Year 1 Class Teacher
Welcome to Year One!
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!