Class Teacher -Mrs A. Smolinska
Teaching Assistant - Mrs J. Thompson
Welcome to Year 1
Firstly, can we say that it is an absolute pleasure to, once again, have classes full of enthusiastic children. All our pupils are settling in well.
This term in RE, we will be learning about Families. We will discuss the love and care shown in our families and reflect on God’s love and care for every family. In our next topic, ‘Belonging’, we will be talking about our experiences of belonging to different groups. We will discuss how through Baptism we become a part of God’s Family. Later, in Advent term we will be preparing for the celebration of Christmas, the birthday of Jesus, through our ‘Waiting’ topic.
In Maths we will be learning to count and represent objects to 10, count on and backwards within 10, compare groups by using mathematical vocabulary, such as fewer, less, the same or greater than. We will be adding and subtracting numbers within 10 with an emphasis on fact families and number bonds to ten. Later in Advent term children will learn about 2D and 3D shapes and numbers to 20. Children will continue to use visual representations and manipulatives.
In addition to our Maths curriculum, children will have four sessions of Maths Mastery a week. This programme allows children to acquire a deep, long-term, and secure understanding of mathematics and enables them to move on to more advanced material. NCETM Maths mastery programme uses BBC ‘Numberblocks’ series as a support material. Children can watch the episodes of ‘Numberblocks’ via BBC I Player.
As part of their Maths homework children are expected to complete 1 000 Mathletics points each week. Children will be resent their passwords during Advent term. These are the same details as the ones issued in Reception.
We have adopted the ‘Little Wandle’ Phonics and Reading programme. Children are familiar with the Phonics lesson structure which is the same in Reception. We have started Advent term by revising sounds and words within Phase 3 and 4.
In year one, children will have three reading sessions per week in small groups. Although, your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.
There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:
• A reading practice book - this will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.
• A sharing book - your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.
Reading practice book
This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.
Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.
In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.
Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!
Frequency of Sending Books Home
We will be sending home the practice book home once the children have been involved in three reading sessions. This will mean that the children have had chance to decode the words and start to develop an understanding of the story. Year one reading books will be usually sent home on Thursdays and should be returned by the following Thursday.
Children are encouraged to access Reading Eggs at home which complements their learning of Phonics in school. Children will be sent their Reading Eggs passwords during Advent term. These are the same login details that they used in Reception.
We have lots of exciting wider curriculum learning opportunities to look forward to. In Geography we will learn about the seven continents and five oceans of the world. We will look closely at Great Britain, its four countries, their capital cities, and the surrounding seas.
In History, we will be learning about events within living memory. We look at the types of toys that children have played with during their early years and how their toys change as they learn and grow.
As Scientists we will be learning about the four seasons of the year, the seasonal changes, how to describe the weather and how a day becomes night. Later in Advent term, we will look at the plants and we will be identifying and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. Children will learn the basic parts of a plant and their functions.
In PSHE, we will talk about ways that we show that we care and to look after each other and why following the rules is important.
In Design Technology, we will be learning how to make paper mechanisms. We will experiment with sliders and then we will be making three pages of a moving story book, based on a familiar story. Later, in Advent term, we will design and construct a windmill for a client (a mouse) to live in. We will explore various types of windmills, how they work and their key features.
As artists we will look at the formal elements of Art focussing on drawing in Advent 1 and painting in Advent 2. Children will be introduced to the range of drawing tools, such as charcoal, pencil, handwriting pen, chalk, and pastel. They will be taught to make basic marks and about how changing a pressure and orientation of these marks can create different textures.
In our Computing lessons in Advent term, we will be brushing up on mouse skills.
In PE our units are body management and locomotion. Within locomotion we will be learning to move in a variety of ways and how to develop and refine these movements. Within body management we will be learning to balance using a range of body parts and perform a sequence.
In Music our first unit of work is ‘How can we make friends when we sing together?’. In our first unit we will touching upon all key musical elements and skills with a focus on introducing beat and pulse. In our second topic, ‘Rhythm and Pitch’, we will ask how music tells stories about the past and we will explore how music relates to history and stories. We will continue to embed musical skills with a focus on rhythm and pitch. Throughout these units we will be singing, playing, improvising and composing.
We are working on pencil control, letter formation and high-quality presentation in every subject.