Year One Curriculum Information
Spring Term 2019
First of all I would like to start with congratulating all the children on their hard work during a very busy Autumn Term. They have all settled in very well to the new Y1 curriculum and are making very pleasing progress.
Changes to the general routine for the children in Terms 3 and 4
Plan Do Review - The children will be having a reduced time for Plan Do Review. I believe they are mainly all at a stage now where they are settled and comfortable working within the Y1 Curriculum and therefore do not need the full afternoon sessions for Plan Do Review. These sessions are put in place for the transition between Reception to Year One. In reducing this time it also give the children much more opportunity to develop further in Science, History and Geography.
Monday Afternoons - These will be covered by Mrs Norman and Mrs Lang, who will be taking the children to Birthday Assembly and taking our Show and Tell session. Mrs Norman will be the class TA every morning for the rest of the year. Mrs Lang will be with us every afternoon too. A rota for show and tell will be sent out every week at the bottom of the homework.
Homework & Spellings – The spellings that children will learn throughout the whole week will be given on Fridays and will be tested on the next Friday. The Homework will be distributed on Tuesdays and should be returned the following Monday or the latest on Tuesday.
Spring Term Curriculum
A brief description of the Y1 curriculum for Terms 3 and 4 follows. However, please note that assessment and the interests of the children guides planning and teaching for the class, so planning can be changed and some pupils may require further support, whereas others will need extending and challenging.
English - Our English focus for Terms 3 and 4 will be stories based on unfamiliar settings and our English core text will be linked to out theme ‘Explorers’. We will also be looking at some poetry. Pupils will continue to develop and deepen their phonic knowledge. There will be a strong focus on looking at split digraphs. This links with our grammar work which focuses on sentence building strategies and looking at nouns, adjectives and exploring different tenses. Pupils will have the opportunity to work in role-play situations and take part in various drama activities.
Maths - The children will start the term by learning about 3D shapes. We will be also looking at addition and subtraction within 20, developing the children’s knowledge of number and place value to 50. This will include learning the multiples of 2, 5 and 10. In the topic of measurement we will be learning about length, height, weight and volume.
PE - Our PE sessions will be on Tuesday morning and Thursday or Fridays - tbc. Please ensure children have a named PE kit every day at school. We will be covering Gymnastics & Tennis.
Science -The Science module for the term is learning about ‘Everyday Materials’. This is alongside the module ‘Seasonal Change’ which is being covered throughout the year. These will both be taught with an emphasis on practical investigation and exploration.
Topic - Our History based topic for this term is ‘Explorers’. The children will be researching and learning about the lives of influential and significant people. For this we will be looking at the lives of Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake.
Thank you all very much for your support so far, we are thoroughly enjoying teaching your children and look forward to another successful term.
Set: Tuesday 15th January 2019 Due in: Monday 21st November 2019
The Homework will be distributed on Tuesdays and should be returned the following Monday or the latest on Tuesday.
Reading - Each week the expectation is that your child reads for at least 10 minutes per night. Please also write a comment of your child’s reading in their ‘Home Contact Book’ and continue to remind your child to take their reading book out from his/her bag and leave it ready for changing for Mrs Norman (teaching Assistant). Although, the books are changed on set days, we still expect the children to take their red books out every day so we can read the messages you potentially left for me.
Spellings - Last week we learnt the split diagraph /i-e/, making the sound /igh/ and the split diagraph /o-e/ making the sound /oa/. The list of words for the children to practise has been stuck in the red books last Friday.
At Home, please encourage your child to play the Dinosaurs eggs interactive game. Please focus specifically on the split diagraphs /i-e/ and /o-e/.
Maths – Thank you for supporting your children with their last homework. They all came to school on Monday very enthusiastic, showing me what shapes they found at home. They were very proud of their work.
Show and tell - Our next show and tell session will be on Monday 21st January 2019. We will continue with the ‘Explorers’ theme. The following group of children can bring in an object/picture of something they would like to share with the class. Grapes Group: Edward, Rubey, Amalie, Susannah, Abigail and Zac W.
In our ART/DT projects we are going to construct/paint Space objects. I would be grateful if your child can bring a plastic 1litre (or more) bottle but no milk bottle for our DT project.
Additionally, if you have any unwanted newspapers, paper tubes (from a kitchen paper or toilet paper), small boxes made of paper/cardboard (cereal boxes), we would need them for our sculpture designs. The children can bring them to school over the next two weeks.
Thank you in advance