Welcome to Class 1!
with Mrs Rogers and Mrs Ball
We will be continuing to develop our writing skills, using a range of books to inspire us.
Our text focus for this half term will be ‘The Little Red Hen’. We will be practising saying our sentences before writing them and sequencing sentences to create short narratives. We will be reinforcing the basic skills, such as leaving spaces between words. We will be trying to punctuate our sentences, using capital letters, full stops, question marks and explanation marks.
We are continuing to work on accurate letter formation, with the children gradually being introduced to pre-cursive letters. It is important that the children learn to form these letters accurately now so that they can more easily progress to a cursive script.
The children will be taking part in daily RWI sessions. They will continue to take home a RWI book once a week and a ‘reading for pleasure book’.
Please make sure that your child’s reading diary is signed and returned to school daily.
We will be learning about stories with predictable phrasing and writing simple sentences using patterned language, words and phrases taken from familiar stories. We will also be writing labels and captions and writing a recount based on personal experience. Poetry will be taught whereby the children will be building suitable vocabulary and using the structure of rhyming couplets.
In Maths, we use Power Maths to help us deliver our lessons. This term the children will be learning about:
Unit 1 - Numbers to 10
In this unit we will learn to count forwards and backwards, identify one more and one less than a given number, order and sort objects and numbers and use a number line.
Unit 2 – Part-whole within 10
In this unit we will learn about number bonds to 10, related facts and comparing number bonds.
Unit 3 – Addition and Subtraction within 10 (1)
In this unit we will learn about finding the whole – adding together, adding more, finding a part, finding and making number bonds, finding addition facts and solving word problems using addition.
Unit 4 – Addition and Subtraction within 10 (2)
In this unit we will learn about subtraction – how many are left? related facts – addition and subtraction, counting back, finding the difference, solving word problems using subtraction and comparing additions and subtractions.
Unit 5 – 2D and 3D Shapes
In this unit we will learn about naming 2D and 3D shapes and making patterns with shapes.
Unit 6 – Numbers to 20
In this unit we will learn about counting and writing numbers to 20, tens and ones, counting one more and one less, comparing numbers and ordering objects and numbers.
The RE units for the autumn term include the liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas. We will also be covering the units ‘Creation’, ‘Families and Celebration’ and ‘Prayer’.
In History we will be learning about how the High Street has changed over time. Our enquiry will be based around:
- What was the high Street like before?
- How has the High Street changed?
- What was in these shops before?
- What was it like to shop for food?
- How were goods packaged or stored?
- How did I pay for things in the past?
In Geography, we will be developing our understanding of different types of maps. We will be using the compass points N, S, E and W to describe the position of places in relation to each other. We will be creating our own simple maps and using a simple key.
Our first unit in science is all about animals including humans. Firstly, we will start with ourselves and identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. We will then go onto identifying fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals and know those that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will be able to describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals including some of our pets!
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology, our skill focus will be mechanisms where we will look at slides and levers. We will be designing and creating a moving picture Christmas card to send home.
In Music we will be using Charanga. During the first half term the unit is called ‘How can we make friends when we sing together?’ During the second half term it will be ‘How does music tell stories from the past? We will be learning to sing songs. As part of using our imaginations, we will be composing some of our own lyrics to add to the song. We will also be learning to use glockenspiels and unpitched instruments to add a simple accompaniment to the music. Each week the children will have an opportunity to record their learning.
Art and Design
This term we will be exploring the art work of Henri Matisse, who is best known for his work as a painter. Our skills focus will be drawing, painting and collage. We will be working towards composing a ‘drawing with scissors’ piece inspired by Matisse. Our craft focus will be on Emma Bridgewater.
In computing, we will be learning how to safely log on and off the new Chromebooks. We are using Purple Mash to develop eBooks that we can share with our friends. We have added backgrounds, animation and sound to our books. Throughout all of our computing work we will be emphasising the need for on-line safety.
P.E. lessons are timetabled for Friday afternoons. The lesson will be all afternoon. This term the children will be doing athletic skills, net and wall skills and invasion games.
The main homework will be set on Monday. This is put onto the class webpage. In addition to any written homework, please try to read daily with your child and sign their reading diaries. Little and often is best – five to ten minutes each day can make a big difference.
Year 1 Reading challenge
Recommended Reading Challenge!
In your reading folders, you will have a poster with recommended books for Year 1. Your challenge is to finish reading all of these books by the end of Year 1! We will work together and find as many books to share with each other to try to get everyone to read them!
There are some amazing books that I am sure you will enjoy just as much as I have.
For each book you read, write a couple of sentences about the book in the back of your homework diary so that we know you have read it! There will be a prize for the people who read them all! Good luck and have fun!
Year 1 and Year 2 Curriculum and Expectations
Below you will find the expectations for Year 1 and Year 2 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This year the year 2 will be following the government's End of Key Stage 1 interim curriculum. The government guidance can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. This document provides detail of the specific expectations for the end of year 2 statutory tests and expectations.
The document for year 1 which can be downloaded below identifies Year 1 expectations. In this document we have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.
As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parent’s evening during the year.
The following terms will be used:
· Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.
· Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .
· Your child is on track to deepen the end of year national expectations.
Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.