Year One Curriculum Letter - Terms Three and Four 2022
Homework – This will be set throughout the year. We start gradually with a spelling investigation linked to our class phonics/spelling focus for the week and a Maths, Topic or other curriculum related activity. Homework will be sent home on a Friday.
Spelling test –The spelling words will be given every Friday. There will be an informal assessment of these spellings on the following Friday.
Handwriting – The children will continue to learn the cursive style of handwriting. We begin by progressing through the alphabet, teaching children the lead-in and lead-out stroke for each letter, which will eventually guide them towards joining their letters fluently and correctly. All children will be introduced to this system but we fully appreciate that some children will need greater support with pencil control and exercises to help them achieve in this area.
P.E. – Please ensure your child comes to school dressed in their PE kit on PE days. PE lessons will be on Tuesdays.
Clubs- If you child is attending a club where they will need to change into different clothes, please check that these are brought to school clearly named. Thank you.
Library – The children will visit the school library on Thursdays and will choose a book to bring home. Please return the book by the following Thursday so that they can change it a bring a different book home each week.
Reading scheme books – All children will continue to read the scheme books at school, on a one to one basis, with the teachers and teaching assistants. These books will be changed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Reading comments – Please sign or initial your child’s reading record so we know that your child has read to you. A brief comment on their reading experience is useful but is not always necessary. Please encourage your child to share a book with you every day to ensure they progress well.
Good behaviour – This is encouraged through praise and reward such as through team points, classroom rewards, ‘Golden Time’ on Friday afternoons, stickers, Gold Star Awards in Celebration Assemblies and Termly Head Teacher Awards.
There are sanctions if our Class Rules are not obeyed which include warnings followed by missing a proportion of Golden time if children do not heed the warnings. This system is clearly explained to the children at the outset and adhered to consistently by all Year 1 staff.
Phonics screening - This statutory assessment takes place in June. We have put information on the website about this, however you will receive more information nearer the time.
Our Learning in Year 1
English - In Term 3 Our Literacy texts will include non-fiction texts such as instructional texts and information texts. In Term 4, we will be exploring different kinds of fiction and non-fiction texts based around animals and other living things. We will also be learning to read, recite, perform and write poems with pattern/rhyme.
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 Letters and Sounds scheme alongside Monster Phonics. 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. We will begin Phase 5 sounds in January until the end of the academic year.
Maths - In Terms 3 and 4, our daily Maths lessons will focus on the following:
Number: Addition and Subtraction (within 20)
Addition and subtraction to 10 and 20 using number bonds. Using number bonds to solve ‘real life’ problems. Solving missing number problems. Compare number sentences.
Number: Place Value (within 50)
Place Value within 50- counting forwards and backwards, representing and ordering numbers. Finding tens and ones. Counting in 2s and 5s.
Measurement – Length and Height
We will measure, compare and order different lengths and heights.
Measurement – Weight and Volume
We will measure, compare and order different weights and volumes.
Science - The Science module for Term 3 is learning about ‘Everyday Materials’. The children will identify and recognise a variety of everyday materials and perform simple experiments. In Term 4, our Science module will be " Seasonal Change". The children will be learning to observe seasonal change across the four seasons in the context of the weather. They will be learning to collect and record data about the weather.
Computing - Computing will be used to support all curriculum areas whenever possible and will be available for children to use in child-initiated activities. Children will develop their programming skills through using Beebots following and creating their algorithms.
History- We will be learning about lives of the following ‘Significant People’; Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake, Helen Sharman, Mae Jemison and Amelia Earhart.
Geography- We will be studying ‘Around the World ’. We will be learning to name and locate the world’s 7 continents and 5 oceans. We will also be learning to name, locate and identify characteristics of the 4 countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom and its surrounding seas
Music- We will be listening, composing and performing together. Our theme is ‘How Does Music Make The World A Better Place?"
RE - Our theme in Term 3 is ‘Special Books.’ We will be exploring creation stories. In Term 4 our theme is ‘Judaism- Why is the Torah special?’
PE- Our P.E work will focus on Dance and Target Games. The children will be given the opportunity to work on skills they will need for playing team games, such as developing their skills and working as a team.
Art and Design - Our Art work will focus on developing the children's drawing skills using pastels. They will also be introduced the famous artist, "Kandisky" and creating wonderful artwork based on his work.
Design and Technology- Our work will focus on the topic ‘Moving Minibeasts.’ The children will have opportunities for planning their work, making a product and evaluating it.
Personal, Health and Social Education: Throughout the year, we will be following the SCARF scheme. Our themes will be ‘Keeping myself safe’ and ‘Rights and Responsibilities .’
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 Hemsley and Mrs Hilden.