Welcome to term 1. We have an exciting 7 week term ahead for us, where the children will be eased into their new daily routine and year 1 learning!
Below is an overview of your child’s learning and development. Please feel free to speak to me if you have any questions.
Our first term together will begin with looking at shape, sequencing and sorting. Children will recognise and create repeating patterns with numbers, objects and shapes; identify odd and even numbers, and sort objects, numbers and shapes. This is a good opportunity to introduce children to ways in which information can be sorted in tables according to one criterion. Children will then spend two weeks on number and place value, where they will use practical equipment, familiar items and pictures to represent the numbers they are working with. Children will be taught the notion of grouping in tens i.e. 10 ones is the same as 1 ten and that in two-digit numbers the first digit refers to the number of groups of ten. Children will develop their skills in identifying and representing numbers using objects such as ‘Numicon’, and will use this to support their growing understanding of numbers to identify one more/less and ten more/less than a given number. They will use a number line to record their findings. Daily maths lessons will see children beginning to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills; practise counting forwards and backwards to 50 and beyond, and practise reading, writing and ordering numbers to 50 correctly. During weeks 5 and 6 children will practise addition to secure their number bond knowledge and related subtraction facts within 20. Children will use physical objects and pictures to give meaning to number sentences in order to support their understanding of the relationship between addition and subtraction. Finally, week 7 will see children explore measurements. Children will work practically to measure length and mass/weight, applying their knowledge of the number system and number lines. Children will make direct comparisons of masses/weights before measuring using non-standard units (scissors, glue sticks, pens etc.) progressing to manageable standard units and equipment later in the year. Children will then finish the term by solving problems, applying their knowledge and understanding of calculations in the context of mass/weight.
Children will begin this term by looking at lists, captions and labels. The children will participate in a class discussion to create a list of varying physical activities to complete on the playground. The children’s activities will then be photographed, so they can be labelled with verbs ‘doing words’. These word based activities will then be extended so the children can apply verbs into simple sentences. Children will then work collaboratively to learn the difference between a statement, question and exclamation. Grammar foci will recap capital letters and full stops and will begin to focus on using question marks and exclamation marks. Children will then use Pie Corbett’s ‘Talk for Writing’ which will enable them to imitate the key language they need for practising two ‘Traditional Rhymes’ orally before they try reading and analysing them. Children will participate in fun collaborative activities that will help them rehearse the tune of the language they need, followed by shared writing to show them how to craft their own writing. For the final two weeks of the term, the class text will be ‘Meerkat Mail’. The story about a Meerkat’s travels will tie in with our ‘Local Area’ and ‘Travelling Ted’ theme. The text will afford the children with the opportunity to write simple sentences to sequence a short story by applying their phonic knowledge to help them sound out words they need to spell.
Year 1 will see children beginning to develop their cursive handwriting style. They will have daily handwriting practise with their letter formations which will incorporate the Phonics sound of the day. Handwriting sessions will also develop children’s Speaking and Listening skills through class discussions based around describing pictures and children will practise writing sentences dictated by an adult. Speaking and listening skills will be further developed weekly through collaborative drama methods such as hot seating, snowballing, freeze-framing, interviewing and utilising the role play area, so that the children build up a store of useful words and their imagination is stimulated with ideas for them to write about. Children will have two phonics sessions every day as well as a daily guided reading session.
Seasonal Change – This term’s topic in Science will see children observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and measure how day length varies. Children will begin the autumn term with an ‘observation walk’ around the school grounds. They will use scientific equipment (magnifying glasses) to observe and discuss the changes in the environment and will collect natural materials. Children will then use a mixture of materials to create autumn based objects to decorate the class tree with. The principal focus of science teaching in Key Stage 1 is to enable pupils to experience and observe phenomena, looking more closely at natural and features of the world around them. Children will be encouraged to be curious and ask questions about what they notice. They will have opportunities to work on their scientific skills through raising questions, identifying and planning investigations, grouping and sorting, and measuring, recording and concluding.
Our theme this term is ‘What is it like to live here?’ During the first Geography session children will participate in a class discussion to create a mind map and decide what they would like to learn about, and how they would like to learn. The focus of the proceeding sessions will then be driven towards the children’s locality beyond the school gate. Children will explore the local area using first hand observation to enhance their locational awareness along with developing essential map and fieldwork schools. The theme will provide children with a greater insight into where they live through studying the geography of their school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment. Children will be introduced to our class teddy ‘Travelling Ted’ (a Meerkat). The Meerkat will be used to introduce the concept of a ‘travelling’ character who will be taken home by a different child each week to record its travels and different places visited! Travelling Ted will take home a travel journal which will be shared with the class at the beginning of each lesson each week.
PE will commence with tennis where the children will progress through practising and building upon their skills each week. PE will take place each week on Friday afternoon. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be fully labelled: polo shirt, jumper, shorts, jogging bottoms and plimsolls. Long hair needs to be tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions. Children should not be wearing any other jewellery to school. Thank you.
Children will study aspects Christianity this term. They will learn about miracles and other stories about Jesus. Children will retell stories from the bible; talking about their own personal experiences similar to the stories and their feelings. Children will learn how religion and beliefs inform our values and are reflected in what we say and how we behave. Weekly RE sessions will develop children’s knowledge and understanding of the religions and beliefs which form part of contemporary society. The activities set for children will provoke challenging questions about the ultimate meaning and purpose of life, beliefs about God, the self and the nature of reality, issues of right and wrong, and what it means to be human. RE contributes to pupils’ personal development and well-being by promoting mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse society.
Homework Every Monday, children will be given a list of 5 spelling words to practise in class upon arriving at school each morning. On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them. They will bring them back to show the class teacher on Monday.
Maths homework will be set and given to children each Friday for them to complete over the weekend. This homework will enable children to practise skills already taught in class or prepare for new learning the following week. Children should bring their completed task back to school on Monday morning so that we can mark the work together.
A piece of written work will also be set each Friday for completion over the weekend. This work will either re-enforce children’s learning of grammar or it will link to the book that your child is studying.
Children will learn how to read with an adult in school every day. To reinforce this learning, children should also be practising their reading every day at home for a minimum of 10-15 minutes. Children should use sounding out to help them decode the words on the page, but it is also important that they continue to think about what would make sense in the context of the sentence and in the story they are reading. It is also helpful for the children to use the pictures as a clue to support their reading.
Each child should have a named book bag in which to keep their reading book and reading record. This book bag should be brought into school every day, so their reading book can be changed and reading records can be updated.
Here are some suggestions that you may find helpful during reading sessions:
• Who is(are) the main character(s)?
• What are they doing?
• Describe the setting; Where does the story take place?
• Did you think the story had a good ending? Why/Why not?
• Are there any words you didn't understand? How can you find out their meaning?
• Ask your child why certain characters are feeling like they are (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.), and ask if they know any other words that mean the same (very important for developing vocabulary)! Did they like the story? Why or why not?