read 25, 50, 75 and 100 books with a certificate.
We will be focusing on Number. We begin every lesson undertaking practical activities and develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts in order for the children to master them. We will practise counting forwards and backwards, adding and subtracting numbers and counting on from specific numbers. Towards the end of term we will be learning about shape.
Autumn 2 - Toys
We will begin by reading the text Old Bear by Jane Hissey. We will draw and write about our favourite characters, how we would rescue Old Bear from the attic and we will read a variety of Old Bear stories. We will then look at toys from the past and write our own Non-fiction booklet about Old Toys! We will draw out similarities and differences between old toys and modern toys.
We will continue to gain confidence writing independently using our phonics, capital letters, finger spaces, full stops and adjectives in our work.
We will introduce the children to Phase 4 consonant blends and words, before moving onto learning Phase 5 sounds and words. We will continue to gain confidence using these sounds to decode, segment and blend when reading and writing.
Please continue to read daily with your child to ensure their phonics and comprehension skills are continually being practised at home. We will be continuing to celebrate children who have read 25, 50, 75 and 100 books with a certificate.
We will continue to focus on Number through practical activities, developing a deep understanding of mathematical concepts in order for the children to master them. We will continue to add and subtract numbers and develop our understanding of fact families. We will be exploring a range of physical resources.
Over the Year we will also be covering the foundation subjects including RE, PSHE, PE, Music, Computing, History and Geography.
Autumn 1 Animals - Classifying animals, sketching animals, using oil pastels to create an animal picture based on the artist Henri Rousseau, identifying and naming animals body parts and exploring texts that feature animals (Dear Zoo and Owl Babies). We are also very lucky to have an Owl visit.
Autumn 2 Toys - Exploring old and new toys, sketching toys, exploring toy texts (Dogger and Old bear) designing, making and evaluating our own moving vehicle.
Spring 1 Destination Unknown - Ordering planets, exploring space texts (Man on the Moon) and learning about Neil Armstrong and the Moon landing.
Spring 2 Around and About - learning about our local area, labelling countries in the United Kingdom.
Summer 1 Get Set, Grow! - Planting seeds and watching them grow, designing a garden, labelling parts of plants and trees and identifying plants and flowers.
Summer 2 Fairytales - Learning about traditional fairy tales, writing stories using adjectives and conjunctions. Come to school dressed as your favourite fairy tale character for a fairy tale ball.
Show and Tell
We will have Show and Tell during the last week of every term. Please make sure that items chosen are relevant to our topic learning for the term.
Monday red group
Tuesday green group
Wednesday blue group
Thursday yellow group
Starfish (1BC) Tuesdays
Seahorses (1LS) Wednesdays
Seadragons (1BA) Fridays
- · Please read regularly with your child. Encourage them to sound out and blend words that they find tricky and ask questions to check their reading comprehension.
- · Please practise Lexia and Bullseye (if this applies to your child).
- · Please practise spellings regularly.
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