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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1. Our teachers are Miss Dance and Miss Bateman and our TAs are Mrs Swallow, Mrs Weller and Mrs Holloway.

In our ‘Investigators’ topic Year 1 are investigating materials and their physical properties. The children should be able to ascertain between an object and the material it is made from. We will re-visit the story of the Three Little Pigs in English and Science focusing on the different materials each pig used to build their house alongside retelling known narratives.

In our ‘It’s Amazing’ topic in the second part of the term, the children will be looking at plants and animals, and will get the opportunity to observe first-hand the variety of plants and animals in our local environment. This will lead on to writing recounts, explanations and instructions in English, as well as opportunities for writing poetry.

During our Maths sessions, Year 1 will continue to develop their fluency of number, using plenty of manipulatives to visually represent their mathematical thinking as well as developing written methods. They will also focus on 3D shapes, odd and even numbers, collecting information and presenting it in different ways and enhance their ability to tell the time.

Our value for this half term is ‘hope’. As well as this theme being incorporated into our RE lessons, we will also be applying it in all areas of our learning and school life.

In geography the children will be exploring their local area and will be creating maps of the walks that they go on.

In art, the children will get the chance to create collages using natural materials, as well as developing their skills in observational drawing. In Computing, the children will be learning about how computers help us when trying to obtain information.

In PE they will be doing topic based dances and the children will develop their gymnastic skills, focussing particularly on rolling and holding a balance.

In music, the children will be using percussion instruments to learn about pulse and rhythm.

In our PSHCE sessions we will be continuing with our JIGSAW work. The topic for this half term is ‘our dreams and goals’ which will allow the children to stay motivated to achieve their own goals alongside helping others to achieve their goals. The topic also enables the children to think about maintaining a positive attitude.

In our ‘It’s a wonderful world’ topic Year 1 will be looking at the four countries of the UK. Every week, as a class, we will ‘travel’ to a different country and learn all about their culture, food and their traditions. During week 1 we will be looking at UK’s place within the world. In week 2 we will be looking at England. Week 3, our focus country will be Scotland. We will then move on to Ireland in week 4 and Wales in week 5. As part of this topic we will be looking at the life of Queen Elizabeth II and comparing her life to the life of Queen Elizabeth I.

In summer term 2 our topic will be ‘Journeys’. As a class we will be looking at the lives of Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. We will also compare their lives and discuss how they have influenced the life we live today. As part of this topic we will be journeying in to space using a range of texts. We will also ‘travel’ back to the times of the dinosaurs. We will be looking at a variety of texts about dinosaurs, both fiction and non-fiction, to support our learning.

In our Maths lessons this term the children will be looking at multiplication and division particularly focusing on sharing things out equally and unequally. Year 1 will be developing their knowledge of telling the time and will be reviewing and enhancing their knowledge of number. We will also be looking at place value and will be estimating, ordering and comparing as part of our learning this term.

Our values this term are ‘cooperation’ and ‘courage’. As well as this theme being incorporated into our RE lessons, we will also be applying it in all areas of our learning and school life.

In our computing lessons we will be researching the different countries that we are learning about and the different people’s lives that we are focusing on.

During summer term our PE sessions will focus on dance, looking at the different dances that are traditional in the countries that we are learning about. We will also incorporate traditional music for our focus country of the week in to our dance sessions. As part of our PE learning we will also begin to practise for sports day during the second part of summer term.

In our PSHCE sessions we will be continuing with our JIGSAW scheme of work. The topics for this term are ‘relationships’ where we will be looking at our families, who is important to us and how we can celebrate this and the different ways to make friends. We will also look at appropriate ways of greeting different people in and out of school. During the second summer term our topic will be ‘changing me’ in which we will cover life cycles, body changes and how to cope with these alongside looking at the differences between boys and girls bodies.