Welcome to Meerkat Class
Welcome to Lemur Class
Autumn Term 2019
Welcome to Year 1! We hope you have had a great Summer holiday and are ready to start the new term!
As an introduction to year 1 we will be reading stories linked to our class animals. As both of these texts are set in Africa, we will be creating some pieces of art work inspired by African prints and patterns.
We will continue our theme of Africa throughout the term reading two different texts. These texts will provide children with the opportunity to explore a range of different writing styles and they will expose them to a variety of rich language. This term we will be focusing on children’s accuracy when using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces along with encouraging them to use their phonic sounds within their writing.
In maths we will be recapping on what the children have learnt in reception and then moving on to making sure we are secure with all our numbers to 50, understanding the value of the numbers and what this means. We will use this knowledge to solve simple addition and subtraction calculations with the support of practical manipulatives. We shall also be looking at shape, describing and comparing the common properties of simple 2D and 3D shapes.
For learning in other curriculum areas please see our curriculum newsletter below.
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Weekly Learning Letters
- Year 1 Learning Letter 01 13 09 19 (0.52 MB)
- Year 1 Learning Letter 02 20 09 19 (0.33 MB)
- Year 1 Learning Letter 03 27 09 19 (0.39 MB)
- Year 1 Learning Letter 04 04 10 19 (0.38 MB)
- Year 1 Learning Letter 05 11 10 19 (0.35 MB)
Transition in to Year 1
The curriculum and learning time in Year 1 is quite different compared to Reception and we have a planned transition to make this as smooth and easy for the children. For the first half term we will mirror the learning style of Reception so your child will still have challenge time but there will more expectations with how the children record their work. The children will have different books for different subjects which is a change from Reception. As the year progresses, the lesson structure will become a little more formal in line with key stage 1 expectations.
English in Year One
Reading in Year One
Similar to Reception, children will be listened to on a weekly basis in a guided reading group. This guided reading session is timetabled to enable the children to access a different English based activity everyday e.g. a comprehension activity or a Spelling, Punctuation and/or Grammar (SPaG) related piece of work.
Continuing from Reception, we will teach a daily, whole-class phonics session. This will be where we recap previous sounds and learn new grapheme, phoneme correspondences. In Year One there is an emphasis on the children being able to decode 'pseudo' words as well as 'real' words. This is due to the statutory assessment that takes place in June. English lessons will be based around termly 'key texts' so that the children really get to explore a variety of fiction and non-fiction books throughout the year.
Writing and SPaG in Year One
Throughout Year 1, children will have the opportunities to learn and practice the key skills of writing. By the end of Year 1 we would like all children to be able to compose an individual sentence both orally and then write them down using capital letters, full stops, exclamation marks and question marks to show when a sentence finishes. During Year 1, the children will be taught a range of spelling patterns and we would like them to start spelling these correctly in their independent work. We encourage children to make a phonetically-plausible attempt at those words they have not be taught.
Maths in Year One
Our curriculum map outlines our maths learning throughout the year. In regards to number, children will be taught to count to and across 100 in multiples of 2's, 5's and 10's as well as becoming fluent with number bonds to 20 including their related subtraction facts. During Year 1 the children will also be introduced to halves and quarters of shapes and objects and relating these to their decimal forms. In measures, children will be encouraged to use mathematical vocabulary to compare, describe and solve practical problems. They will tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw hands on the clock to show these times. They will learn to name and recognise the properties of common 3D and 2D shapes.
For the next two terms we will be learning all about plants in science, so lots of exploring our outside area. We will begin with an experiment about how plants grow then move onto looking at the trees in our school grounds. Later on we will look at the parts of a plant and what their job is!
Have a look at what we have been learning in Year One!