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Y1 Autumn 1 2019

Welcome to KS1! We hope you had a lovely summer: we are very excited about the year ahead. Here is an outline of what your child will be learning about in their first half term in Year 1. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask. We want to make sure that the transition from reception to KS1 is a smooth and happy one for everyone.


Best wishes

Miss Wood and Miss Groves


Learning Challenge: Do aliens live on the moon?

We have a very exciting topic to kick start our year which encompasses History, Science and Art.  First and foremost, our topic launch includes a visit from the Space Dome. The children will get to explore the Cosmos in a huge Planetarium which will be in the school hall for the day. Inside the dark dome, specialist projectors are used to create 360 degree hemispherical images and movies of the night sky! The children will learn about the life of a significant person in History – Neil Armstrong and we might even get a visit from some extra-terrestrial creatures at some point during the half-term. Watch this space! The children will then begin to work on their ‘Space Showcase’ where they will be working to put together a showcase of work to share with their parents at the end of the half-term. We will keep you informed of the date for our Year One Space Showcase and look forward to seeing you there!




This half term, we will be reading Man on the Moon as our first text and using colourful semantics, the children will write simple sentences building on what they learnt in reception. We will act out the story and begin to use adjectives to describe.  Then, in keeping with our work on Space we will be writing non-chronological reports about Neil Armstrong and life in Space. We will be reading and researching about Space before creating posters and leaflets with facts of their choice to be displayed in school. The children will learn how to use simple connectives to link their ideas and present their ideas using the features of information texts. In our final two weeks, we will read Beegu utilising skills from the Talk for Writing approach to enable the children to orally rehearse the key language they need before they write. The children will learn the story orally with actions alongside lots of fun talking and drama activities to help them access the language they will need. We will then make some changes to the original text, such as characters or settings to make it our own and help the children write in the same style. We believe that this approach will not only be very enjoyable for the children, but also increase their confidence in generating ideas for stories and improve their sentence structure and spellings.



The children will take part in a weekly reading session either in a small group or whole class. This is led by the teacher and aims to help children with the key skills of blending, fluency, intonation and comprehension. A wide range of exciting and varied texts are used, ensuring that children get experiences of many types of literature across the year.  The children will read one to one with an adult on a weekly basis and their individual reading books will be sent home.  Children will also have lots of opportunities for reading in phonics lessons and in provision challenges. 



Whole class phonics lessons will take place four times a week. Initially, we will revisit Phase 3 and 4, giving the children lots of opportunities to read and write words and sentences in fun and active ways.  We will then begin Phase 5 which looks at some new phonemes and several alternative spellings for phonemes the children already know. We will continue to learn new tricky words. Reading and spelling these correctly will be embedded into other lessons such as reading and writing. In addition to our phonics lessons, there will be a fun phonics challenge in the writing area every week which all children will be expected to complete.



In maths, we want all the children to feel confident, embrace new challenges, take ownership and start to extend their own learning. They will often work with a partner and will be encouraged to help and support each other. Our focus will be on deepening their learning and ensuring they have a really thorough understanding of each mathematical concept before moving on. Each lesson will begin with a game or activity to learn some key number facts. Our aim by the end of the year is for the children to know by rote all the number bonds for the numbers up to 20, double facts for the numbers to 10 and their 2, 5 and 10 times table. We want to help the children to recall these number facts in any order, really quickly, without thinking, counting or calculating. Being really secure in these basic number facts will give them such a firm foundation for their learning as they progress through the school. This half term our focus will initially be on place value: counting forwards and backwards, reading and writing the numbers 0 – 10 accurately in digits and words, identifying one more and one less than a number, identifying odd and even numbers and counting in multiples of 2. We will then move onto addition and subtraction. As well as learning how to calculate, the children will be learning to apply their addition and subtraction skills in a range of different contexts. They will be encouraged to use apparatus to help them to work things out. A big focus, especially at the beginning of the year, is going to be around making maths real and relevant for the children so they really get to grips with the abstract mathematical concepts. We will use real objects, stories and lots of equipment so help the children to visualise what the numbers mean.



In Science, as well as learning all about Space through our learning challenge topic, Year 1 will be observing the changing of the seasons, including the weather and day length. We will be working scientifically by measuring the weather such as rainfall across the half term and getting outside to observe the changes in nature as autumn arrives. 



This half term we will be exploring why stories are important in both Christianity and Islam and the children will be looking at messages and morals that appear in these stories.



This half term in PSHE we will be making sure Year 1 know how to look after themselves and their emotional wellbeing. We will learn about different types of feelings and how to manage these, and look at how change or loss can feel. Ensuring we are equipped with strategies to help us recognise and deal with a variety of emotions will enable us to lead happy lives.



The children will learn how to send and receive objects with confidence using bats and a variety of balls/bean bags. They will also identify and use simple gymnastics actions and shapes using basic strength, link actions together and learn how to safely carry basic apparatus such as mats and benches. PE lessons will take place on Wednesdays (outdoor) and Thursdays (indoor) – please ensure your child has their PE kit on these days!



This half term the children will be listening to and appraising music from lots of different genres including rock, pop, reggae and hip hop. To fit with our space theme, they will be listening to 'The Planets' by Gustav Holst. They will even have a go at composing some of their own space themed music! They will begin to learn some of the key elements of music (pitch, dynamics, pulse and rhythm) through lots of fun games, songs and activities.



We will be looking at what algorithms are and how we use them in everyday life. This will involve some practical lessons where the children create instructions that describe how a “human crane” works. Children will be able to explain how they have created these instructions using key computational vocabulary.