Harris Academies
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Year 1 Learning Overview - Autumn 1 2016

Reading continues to be a priority in Year 1. We are in the process of hearing each child read individually to ensure they are reading books that are suitable for their skill level. We would ask that you hear your child read daily and please record what they have read in their reading records and include any words that they struggle with.

In school we continue to use the rainbow ladder to encourage positive behaviour, children will be rewarded for reaching the gold star and we encourage you to ask your child why they have received a gold star sticker. Children whose behaviour causes them to be on the thunder cloud will be given a note to take home explaining their behaviour.

We are also encouraging children to develop character attributes, traits and behaviours that we believe underpin success in school and beyond. We call these the ‘keys to success’. These are Determination, Curiosity, Community spirit, Respect, Integrity, Self-control, Conscientiousness and Responsibility.

Children will attend a ‘Keys to Success’ assembly every Monday morning where two children from each Year One class will be awarded a Keys to Success Certificate in honour of showing one of the above attributes.

Children will be practising handwriting daily, they will continue to learn to form pre-cursive letters in handwriting sessions, which they will be encouraged to use in all of their writing.

What are we learning?

Our topic for the first half of the term is ‘Superheroes’, and for the second half of the term is ‘Bright Lights, Big City’.

As Geographers we will be learning about countries and capital cities of the UK. We will be using maps, and images to look and at differences and similarities of places.

As Scientists we will be identifying and naming different materials and use our observations to compare and group them.

As Artists we will be drawing and making models of superheroes, and developing our painting and drawing techniques.

In addition:

In English - we will be focusing on punctuation by writing descriptive sentences. We will be also be saying out loud what we are going to write, using our sounds to write words, using the suffix er and est in adjectives and adding detail to our writing by using descriptive language. 

In Maths - we will be continuing to build our understanding of number, by mastering number bonds, addition and subtraction within 10 and 20, counting forwards and backwards and sequencing numbers.

In Computing - we will also be learning about e-safety, using search engines to find pictures and using stop motion animation to create short superhero clips.

In Mandarin - we will be learning greetings, asking and answering questions such as ‘how are you’ and ‘how old are you’ and counting to 10. We will continue to practise our Spanish by greeting each other in Spanish every day and singing songs in Spanish.


In Philosophy for Children (P4C) – We will be using our thinking skills, asking questions and making assumptions, children will be encouraged to develop opinions and give supporting reasons. We will be using different stimulus’ to encourage thinking, such as stories, songs, poems and pictures.

In Music - we will continue to practise recorders and children will be doing drumming with the djembe drums.

We will be hosting half termly Parent Celebrations, where parents will be invited into the classrooms so that children will be able to share their learning. The first parent celebration date will be announced shortly.

Other Events:

We will be visiting Kidzania on 27th September, where the children will be given the opportunity to try their hand at different occupations. A letter notifying of the details will follow.

Black History Month will be for two weeks starting 10/1/16, we will be learning about different cultures, and significant people and events in black history.

We will also be visiting Dulwich Library, each class will visit the library once each half term. Dill Class will visit 10th October and Mint class will visit 17th October.

Key information:

Uniform:  Children must be in the correct uniform - grey trousers, skirt, pinafore or shorts; white collared shirt or polo shirt; purple school cardigan or jumper; white or grey socks or grey tights. Girls may also wear a purple and white school dress during the summer months.  All items of clothing must be labelled with their name. Hair longer than shoulder length should be tied back with a purple or black hair band.

P.E. Kit:  Please make sure your children have shorts, a white t-shirt with the school logo, plimsolls and socks in a named P.E. bag in school, P.E is on Tuesday and Thursday. P.E kits will be sent home on Thursday and should return to school on Monday.

Children are not allowed to do P.E. without the appropriate kit. Please could you check your child’s kit as children have been doing quite a bit of growing over the holidays.

Reading Books and Reading Records: Please make sure your child’s books and reading records are in their book bags each day. We will change their books twice a week during guided Reading sessions.

Overview of our home learning: Home learning will be handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned to school on a Tuesday. There will be three pieces weekly (Thinking Question, English and Maths).

There will also be one half-termly homework project. This Half Term it is ‘Superheroes. This will be due 18th October.   

Home learning is a way for your child to show off the learning that they have been doing throughout the term, this is an opportunity for children to present their learning in a way that is appropriate to them. This may include drawing, writing or painting. Children can also perform songs, poems or create something using materials from home, encourage children to be imaginative and think about how they would like to present their learning in a way that they are proud of.


Helping in the Classroom - We welcome parents to help and support in classrooms, so please contact us if you are interested in contributing to a variety of activities: from listening to readers, DIY or art activities for example.  Please be aware that volunteering places you in a position of trust due to the range of information you have access to about the school community. Therefore you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement before helping out in a classroom and for some activities you may be required to undergo a DBS check.