Welcome to the Year One class page. Miss Righton is our class teacher and Mrs Knight is our class teaching assistant. Here you can find lots of information about Year One as well as keeping up to date with all of the exciting things that we get up to throughout the school year.
This year in school we will continue to follow the Inspire curriculum for our Topic lessons, and will be enjoying lots of fun and exciting topics! Each topic will last 4 weeks and over the academic year will fully cover each aspect of English, Science, Geography, History, Art, Design & Technology and Music. The nine topics for Year 1 are:
1. The Big Build
2. Wonderful Me!
3. Let's Celebrate
4. Posting & Places
5. To the Rescue
6. The Potting Shed
Our first topic in the Autumn term is called The Big Build. The unit of work will focus on exploring how we use materials to change the world around us. We will learn how the world looks from above and how the natural and made world are represented in maps. We will build a variety of structures, investigating what materials are used in modern construction and why they are chosen. We will also be reading the story of The Three Little Pigs and creating masks to use in re-telling the story. Lots of exciting, practical learning to look forward to - hard hats at the ready!
Oour second topic this Autumn term called Wonderful Me! This unit will focus on encouraging the children to explore their own identity, develop their talents and understand their place in both their immediate and wider world. We will design and create name plates, collages that represent personal interests and decorate special boxes. In History we will learn about what life was like at school many years ago by talking to older family members, and will look at historical buildings in our local area. The children will also enjoy learning and playing traditional playground games and rhymes, so lots of fun to look forward to this topic!
Our final topic for the Autumn Term is called Let’s Celebrate! This unit has a History, Art & Design and Design & Technology focus, with a strong emphasis being placed on celebrations of all kinds! Year 1 will compare and contrast birthday celebrations now and in the past and learn about special festivals and celebrations such as Diwali and Bonfire Night. As the excitement of Christmas begins to grow as we near the end of the term, the children will look at the history of Christmas traditions such as adorning our houses with Christmas trees. In Design & Technology, we will be designing and creating our own healthy jellies for our special class party towards the end of term. The children will learn how to write instructions for jelly making and invitations for our party. It will be very exciting. In Art & Design, we will be focussing on the work of John Dyer and Chidi Okoye to inspire our own firework celebration artwork. The children will focus on the use of colour and moods and develop their skills in using different brushes with paint.
The first topic of the Spring Term is Posting & Places. This unit of work will focus on the idea of giving and receiving letters and emails to friends around the world. The children will start to appreciate and understand the similarities and differences between their home in the UK and the homes of children living in the Arctic. They will extend their knowledge of maps and compass directions and develop their fieldwork skills by observing the weather. The children will learn how to block print and use this art technique to design a postcard. In Music, children will learn traditional songs from the Arctic and explore their voices through chanting and develop their drumming skills too. Brrrrrr! Make sure you bring your gloves!
The second topic this term is To the Rescue. This topic focuses on rescue services with a particular emphasis on rescue at sea and how modern services have been developed. The children will learn about the famous rescue by Grace Darling and her father. We will build a lifeboat station in our role-play area and learn how to make emergency calls. Through their Artwork, the children will create stormy sea paintings inspired by a range of artists including Tony Plant. In Music, the children will use their voices expressively, learning new songs about the seas, oceans and lighthouses. Get ready to create your own sea creature as a Homework task for this topic!
The final topic of this term is The Potting Shed. During this topic the children will find out how we have so many beautiful plants growing in our gardens through learning about the plant hunter George Forrest. We will go for a walk in our local area and develop our observational skills by learning to name plants, using identification cards. In our garden centre role-play area the children will plant seeds and buy and sell plants. The children will draw pictures of plants from imagination and life and use these to inspire the creation of their 3D sculptures using a range of materials. In Music, the children will find out about beat and rhythm, sing songs relating to plants and flowers and perform The Gingerbread Man story. Green fingers at the ready children!
Our first topic of the Summer Term is called Sense-ational. During this unit, Year 1 will find out about the five senses and which part of the body each one of these senses is associated with. The children will explore the environment around school and search for interesting items linked to the five senses, and then write their own 'senses' poems. We will have fun creating 'big art' to represent the senses and design and create a sensory trail. In Art, the children will also complete observational drawings and clay models of minibeasts, linked to our sensory trail work.
Our next topic is called Animal Allsorts. In this unit, we will create an exciting, happy pet shop that sells different types of animals. The children will be able to identify different animals, their eating habits and be able to describe and compare the animal's structure. The children will be writing information texts about animals and will design a leaflet for new pet owners. This topic has a Science focus where the children will identify and classifying animals. They will also create sculptures and animal hand puppets in our D&T lessons.
The final topic of the Summer Term is called Where Shall We Go? 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.
Phonics, Mathematics, Computing, Religious Education, PSHE and PE will all be taught discretely on a weekly basis.
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In Year One our homework is given out on Tuesday and is due back to school no later than the following Monday. It will normally consist of one English or Maths focussed activity, with Topic-related and RE activities being included where appropriate. Most homework activities will have a practical element included, that can easily be completed at home. Some tasks will require written work in your child's homework book, but in some cases a photograph or picture may be all that is required.
High Frequency Word spellings will be given out on Tuesday for your child to practise reading and spelling, and they will be tested on these words the following Monday.
Reading is such a valuable life skill and is also relevant across all subjects within school. Regular practise really does make a huge difference to reading ability, as does talking about what has been read with someone at home too. Please try to ensure your child reads at home for at least 10 minutes each night and gets their home/school diary signed to indicate that this has happened.
PE will take place on Tuesday and a Friday in Year One. It is expected that your child will have the appropriate indoor and outdoor PE kit available on these days. The correct PE kit consists of: a white t-shirt, navy shorts and plimsolls. A navy tracksuit is an optional extra for outdoor activities, when the weather is colder. Please ensure that all items of PE kit, including your child's kit bag, is clearly named.