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Welcome to Year 1 - Miss Cox and Mrs Bowman

Overview of Terms 3 & 4 - Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 with Miss Cox and Mrs Bowman.

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’ knowledge of what is growing in their area will deepen through local walks and a visit to a Brockhill 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.

A double session of P.E will be taught on a Tuesday or Wednesday and 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.

Miss Cox and Mrs Bowman

Welcome to Year 1 - Overview of Terms 1 and 2 -  Miss Cox and Mrs Bowman.

Our first unit has the theme of ‘building’. During this unit we will be exploring how we use materials to change the world around us. During science we will be comparing and grouping a variety of everyday materials. The children will also experience building shelters and keeping safe through the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs’. In geography we will be using aerial photographs to recognise landmarks and basic physical features. In art we will be designing and creating a Native American wolf mask. This will help to support our music lessons which will be based on Tchaikovsky’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’.

The second unit ‘Who am I?’ gives children the opportunity to express their individuality, explore their identity, develop their talents and understand their place in both their immediate and the wider world.  During history we will be focusing on our local area. In art we will be creating a ‘Who am I?’ box filled with interesting facts about ourselves, that we will explore throughout our learning journey.

Our third unit – ‘Let’s Celebrate’ – will explore celebrations which happen in our own families, communities and beyond. The children will consider aspects of celebrations, including parties. Music will have a strong emphasis on singing and will work towards an end of term performance. In history we will consider how events have been celebrated in the past. During design and technology we will be looking at jelly recipes and exploring how to make them healthier.  

The use of ICT is integrated into all parts of the curriculum. We will be programming Beebot’s and will be taking photograph’s which will then have sound attached to them to create a multimedia experience. 

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’, ‘Belonging’ and ‘Waiting’. We will recognise the importance of feeling comfortable with new situations and belonging to new groups. We belong to families, to work places and to social groupings. We will recognise that family remains the first place for growth and development.

A double session of P.E will be taught on a Tuesday or Wednesday and 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.

Miss Cox and Mrs Bowman

 

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