Year 1 Class Teacher
Welcome to Year One!
Underwater World - the children are all fascinated by animals that live in the ocean, tiny crabs and huge whales, and beaches, and rock pools, so we have chosen this seasalty watery theme.
English – We have started by writing sequences of amazing sentences to describe weird and wonderful underwater scenes photographed in the picture book Flotsam. We’re then going to write a factual holiday report on what you can do and see in a small town called Mission Beach, on the NE coast of Australia right by the Barrier Reef, then do the same with local UK Wembury Beach – comparing the two places, thinking about what is the same and what is different. Remembering to use capital letters for the names of people and places will be a big focus all term. We’re also going to become alphabet whizzes, saying each letter name in and out of order and carrying out alphabetic challenges. We will be reading lots of different stories about whales, then together will think about how the settings, themes, characters and events compare.
Maths - We're starting off, with the help of Dougal the Deep Sea Diver, recapping our learning on reading, writing and representing numbers to 100, saying one more and less, ordering and describing them. Adding and subtracting within 20 is the next focus – seeing more patterns, spotting more number facts we know by heart, gaining confidence and fluency, and really thinking about how the equation can be moved around to help solve missing number problems. Mrs Harvey will be helping the children learn about 3D shapes, and we’ll be revisiting fractions, making sure we all know how to find ½ and ¼ of beach shapes, beach snacks, shell and pebble collections and whale pods!
Other Curriculum Areas - In Geography we will be asking the question “What is this place like?”, thinking about the Australian coastal village, and the English one. We’ll be using stories set on beaches in the UK and Australia to help us find out more about them, and use Google Earth, videos and the internet to support our research. Local rock pools will be a particular focus, learning about these amazing mini-habitats, and the creatures and plants that live there. Wembury Marine Centre are coming to give us a talk about how to ‘rock-pool’ safely (for the children and the creatures we might find), and we will be going on a trip to Wembury for a fun day of beach-combing, rock-pooling, beach art and sandcastle-making. Map skills will be a big part of this learning, looking at routes, and directions, and common features that we see on maps of Plymouth, and local coastal areas.
Dates for your diary:
Friday June 15th multi-coloured charity mufti day, cake sale and pebble painting competition to raise money for Plymouth and Cornwall Cancer Fund.
Friday June 22nd College Road Primary School Art Exhibition
Week June 25th – 29th Health Week, with Sports Day on Tuesday June 26th
Friday June 29th College Road School Summer Fair pm
Tuesday July 3rd Wembury Beach day trip (weather permitting)
Circle of Life
The children choose The Very Hungry Caterpillar as their favourite book, so we're using it as a starting point for our learning. We’ll read lots of other Eric Carle stories, and will also be focussing on how he creates his beautiful illustrations in our Art work.
English - This term we will be concentrating on factual sentence writing that describes and explains things. We will be reading information about insects and animals we might find in the school grounds, looking outside for real, making notes and then writing and drawing about the interesting things we've discovered. We will look at insect information texts in guided reading, and will write and illustrate our own explanation texts, having also read Eric Carle's The Tiny Seed, telling someone else about the life cycle of a sunflower, and then a butterfly.
Maths - We're starting off recapping our learning on 2D shapes, and will then move onto finding out about division - sharing and grouping objects and pictures to divide equally. While doing this we will revisit our learning on multiplication - counting in groups of 2, 5 and 10. We will use the Eric Carle story The Bad-Tempered Ladybird to revisit telling the time, and will do lots of problem-solving around measuring time in different ways. In Computing we will be programming Beebots to make turns and follow routes, learning about position and direction, using Eric Carle’s 10 Rubber Ducks story.
Other Curriculum Areas - In Science we will be looking at the life cycles of lots of different living things - animals, insects and plants. We will compare them, and think about what makes something 'alive'. We will watch caterpillars in the classroom change into butterflies, and go on mini-beast hunts in the school grounds. Learning about plants will be looked at again, growing sunflowers to plant outside and we will spend lots of time in the school garden. In Art we will look at the work of Eric Carle, and experiment with paint, printing, texture and collage to make our own mini-beast art work. PE this term will be on a WEDNESDAY as the community team from Plymouth Argyle will be working with the children on a variety of sports multi-skills.
Week 5 14.5.18 HISTORY WEEK! We will be coming off our normal timetable to have a focussed History Week in which we'll investigate an important aspect of our local history. We are going to find out about the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and how he designed the Royal Albert Bridge and the Great West Railway. This is also our PEAPOD week, so we'll be very busy!
Friday 25th May is our class assembly,
where we will share all our learning with you!
Mixed-Up Fairytales - the children have chosen a wonderful story-telling theme.
English - We will start by reading lots of traditional stories, with games and drama to help us think about different features, settings and characters. Then we'll write character descriptions with amazing word choices and punctuation, followed by learning to tell the story of The Enormous Turnip aloud. Making links with the pattern and language of the story, we'll invent our own mixed-up fairytale, using characters and settings from different stories. Alongside this we will be investigating Jack and the Beanstalk, and lots of alternative tales based on the same story, while writing a factual bean diary using our noticing muscles to watch a bean seed germinate and grow.
Maths - There will be lots of work on the number system to 100 this term - reading, writing, representing and ordering numbers, and adding and subtracting within 20 (hopefully learning more and more facts by heart). We will use fairytales to help our learning about measurement - investigating capacity with magic beans and different sized containers, and concocting different potions with coloured water, measuring the height of beanstalks and finding out what weights more or less than a turnip.
Other Curriculum Areas - In Science we will be using fairytales to investigate, sort and describe different materials (straw, sticks and brick houses, cleaning metal pennies to make them shine like gold coins, using felt and different fabrics to make puppets etc). There will be lots of Music this term, with songs about fairytales, and investigations into high and low pitches, and rhythms and sounds that we can create with percussion instruments to match actions in stories. Computing will mainly be using Mathletics to compliment our number learning, and PE will be focussing on ball skills, aiming and defending in small team games.
We will share our amazing skills in a story-telling workshop that we will invite parents to in the last week of term.
World Book Day - Thursday March 1st
Parent/teacher meetings - Monday March 12th and Tuesday March 13th
Year 1 Peapod - Friday March 16th
Sports Relief Day - Friday March 23rd
Y1 Story-Telling Workshop - Wednesday March 28th
Welcome back and Happy New Year! We have a fun-packed dinotastic term to look forward to, filled with lots of ideas the children thought of for their learning.
To start we will be learning to retell the story of ‘The Smallest Dinosaur’, using actions and a story map to help us remember the words, then we will use the same pattern to write our own story with different dinosaurs. We will learn the red spelling words we need, and think about spelling verbs with –ed and –ing endings. While we do this we will be learning lots of facts about a variety of different dinosaurs, writing interesting sentences, using basic punctuation every time. Then we will learn an acrostic poem, based on the word ‘J u r a s s i c’ and follow it up by using everything we’ve learnt to write our own dinosaur themed poem. The focus will be on amazing descriptions and adventurous word choices. All term we will be working hard on our handwriting (our target focus), making sure we form all of our letters correctly.
Linked to dinosaurs we will be using measurement to find out about the real life sizes of dinosaurs and their fossil footprints. We will be working on repeated addition and multiplication, working with 2s, 5s and 10s, and start learning about fractions – finding half and quarter of shapes and amounts.
Other Curriculum Areas
We will find out about Mary Anning, a Victorian palaeontologist, think about time scales and timelines for when the dinosaurs walked the Earth, and how they became extinct. In Science we will be using the story ‘Dinosaur Pet’ to think about whether a dinosaur would make a good pet, and finding out about real-life pets that come from different sorts of animal types – mammals, fish, birds, lizards and amphibians. We will use our learning on fossils of dinosaur teeth to think about whether they were herbivores, carnivores or omnivores. In computing we will learn to use the 2animate software to design a short animation of a dinosaur egg hatching, and in Art/DT we will create a Jurassic jungle landscape with paint and collage, and use a sliding lever to make a dinosaur travel from one side to the next. PE this term focuses on gymnastics.
All our learning will be shared in Year 1’s class assembly on Friday February 9th.
This term our theme is ‘Stickman and the Seasons’.
The children told me how much they liked storybooks written by Julia Donaldson, so we have chosen the book ‘Stickman’ as a starting point for learning all about the seasons, weather, time and celebrations. Much of our learning will be based around the Science curriculum. We will be finding out about each season in turn, and writing an information text full of facts – Stickman’s Guide to the Seasons. We will investigating the life cycle of a flower bulb, and plant some ready to make our school grounds look attractive in the spring, and we’ll be out and about on some learning walks, identifying trees and plants in our school grounds and local area.
To help us find out more about the seasons and growing, I’m excited to say we will be visiting the Drum Theatre to see a performance of ‘The Enormous Turnip’, and in school will watch the Theatre Alibi group perform ‘Apple John’, a play about the life cycle of humans and apple trees. Lots of drama! In maths we will begin by thinking about ‘time’ and how we measure its passing – seconds, hours, days, weeks, months, years etc., tell the time using o’clock and half past, and then we will consolidate our learning of how to add and subtract in lots of different ways.
This term also sees us focusing on social enterprise, and with it lots of real life maths and writing– we have our Peapod in Week 2 where we will be costing, making and selling delicious leaf biscuits, and we are planning a Community performance of our Key Stage 1 Nativity – a play based on the Russian story of ‘Babushka’. Invitations and letters need to be written, and refreshments need to be costed and made. In the final weeks we will look at instructions - reading, following and writing instructions based on things to make ready for Christmas.
We will keep you updated on all this and more as the term progresses. What a busy time we have ahead!
Please feel free to come and chat to me if you have any questions.
Many thanks, in advance, for your support.
Term 1 - Moon Zoom!
This term the topic that the children have chosen is titled ‘Moon Zoom!’. The children will be learning about the historic first Moon Landing in 1969, and will be reading lots of funny stories based upon space and aliens visiting the Earth. To reinforce our knowledge we will be role-playing and writing a recount of Neil Armstrong's epic rocket journey, and will write a story with the Moon as a fantasy setting. In all our writing we will be focusing on 'super sentences' - saying the words aloud and then writing each one with a capital letter, finger spaces and a full stop. We will set up a shop and sell moon stones and crystals, like Bob in ‘Man on the Moon’, practising counting, adding and subtracting, and understanding coins. Having watched old news clips of the Moon Landing celebrations, we will be using our planning muscles to organise our own 'Moon Party', re-enacting how people gathered together to watch in awe and wonder.
In Science the children will think about the differences between our human bodies and the bodies of aliens we find in storybooks - our faces, body parts, and senses. How would we explain all this to a visiting alien who knew nothing about humans? In D.T. children will be using their imagining and planning muscles to design a split-pin alien, who will play a part in our story-telling. PE learning will involve dance lessons based rocket journeys and moon landings, and collaborative games working on our sending and receiving skills with beanbags and balls.
As part of our ICT learning the children will be becoming more independent logging on to the computers as well as gaining confidence when opening different programs. They will also be learning how to stay safe when using the Internet.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!