Year 1 Learning Overview - Autumn 1 2018
What are we learning?
Our topic for the first half of the term is ‘Superheroes’.
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 English we will be focusing on punctuation by writing descriptive sentences. We will be also be saying aloud 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 adjectives.
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 be learning about e-safety, using search engines to find pictures and recording our own superhero role plays.
In Mandarin- we will be learning basic greetings and classroom language. The children will learn to form simple Mandarin characters and sing some Mandarin songs.
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.
We will be hosting our half termly Parent Celebrations, where parents will be invited into the classrooms for children to share their learning. The first parent celebration will take place on the 19th October at 1:30pm.
Uniform: Children must be in the correct uniform - grey trousers, skirt, pinafore or shorts; white collared shirt (long sleeved or short sleeved); Navy blue school cardigan or jumper; black, navy or grey socks (white for girls) or navy or grey tights; black shoes. Girls may also wear a purple and white school checked 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 child has shorts, a white t-shirt with the school logo, black plimsolls/trainers and socks in a named P.E. bag in school. PE for Dill Class is on Mondays and Wednesdays. PE for Mint Class is on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Children are not allowed to do P.E. without the appropriate kit. Please check your child’s kit is labelled and still fits them comfortably.
Reading Books and Reading Records: Please make sure your child’s books and reading records are in their book bags every day. We will change their books twice a week during Guided Reading sessions, however when they get onto longer books, this will reduce to once a week. Please do read with your child frequently at home and write a comment in their reading records. They will receive a book to read to you and a ‘Reading for Pleasure’ book which can be read to them. Whilst your child is reading at home, ensure you are asking lots of questions based on what they have read to build their comprehension skills.
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 linked to our topic of ‘Superheroes’. This will be due into school on the 16th October.
Home learning projects are a way for your child to demonstrate the learning they have been doing throughout the term and 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. It is up to you and your child to create your own project at home in whichever form you would like.
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 may be asked to complete a DBS check, before embarking on any regular activity.
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 or sounds 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 by putting a star on their rockets. 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 have split these up this year into two sets of keys- keys for life and keys for learning. The keys for life are kindness, responsibility, communication, self-control, integrity, respect, determination and community spirt. The keys to learning are independence, curiosity, conscientious, collaboration, attentive, challenge-seeking, resilience and resourceful.
Children will attend a ‘Keys to Success’ assembly every Monday morning where two children from each Year 1 class, who have demonstrated one or more of the Keys in the previous week, will be awarded a Keys to Success Certificate.
Children will be practising handwriting daily, they will continue to learn to form pre-cursive letters in handwriting sessions (and where appropriate cursive letter formation), which they will be encouraged to use in all of their writing. Please encourage good handwriting at home and practise with your child.