Welcome to Year 1
Maths Year 1: will focus on multiplication and division, fractions, position and direction, place value within 100, money and time. We will continue to use our mathematical skills to solve problems in different contexts and to give reasons for our answers.
English Year 1: will be looking at poetry based around ‘Tell me a dragon’ and a non-fiction text called ‘Creature features: Dinosaurs’. We will continue to build upon the children’s existing skills and help them to improve their punctuation, sentence structure and handwriting. Your child can also use spelling shed to practise their key words and sounds within Phonics. Please ensure your child is reading every night (see Collins eBooks and books that you may also have at home).
Science Year 1: We will be focusing on two units ‘Plants’ and ‘Seasonal Changes’. Plants We will identify and name common wild and garden plants including evergreen and deciduous trees and draw and name the basic structure of a plant. Seasonal changes We will identify and sequence the four seasons, match the weather associated with each season, look at weather around the world and understand how day lengths change.
Foundation Subjects Year 1: We will be focusing on ‘Animals and their Habitats’ in Geography and ‘Transport’ in History.
This unit gives a geographical context to children’s interests in, and prior knowledge of, animals through a study of five continents. It looks at pandas, penguins, sharks and elephants, as well as lesser-known birds, such as the swallow. The unit also focuses the children on specific landscapes, people and issues associated with real places. It starts by showing what these animals’ homes are like.
The children will:
• Name and locate the world’s seven continents and five oceans
• Use world maps, atlases and globes to identify countries, continents and oceans
• Use simple fieldwork and observational skills.
In this unit, the children will explore the stories of two significant events in the history of travel and the impact they had on people’s lives, back then and in the future. They will begin by learning about the first aeroplane flight, before looking at early aeroplanes in greater depth. They will then focus on the Rainhill Trials of Stephenson’s Rocket, using sources from the time to provide context. The children will examine the legacy of both events and discuss the impact on our world today.
The children will:
• Develop an awareness of the past, using common words and phrases relating to the passing of time
• Know where the people and events they study t within a chronological framework
• Ask and answer questions, choosing and using parts of stories and other sources to show that they know and understand key features
• Use a wide vocabulary of everyday historical terms
• Understand some of the ways in which we find out about the past
• Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods
Art: will be looking at mixed media collage. We will be studying Henri Matisse’s artwork, sorting and arranging shapes, folding, crumpling and tearing materials and creating an image using different types of paper.
DT: will be focusing on the unit of work ‘Sliders and Levers’. We will be looking at how sliders and levers work, designing a scene with a moving character and creating a path for a character to move along.
We will be studying the song ‘Your Imagination’ by Joanna Mangona and Pete Readman. During this unit we will be looking at a range of other songs that involve using our imagination for example ‘A Whole New World’ from Aladdin and ‘Pure Imagination’ from Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory. During the second half of the term we will be looking at ‘Reflect, reload and rewind’. Within this topic we will be listening to a range of classical music and the history of music.
Computing : We would usually be looking at the units of work ‘We are storytellers’ and ‘We are celebrating’. Within the unit ‘We are storytellers’ the children create a talking book that they can share with others. Within ‘We are celebrating’ the unit enables the children to have the opportunity to create a digital greetings card, which could be used for a religious festival such as Diwali or Christmas, pupils’ birthdays, or simply to say thank you or good luck.
RE: In the first half to the term we are focusing on Christianity – Gospel: what is the Good news Christians believe Jesus brings. They will be understanding the importance of forgiveness, friendship and peace and exploring ways in which Christians try to bring Jesus’ good news to others. In the second half of the term, we will be looking at how we should care for the world and for others and why this matters.
PE Key Stage One will be using ‘ Real PE’ as part of their PE lessons. These sessions focus on key skills and coordination. Year 1 will also be taking part in Balance-ability. Swimming sessions will also be taking part during the summer term as and when the weather and pool temperature are suitable.
PSHE The children will continue to develop their social skills, learn how to build relationships, have respect for each other and responsibility. This term we will be focusing on Living in the Wider World, including rights and responsibilities, the environment and money.
Homework In Years 1 and 2, we ask you to continue to support your child’s learning by reading his/her book every night and would also recommend that you enjoy reading and discussing a longer, high-quality text to your child, especially if s/he is still developing reading fluency. Please continue to read the online Collins Bigcat books that we are using in school to support their phonics development.
Mrs Prescott and Miss Saunders
This Year’s Curriculum
If you would like further information in relation to the curriculum please feel free to contact the school office.
This Term’s Topics
Class teachers send out an outline of the learning each child will be undertaking that term. If you wish to find out any further details, please contact Mrs Prescott or Miss Saunders.