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Y1 Spring 1 2021

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 Groves and Miss Wood


Learning Challenge: Who were history's greatest explorers?

Our next topic is going to be all about 'History's Greatest Explorers'. This topic will be taught through our History and Geography lessons.  The Great Explorers unit will teach the children about the experiences of a range of explorers from history.  They will discuss the criteria for what makes a person significant and consolidate their understanding of chronology by labelling a timeline with the dates of each explorer.  We will learn about many key figures such as lbn Battuta, Christopher Columbus, James Cook and Isabella Bird, Helen Sharman and revisit prior learning of Neil Armstrong. The theme of 'Exploration' is a key theme for KS1 as we want the children to be exposed to a range of different cultures and broaden their knowledge of the world around them. 




The children will be continuing their journey through our new reading scheme Read Write Inc. Throughout this journey the children are provided with many opportunities to 'Get writing'. The term 'Get writing' is a process in which the children practise saying a sentence and hold the sentence in their mind before writing. Last half term, we saw a huge boost in the children's confidence as they were able to write multiple sentences independently whilst including basic punctuation. The children will utilise these skills to complete independent challenges within provision and will then move towards extended pieces of writing.



On a morning, the children work in their RWI groups. Group sessions are focused on their current RWI storybook. The children practise recognising their speed sounds and continue to practise their 'Fred Talk' to help decode unfamiliar words. The children in Year 1 have been working very hard whilst reading their storybooks and can now recognise many tricky words with speed. It is very important that you keep reading at home and enjoy those bedtime stories together! Whilst reading, encourage your child to make predictions about the story. You can also find key questions in the back of your child's storybook that stimulate great discussions and also encourage retrieval practice. 



The children are grouped accordingly based on their phonetic knowledge and therefore every child will be on a slightly different 'journey' in phonics. The majority of children are learning set 3 sounds whilst recapping sets 1 & 2. Other children are recapping set 1 before they are introduced to set 2 and set 3 sounds. Ultimately, we want the children to be able to sport digraphs/trigraphs (special friends) in the words they are reading to encourage accuracy whilst reading.



The children will begin by returning to place value within 20 and will then move on to addition and subtraction. The children will continue to manipulate our practical resources in the classroom to further embed their understanding of mathematical symbols such as +,-, and =. This half term the children will be moving onto Place Value to 50, ordering numbers finding one more and one less and consolidating that two digit numbers are made up of 'tens' and 'ones'. Throughout this half term the children will also have plenty of opportunities to revisit prior learning for example number bonds within 10, comparing numbers and objects.



This half term, the children will be answering the key question 'Are materials all around us?' Year 1 will take part in a den building afternoon, the children must explain and justify why they have chosen specific materials to create their den. This topic requires children to draw upon their prior knowledge and scientific vocabulary surrounding properties of materials to explain their decisions. The children will form links by comparing a variety of everyday materials.



Throughout this unit 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. Year 1 will begin to understand that there are differences and similarities between churches and mosques, but that not all churches or mosques are the same.



In PSHE, the children will learn about keeping themselves safe and managing risk in different situations.  They will learn about personal safety, keeping themselves safe in familiar situations and they will learn about people who keep them safe outside their homes.



In PE, the children will begin by completing their unit of 'Attack, Defend, Shoot'. The children will be mastering basic movements and skills for example developing catching and throwing techniques through simple attacking and defending games. In addition, the children in Year 1 are very lucky this half term to take part in dance sessions delivered by Phoenix Dance Company.



To begin, Year 1 will focus on the song 'Rhythm in the way we walk' by Joanna Mangona. The children will listen to and appraise the song as a class discussing their opinions of the song. We will learn how to find the rhythm and pulse in a range of songs by using our body.



The children will begin to understand that computers require precise instructions which are also known as algorithms. The children will then form their own set of instructions to programme a person like a computer as well as using their programming skills to create an algorithm to move Bee-bot in a particular direction.



In art this half term the children will be learning how to take and critique photographs.  The children will learn how to draw from observation and will begin to understand how important it is to look closely at nature by noticing different colours, patterns and textures. We will then explore different patterns and textures through nature rubbings.