Year 1 Learning Overview - Summer 2 Term 2019
What are we learning?
This half term our 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 and technology have changed over time and how these things might change even further in the future.
As scientists, we will be learning about the parts of a plant and their functions. We will be carrying out an experiment using plants to see if they could survive without water, soil or light and evaluating our results.
As artists, we will be looking at and creating our own self-portraits using mirrors. We will then be making frames for these self-portraits in design technology for a wall display.
In English, we will be reading a variety of stories about memories and how things were different in the past, our writing will be linked to these. We will be writing diary entries, recounts, descriptions and exploring rhyme and mnemonics.
In mathematics, we will be covering fractions, mass, space and time problems. 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. As the children already know numbers up to 10 in Mandarin, we will be continuing to broaden this knowledge and learn up to 20.
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 PSHE, we will be thinking about how we look after ourselves daily and keep our selves clean, how we grow and change and understand that babies become children and then adults and explore different types of families.
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.
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 (for Dill class) and Tuesday and Wednesday (for Mint class), please ensure your child’s kit is brought in on these days 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. Dill Class will continue to arrive on a Monday morning wearing their PE kit, and Mint Class will continue to arrive on a Tuesday morning wearing their PE kit.
Recorder lessons: As part of our Music lessons on Wednesdays, the children will be playing the recorder. Please ensure your child’s labelled recorder is in their bag on a Wednesday.
Reading books and reading records: Children will be completing reading comprehension activities in small reading groups in school on Monday to Thursday. Children will change their reading book and reading for pleasure book on a Friday. Please make sure your child’s book and reading record are in their book bags. Please continue to read with your child daily and make a short comment in their reading record. Your child will also continue to 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 Friday.
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.
Children will be assigned activities on Mathletics on Thursdays, and these should be completed by Tuesday. The assigned activities support the children’s mathematical learning in school. Children should be able to complete the activities independently but may need some support to log on. Certificates are presented weekly to the children, in either class or celebration assembly. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are unable to log on or are experiencing any other difficulties.
Maths Challenge: The children have made great progress over the year with their maths Challenge and they all thoroughly enjoy doing them and getting onto the next stage. Please support this by practising their maths challenge at home to prepare them for the next one in school. This can be found in their home learning.
Home learning projects will be due on Tuesday 17th 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 recall 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 themselves. Inside should include memories of their own or their family’s lives. For example, you might want to include photographs, special toys, a blanket, a piece of baby clothing, a special gift from when they were born etc. Please be mindful not to include anything valuable or irreplaceable as we would not want anything special to become lost or damaged. You can include a photograph of something special to avoid any upset.