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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Throughout the year, we are trying to become more like our Captains – Captain Reciprocity, Captain Reflective, Captain Resilience and Captain Resourceful. This half term we are trying to be more awesome like Captain Resilience; we are working hard on managing our distractions so that we can set learning goals and work towards them. We are also going to be encouraging the children to be resilient in their approach to the new challenges of year one and the changes to their learning and their routines. Parents are invited to meet the KS1 team on Monday September 11th, the drop in will be held in the small hall from 9.10am.

  • P.E is on Mondays - please make sure your child has their P.E kit in school every day (as P.E. sessions may change days) P.E. kits include a t-shirt, a pair of shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or plimsols.
  • Please make sure you read with your child (and write it in their reading diaries) at least 3 times a week.
  • Please make sure your child has their book bag and their book, water bottle and a coat in school every day.
  • Please remember to check our class notice boards for any other information and to see what your child is learning in class.
  • Children are not allowed to wear any jewellery in school please keep this safe at home.

English:

In English, we have started the year by looking the story “The Everywhere Bear”. The book is about a bear that lives in a year one classroom and goes off to have many adventures.  We will encourage the children to become familiar with the story by applying the same ideas to our own class bears Ronnie and Gary.

The children will write about the adventures our own bears get up to at school. Our topic during Autumn is adventure, and we will be using this as a stimulus for all of our writing. The children will be exposed to fiction and nonfiction adventure stories as well as going on their own adventures in the school grounds to help develop quality writing about a real life event.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Read with your child at least four times a week. It doesn’t always have to be their school reading book it can be reading a text message, take away menu, recipe or a shopping list. Please remember to make a note of all reading in your child’s reading diary.
  • Encourage your child to speak in full sentences.

Help your child to practice writing their name.

Maths:

In Mathematics, we will be ensuring the children are really secure with their numbers to 10 and beyond. The children will continue to develop a solid sense of number to allow them to move their maths learning forward. We will be asking the children through our use of questioning to develop reasoning skill as a way of them justifying their answer which will in turn develop higher levels of thinking.  The children will be exposed to mathematical problems which will put maths into a real life context giving their learning a real purpose.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Practice counting forward and backwards to 100
  • Using objects with your child when counting out different quantities eg 10 sweets
  • Practice number writing.

Science:

In Science, we are exploring and investigating every day materials. We will introduce the children to looking at different everyday items and to identify the materials they are made from e.g. wood, metal, fabric or glass. We will then extend the children’s learning to think about why this material has been used and the properties of each material. The children will be introduced to different scientific language using the science tool kit in the classroom as well as coming up with their own ideas for investigations and testing out their initial predictions.

You can help your child at home by:

  • Ask your child if they can identify which material everyday items are made from.
  • Discuss why some materials are better than others for different jobs around the home.
  • Make a boat to float in the bath. What materials have you used and why?

Topic:

Our topic for this half term is “Adventure.” The children will be learning through a cross curricular approach based on this topic. In History and Geography, we will learn about great explorers and adventurers, finding out about their adventures and where in the world they travelled to and why. The children will be comparing two astronauts who have had very different space adventures- Neil Armstrong and Tim Peakes.  In D&T, we will be designing and making our own kites, reminding us to always ‘Aim High’.  In P.E we will be taking part in gymnastics and developing our partner skills. In music the children will be listening to a range of adventure film music and discussing the instruments they can hear and expressing how it makes them feel by drawing to music. They will learn musical language such as tempo, tone, texture and timbre.

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