Class Teacher - Miss M. Allen

Teaching Assistant - Mrs L. Vitello

Welcome to Year 1

Free Hanukkah Dove Clip Art by Phillip Martin

In RE we start our term with a topic called ‘Holidays and holydays’. Children will talk about their experiences and feelings about holidays and they will learn about Pentecost, a holy day when Christians celebrate the feast of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the Church. Children will look at bible stories of Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit and learn to recognize the symbols of the Holy Spirit. We will discuss how the Holy Spirit changed disciples’ lives and how it can be our helper and guide. Later on, this term children will be learning about making choices in our ‘Being Sorry’ topic. We will be looking at two biblical characters of Levi and Zacchaeus and discuss how Jesus forgives us when we make wrong choices.

We will have the opportunity to learn about other faiths. This term we will be looking at Hinduism with special attention to The Story of Ganesh and the Story of Krishna. Children will be looking at some Hindu artefacts and learn about the symbolism of Rakhi bracelet.

Beatriz Milhazes - 32 artworks - painting

In Art children will be exploring three of the formal elements of art: shape, line and colour, children will mix and paint with secondary colours; when experimenting with composition, children will use circles to create a piece of abstract art inspired by artist Beatriz Milhaez. They will work collaboratively to create a class piece of art inspired by water. 

In Music this term we will listen and appraise some Old-School Hip Hop style tunes. Children will learn about the differences between pulse, rhythm, and pitch and to learn how to rap and enjoy it in its original form. We will be learning to sing a song ‘Hey you!’ by Joanna Mangona, play, improvise and compose with this tune.

In Phonics sessions we are reviewing Phase 5 within Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Programme, in preparation for Y1 Phonics Screening Check in June. Children will be introduced to ‘alien words’ - pseudowords made up of sounds children had already been taught through the scheme. These words are included in the test, as a way of assessing their ability to blend sounds into words.

In reading sessions children will continue to apply phonics to read new stories and non-fiction texts. We will be working on decoding, reading with expression and we will discuss the content of the books to support our understanding.

In maths we are looking at numbers to 50.  This includes counting, place value, ordering and comparing numbers to 50.  We will be counting in 2s and 5s and then using our knowledge to solve addition and subtraction word problems.  We will then be introducing length and height.  We will be comparing lengths and heights of objects and using non-standard units to measure these.   We will be learning how to measure objects with a ruler.  The children will then be learning about weight and volume.  We will compare the weight of objects and weigh objects using scales. We will also compare the capacity of objects and measure capacity.  In multiplication we will count in 10s, 5s and 2s, make and add equal groups, make arrays and make doubles.  We will then look at division and make equal groups, share amounts equally and solve word problems related to division.

Our computing topic is programming.  We will be using Bee Bots to learn about directions, experiment with programming and tinker with hardware.  Children with follow an algorithm as part of a game and learn to debug instructions when things go wrong. 

Miniclips:Sports Balls Clip Art by Phillip Martin, Tennis

 We will experiment with programming and learn how to give simple commands.

Our science topic is everyday materials.  We will be learning to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made.  We will identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.  Children will describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials and compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties.

Our PE topics this term are net/wall games, sending and receiving and locomotion.  In net/wall games we will be learning to control and move an object accurately and develop our hand/eye coordination.  We will also introduce and develop racket skills.  In sending and receiving we will begin to throw, stop and catch an object with control.  The children will then learn to apply throwing and catching skills in a game situation.  In locomotion we will link movements with balance and agility. They will learn how to select appropriate movements, link them and control them effectively.