In Year 1 pupils will find the structure and content of their day rather different from that of the Reception class. To aid transition we will continue some child-initiated activities, known as 'Plan, Do and Review' in the afternoons and children will be encouraged to link their plans and activities to the themes we are studying in class. There are distinct areas in the class such as the Role-Play, Storytelling, Creative and a book corner.
All children will also be in a separate reading, writing and maths group, these groupings are flexible and may well change from term to term.
Pupils will receive daily teaching in Maths and English, with a daily phonics session of about 15 minutes. All activities will take account of their age and expected concentration span and will involve plenty of physical activity and learning through music, drama and carefully chosen educational toys and games.
Learning in Year 1 progresses from the E.Y.F.S to the New National Curriculum for Key Stage One and, as such, children will learn about Science, Information Technology, History, Geography, Religious Education, Physical Education, Art & Design, Music, Personal, Social & Health Education and Design Technology. Children will be taught some subject specific lessons but many of these subjects will be taught as cross-curricular themes in a manner more appropriate and meaningful for younger children.
The points listed below may help to answer some of the day to day queries about life in Year 1.
A brief description of the Year 1 curriculum follows. However, please note that our assessments guide our planning and teaching for the class so some pupils may require further support with the Reception objectives before they can successfully access the Year 1 curriculum, whereas others will need extending and challenging.
English- Our Literacy texts include stories with familiar settings and those with predictable and patterned language. We will also be writing various recounts. Our Non-Fiction work will focus on labels, lists and captions. We will also be exploring pattern and rhyme through poetry.
Phonics- Phonics work will involve word building, hearing and building rhyming word families and alphabetical order. Pupils will be encouraged to know the sounds and the names of all the letters of the alphabet. We build on the Jolly Phonics programme that they learnt in Year R as well as starting the Jolly Grammar scheme. This links with our grammar work which focuses on sentence building strategies and demarcation. Pupils will have the opportunity to work in a role-play situation and take part in various drama activities.
Maths- Our daily Maths lessons will focus on numbers to twenty, adding, subtracting, making sequences and patterns and applying this knowledge to money work. We will also be working on measurement of length and time (calendar and clock) and recognising a range of 2D and 3D shapes.
Computing- Pupils will be using the computer suite this term. We will spend some time getting to know how to log on and off and becoming familiar with the software available. Our computing topics are ‘We are treasure hunters’, where the pupils will learn how to use programmable toys and ‘We are TV chefs’ which involves the children learning about and using video recorders. Computing however will be used to support all curriculum areas whenever possible and will be available for children to use in child-initiated activities.
Topic- In History we will be learning about ‘Castles’ and exploring the wonderful castles we have around us. This will also be linked to our school trip, where the children will have the opportunity to visit one of these. We will also be learning key events such as ‘Bonfire night’ and ‘Remembrance Day’ and the key issue and events behind these.
Science- The Science module for the term is learning about ‘Animals including humans’. This will be taught with an emphasis on practical investigation and exploration. This also has cross curricular links with our history topic, learning about ‘Ourselves’ by learning about our body parts and the senses associated with these.
RE- The children will be looking at Christianity. We will also look at Autumn and Winter festivals such as Harvest Festival and Christmas.
Art/DT- Our Art work will focus on drawing and painting. In Design Technology we will be looking at 'Freestanding Structures'. The children will be making their own models out of Junk Modelling. We will, of course, also be making various Christmas decorations!
Throughout the year, we will be following the ‘Music Express’ scheme for our music lessons and the SEAL programme for PSHE.
As you can appreciate, rehearsing and preparing for the Christmas play does take up a considerable amount of time in Term 2 but does provide great opportunities for the pupils speaking, listening and singing skills to be put into practice.
Thank you very much for all your support so far. We very much look forward to working with you and your children this year.
Mrs Claire Hodgson and Mrs Claire Rowley