Year 1 2020/2021
Welcome to Year 1
Our classes are:
1HD - Miss Dreher, Mrs Kearney (TA)
1AW - Miss Walker. Mrs Gilbert (TA)
1LW - Miss Ward, Miss Dawson (TA), Mrs Marrs-Williams (TA), Miss Formaston (TA), Mrs Griffith (TA)
Autumn 1 - The Seaside
Our topic for this half term is ‘The Seaside’. Through this we learn all about ‘Grandma Bird’ by Benji Davies, ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by Ronda and David Armitage and ‘The Rainbow Fish’ by Marcus Pfister. Within this half term the focus will be; full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, labels, adjectives and conjunctions.
We learn what adjectives are and how to use them to describe the Grandma in Grandma Bird as well as our own family. When we dive into ‘Rainbow Fish’ we learn what conjunctions are and how to use them correctly in our writing. We explore the different texts that we read and retell the stories using the skills and vocabulary that have been taught. In maths this half term there is a strong focus on number and place value and adding and subtracting using maths equipment within the classroom. We focus on learning the number bonds within and to 10 and becoming sound with addition of numbers to 10. We also learn to count in 2s, 5s and 10s. We learn fun songs to remember doubles and odd and even numbers. Throughout our topic lessons we learn to compare the human and physical features of Bedworth compared to the seaside town Skegness. We paint seaside pictures using different textures. We also have a science afternoon each half term where we will perform experiments and learn how to ask and answer simple scientific questions. In RE we will learn all about the creation story. We also learn all about the Harvest festival and what this time means to Christians, in class, through collective worship and through practising our Harvest assembly.
Autumn 2 – World of Wonders
Our topic for this half term is ‘World of Wonders’. Through this we look at the books ‘We’re all Wonders’ by RJ Palacio and ‘Leaf’ by Sandra Dieckmann. Through history, we will explore the local history of Bedworth and will be having a trip to the wonder that is The Almshouses! In geography, we will research the local area and continue to explore Bedworth. We will be researching Nicholas Chamberlaine and why he is a wonder of Bedworth. We will then compare it with wonders across the world using maps of the UK and globes. As we begin to enter into the depths of winter, we will be looking at seasonal changes and weather patterns across the UK compared to other climates. We will build on the skills learnt in the previous half term during our English lessons. We will research different animals from the text ‘Leaf’ and will look at poetry about the wonders of the world. In maths we will build on our existing mathematical knowledge and will explore 2D and 3D shapes. We will move onto numbers within 20, focusing on place value talking about tens and ones. In RE this half term our focus is Incarnation. We will begin the half term by observing Remembrance, talking about its importance and the children’s experience of it. As we move through the term we will look at the Christmas story and discuss why Christmas is a special time for Christians. We will be visiting our WONDERful local church, All Saints where Rev Dave will talk about the Christmas story, using the church as inspiration.
Spring 1 - Moon Zoom
To engage the children in this topic there will be a crash landing within school (shhh! This is top secret).
Within this half term the focus will be: full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, question marks, commas, conjunctions, adjectives, cursive handwriting and adding s and es onto words. The book we will be exploring within this term is ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon. Beegu is a small, yellow and shy alien that the children will be writing about throughout this term. They will write character descriptions, make posters and retell the story. There will also be a reading focus where the children
will have to use their inference skills to determine what Beegu is feeling at each point of the story and why. They will research facts about space then use the information to write a fact file about the things that most interest them about space. In maths this half term we will be looking at addition and subtraction. Within place value, the children will explore numbers up to 50 and problem solve with these numbers. We will also be recapping counting in multiples of 2s, 5s, and 10s. This term they will study science by exploring the crash site and researching the everyday materials that they find. They will study the history of space travel, using the non-fiction book ‘The Usborne Book of The Moon’ and make their own timeline of these events. In DT they will design and make a moving slider picture of a space scene. Within geography we will take a rocket eye view to study the local area. This term we will be looking at Hinduism in RE. Within this we will be looking at important figures in the Hindu faith. We will also research the differences and similarities with the Christian faith.
To engage the children with the topic there will be a trip to a zoo, which will get the children thinking about different types of animals and how scientists would sort animals. Within this half term the focus will be; full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, using ‘but’ and ‘so’, captions and labels, exclamation marks, cursive handwriting, non-fiction writing. To start with we will explore the story of ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ by Julia Donaldson leading up to retelling the story. We will also learn about the text ‘A Crow’s Tale’ by Naomi Howarth. Throughout this term the children will research a different type of animal each week and will write their own fact files about each type. By the end of this topic they will produce their own non-fiction book about animals. This will give the children an opportunity to explore non-fiction texts and to create their own. In maths we will be focusing on measurement. We will be looking at measuring length and height, as well as weight and volume. Through science children will learn about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. They will learn to identify and classify animals (including ourselves) just like proper scientists. In geography we will look at which animals live in different countries. Through art they will create different patterns for different animals using different media. They will use their growth mindset to improve sketches of different animals. In RE at this time of the year we will learn all about Lent within class and assemblies. They will also learn the Easter story by; eating hot cross buns, making crosses, acting out the story and writing the story. By the end of the term we get the children to take part in an activity called ‘The Stations of the Cross’, which involves a walk around the school grounds learning about Jesus’ journey with the cross.
Summer 1 - The Enchanted Woodland
To engage the children with the topic we will be having a traditional tales dress up day where we will be exploring lots of different stories. Within this half term the focus will be; full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, retelling known stories, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prefix- un and the suffix - ing, ed. Within English they will start by retelling the story of ‘Hansel and Gretel’. The next story we will look at is ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ followed by the twisted tale ‘Little Red’. This story is all about a boy called Red who has an adventure in the deep, dark wood. Next they will learn to retell ‘The Three Little Pigs’ followed by the twisted tale ‘The True Story of the Three Little Pigs’. This story has a kind wolf who just wants a cup of sugar for his grandma’s birthday cake and the mean little pigs won’t let him in! Finally they will have a chance to plan their own end of year party! Within this term children will learn about multiplication, fractions and position and direction. Through science they will learn all about plants. They will plant their own plants, draw diagrams of a flower and write a poster about how to look after a plant. Within art they will sketch and they will paint a picture of their favourite woodland animal. In RE this half term we will be learning about Jesus’ ascension into heaven. We will be discussing Christian’s beliefs about heaven and will explore death through the story ‘A Badger’s Parting Gift’.
Summer 2 – Amazing Adventures
This half term we learn all about our capital city ‘London’ through the story of ‘Paddington’ by Michael Bond. We will also look at the books ‘Journey’, ‘Quest’ and ‘Return’ by Aaron Becker. To engage the children this term we will be planning and having a teddy bears’ picnic where the children will bring in their own teddy bear. During our work on Amazing Adventures we will look at the stories of Paddington Bear and how to create our own stories using adjectives, conjunctions, power words and all the other skills we have learnt this year to make them exciting. Finally, we will look at different poems about bears and discuss the different simple structures of poems and what we like and dislike about them. In maths we will be focusing on place value within 100, money and time. In topic there will be a focus on geography. We will be recapping the countries of the United Kingdom and how to locate them on a map. We will look closely at London and the key features of it. We will design our own maps to plot Paddington’s Journey around London. In this term they will learn about Buddhism. Within this they will be retell the story of Buddha and discuss the four noble truths. The children will then have a go at meditation and making their own meditation beads.
Children make an incredible amount of progress in Year 1. They learn to sit at tables for long periods of times, build on their writing stamina and we begin to encourage them to be independent and resilient which helps them in their learning and as individuals. We learn so much over the year but have fun too. Your support at home is appreciated greatly and please don’t forget to contact us if you have any concerns or queries.