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Year 1 – Picasso and Seurat

Welcome to Year 1.  Your teaching staff are Miss Dunn (Seurat) and Miss Richards (Picasso).  Your teaching assistants are Ms Vann and Mrs Waddington.

Summer Term 2022

Welcome back to Year 1 Summer Term with Miss Dunn and Miss Richards. We hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are ready for our final term of year 1! 

In Literacy, we begin our term by looking at a book called Coming to England by Floella Benjamin. This book is linked to our theme topic this half term. The book is based on a true story celebrating the Windrush generation. It follows the story of Floella’s family and their experiences of moving from Trinidad to London. Following this, our next literacy topic is Dinosaurs. We will be exploring a selection of stories linked to dinosaurs, as well as creating our own non-fiction texts. We will also be exploring poetry and rhyme.

In Maths we will be looking at counting in 2’s 5’s and 10’s. This will also help us to explore arrays to begin to explore multiplication. We will be looking at measure in volume, length and weight. We are going to be learning how to tell the time using o’clock, half past, and quarter to/past. Also we will be beginning to explore fractions using halves and quarters.

In Science, we will be looking at animals and the group they belong to; fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will be classifying a selection of animals according to their features and movement. The children will also be exploring what animals eat and classifying the animals into; herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. Following this, we will be focusing on seasonal changes in the summer. We will be making links with our theme topic and investigating seasons in England and Trinidad. We will also be looking at identifying parts of trees and identifying what is happening underground beneath plants.

In Theme, we will be looking at how our local area and Pointe-a-Pierre (in Trinidad) are the same and different. We will be locating both islands on a map, using aerial view to identify human and physical features, and looking at what it is like living in Pointe-a-Pierre. As well as, comparing houses, transport and buildings in Trinidad to our local area. We will also be discovering what makes Floella Benjamin a significant person.

In PE we will be working on our agility, balance and coordination. We will be jumping in a variety of ways and coordinating a run with a jump. We will then be running for a period of time, maintaining a good pace. We will also be exploring attacking and defending in invasion games and learning to push pass, receive and dribble a hockey ball.

In Computing we will be discovering programming. Children will explore computing devices, including e-safety awareness.

In Art we will be sketching, drawing and sculpting birds. We will be exploring mark making and sketching skills before drawing pictures of birds. We will also be using artist styles to help create interesting pictures. Then we will be making a sculpture of a bird from clay.

In Music, we will be listening and appraising different types of music. We will be finding the pulse and clapping the rhythm. We will also be learning the lyrics and playing instruments to some new songs (Your imagination by Joanna Mangona and Pete Readman).

Spring Term 2022

Welcome back to Year 1 Spring Term with Miss Dunn and Miss Richards.  We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and wish you a wonderful New Year! 

In Literacy, we begin our term by looking at The Tiger Who Came To Tea. We will be exploring the descriptive language used in this story and coming up with our own adjectives.

In Maths, the children are continuing to develop their fluency in number.  They will start to become more familiar with number bonds to 20, looking at place value of number. The children will begin to explore fractions and gain an understanding  of whole, half and a quarter. The children will continue to recall the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Later on in the term they will be investigating weight.

In Science, we will be looking at materials. We will be identifying, naming and describing the properties of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock. Children will then build on their knowledge of seasons, from autumn term, by looking at how trees change in spring.

In Theme, we will be looking at changes within living memory, looking specifically at how shopping has changed over the last 100 years. Children will be looking at shopping methods and shop fronts from the 1940s to present.

In PE we will be undertaking the skills needed to perform dance routines with an animal theme. Children will also be developing their skills within striking & fielding games; focusing on using two hands whilst fielding, learning to bowl a ball and use under & over arm throws.

In Computing we will be discovering programming. Children will explore computing devices, including e-safety awareness.

In Art we will be exploring poster art by Charles Pears. Children will be looking at some of his poster art, developing their own skills and designing their own piece to convey a message.

In Music, we will be listening and appraising different types of music. We will be finding the pulse and clapping the rhythm. We will also be learning the lyrics and playing instruments to some new songs (In The Groove & Round and Round).

In RE, we will be asking questions about why Christians worship to God through music and discovering how Muslims worship to God. We will also be reflecting on our school community values through the Lord’s Prayer and creating our own images to represent values.

Autumn Term 2021

Welcome to Year 1 with Miss Richards and Miss Dunn.  During the beginning of the Autumn Term we will be focussed on creating a friendly learning environment in which our children will explore their emotions. We will begin introducing a daily routine with creative lessons to engage the children. As the term progresses our theme will be ‘All About Me’. This is a great topic to start the year with as it gives the children a great chance to settle into their new routine whilst getting to know about each other through their learning.

We will cover this topic through many different curriculum areas including the following:

In Literacy, we begin our topic by looking at lots of fictional books focusing on our senses and learning how to use these to develop our descriptive vocabulary.  The children will be encouraged to use all of their senses to describe the world around them.   We will be focussing on a book a week in order to develop these skills. Later on in the term, the children will master the art in learning how to write captions and labels to secure their non-fiction skills and we will aim to apply these across the curriculum by putting labels and captions into our science and theme work too!

In Maths, the children begin by developing their fluency in number.  They will explore the number system and place value, learning to count, read and write numbers consecutively and in multiples and also identify 1 more and 1 less. They will also begin to use mathematical symbols within number sentences, solving problems through addition and subtraction. In addition they will be learning about different measurements and shapes.

In Science, we will be looking at our senses and exploring about which body parts are linked to this. We will be talking about the uses of each part of our body and why each part is important. We will be looking at plants and growing our own cress seeds and observing seasonal changes.

In Theme we will be looking at how we have changed and the area we live in has changed over time, comparing it to how it used to be many years ago. We will be getting to know our school and our local area.  We will be developing our map skills by locating familiar places in our locality and learning how to draw maps of our own. We will be drawing simple routes on a map using the four directions on a compass.

In PE we will be undertaking the skills needed to perform gymnastics. We will be learning how to use the gym equipment safely and exploring the different balances and routines which can be performed on and around them.

In DT we are looking at wheels and axels. The children will be making their own buses to move around the classroom. 

In Computing we will be discovering programming. Children will explore computing devices, including e-safety awareness and simple computer use such as logging on and saving work.

In Art we will be developing our drawing and painting techniques by creating self portraits. This will help us to develop good observational skills and we will use this to create portraits which are true to life, thinking carefully about the colours and tones needed to achieve this.

In music, we will be exploring music through various songs.