Welcome back to the second half term in Year 1! We are incredibly excited to start our new learning challenge topic 'What is life like in Zambia?'. The children have settled in so well to year one and we can't wait to see what fantastic work they produce this term.
Miss Groves and Miss Wood
Learning Challenge: What is life like in Zambia?
We have a very exciting topic coming up which encompasses Geography, Science, Art and Design & Technology. The children will be learning lots of new skills and an impressive African dance routine in a dance workshop. Next, the children will be learning all about life in rural Africa and where they can find Africa in the world. They will be learning a song to help them remember the names of the 7 continents – be prepared, it’s very catchy! As part of our science unit, the children will also be discovering some of the incredible animals living in the African savannah. They will learn about their different characteristics, sort them into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. The children will also be working on a Design and Technology project to design and make a moving picture of an African animal. They will experiment with different materials and mechanisms, carefully plan their designs following their criteria then produce their final pieces. This piece of work will be all about planning, evaluating, critiquing and learning through trial and error. We hope they will really enjoy getting their teeth into this topic.
The children will be starting the ‘Get writing’ aspect of the Read, write Inc. phonics programme this half-term as well as developing their independent writing in their discovery time. ‘Get Writing’ will teach the children how to hold a sentence in their mind to write it, as well as teaching them how to spell and use basic punctuation. These are all skills that the children will practise in their independent writing challenges where we will focus on the story of Handa’s Surprise before moving onto writing facts about animals in a short piece of non-fiction writing.
This term, the children will begin to read the Read Write Inc Storybooks and will learn how to decode words using phonics and then learn how to read words by sight. The children will also learn comprehension skills such as answering questions about what they have read, making predictions and simple inference questions. They will practise reading red (tricky) words so that they are able to spot them and read them fluently. The children will read most days as part of this programme. We will also continue to engage the children in story time at the end of the day to encourage a love of reading and stories.
The children will be grouped according to their phonic knowledge and therefore every child will be on a slightly different ‘journey’ in phonics. The majority of children will begin to learn set 3 sounds whilst recapping sets 1 & 2. Others will begin recapping set 1 sounds before learning set 2 and set 3. Ultimately we want the children to be able to spot digraphs/trigraphs (special friends) in the words they are reading and be able to blend sound quickly and accurately in order to develop their fluency and accuracy.
In maths, the children will continue their work on addition and subtraction, focussing on interpreting calculations that look different to ‘normal’. The children have been developing their fluency skills with number sentences such as 2 + 9 = 11 . This term we will be exposing the children to calculations that appear in a different format e.g 16 = 11 + ? This will develop the child’s ability to problem solve and identify missing numbers. The children will utilise concrete resources to represent the number sentence as a visual to support their ability to problem solve.
This half term we will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes specifically focusing on direction and position. The children will explore full, half and quarter turns. During maths sessions, we will be focussing on recalling number bonds to 10. We will continue to build on their knowledge of place value. We will also be focusing on numbers up to 20. The children will be working on ordering numbers, completing number sequences and identifying numbers on a number line. Within year 1 the children will begin to develop an understanding that two digit numbers are made up of ‘tens’ and ‘ones’.
This will be covered within our learning challenge topic.
In R.E the children will be exploring how we celebrate special occasions and how occasions are celebrated by people of different religions such as Harvest, Sukkhot and Ramadan. The children will also think about the importance of saying 'Thank you' to people and understand what people may be thankful for.
In PSHE the children will be thinking about their own identity within a wider society. They will learn about what makes themselves and others special and about what roles and responsibilities they have at home and school. The children will also look at ways in which they can work and play cooperatively with other people.
In PE, the children will continue to develop their throwing and catching skills as well as learning how to ‘field’ as part of a team. They will move onto defending their goal or area and practising their shooting skills to try and score a goal.
In Music, the children will listen to some traditional African call and response songs as well as learning about pulse and rhythm within different pieces of music. They will learn how to listen to music and distinguish the sounds they hear and give their opinions on what they hear.
Art and Design and Technology
These will be covered within our learning challenge topic.
The children will learn to name the parts of a desktop computer and learn basic computing skills such as typing, using a mouse and opening and closing a document. They will also practise how to log in using their username and password.