Welcome to Year 1
Our classes are:
1HD - Miss Dreher, Miss Formaston (TA)
1JM - Miss McCracken (Teacher), Mrs Anstey (TA)
1LW - Miss Ward (Teacher), Mrs Yeomans (TA)
Autumn 1 - All about Me and The Seaside
For the first couple of weeks in Year 1 our topic is ‘All about Me’. Through this, our learning is based on the book ‘Funnybones’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. After that, we move on to the topic ‘The Seaside’ and learn all about ‘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 Funnybones family as well as our own family. When we dive into our ‘Seaside’ topic 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.
This half term there is a strong focus on number formation, number and place value and using maths equipment within the classroom. We focus on learning the number bonds of 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. This half term we learn to measure length and height. We learn about 2D and 3D shapes.
Throughout our ‘All about Me’ topic we learn all about the human body and our senses. We learn to name and label different body parts. We also learn how to draw facial features through art lessons and get creative making a ‘dark street’ where the skeletons live. When we move on to our ‘Seaside’ topic we compare the seaside from the 1900s to now, through watching ‘Magic Grandad’ videos.
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 - Bears in the Big City
This half term we learn all about our capital city ‘London’ through the story of ‘Paddington’ by Michael Bond. 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.
The focus this half term will be; full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, adjectives and conjunctions.
During our work on Bear’s in the Big City we will receive an invitation from non-other than Mrs Fallon to have a Teddy Bear’s Picnic with our Bears in the hall. We will learn to write our own invitations and how to include important information and write our own menus. Later in the topic we will look at the stories of Paddington Bear and how to create our own stories using adjectives and conjunctions 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 focussing on addition and subtraction with numbers to 10 and later to 20 using a range of different equipment and methods. We will continue our work on place value, working with numbers up to 20 and develop our skills and understanding position and direction.
In Topic we have a focus on Geography. We will be learning about 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.
The focus this half term 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.
Spring 1 - Moon Zoom
To engage the children in this topic there will 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, adding s and es.
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.
The children will be learning how to time the time to o’clock and half past. They will be learning how to recognise money and how to add different amounts together. Within place value the children will explore numbers up to 40 and problem solve with these numbers. In this term the children will learn about fractions, this will often be taught by sharing objects or food equalling then leading onto more abstract concepts using number.
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 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. 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.
Spring 2 - Paws, Claws and Whiskers
To engage the children with the topic there will be a trip to a farm or an animal visit within school, this will start 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. 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.
We will revisit addition and subtraction however there will be a strong focus on problem solving. The children will start learning about multiplication; they will use arrays and other written methods to answer many problems. To teach division we will use cake and other treats to demonstrate how to divide objects, this will lead on to using arrays. Time will also be revisited and they will learn more about half past and quarter to.
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.
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 something called ‘the Stations of the Cross’ this is where we walk around school learning about Jesus’s journey with the cross.
- 1 - Superheroes
To engage the children with the topic we will be having a Superhero day at school where they will have to dress up has their own superhero character and complete missions throughout the day.
Within this half term the focus will be; full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, retelling known stories, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prefix - un, suffix - ing, ed,
In this short but exciting half term we will be reading the story Traction Man by Mini Grey. They will write about the different missions in the book using adverbs. Finally the children will create their own good and bad characters to fit in the Traction Man world then write their own story.
We will revisit place value but this time with a focus on numbers to 100. Now that it is a bit warmer the will be outside explored volume and capacity with water. The children will then be learning about weight, they will weigh objects and start to read scales.
Through science the children will be working scientifically by completing lots of different missions throughout the term. Traction Man saves the day! In art they will paint superhero portraits using a range of different painting techniques. Through geography the children will learn positional language by following superhero instructions.
In the term the children will identify what a parable is. They will retell the story of the Lost Son from the Bible simply, and recognise a link with the concept of God as a forgiving Father. Give clear, simple accounts of what the story means to Christians. Will we discuss that Christians believe that God is forgiving and loving. The children will think, talk and ask questions about whether they can learn anything from the story for themselves, exploring different ideas
Summer 2 - 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. Later in the term we will also be going to Hartsill Hayes for a trip to explore the woodland.
Within this half term the focus will be; full stops, capital letters, finger spaces, retelling known stories, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, prefix- un, suffix - ing, ed,
Within English they will start by retelling the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. The next story we will look at is ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ followed by the twisted tale ‘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! The final story we will explore is ‘Hansel and Gretel’ where the children will have a chance to showcase all of their writing skills. Finally they will have a chance to plan they own end of year party!
Within this term children will learn about position and direction, this is where with will learn about clockwise, anti-clockwise, half turn, quarter turn and whole turn. We will revisit shape, addition, subtraction, fractions and multiplication.
Through science they will learn all about plants. They will plant their own beanstalks, draw diagrams of a flower and write a poster about how to look after a plant. Within art they will sketch and they paint a picture of their favourite woodland animal.
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.