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Year 1

Year 1

We are very excited about the range of topics we will cover in Year 1 this year as they will provide the children with lots of engaging and hands-on experiences.

The engaging topics we study over the year enable the children to develop key knowledge and skills in all subjects through a cross-curricular, imaginative learning approach. 

In mathematics, we begin by cementing children's understanding of numbers in order to “catch up” where they left off in their Reception year. We aim to ensure children have an understanding of concrete number problems and build children towards using 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!

English lessons 

take place daily and the children will learn to produce more detailed pieces of writing. We will place a heavy focus on the vocabulary children use, placing emphasis on “Wondrous Words” from our Book of the Week. 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 their blending of sounds, reading of tricky words and spelling rules with the help of Fred Frog. They also use their knowledge of sounds and blending to read ‘nonsense’ words. We will further support children by providing extra Read, Write, Inc lessons on a one to one basis in order to aid children’s progress. As well as this, they are given the opportunity to use the weekly text to develop their comprehension skills.

What the teacher says:

I am very excited to be part of one of your special learning journeys. I have no doubt that you are all going to thrive and develop into talented, caring and kind individuals. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
Miss Bedingfield

The autumn term 

This half term we will learn all about the amazing wonders of space and the inspiring human beings who flew to the moon in our exciting Moon Zoom topic. Firstly, we will find out the names of all the planets before investigating a rather gooey situation, taking a deeper look into alien type specimens using our scientific knowledge! Also, as curious explorers, we will make our own space buggy’s! We will then research the famous Neil Armstrong and Yuri Gagarin to see who they are and to find out why they are famous! Are you ready for lift off Year 1? 

We then move onto our second learning topic, Paws, Claws and Whiskers, where we’ll be looking at animals! Animals with soft fur, sharp claws and twitching whiskers. We will be finding out what sounds they make, what they like to eat and where they sleep. Do you know how to look after a rabbit? A cat? Or even a snake? We will then be looking at how we look after a pet. After this, we will research to find out how the elephant got his trunk and how the rhinoceros got his leathery skin! Not only this, but we will also be learning about the food chains of the world; who eats who? Who is a herbivore and who is a carnivore? 

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What the children say:

I'm looking forward to playing in the yard with my friends and learning more new sounds in Read, Write Inc lessons (Luca). I'm excited to see my friends and new teacher (Maria)