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TOPICS/CURRICULUM

Autumn Term 1

Welcome to Year 1. We hope you have had a lovely summer holiday.

The children have all settled well into Maple Class and Chestnut Class. They are beginning to learn the routines of Year 1 and we are enjoying getting to know them!  We are excited for the year ahead.

We appreciate your patience while we dismiss the class at the end of the day in an orderly line. We are slowly getting to know you all, but please make sure you are standing in a space visible for your child to see you and give them a wave when they reach the front of the line.

Topic: Home Sweet Home

This half term our topic begins with looking at and comparing homes around the world.

We will be learning to:

  • Identify the seasonal daily weather patterns in the UK
  • Identify the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles

 

English Learning

In English, we will be looking at stories and information books about homes

around the world.

We will learn:

  • To link what we have read or heard to our own experiences
  • To sit at the table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly
  • To begin to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
  • To compose a sentence orally before writing it
  • To listen to and discuss a range of stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which we can read independently
  • To become very familiar with key stories, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics

 

Mathematical Learning

This term we are looking at:

  • Place Value
    • to read and write numbers from 1 to 10 in numerals and words
    • to identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations, such as tens frames.
    • to order and compare numbers to 10, being able to recall one more and one less than any given number
  • Addition
    • to read, write and interpret mathematical statements

involving addition (+) and equals (=) signs

  • to know that a number can be made up of two or more parts and that this can be represented in a part whole model

 

PSHE Learning

This half term the topic is Me and My relationships.

We will be learning about the different kinds of relationships we value in home and at school.

Scientific Learning

Our topic this term is Materials. We will learn about:

  • The scientific meaning of the word ‘material’
  • The names of some everyday materials
  • The properties of different materials
  • Whether a material is natural or man-made
  • Why different materials are useful for different purposes

 

Art Learning

We will be learning about painting- specifically focusing on colour.

We will learn about primary and secondary colours and how to mix them.

We will also be looking at and comparing the work of two artists, Paul Horton’s ‘light of love’ and Paul Klee’s ‘castle and sun’. The children will then create their own versions of these paintings.

Music Learning

This unit of work consolidates the learning that has occurred during the year. All the learning is focused around revisiting songs and musical activities, a context for the history of music and the beginnings of the language of music. We will listen and appraise classical music, continue to embed the foundations of the interrelated dimensions of music using voices and instruments, sing, play instruments within the song, improvise using voices and instrument, compose and share and perform the learning that has taken place.

Faith and Wonder Learning

We will be learning songs for our Harvest Festival celebrations.

Computing Learning

We will use Seesaw to begin creating our own digital content. We will learn how to do this safely and what information we should and shouldn’t share online. We will learn how to use a camera to take photos and film videos.

PE Learning

We will be focusing on gymnastics during Indoor PE and ball skills during Outdoor PE.

How can you help?

  • If you can spare any time at morning drop off or any other time during the day to help with reading, then please speak to your child’s class teacher. You may need to obtain a DBS check first (Please speak to the office team who can arrange this for you).
  • Listen to your child read their reading book from school as often as possible. Your child can change their own book once they have read at home
  • Complete the homework tasks that are provided each week on a Monday, from September 27th and upload these to Seesaw
  • Keep reading stories to your child to enrich their vocabulary and enjoyment of stories
  • Use Numbots at home

 

Events/Trips planned for this half term

  • If you can spare any time at morning drop off or any other time during the day to help with reading, then please speak to your child’s class teacher. You may need to obtain a DBS check first (Please speak to the office team who can arrange this for you).
  • Listen to your child read their reading book from school as often as possible. Your child can change their own book once they have read at home
  • Complete the homework tasks that are provided each week on a Monday, from September 27th and upload these to Seesaw
  • Keep reading stories to your child to enrich their vocabulary and enjoyment of stories
  • Use Numbots at home

 

Just a gentle reminder that we do not allow toys in school. Please only allow your child to bring in items if they are linked to our topic. We also kindly ask that the children do not bring in rucksacks. We simply do not have the space for children to store these on their pegs.

Also – please provide your child with a fruit or vegetable snack for the morning. If your child brings grapes into school for a snack, or lunchtime, please ensure they are cut up, for your child’s safety. Thank you.

Please come and see your class teacher if you need any further information or have a query. We are available at the end of the day after we have dismissed the class, or via Seesaw.

The Year 1 team

Mrs Martin            Miss Howes