Year 1

 

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Summer Term 1

Whole School Theme: Let's Invent
Year Group Theme: The Seaside

Topic overview

This half term our theme is all about the Seaside. We will base a lot of our learning around the core text story book - ‘The Lighthouse keepers Lunch’.

During our Maths learning we will continue to use our Numicon resources to support the children. This half term children will be looking at number lines, ordering 2 digit numbers, addition, partitioning and telling the time.

In geography we will be looking at coastal locations and identifying their physical and human features.

In art the children will be exploring ways to print and practising some sewing skills.

For science we will be continuing to investigate different materials and their properties.

In RE we will begin to learn about the Judaism religion and how they have Shabbat, their special day of the week.

In PE, we will be developing our ball skills. We will be learning effective ways to pass and catch and using these to help us join in with games.

Year 1’s PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for these days, and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank you!

Ideas to support your child

  • Please hear your child read as much as possible recording each time you do in their yellow Reading Records.
  • Continue to support your child to complete weekly maths homework and practise their maths challenge that gets sent out.
  • Help them learn the weekly spellings by getting your child to write them down.

Next Half Term, the children will complete the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check to assess phonic/ reading ability. The following websites have videos and games for you to support your child at home.

Guide on the side

This Half Term’s guide on the side is all about our new theme. If you cannot get to a beach or seaside, try to encourage your child to imagine what they may find and draw pictures.    

Please complete this during the Easter holiday.

Visits/visitors/events

Linking to our topic, we plan to visit to a local seaside. More details will follow.

Parent and child session

We will be inviting parents into school to help us stitch together our class picnic rugs that we will be making in art this half term.


Spring Term 2

Whole School Theme:Take One Picture
Year Group Theme: Drip, Drip,Drip

Topic overview

This half term our theme is Drip, drip, drop. We will be looking at the weather in Chadwell St Mary as well as Australia. Children will be given the tools to compare and investigate the different weather patterns on opposite sides of the world.

Our Core Text story books will be ‘3 Billy Goats Gruff’ and ’Mr Grumpy’s Outing’. We are now using talk for writing and the children love it. We start by learning the story with actions and pictures and progress to writing about it. This is supporting the children to write more descriptively.

During our Maths learning we will continue to use our Numicon resources to support the children. Maths topics will include number lines, subtraction and recognizing and working with 3D shapes. We will also be looking closely at counting both forwards and backwards from any number and number bonds to 14.

We can’t wait to begin our Art this term we will be focusing on the theme of water. The children will use three different art techniques, collage, printing and pointillism in their artwork.

For science we will be focusing on animals. The children will learn about animals and their offspring, carnivores and herbivores as well as vertebrates and invertebrates.

Year 1’s PE days are Thursday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for these days, and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank you!

Ideas to support your child

Please ensure you are reading with your child and practicing to blend sounds together. We want to support the children to pass the phonics screening check!

In maths we will be getting homework every Wednesday to be returned on Wednesday. Also please continue to support your child with number bonds to 14 and using number lines.

Every Friday children will also receive 8 words to focus on for spelling. We will have a spelling test the following Friday.

Guide on the side

Please support your child to complete the ‘Guide on the side’ homework. As this half term focuses on water we would encourage the children to bring in a sample of water from somewhere they have been throughout the half term holidays.

We would also like the children to bring in an item that they would wear on a rainy day. Each child will have their photo taken and displayed in each class.

Visits/visitors/events

Colchester Zoo- the children will get to interact with and see the animals.

World book day- The children must dress up as a character from their favourite book.

Parent and child session

We are hoping to have a parent child session in the 4th week of term. As our theme is focused around water. Activities will include water play and investigation. Children may design items that would be worn on a rainy day e.g umbrellas. wellies and rain coats.

We encourage all parents to come along and get involved with the children’s learning.


Spring Term 1

Whole School Theme: An Eye on London
Year Group Theme: The Queen

Topic overview

Our topic for this half-term is The Queen. This will be explored through all subjects as well as in ‘Guide on the Side’ homework.

In Maths- we will continue to use our Numicon resources to support the children. So far this half term, the children have accessed the Numicon well and find the visual support very useful for specific areas such as number bonds to 10. At home please practice recognising your numerals, writing number words accurately and number formation.

Our Core Text English sessions will be based on the stories of ‘Cinderella’, ‘Seriously, Cinderella’ and ‘Cleversticks’.

In history we will explore The Queen and her life in both her early years and as the longest raining monarchy. 

In art our focus is going to be ‘portraits’ which links fantastically to our history unit on the queen.

Year 1’s PE days are Thursday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for these days, and that earrings and any jewellery are removed before they come to school. Thank you!

Ideas to support your child

  • Children should be reading every day and it must be recorded in their Reading Records.
  • If children read 7 days a week they will earn house team reward tokens.
  • We encourage parents to read with their children as much as possible, especially in Year 1 as the children will be taking the Phonics Screening Check to assess their phonic / reading ability.
  • Children should be practising their counting skills every day, as we would like children to count fluently to 60 and beyond by the end of this half term. 

Homework

During Half Term, please complete the following:

  • Guide on the side
  • Homework
  • Half term homework sheet

Visits/visitors/events

During this half term children will be learning about London – keep an eye on the calendar for dates on visitors and visits.

Make sure your child has got a full PE kit in school every Thursday and Friday to ensure that they can fully join in.

Parent and child session              

At the end of our topic we will be inviting parents/carers in for an alien day! This will be held on the 9th of February. 


Autumn Term 2

Whole School Theme: Influential People
Year Group Theme: Hamley’s Toy Store / William Hamley    

Topic overview

Our topic for this half-term is toys. We will be exploring William Hamley, his toy store and the Magic Toymaker. In History we are going to be exploring ‘toys over time’ and even constructing some of our own toys as well in our DT lessons.

In Maths- we will continue to use our Numicon resources to support the children. So far this half term, the children have accessed the Numicon well and find the visual support very useful for specific areas such as number bonds to 10. At home please practice recognising your numerals, writing number words accurately and number formation.

Our Core Text sessions will be based on the stories of ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’ and ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’.

In art our focus is going to be ‘Snow Scapes’ which links fantastically to our Science unit of ‘Seasonal Change’.

Year 1’s PE days are Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for these days, and that earrings and any jewellery are removed before they come to school.

Ideas to support your child

  • Children should be reading every day and it must be recorded in their Reading Records. If children read 7 days a week they will earn house team reward tokens.We encourage parents to read with their children as much as possible, especially in Year 1 as the children will be taking the Phonics Screening Check to assess their phonic / reading ability.
  • Children should be practising their counting skills every day, as we would like children to count fluently to 60 and beyond by the end of this half term.
  • If you have any old toys at home that you would not mind being used as part of a display we would really appreciate it! We can also use photographs of family members with an old toy.  

Homework

Each week your child will be expected to read every day for at least 10 – 20 minutes. This will need to be recorded in their purple reading record.

Each Friday your child will bring home the following homework that is due in the following Thursday.

  • Spelling (Look, Cover, Write, Check)     
  • Number Bonds problems
  • RWI book (from their current level)

Visits/visitors/events

Toys in Schools will be visiting us on the 9th of November. Please keep an eye out for the permission slip coming home on Monday.

Parents' Evening is being held on the 3rd of November. Please ensure that you have booked an appointment to see your child’s classroom teacher.

Christmas Concert

Our Christmas Concert is set to be help on the 15th of December. Times TBA


Autumn Term 1

Whole School Theme: Who's Who?
Year Group Theme: Hello, I am new here

Topic overview

Our topic for this is half-term is “Hello, I am new here”.  We will be using our geographical skills to investigate places within our locality and other places we know in the wider world.  To help us we will be using simple maps and globes.

In Science we are focussing on plants (flowers and trees) and will be investigating the different types growing around school and in our local area.  We will be looking at the importance of flowers and seeds and will be growing our own items to use for harvest and in our own cookery later in the term!  We will also be developing our design and technology skills to help us design and make our own pizza…mm…delicious!!

Our RE will focus on understanding beliefs and faith in our families and community focusing on the religions Christianity and Islam. In PSHE we will be thinking about risks and ways of staying safe, including online risks within Computing.

Ideas to support your child

Look at maps to find places of interest and talk about the symbols used. 

Draw a map of the journey from home to school.

Ask the children to look at and name the different fruits and vegetables seen when out shopping.  Give the children opportunities to taste new fruits and vegetables.  Encourage children to think about the colours, shapes and textures.

Go on a nature walk to look at the different plants and trees in your local area.

Talk about the changes in the trees / leaves throughout the autumn months.

Collect autumn leaves and compare colours, shapes and sizes.  Can you name the trees that they have come from?

Plant seeds to explore what plants need to grow.

Guide on the side

Think about your journey from home to school.  Create a model showing the route you take.

  • What do you pass on your way to school?
  • How do you travel to school?
  • How long does your journey to school take?
  • Can you give directions from your home to school?

Visits/visitors/events

We will be bringing the story of the Little Red Hen to life by taking a tractor and trailer ride to the wheat fields, grinding some wheat in the Discovery Centre and making bread in the Barleylands Kitchen “just like the little red hen”!

Monday 26 September 2016

Parent and child session

Friday 14 October 2016 from 2pm-3pm

An exciting opportunity for you to come into school and work with your child.