Welcome to Year 1

Miss Maxted, Mrs Morley and Mrs Winterbottom make up our Year 1 team. 

Summer Term 2022

English
In English our key text is ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson.  This is linked to our Geography theme – Our Wonderful World.  Children will be writing their own stories about a round the world journey on the whale.  They will also be learning some great new vocabulary and discussing the events, characters and plot in our reading sessions.
 
Later in the term we will be exploring non fiction texts with a focus on biographies - Little People Big Dreams. This will be linked to the History topic - focussing on local heroes from the past.  Children will write a biography about Geoff Hurst and other well known people.
 
Maths
In Maths we will be covering multiplication and division this term. We have already had practise counting in multiples of 10, 5 and 2 and will build on this learning, by making equal groups and making arrays with 10, 5 and 2. In division, will be sharing multiples of 10, 5 and 2. You can support your child at home by practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s up to 50 and doing practical activities where children are sharing items - e.g. we have 10 apples and there are 5 children – how many apples each?
Later in the term we will start to look at fractions. Children will learn how to make halves and quarters and how to find half and a quarter of objects.
In the final term  children will focus on plave value up to 100, money and time.
 
Theme

In Geography our key question is - What makes our world wonderful?
In this topic children will learn about the world.  They will start by recapping that the world is round and is made up of land, sea and air.
Children will then learn about the 7 continents and the 5 oceans.  
They will find out some key facts about each continent and find hot and cold places on the map by finding the equator.
Children will use the compass directions – N, E, S, W to describe the location of places and to map a journey around the world.

In History the focus will be on Geogg Hurst.  How did a local boy from Tameside become a sporting hero?

 

Spring Term 2022

English

Our English learning this term will be inspired by the key texts: 

‘The Lorax’, by Dr Suess and ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, by Maurice Sendak. Children will be writing a sequel to The Lorax. They will be encouraged to use descriptive sentences with capital letters and full stops, finger spaces between words and accurate letter formation of a suitable size which sit on the line.  They will also learn how to write extended sentences using ‘and’ as well as know the difference between a statement and a question.

Where the Wild Things Are will be used as a reading stimulus.  Children will thoroughly explore the book, focusing on events, characters and settings. This will also be a stimulus for their dance sessions.

Non-fiction writing will be a report about the UK – linking to our Geography work.
 

Handwriting

Please continue to practise accurate letter formation of lower case and capital letters – this is vital! You can also strengthen your child’s fine motor skills through a range of activities - see website for ideas:

https://www.littlelifelonglearners.com/2020/03/8-activities-to-develop-fine-motor-skills-at-home.html/

Maths

This term we will be working on addition and subtraction within 20 and place value of numbers up to 50.  We will continue to learn to count on and back on a number line, partition numbers, recap and use number bonds to 10 and compare and order numbers and number sentences.  Later in the term we will focus on length and height, where children will learn to compare and measure lengths and height with non-standard units e.g. blocks, before then measuring with a ruler. Finally there will be a unit on weight and volume.

Theme

This half term we will be learning about The United Kingdom of Great Britain.
Children will learn about Europe, the four 4 countries of the UK and their capital cities and the ocean that surrounds the UK.  They will focus on some key landmarks from each country looking at physical and human features.
 

 

Autumn Term 1

English

Our English learning this term will be inspired by the key texts:  ‘Brown Bear Brown Bear, What do you See?’ by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle and ‘Peace at Last’ by Jill Murphy. 

Children will be writing their own stories based on the structure of these. They will be encouraged to use simple sentences with capital letters and full stops, finger spaces between words and accurate letter formation of a suitable size which sit on the line.

In History we will be writing a report about the Great Fire of London.

Please ensure children bring their reading folders to school every day and make a note if your child needs a new book. 

Please practise reading as much as you can at home and try to make it enjoyable. Read together, take turns to read, read to a younger sibling or other relative to make it purposeful. Please make sure children have read and re read their books and answered some questions verbally about the key events, characters and setting.

Our lovely monster phonics books are a great way to practise spelling with key words at the front of each book. They also have comprehension questions to ask at the front or back too.

Children take part in daily phonics sessions, weekly guided reading and regular whole class reading sessions as well as 1:1 reading time with an adult to improve their reading and spelling.

You can support with this at home by playing free online games: www.phonicsplay.co.uk (focus on phase 2 and 3) and  www.monsterphonics.com/games

Handwriting

Please continue to practise accurate letter formation of lower case and capital letters – this is vital! You can also strengthen your child’s fine motor skills through a range of activities - see website for ideas:

https://www.littlelifelonglearners.com/2020/03/8-activities-to-develop-fine-motor-skills-at-home.html/

Maths

This term we will continue to work on addition and subtraction within 10.  We will also learn about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and finding one more and one less within 20.

Children will continue to learn maths through lots of practical experiences. You could support with this at home by encouraging them to count, add, subtract, and find shapes in the house and when you are out and about.

Theme

This half term we will be learning about The Great Fire of London.

We will start by thinking about ‘What is History?’ We will then look at placing things in time order – with a particular focus on their own lives before tracing further back.

We will talk about evidence and how we know what happened in the past.

We will sequence key events of the Great Fire of London and answer the key question– why did the Great Fire of London spread so quickly?

If your child has ever been to London and you have photos – please send them in as this will help when we compare now and then.

 

Autumn Term 1

English

We will be reading traditional tales to inspire our learning this term. We are focusing on the traditional tale of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We will continue to build on Reception learning and supporting children to write simple sentences independently.

The children will also continue to take part in daily phonics sessions. To improve their reading and spelling.

Maths

This term we will be focusing on sorting and counting, comparing and ordering, finding one more and one less, number bonds to 10 and addition and subtraction.

We will be giving the children lots of practical experiences in their maths lessons to deepen their understanding. You can support with this at home by giving them lots of opportunities to count, add and subtract in real life contexts.

Theme

In Geography, we will be exploring our local area of Godley and Hyde. We will learn about different houses and buildings in Godley through fieldwork and looking at maps. We will also find out where Godley is located within the world.

Throughout this term in Science, we will learning to identify and describe different materials. We will be investigating the properties of materials when thinking about designing a house for the three little pigs.

 

Useful Websites

www.monsterphonics.com/games

www.phonicsplay.co.uk

www.topmarks.com

www.ttrockstars.co.uk

www.spellingframe.com

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