Ms Rebecca Stone
Welcome to Year One!
Welcome to Year 1! New classroom, new adults, new routines – it’s all change for the children, but hopefully they will settle well, enjoying themselves and the challenges we give them. Please do come in and talk to us if you are worried about any aspect of the transition into Y1.
Term 2 – Beware of the Bears!
The children have chosen to learn all about different sorts of bears – real
and toys. As well as reading lots and lots of bear stories we have a packed term.
The values we will be focussing on are kindness, followed by patience.
English – We will start off by orally making up and acting out our own version of ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ based on our school building and grounds. Character descriptions are next – writing descriptive sentences of different real and toy bears using interesting word choices. This will be followed by writing letters to people in our school community to see if they know the whereabouts of our lost class bear. We’ll do some indepth research on polar bears and the Arctic Circle, writing fact files with the knowledge we gain. We’ll end by using the video of ‘The Hare and the Bear’ to write the story in our own words. Daily ‘Read Write Inc’ sessions will focus on our phonic skills in reading and spelling.
Maths – The first week will see us using real life number and money skills in learning to do with our PEAPOD sale. Then the children will spend a week on directions and movement using Bear Hunt grids and games, followed by learning to tell the time – o’clock and half-past. We’ll then return to number and place value work – reading, writing, ordering and representing numbers to 100, before re-capping addition and subtraction within 20. All term the children will be carrying out measurement problem-solving tasks (height, length and width) based on the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Theme – There will be mapwork in Geography, based on world maps, to find where different bears live, and on our school and grounds when we go on a bear hunt. We will also be out and about in our local area, finding a postbox for our Community Nativity invitations and delivering some by hand. In Science we will learn lots about bears, their lifecycles, eating and behaviour patterns, comparing them with humans. We will find out about the history of toy bears, putting them in time sequence. Our KS1 Nativity ‘Lights, Camel, Action!’ will see Year 1 as… yes… CAMELS! We’ll be designing and making camel headdresses, designing our own funky camel dance to perform, as well as learning lots of songs and having great fun.
Dates for your diary:
Y1 PEAPOD Friday Oct 4th Children In Need Friday Nov 16th
KS1 Nativity Weds Dec 19th Christmas Fair Weds Dec 19th
Our School Priorities for Learning TERM 2
This term, in Year 1, we will focus on being able to:
Use our ‘Fred Fingers’ to sound out and spell words with 40+ phonemes.
Punctuate simple sentences with a capital letter and . ? !
Count, read, write and order numbers to 100, using objects, pictures and numerals.
Solve problems to do with telling the time – o’clock and half-past.
Term 1 – Mixtures, Mess and Muck
To start us off the children have chosen a messy, mucky, mixing topic which should be great fun, so roll your sleeves up and let’s get started!
English – We will start with ‘instructions’ – following them, giving them, reading them, ordering them and finally writing them. There will be a big focus on thinking of, saying, and then writing all the words for a simple instruction sentence. We will use instructions to find out how to make squidgy, squashy ‘slime’, and will then learn about how to be an expert at washing our hands. Next comes a week of poetry, listening to and discussing a range of poems based on our five senses. Then we’ll learn about the traditional story The Magic Porridge Pot, saying it aloud with actions, using a story map to help. This will involve lots of drama and role-play, and of course, we will be making and tasting porridge! They will use their knowledge of this ‘finding tale’ story pattern to plan and write their own simple innovated version. Daily ‘Read Write Inc’ sessions will focus on our phonic skills in reading and spelling.
Maths – All this term we will be focusing on recognising, writing, counting and ordering numbers to 20. We’ll find out how to represent numbers in different ways (especially thinking about the ten in teen numbers), and how to solve problems by comparing more/most, less/least and equal amounts. We’ll be counting on and back to add and subtract, and will investigate pairs of numbers that bond to a certain value (eg 9 is 7+2 5+4 6+3 8+1 10-1 and 12-3). There will be lots of wet and messy play opportunities involving measuring capacity (full/empty/half/quarter, how many spoonfuls/cupfuls, which container holds the most/least), and in our ‘Potion Station’ children will investigate millimetres with syringes to mix coloured water, and count spoonfuls of ingredients to make their own mixtures. We will also start learning how to count by rote in 2s, 5s and 10s, forwards and backwards.
Other Curriculum Areas – Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ will be a starting point for our ‘Potions Lab’ which will allow the children to investigate lots of different ingredients, smells, mixtures and textures. Science learning will be all about observing, measuring and comparing (using our five senses) – slime, porridge, playdough, gloop and more! There will be lots of paint mixing and creating colourful artwork, finishing with a collaborative class version of Kandinsky’s ‘Concentric Circles’. In Dance we will tell the story of ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ (he actually prefers to be messy…) and in Computing children will practise their independent logging on and mouse skills using a variety of tools in a drawing and paint programme. We will begin our year-long look at the seasons, starting with autumn, and will find out all about soil and mud, and how to plant spring bulbs. This will lead into thinking about Harvest time, and the life cycle of fruit and vegetables.
Our School Priorities for Learning This term, in year 1, we will focus on:
- use our ‘Fred Fingers’ to sound out and spell words.
- Make a sentance by thinking and saying the words aloud, then writing each word.
- Count, read, write and show numbers to 20, using digits, objects and pictures.
- Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10.
Homework – Homework will be given out on a Friday in the children’s yellow Homework Book. Please return it to school by Wednesday the following week.
PE – Our Y1 PE day is on a TUESDAY, so please send children into school wearing their PE kit on that day.
Dates for your diary: Harvest Assembly Thursday 18th October