Welcome back to Year 1 and the start of our Spring term! We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the many kind cards and gifts we received before Christmas, all staff truly appreciated them.
Our topic for the first half term is called “Our Capital City” where we will be learning about London. In History the children will be learning about some famous London landmarks, both modern and historic, as well as learning about Queen Elizabeth II and The Royal Family. Whilst in Geography we will be comparing life in the city to rural/costal locations. In Computing we will be looking at digital print and creating our own London scenes on the laptops. In Art we will be learning about famous local sculptor Henry Moore, then planning and sculpting our own unique creations!
Welcome to Year 1! We hope you had a lovely summer break and are looking forward to this very busy and exciting first term.
In Year 1 we are endeavouring to support the children’s transition by continuing to follow many of the Early Years practises. This means that your child will continue to have “Sparkle time” (child-initiated time) alongside adult directed tasks. During this time children will have the chance to free flow amongst the year 1 classrooms and shared areas to experience a wider range of opportunities. In Squirrel class they will be supported by Miss Stott, Miss Hayward and Mrs Coomes and in Hedgehog class they will be supported by Mrs Mather and Mrs Patten (Thursday) and Mrs Aylott.
Our topic for the first half term is called “Are we there yet?” and is based on journeys and travel. The children will be learning about different forms of transport and different places in the UK they could travel to. We will also be talking about the “journey” you make as you come in to Year 1, new rules, expectations and routines.
After half term our topic will be “Travelling” where we will be travelling back in time as well as around the world. We will also have a focus on animals around the globe starting at the South Pole and reaching the final destination of the North Pole in time for Christmas. You will be delighted to hear that we will also be working hard on our singing and dancing ability in preparation for the Christmas Production.
ONCE UPON A TIME
Our topic for the first half of the Summer term is ‘Once Upon A Time.’ In this topic we will be learning all about traditional fairy tales, as well as looking at some modern reinventions of these classic stories. The children have already shown a great enthusiasm for this topic and have enjoyed learning about Hans Christian Anderson through History lessons and re-telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood through drama and English. In Geography we are learning about human (man-made) and physical (natural) features such as forests, cliffs, houses, bridges etc. This will be included to our story writing too, making our settings and descriptions much more exciting! In art and DT we will make finger puppets, a puppet theatre and even bake some gingerbread men (and gingerbread ladies!) In Science we will be learning about the seasons, plants and then revisiting everyday materials with some exciting investigations.
Mrs Price will teach music to the children on Thursday mornings.
For our final half term, we will become Superheroes! We will be completing lots of creative writing and reciting some superhero poems and even our own raps! We will also be designing our own superheroes and conducting experiments at Superhero HQ!
This topic particularly lends itself to our English curriculum and will provide many opportunities for both re-telling and writing stories, drama and performance.
Throughout the term we will continue to focus on writing full, grammatically correct sentences, including capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will practise these skills whilst learning to write stories, poetry and non-fiction reports.
Each week your child will read in a small group with their class teacher and participate in a rich discussion of the text. They will also read in a small group with a TA, complete a follow-up activity and have some quality time to relax with a book of their choice. Once a week your child will continue to change their books independently and will bring home 2 reading scheme (colour banded) books and a library book. Please see the separate slip, sent home this week, detailing which day your child will change their books. It is imperative that children bring all their books to school on this day, as this is the only day they will be able to change their books.