Our main theme for Autumn 2 is ‘What has changed?’
As historians, we will be learning about changes within Living Memory and beyond. We will be learning to use words to describe time and talk about changes our own lives and family. We will be talking about stories (traditional tales) and how they may have changed over time and also learning to understand key features of past events.
Our book this term is ‘Nibbles the Book Monster’ by Emma Yarlett We will be doing lots of drama and storytelling to help us in our writing and there will probably be a few strange happenings in year one!
As writers, we will:
1) learn to join words using ‘and’
2) punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop
3) use capital letters for names of people
4) Sequence sentences to form short narratives (link ideas or event by pronoun)
We have daily phonics lessons, which introduce new sounds and spelling rules. We will post our weekly phonics round up on SeeSaw every Friday.
As scientists, we will be exploring everyday materials and seasonal changes. We will be observing changes across the four seasons and describing weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies. We will also be learning how an object is made from materials, naming and sorting materials and describing materials by their properties.
As dancers, we are learning to control and co-ordinate our bodies to perform a sequence of movements, including a balance.
As musicians, we will listen and appraise music, learn about the rap style of music and begin to find the pulse. We will copy back rhythms and pitch, learn a song and play notes on the glockenspiel.
As mathematicians, we will learn to:
1) Add parts to find the whole
2) Add more
3) Find a missing part
4) Solve word problems
Top tips for Year 1:
Training Tuesdays PE kit:
Children are asked to come to school in their PE kit on their PE day – this is a Tuesday. This is to reduce the need for additional items in school and also enables the children to do more PE (no time lost getting changed). A full PE kit consists of: a plain white t-shirt, trainers, dark coloured jogging bottoms or shorts and a dark coloured jumper / hooded top.
Muddy Mondays (outdoor learning):
Every Monday, the children in Year 1 go up to the school mini woods to enjoy some outdoor learning and Forest School activities. This is the highlight of the week for many of the children and gives them the opportunity to develop and grow in a different environment. Children will need to come to school dressed appropriately in non-uniform with suitable outerwear. They will also need to bring in a pair of wellies or sturdy boots, which are kept in school for the half term.
Please listen to your child read regularly as this will support their confidence, fluency and has a huge impact upon their language and writing skills. Sharing and enjoying books together and reading to your child are equally important. Please ensure you have signed your child’s reading record so their book can be changed twice a week.
Reading books are collected in and checked on a Wednesday, with new books being sent home on a Thursday. Please can you ensure that your child has their reading book and diary in their school bag throughout the week as this allows us to read with the children in school too.
In Year 1, we use Seesaw to facilitate home learning. Please ensure your account is active (ask if you aren’t sure). We will also use Seesaw as a form of communication.
Every Friday we will post a log of what the children have been learning that week, along with suggestions for supporting their learning further.
We also encourage children to access the NumBots and Anima Phonics websites to support their learning and help develop key skills. We encourage all families to look for opportunities to support their child’s learning outside school. This can be through reading and also phonics practice, number work, watching educational programmes on TV, use of apps and learning about the world around them.
Please do contact us via Seesaw if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for all you do to support your child’s education and development at home. Together everyone achieves more.
The Year 1 Team
Meet the teachers
Ash: Miss S Wilkinson
Yew: Mrs Jones