Below is an outline of learning and development for Class 2, ‘Les Fraises’, in Year 1 for Term 1. You are welcome to speak to me if you have any further questions.
Children in Year 1 will begin with the story of ‘Funnybones’ which links with our science topic of ‘Humans and Animals’. Children will practise forming their letters correctly and will start to develop a cursive style. Using their phonic knowledge to help them sound out words they need to spell, children will write a list of people in their family, label a diagram and create captions. Grammar foci will include spaces between words, use of capital letters for names and at the start of a sentence and the use of full stops. Speaking and listening skills will be developed using methods such as drama, puppets and 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 also have two phonics sessions every day as well as a daily guided reading session.
In Year 1, we will begin by consolidating and strengthening the children’s understanding of number. Children will practise and extend their ability to count forwards and backwards to 20 and beyond and to read, write and order numbers to 20 and beyond correctly. Children will also develop skills in identifying and representing numbers using objects such as ‘Numicon’. Children will also develop their problem solving skills and their mathematical vocabulary. Numbers are everywhere! You can help your child by encouraging him/her to read numbers that you see around; for example on doors, buses and in the supermarket.
The focus for this term is ‘Humans and animals’. The children will learn to identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. They will also learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Children will identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. They will also describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals. Theme Our theme this term is learning about ‘Kenya’. As always, teaching and learning in class will be shaped by the children’s ideas. Children will be finding out about the Kenyan way of life and comparing this with life in the United Kingdom. They will also consider seasonal and daily weather patterns in both locations. Children will also sing Kenyan songs and discover some Kenyan art. The study of Kenyan animals will provide a cross-curricular link with science.
The focus for this term is learning about Christianity and in particular about the miracles of Jesus, such as ‘The Wedding at Cana’ and ‘The Feeding of the Five Thousand.’ Children will be encouraged to reflect on what this tells us about Jesus and what is important to the children themselves.
This term will be ‘Invasion Games’, such as basketball. It will take place outside every Tuesday, although there is always a possibility that the day may change due to unforeseen circumstances. I should therefore be grateful if you would ensure your child has his/her kit in school every day. This term children will be provided with the opportunity to acquire, develop and refine skills taught alongside an external coach. As I am sure you are aware, PE kits need to be labelled, long hair tied back and all earrings removed for PE sessions. Thank you.
Children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning. These will be chosen to support the children’s developing phonic knowledge and to increase their knowledge of ‘High Frequency Word’ spellings. 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. Children should bring their completed task back to school on Monday morning. English Homework will also be set and given to children each Friday for them to complete over the weekend. Children should bring their completed task back to school on Monday morning.
Children in Year 1 should be reading at home every day. It is more helpful for the children, and perhaps less daunting for them, to read regularly rather than attempt a longer session less frequently. Children should use sounding out to help them decode the words on the page, but it is also important that they 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. We want the children to enjoy reading, whilst understanding that it can be hard work for them. Chatting about the story, for example by discussing the characters’ feelings and what might happen next, can help your child to show their understanding of the story and to make it more of a fun, shared activity. Each child should have a named book bag in which to keep their reading book and reading record. This should be brought into school every day, even if they have not finished reading the book yet.
Mrs N Culver
Les Fraises (Class 2)