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YR1 Learning Overview - Summer 2 2017

What are we learning?

This half term our Topic Theme is ‘Memory Box, and our learning in all subjects will be linked to this.

As Historians we will be learning about how the world has changed over time and how things have been invented and developed. We will be focussing on how things like toys, technology and transport have changed and thinking about how they might change even more in the future.

As Scientists we will be learning about the parts of a plant and their functions.

As Artists we will be looking at and creating our own self-portraits using photos.  We will then be making frames in DT to put these self-portraits in for a wall display.

In addition:

In English we will reading a variety of stories about memories and how things were different in the past and our writing will be linked to these. We will be writing diary entries, recounts, descriptions and exploring rhyme and mnemonics.

In Maths we will be covering fractions, mass and space. We will also be looking at multiplication and division, including word problems.

In Mandarin we will continue to broaden our vocabulary through songs and games and writing mandarin characters. We will be going on a Mandarin school trip to Dulwich Picturehouse to watch Kung Fu Panda, which we are sure the children will enjoy. More information about this to come.

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 the recorder and develop our skills of playing tuned instruments by working with xylophones.

In R.E we will be learning about Buddhism. We will be looking at what Buddhists believe, symbols of their religion and what and how they worship.

 

Key information:

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 Tuesday and Thursday, please ensure your child’s kit is brought in on Mondays and it will be returned to you on Thursdays to wash at home. Please ensure that each item is labelled with your child’s name.

Recorder lessons: Children will be having recorder lessons on Thursday afternoons, please ensure that your child has their recorders every Thursday. If a recorder is lost or damaged, please speak to your class teacher about getting a replacement.

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. Please ensure that both books are returned to school every day.

When you are reading with your child at home, please ask them questions about what they have read after each page or couple of pages. This is to develop their understanding of what they have read and develop their comprehension skills.

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 ensure your child is doing the home learning themselves with some support from you, with your child doing the majority of the writing.

Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 18th July. Our topic this half term is ‘Memory Box’. We will be learning about how things have changed from the past, how humans develop from a baby to an adult and how we remember memories.

Our home learning project this half term is going to be slightly different as we want every child to create their own memory box. They can use a shoe box to create this and decorate it how they would like. Inside would be memories of theirs or their family’s lives. For example you might want to put photos in there, special toys they had when they were younger, a blanket they used to have, a piece of baby clothing they used to wear etc.