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Y1 Spring 1 2018

Happy New Year! We trust you have had a restful break and that the children are ready and raring to get back to school! Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.

 

Best wishes

Miss Dean and Miss Berry

               

Learning Challenge: Who Started the Great Fire of London?

Our next topic is going to be all about the Great Fire of London which is led through History and Art. In week 3, an arts practitioner will be coming in for the day to run a ‘Fire of London’ workshop where the children will build a model of London and then experience the sights and smells of a real fire as they set alight their construction. Children will also gain a practical and valuable understanding of fire safety. The children will also have the opportunity to hone their baking skills by making their very own bread. We introduce the topic by learning all about what the concepts of ‘history’ and ‘the past’ actually mean. The children will be making a timeline of key events from their own lives. They will also learn about the main events surrounding the Great Fire and will explore how it affected London through lots of drama activities. In art, the children will be learning how to effectively mix different colours to create a fire background, and create a silhouette skyline of London in the foreground.

 

English

Writing

The children will begin by generating lots of vocabulary in order to write their own fire-based poetry. Then, we will be gaining a deeper understanding of what happened at the Great fire of London in 1666 by writing diaries in the role of eyewitnesses. The children will also become real-life news reporters and create films using the iPads. They will report the events of the Great fire on the day it happened! They will work in groups to write a simple interview and practice their speaking and presenting skills to create a realistic and professional news report. We will revisit ‘talk for writing’ with a new story called ‘The polar bear and the snow cloud’. The children responded really well to this last half-term so we are excited to see how they progress as we revisit this fun and engaging writing method.

 

Reading

Weekly guided reading sessions will continue where a small group works with the teacher to read a book together. The children are now reading with more confidence and fluency and are able to answer simple questions about the text. This half-term, we will be focusing on developing the children’s comprehension skills. The children will be given a range of retrieval questions and will be expected to write their answers down, i.e. ‘Where did Mum put the football?’ They will also begin to answer simple inference questions, i.e. ‘Why do you think she put the football there?’ The children will need to think carefully about the context of the story to help them answer. Keep reading at home and enjoy those bedtime stories together! Encourage your child to make predictions as you read or to talk about the parts of the story they liked best.

 

Phonics

Whole class phonics lessons will continue to take place four times a week. We will be learning a range of alternative graphemes for phonemes already taught, such as the igh phoneme which can also be spelt as ie or i_e (as in kite). We will continue to learn to read and spell our reception tricky words and also a range of new tricky words. The children have really enjoyed consolidating their learning of phonics in the Areas of Provision. These tasks will be ongoing and children will be playing the role of teacher in assessing each other’s work in these areas and awarding each other with a lollipop stick.

 

Maths

In maths, the children will begin by returning to addition and subtraction within 20, ensuring they are confident with different styles of calculation.  They will be using lots of physical resources to help them really understand what the + - and = really mean and how to work out missing numbers, wherever they appear.  We will then return to place value, this time focusing on numbers up to 50.  We will be ordering numbers, finding one more and one less and consolidating the children's understanding that two digit numbers are made up of 'tens' and 'ones'. 

 

Science

In science, we are learning about the human body, drawing and labelling the basic parts. We will be thinking about the five senses and which body parts these are associated with. To experience working scientifically, we will carry out open-ended investigations about our bodies, such as ‘Do boys have bigger feet than girls?’ Are older children always taller? Is your height the same as your arm span?’

 

RE

In R.E, the children will learn about what it means to belong to a church or mosque.  They will learn what they might see in a mosque or church building, and what the people do when they go there.  They will learn that churches and mosques are special places for the people who go there.

 

PSHE

This half term the children will be learning about themselves and others. We will look at what makes people special, how to co-operate with peers and being understanding and accepting of differences.

 

PE

In PE, the children will continue with gymnastics. They will use mats and apparatus to explore different ways to travel, such as hands, feet or tummies. They will explore different ways to jump, such as a stretched jump and a star jump and refine their landing skills. They will also learn how to do a side roll and a pencil roll and then explore how to link jumps and rolls into a sequence. They will have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in small groups.

 

Music

The children will be having lots of fun learning a range of nursery rhymes and action songs. They will learn to sing at the same time as moving to the beat. They will also start to use classroom instruments to play different beats and rhythms. The children will also listen to a variety of songs from different genres focusing on the themes of family and friendship.

 

Computing

This half term in computing we will be continuing to design our own interactive books via the app Book Creator. These books will include not only writing but pictures, videos and narration. We will then move onto creating our own music and songs with Garageband.

 

Art and Design and Technology

These will be covered within our learning challenge topic.

Happy New Year! We trust you have had a restful break and that the children are ready and raring to get back to school! Here is an overview of what your child will be learning this half term in the different subject areas. If you have any questions about the learning this half term, please contact us as we are more than happy to discuss any queries with you.

 

Best wishes

Mrs Simmonds, Miss McSorley, Miss Dean and Miss Berry

 

Learning Challenge: Are old toys more magnificent than mine?

This half term, the children will be exploring the history of toys. Firstly they will look at a range of old toys and compare how these are similar or different to the toys they play with today, especially those which Santa Claus has just brought them! They will think about how toys have changed and whether these changes have all been for the better. We will be going on a school trip to Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall to take part in workshops and gain some hands on experience with some really old toys! We will then spend a couple of weeks working on observational drawing. The children will be learning all kinds of different pencil sketching techniques such as smudging, stippling and cross hatching. More importantly, they will be learning how to respectfully critique the work of others and make improvements based on feedback given. Lastly the children will be working on an exciting project to design a new toy for a reception child. We will be working with a real toy design company who will support the children along the way - giving them hints and tips for how to design an amazing toy suitable for their reception 'client!' There may even be a prize for the best design!

 

English

Writing

In writing this half term we will start by looking at the story ‘Traction Man’. We are going to have great fun creating new characters and adventures for Traction Man to take part in. This will lead to the children creating their own adventure story, which we can’t wait to read! Our writing focus will be to ensure all our sentences make sense and the children will be given lots of opportunities to go back, read their work and make any changes using a green pen. We will also be thinking about how we can add more detail and description by adding adjectives and expanded noun phrases. Following our trip to Abbey House Museum we will then start our next ‘Talk for Writing’ unit. This will be a recount of their time at the museum which we hope the children will really enjoy.

 

Reading

Weekly guided reading sessions will continue where a small group works with the teacher to read a book together. The children are now reading with more confidence and fluency and are able to answer simple questions about the text. This half-term, we will be focusing on developing the children’s comprehension skills. The children will be given a range of retrieval questions and will be expected to write their answers down, i.e. ‘Where did Mum put the football?’ They will also begin to answer simple inference questions, i.e. ‘Why do you think she put the football there?’ The children will need to think carefully about the context of the story to help them answer. Keep reading at home and enjoy those bedtime stories together! Encourage your child to make predictions as you read or to talk about the parts of the story they liked best.

 

Phonics

The children love their phonics lessons and are fantastic at spotting split digraphs now! Now we have learnt all five split digraphs (a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e, u_e) we will practice using these spellings in context. The children will be expected to make the correct spelling choices for words where there is more than one grapheme, i.e. igh, i_e or ie. They will also practice their sentence writing skills, using capital letters and full stops correctly.

 

Maths

In maths, the children will begin with the topic of time.  They will be learning to read clocks to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and to sequence events in chronological order, including days of the week and months of the year.  We will then return to place value, this time focusing on numbers up to 40.  We will be ordering numbers, finding one more and one less and consolidating that two digit numbers are made up of 'tens' and 'ones'.  We will also be revisiting addition and subtraction, working within numbers of 20.  We will continue to use lots of different resources to deepen our understanding of what we are doing when we add and subtract and will begin using images to represent numbers.  Finally, children will be learning to fluently recall number bonds to 20.

 

Science

In science, we are learning about the human body, drawing and labelling the basic parts. We will be thinking about the five senses and which body parts these are associated with. To experience working scientifically, we will carry out open-ended investigations about our bodies, such as ‘Do boys have bigger feet than girls?’ Are older children always taller? Is your height the same as your arm span?’

 

RE

In R.E, the children will learn about what it means to belong to a church or mosque. They will learn what they might see in a mosque or church building, and what the people do when they go there. They will learn that churches and mosques are special places for the people who go there.

 

PSHE

This half term the children will be learning about themselves and others. We will look at what makes people special, how to co-operate with peers and being understanding and accepting of differences.

 

PE

In PE, the children will continue with gymnastics. They will use mats and apparatus to explore different ways to travel, such as hands, feet or tummies. They will explore different ways to jump, such as a stretched jump and a star jump and refine their landing skills. They will also learn how to do a side roll and a pencil roll and then explore how to link jumps and rolls into a sequence. They will have the opportunity to work individually, in pairs and in small groups.

 

Music

The children will be having lots of fun learning a range of nursery rhymes and action songs. They will learn to sing at the same time as moving to the beat. They will also start to use classroom instruments to play different beats and rhythms. The children will also listen to a variety of songs from different genres focusing on the themes of family and friendship.

 

Art and Design and Technology

These will be covered within our learning challenge topic.

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