Welcome to Year 1. Hold tight you're in for quite a ride.
After two years of hybrid learning, we're delighted to be able to return to normal practice this year. Homework will be sent home every Friday, with spellings set for each half term, and sent home at the end of the first week each term. In Year 1, our primary focus is reading, and letter recognition, something that is delivered through daily phonics, daily Guided Reading, and daily one to one reading with a member of staff. We ask you to hear your child read every day at home. We now have a fully phonic based reading scheme and this has enabled us to start to look at reading comprehension earlier on, confident that the books your child reads at home only includes phonemes (letters and letter sounds) that the children have already read.
Children take part in two PE sessions each week, and we ask that PE kits remain in school to facilitate this. PE typically consists of one indoor (gymnastics or dance) and one outdoor lesson (ball skills or athletics). These take place on Monday and Tuesday every week. Children will also be encouraged to take part in the Daily Mile, in the first half of the Autumn term, and (weather permitting) from February half term. Children also receive RE lessons each day before lunch, as well as taking part in a range of worship activities.
Before half term we will be focussing on animals and life in the far flung corners of our planet, with work in all subjects being linked to the Lancashire scheme Penguins, Possums and Pigs In English we'll be studying the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers, telling our own version of the tale, and then writing reports about different animals. In Maths we'll be learning about Place Value, introducing addition and subtraction, learning how to measure weight and length and the properties of shapes. In Science we will be learning to group animals by their characteristics, and to be able to label their body parts. In Geography we'll be learning about the life at the poles and the equator, with a focus on how animals and humans adapt to live in these harsh conditions. In Computing we will be sorting animals into different categories linked to our Science topic.
After half term, our topic is entitled Fire! Fire!, which focuses on the Great Fire of London. We will be learning about what happened during the fire in history, and also in English where we will listen to and learn several poems about the Great Fire, meet Samuel Pepys, and recount the chronology of the Great Fire. We will also be studying one of Julia Donaldson's stories (the exact title will remain a mystery for now so that the children can enjoy meeting the main character for the first time in class) In Maths the children will be introduced to number patterns, focusing on the properties of odd and even numbers, halves and quarters, capacity and volume, an introduction to money and time. In Science we will be learning about Seasonal Change and finding out about various inventors and scientists by replicating some of the experiments that made them famous. In computing we will be learning how to design and make Christmas cards.
Mr Richards and Mrs Lord, Autumn 2022
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