We are very excited to start out new topics ' Bright Lights, Big City'. In this busy project, year 1 will take part in an exciting royal garden party and learn about Queen Elizabeth II. They will learn about the countries that make up the United Kingdom, including their location, capital cities and some of their human and physical features! They will then have the opportunity to do map work, using compasses and positional and directional language to plan routes around London. They will research the cause and impact of the Great Fire of London and look at some famous London landmarks. Finally, they will learn about other capital cities around the world, including Kuala Lumpur, and compare how they are similar and different to London.
English lessons take place daily d the children will learn to produce more detailed pieces of writing. They will learn to include capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, neat handwriting and conjunctions. Children will become more confident in writing in different styles and checking their writing at the end of the lesson. Children are encouraged to use their RWI skills when spelling words in their writing and also when spelling unfamiliar words. Using exciting vocabulary is very important and we always collect a range of words that we can use in our writing each week.
Read Write Inc is our daily phonics program where the children work in small groups to practise blending of sounds, reading tricky words and spelling rules with the help of Fred Frog. They also use their knowledge of sounds and blending to read 'nonsense' words. As well as this, they are given the opportunity to use the weekly text to develop their comprehension skills.
In maths, we use the 'Maths No Problem' method which enables children to become more confident in using maths as it follows the same pattern every day. The children are given the opportunity to explore maths questions using their resources, share with others and then try some questions for themselves. They are challenged daily with maths problems and being able to explain their answer using the correct vocabulary. Each lesson a child is awarded with 'Mathematician of the Day' which they get very excited about!