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.
Miss Dean and Miss Wood
Learning Challenge: Could you survive a night in the woods?
The whole of Year 1 is so excited to start this topic! We will be spending this half term looking at the great outdoors, and how to survive in the wild. Team work and outdoor learning will play a key role throughout. Across the term we will look at the lives of exciting explorers, learn about hot and cold areas of the world and spend lots of time exploring our own school grounds with our very own ‘Explorer Bear’. We will use maps to navigate our routes, pack rucksacks with key survival equipment and enjoy lots of adventures. We will finish the topic with a photography unit, making our own natural art and then taking stunning photos of our work to show off. We also have a very exciting day planned with a visiting den-building expert where the children will get to make their own dens! I wonder if they will keep us dry?
This half term the children will be creating their own ‘Survival Stew’ in order to learn about plural spellings such as when to use ‘s’ and when to use ‘es’. For 2 weeks we will be reading the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. After exploring and retelling the story with some short writing opportunities, the children will make changes to the story and rewrite it in their own words. Finally, we will be writing instructions all about how to prepare for an explorer’s expedition. Our focus will be on forming complete sentences with the correct punctuation. The children will also be expected to re-read their sentences and to check their work against a visual checklist. They will also be writing sentences ending in exclamation marks and question marks. We will continue using simple conjunctions to extend sentences, this time focussing on ‘but’.
Oliver Jeffers is a brilliant author and we love all of his books. Why not visit the library and get hold of some? Can your child spot similarities and differences between the different stories?
We will be continuing to teach reading lessons as a whole class to focus and develop the children’s reading skills. The children will be learning how to tackle a range of questions involving different fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts to help them feel confident and foster a love of reading. Alongside this, the children will continue to build on their fluency, expression and tone when reading aloud. In addition, children will continue to read with an adult once a week. Please continue to read frequently with your child at home… just five minutes every couple of nights will really help your child’s fluency.
In Phonics, the children will continue to recap all the new phonemes they have learnt throughout Phase 5 leading up to the Phonics Screening Test in June. Our focus will be accurately reading real and 'alien' words which are nonsense words made up from sounds the children have learnt e.g. gleeb. We will continue to focus on accurately spelling all of the tricky words we have learnt so far.
To support your children at home, we recommend these Monsters' Nonsense books. They are really fun and have lots of alien words in for the children to practise.
This half term we will then move onto multiplication and division. We will start by using practical resources such as cubes and counters to show how objects can be grouped and shared before moving onto representing this with pictures. We will also continue to learn to fluently recall number bonds to 20. We will continue to work on counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s – ensuring we can do this quickly both forwards and backwards.
In Science, as well as learning all about the outdoors through our challenge topic, Year 1 will be learning about everyday materials. We will learn about the different materials objects can be made from, and how the properties of these materials affect what they are used for. We will then conduct experiments to find out which material would be best for Explorer Bear to make a shelter from, as he sets off on his adventures.
In RE we will be starting our unit on caring for others. We will learn about caring for other people and the world around us. It will help develop skills of questioning, explanation and awareness of what ‘caring’ looks like for different pupils and people of different faith backgrounds. It will also develop skills in reflection and communication and encourage self-esteem and empathy.
This half term in PSHE, Year 1 will be leaning all about money. The children will learn about where money comes from and how to make good choices when spending money. They will also learn ways we keep money safe and save money. Finally, the children will discover different types of jobs people do.
This half term, the children will continue to develop their basic game playing skills, concentration and ball skills. We will play simple games focusing on defending, tackling and dribbling and have an opportunity to play as a team. We will continue to work on the vital skills, strategies and tactics to outwit the opposition.
This half term the children will be learning the song ‘Round and Round’, a Bossa Nova Latin style. They will listen to and appraise - Latin music, film music and a mash-up of Dance and Jazz music. The children will continue to learn about pulse, rhythm, tempo and dynamics through a range of games, singing, playing instruments, improvising and performing their own arrangements.
This half term the children will learn the basic skills they need in order to be able to use a desktop computer or laptop. They will learn how to turn on and shut down a computer and how to use a mouse. They will apply their mouse skills by launching apps, manipulating windows and opening and saving files and folders. The children will also practise their clicking skills and learn how to drag objects.
Art and Design and Technology
This will be covered within our learning challenge topic.