Year 1 Learning Overview - Spring 1 2018
What are we learning?
This half term our Topic Theme is ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’, and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this.
As Geographers we will be learning about the seven continents of the world and then finding out where different animals originate and how they have adapted to help them survive.
As Scientists we will be grouping animals in different ways, learning about omnivores, carnivores and herbivores and also thinking about why animals have different features.
As Artists we will be learning to mix colours and print-making techniques to create animal paintings and collages. We will also be looking at a collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures of different types of familiar animals, talking about the different effects artists have used to create their piece.
In English we will reading a variety of stories about animals including ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’, ‘How the Leopard got his Spots’ and ‘Please do not Feed the Animals’. We will be writing diary entries, poems and persuasive writing around these texts. Through these, we will be focussing on sequencing sentences to form short narratives, joining words and joining clauses, using suffixes and adjectives.
In Maths we will be looking at length and height and then mass, volume and capacity. We will then be exploring numbers up to 40 and solving addition and subtraction word problems. Towards the end of the half term, we will start to introduce multiplication through repeated addition.
In Mandarin we will be focussing on learning animal names and the story of the Chinese Zodiac in a topic about Chinese New Year.
In Philosophy for Children (P4C) we will continue to develop our thinking skills by asking questions and making assumptions. We will be making choices based on our opinions, and respectfully listening to and responding to others.
In Music we will continue to practise different musical instruments and singing. Please ensure your child brings in their recorder every Wednesday.
In R.E we will be learning about Hinduism and focusing on the celebration of Diwali.
Uniform: Please ensure your child is in the correct uniform and that all items are labelled with their name.
P.E. Kit: P.E is on Monday and Wednesday, please ensure your child’s kit is brought in on Mondays and it will be returned to you on Wednesdays to wash at home. Please ensure that each item is labelled with your child’s name.
Reading Books and Reading Records: Children read daily in school, please make sure your child’s book and reading record are in their book bags each day. Please read with your child daily and make a short comment in their reading record. Your child will also choose a ‘Reading for pleasure’ book from our reading corner which you can read to them or they may wish to attempt to read themselves.
Overview of our home learning: Home learning is handed out weekly on a Thursday and should be returned on a Tuesday. If there are any difficulties with home learning, please see your child’s class teacher. Please encourage your child to do their own homework with your support, this means getting them to write their answers to the thinking question as it is good practise for them.
Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 6th February. Our topic this half term is ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’. We will be learning about a variety of common animals, the world’s seven continents, where animals originate and endangered species. Home Learning Projects can be presented in any way that children choose. It is a good opportunity to discuss with your child what they have enjoyed learning about over the half term.
4.1.18 Animal workshop- On the first week back we will be having an animal workshop come in to show the children different animals to celebrate our new topic.
On this day, (the Thursday 4th) the children should wear an animal costume to school. This could be a onesie, a top with an animal print or a fancy dress costume.
London Zoo School visit 2.2.18- We will all be going on a school trip to London Zoo on the 2nd of February linking with our new topic. You will receive a separate letter regarding this nearer the time.
WB 29.1.18- This week is Arts week in school where the children will become artists to create some masterpieces using different manipulatives! These will be displayed in our own gallery in a classroom upstairs which was a great success last year.
9.2.18- On the 9th of February, (the last day of term) we will be finishing early at 1.30pm to have our learning celebration. If your child goes to Early Bloomers, they will go there as normal but at the earlier time.