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Year 1

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

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. We will also explore different materials to build shelters with and find out which materials are waterproof and would be the best to build a shelter from.

In our ‘It’s Amazing’ topic in the second part of the term, the children will be looking at plants and will get the opportunity to observe first-hand the variety of plants in our local environment. As part of our Science learning the children will look at Evergreen and Deciduous trees and will investigate the different things that seeds need to enable them to grow. This will lead on to writing recounts, instructions and stories in English, as well as opportunities for writing spring 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 money, problem solving and balancing equations. They will also be reading and understanding information that is presented in different ways. Year 1 will also learn to measure and weigh objects using standard and non-standard units of measurement and will enhance their problem solving skills.

Our values this term are ‘perseverance’ and ‘love’. 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 journey that they take to school.

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 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 topics for this term are ‘our dreams and goals’ which will allow the children to stay motivated to achieve their own goals alongside helping others to achieve their goals. This topic also enables the children to think about maintaining a positive attitude. During the second term of spring our JIGSAW topic will be ‘healthy me’ we will be looking at how to lead a healthy life style looking at foods, exercise, amount of sleep and daily hygiene. We will also look at road safety and discuss how to ensure we are keeping safe when out and about.