Our topic for the Spring Term is, ‘Zooming Around’. Our learning will focus on studying things that move and how transport has changed throughout the years.
This term, the aim is to develop children’s sentence structure. This includes the use of capital letters (for names and to begin a sentence) and the use of full-stops, exclamation marks and question marks. To do this, we have been using sentence stepping stones before we write. We lay pictures (from story books) on the floor, we say a sentence out loud, each time we jump to another picture, we know that is the end of the sentence and we must add in a full-stop.
The writing genres that we will cover this term are: instruction writing (directions), story writing, poetry, and non-fiction (leaflets).
Our current maths unit is addition and subtraction within 10. We are becoming experts at the, ‘mastery approach’. In all maths sessions we dedicate time to practise becoming a fluent counter. We practise counting in: 10s, 2s, 5s and, 1s. Please practise these at home. A great resource to use for this is: ‘Jack Hartmann’ on YouTube.
All our maths lessons are centred on the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach. This means, that each new maths concept is shown with objects such as: counters, lego, conkers, apples, etc. Then, children are shown how to draw the amounts, they may draw the objects they have used or they may start to draw circles, or dots, it is at this point that they are developing their understanding of what a,’ one’ (unit) is. Children need to practise the, ‘concrete and pictorial’, and, in turn, their abstract knowledge of number will increase.
This term, we are learning all about materials. We will be naming objects by the following materials: plastic, wood, metal, glass, paper, card, stone and brick. We will also be discussing properties that materials have, for example: bendy, stiff, transparent, opaque, waterproof, shiny, dull, etc.
In History, we are learning about how transport has changed over time; a history of cars and a history of trains. We will develop our understanding of using the terms, “A long time ago”, “In the past”, “In the future” and, “At present time”.
We have enjoyed learning about an early mode of transport, the Viking Longboat.
In Geography, we are learning about the UK, its capital cities and the surrounding seas. The children have enjoyed looking at the UK in the atlases and on google maps. We are also developing our understanding of the words, ‘satellite’ and ‘a bird eye view’.
We are well into the second half-term of the year and the children have settled really well. Our topic this term is, ‘Whatever the Weather’. The classroom is looking fantastic with all of the mini weather projects, thank you so much parents for supporting your child with their creations, a lot of work has gone into them and the children are so proud seeing them on display. Please feel free to come and have a look at them on display.
This term, we are using the weather and seasons topic as a theme for our writing and reading. We are reading a lot of non-fiction weather and season books, looking at the different features, such as: photographs, titles, subheadings, captions and contents pages and discussing why these features are present in these books.
Please continue to read lots of non-fiction texts with your child this could be anything from: a cook book, instructions, magazines and even signs as you’re out and about.
I have been really impressed with the amount of reading some children are completing each week, a big well-done to: Noah, Sophie J, Sophie B, Adam, Joshua, Alfie W and Gabe, who, week after week impress me with the amount of reading they complete out of school!
The children have taken really well to the mastery approach to maths. We have been working on our place value this term, comparing three and then four groups and using, greatest and smallest to describe our groups. We have started to use inequality symbols ( < = >) to show which numbers are greater, fewer, and equal.
Please keep practising 2s, 5s, and 10 times tables at home, five minutes a day can make all the difference!
We have been very busy recording the weather patterns each day, which has been very interesting as here it changes daily! The children have been measuring the air temperature with a thermometer and measuring the amount of rain with their hand made rain gages. We are still yet to make our: wind vanes, wind socks, and rain sound makers. A big thank you once again for providing milk cartons, bottles for our Science projects.
As I’m sure you’ll agree this term is flying by, we have even started learning the songs for our Christmas production! But, there is a real buzz of excitement amongst the children, it’s lovely to see! The children have worked so hard already, please feel free to come in and have a look at their books to see the fantastic progress they are all making! It really has been a pleasure teaching them.
Our learning for the Summer term will be based around the theme of ‘colour’. In art we will be exploring how artists creatively use colour in different ways. We will be exploring a range of exciting texts, in English, such as: The Rainbow Fish; The Tin Garden; and The Day the Crayons Quit. These texts have been chosen not only for the exciting stories that they tell but for the beautiful illustrations within them.
In Maths, we will be looking at addition, subtraction, telling the time (to o’clock and half-past), length and capacity. When adding and subtracting I am placing a lot of emphasis on the children knowing their number bonds, therefore, it is imperative that regular practise of these at home occurs.
In June, the children will undertake the Phonics Screening Test. At the end of the Spring Term I sent a phonics pack home with your child. Please look after these packs and ensure the contents stay in the plastic wallets. The practise words inside the pack are examples of the style of words that will be found in the test; therefore, any extra practise at home will benefit your child. The targets sent home at the end of the Spring-Term indicated any phonics sounds that your child was finding particularly difficult, please support your child in learning these.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for supporting your child with the recent ‘Do What you Like’ home-learning task, their art pieces are absolutely stunning! Mrs Hartwright has managed to display all the pieces of art in the Year One classroom, so please feel free to come in and have a look at the wonderful variety of art-work.
Our topic for this term is ‘people’, we will be finding out more about: Florence Nightingale, George Cadbury and William Shakespeare. Letters have been sent out regarding our class trip to ‘Tudor World’ Please bring the reply slips, if you have not already done so.
In English, the children are really enjoying ‘The Rabbit Problem’. We have been busy making rain catchers, writing ‘rabbitercise’ instructions, making miniature jumpers for rabbits and even scaring crows away with our miniature scarecrows.
In maths, we are mastering number bonds within 20 and addition and subtraction. Please keep practising number bonds to 20!
A little reminder, home-learning is due in each Tuesday. Also, I am setting the children the challenge of being a gold reader; this would mean they are reading 6x each week!!
A very warm welcome to the new Year One class, you have been an absolute pleasure to teach for the first 3 weeks back!
Our topic for the term is toys we, so far, have enjoyed a visit from Tommy Top hat who brought in lots of different Victorian toys for us to play with. We even learnt how to make our own whizzers and paper helicopters.
In English, we are reading stories about superheroes. So far, we have read ‘Super Daisy’. Next, we are reading ‘Supertato’. Alongside this, we will be creating our very own vegetable hero who will help us explore lots of writing genres, such as: lists, predictions, descriptive writing and stories.
In Mathematics we are diving into place value. So far, we are covering numbers 0-20. We are practising our number fluency each day, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Lots of practise at home will really help build up our confidence!
Home-learning is now being set on a Tuesday and must be back for the following Tuesday. Please make sure all sheets given are stuck into books and home-learning comes in each week in the plastic wallet provided. Your child’s spelling tests are every Tuesday.
Here’s to a great start in Year One, long may it continue!