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Welcome to the Year 1 - Mrs Carra and Miss Foster

TERMS 1 & 2

St Augustine’s uses the ‘Inspire Curriculum’ across the school, which enables teachers to deliver the New Curriculum in nine units over the academic year. Each unit will have a theme and through the units (approximately 4 weeks), the objectives for each curriculum subject area will be covered in an exciting and engaging way. Many of the subjects will interlink so children will be able to make connections with their learning across a wide range of contexts and subjects. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. Children will always have a Literacy and Numeracy lesson every day. Although there will be some links to Numeracy within the themed units, Numeracy will continue to be taught discretely to ensure children develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. Some of the units may not cover a particular subject area, for example History or Science, however this will be fully covered within another unit. It is important to remember that by the end of the year your child will have been taught all the learning objectives required for their year group.

We will be having PE on a Tuesday and a Friday and are hoping to make the most of the sunshine while it is still here! Please make sure PE kits are in on these days and earrings are removed or covered. 

We will be looking at the following three major topics throughout terms one and two.

‘The Big Build’

In this unit, pupils will be exploring how we use materials to change the world around us. People build big, high, wide and strong. They build houses, bridges, roads and railways, airports for aeroplanes and harbours for ships. Pupils will learn how the world looks from above and how we represent our natural and made world in maps, beginning to create their own maps of places that matter to them. They will experience building shelters and keeping safe through the story of The Three Little Pigs as well as inhabiting the story and exploring its characters and themes. They will investigate what materials are used for constructing modern buildings and why different materials are chosen.

Who am I?’

Every child is special and each one has his or her own particular skills, fascinations and potential. Throughout this Unit, children will have the opportunity to express their individuality, explore their identity, develop their talents and understand their place in both their immediate and the wider world. In history we will find out about significant historical events, people and places in our own locality. Mrs Hoveman will be sharing her experiences of primary school and her childhood. This is a great opportunity for the children to develop their questioning skills. During this unit we ask that you help your child create an ‘All about me’ box that reflects them (details of this will be given closer to the time). 

‘Let’s Celebrate’

Pupils will be exploring celebrations which happen in our own families, communities and beyond. They will consider aspects of celebrations, including parties. In history we will research how events have been celebrated in the past. We will also find out about the history of Christmas trees. The conclusion of the Unit will be a party which incorporates party food, dances, music and games developed during the Unit. In Art we will be creating Christmas decorations and cards which the children will bring home to decorate your house!

Homework will be set on Friday and due in on the following Thursday. We expect every child to read a minimum of five times per week at home and they will receive a gold card on Friday every time they manage it.

We are delighted to be working with such a wonderful class of children!

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to meeting you and starting our learning journey with your children!

TERMS 3 & 4

As a school, we are following a new curriculum. St Augustine’s are now using the ‘Inspire Curriculum’ across the school which enables teachers to deliver the New Curriculum in nine units over the academic year. Each unit will have a theme and through the units (approximately 4 weeks) the objectives for each curriculum subject area will be covered in an exciting and engaging way. Many of the subjects will interlink so children will be able to make connections with their learning across a wide range of contexts and subjects. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. Children will always have a Literacy and Numeracy lesson every day. Although there will be some links to Numeracy within the themed units, Numeracy will continue to be taught discretely to ensure children develop their mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding. Some of the units may not cover a particular subject area, for example History or Science, however this will be fully covered within another unit. It is important to remember that by the end of the year your child will have been taught all the learning objectives required for their year group.

Topic 1: Posting and Places

This unit is based on the idea of receiving and writing letters and emails with new friends from around the world. This will enable the children to be able to name and locate the world’s continents, and the countries of the UK. They will start to appreciate and understand similarities and differences between themselves/their home country and the homes of others, with a focus on one contrasting area- the Arctic. They will extend their knowledge of maps, compass directions, and develop their fieldwork skills through weather recording and observing human and physical features in their environment, building on work done in the autumn.

Topic 2: To the Rescue 

This unit helps pupils to develop an understanding of the rescue services, with particular reference to rescue at sea and how modern services have been developed from their early beginnings. The famous rescue by Grace Darling and her father will be considered and compared with modern systems. Pupils will make a role-play lifeboat station in their classroom to enhance their learning. Pupils will talk about accessing rescue services and learn how to make emergency calls.

Topic 3: The Potting Shed…Buried Treasure

Through this unit, pupils will find out how we have so many beautiful plants growing in our local gardens through learning about plant hunter George Forrest. After he arrives in a time machine, the pupils will learn about his life and work, through looking at original photographs and other resources. The pupils will draw contrasts between the past and the present, by speaking to a modern day plant hunter. The pupils’ knowledge of what is growing in their area will deepen through local walks and a visit to a local park. Pupils will name plants through using identification cards and develop skills such as observation, identification and asking and answering questions. Alongside this exploration, the children will learn about another quest, through learning and performing The Gingerbread Man.

The use of ICT is integrated into all parts of the curriculum. We will be learning about different ways of communicating through the internet, we will also be creating a factsheet about ourselves using images from the internet.

We will follow the national frameworks for Literacy and Numeracy for year 1. Literacy will be linked to our new units as well as daily phonics sessions.

Our RE themes are ‘Families and Celebrations’, we will be reflecting on what it means to belong to our Church family. In term 2 we will focus on ‘Following Jesus’ and will reflect on his stories.

We will do PE twice a week. Tuesdays will be outside whenever possible.

Children still benefit from reading at home every night and their reading journals should be signed at least 4 times a week. Homework will be given on a Friday and should be handed in the following Thursday. Homework can always be found on the school website.

TERMS 5 & 6

We are really looking forward to the activities we will be doing Terms 5 and 6! We have lots of exciting things planned, and are looking forward to working outside more. 

Topic 1

In this Unit, pupils will find out about the 5 senses and which parts of the body each one of these senses is associated with. They will use these senses to explore their school grounds and create a sensory area for themselves and other pupils to enjoy.

The theme is developed across subjects throughout the Unit. Pupils look for items, relating to the five senses, to collect and attach to a poetry stick, before they write their own ‘senses’ poems. They then decide on the best route for a sensory trail and draw up plans before constructing it. Pupils also create their own ‘big art’ to represent the senses and make clay models of mini beasts to include in the sensory trail.

Pupils investigate the use of wind chimes and outdoor xylophones along the sensory trail and also examine accessibility and where to include plants along the trail.

Finally, once completed, pupils guide each other around the trail wearing blindfolds, before inviting the Reception class or other children to use the trail.

Topic 2

In this Unit, the pupils are challenged to create an exciting, happy pet shop that sells different types of animals. This will enable them to be able to identify and name different animals, their eating habits and be able to describe and compare the structure of animals. They will be writing information texts about animals, which will be used in their pet shop as the information boards. They will also design a leaflet for new pet owners and write ‘Lost’ posters.

Most of their knowledge will come from their science lessons, where they will be learning to identify different animals and sort them into different criteria. They will also be researching and classifying animals in computing and entering this information into a database. The pupils will be commissioned to create sculptures to decorate the different areas of their pet shop, thinking about the animal’s features, and in design and technology, they will be making animal hand puppets.

Topic 3

This Unit will look at the changing seasons and the different weather associated with each one. Pupils will think about journeys they might be making or have made in the past. They will look at maps and globes to see where they have been or where they are going. Pupils will be transported around the world on a magic carpet where they will explore geographical and cultural aspects of the seven continents and five oceans of the world.

The use of ICT is integrated into all parts of the curriculum. We will be learning about different ways of communicating through the internet, we will also be creating a factsheet about ourselves using images from the internet.

We will follow the national frameworks for Literacy and Numeracy for year 1. Literacy will be linked to our new units as well as daily phonics sessions.

Our RE themes are ‘Resurrection’ during this unit the children will learn the Easter story and recognise some of the symbols of Easter. The second unit is ‘Miracles’ during this theme the children will hear amazing stories about when Jesus used his power to help others. 

We will do PE twice a week.

Children still benefit from reading at home every night and their reading journals should be signed at least 4 times a week. Homework will be given on a Friday and should be handed in the following Thursday. Homework can always be found on the school website.