As a school, we are currently in the process of completely overhauling and re-writing our school curriculum. The one we currently have in place has been thoroughly interesting and has served us well, but now is a decisive time to move on to something more dynamic and ultimately better for our school.
We want to design and deliver a curriculum that is right for the children at our school. We do not want to adopt a generic scheme that does not match the needs, interests and abilities of our children.
Over the next half term, we will be working closely together to create new and exciting topics and units to ensure that the children are experiencing a knowledge rich, skills based, vibrant and dynamic curriculum.
Year 1 had a wonderful end to the year! We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the nativity and joining in the singing and dancing and some of us had speaking and acting parts too! We were also able to enjoy the pantomime ‘Cinderella’ in our own school, which was really exciting!
This half term, our unit of learning is ‘The things people do.’ We will be learning all about different jobs that people have, jobs that are designed to help people and thinking about what we might like to do when we are older. Different visitors will be visiting our class to talk to us about their jobs. If you would like to visit us to tell us about your job then please get in touch with us and we would love to hear all about it!
In English, we will be linking our work to our unit. We will be reading some of the ‘Katie Morag’ books and looking at the different kinds of jobs there are on the island where she lives. We will be learning about different sorts of punctuation. One of the jobs we will be looking at in more detail is being a fire fighter and we are going to be investigating the Great Fire of London to see how this job has developed over time.
In mathematics, year 1 will be revisiting work on place value and reading and writing larger numbers. We will be trying hard to learn our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Last term, we started to learn to tell the time and we will continue with this as well as making sure we know the months of the year. We will continue to work on adding and subtracting numbers.
Year 1 are looking forward to another fantastic half term! The first week back we will be looking at the World Wars across the school. Our focus will be ‘Dig for Victory / The Land Army’.
In English this half term, we will be focusing mainly on fiction texts. To start off, we will be creating our own fireworks poems based on our own experiences and educational clips. We will also be reading ‘The Jolly Postman’ and looking at writing letters. We will then read a range of fairy tales and write our own. We will continue to look at ‘The Magic Toymaker’ in our topic work. Alongside this we will learn about Bonfire night and Christmas.
In mathematics, Year 1 will be revisiting work on place value and reading and writing larger numbers. We will be trying hard to learn our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. This half term, we will start to tell the time, as well as making sure we know the days of the week and the months of the year. We will continue to work on adding and begin subtracting numbers.
We have lots of exciting things to look forward to this half term including the Christmas Fair, our party night and getting ready for Christmas! We can’t wait to start rehearsing for our nativity and there will be lots of singing, dancing and acting parts to join in with! There will also be a special visit from a pantomime company in school!
This year, the year one team will comprise of Miss Roper and Mrs Stonier (1R) and Mrs Meek and Mrs Bailey (1M).
Our first creative unit this year will be ‘Journeys’. During the three weeks we will focus on the text The Great Balloon Hullaballoo. The children will engage in a range of exciting activities from making their own hot air balloon to designing and painting aliens and monsters! Following this the unit will be 'The Magic Toymaker' where we will be finding out about all sorts of toys from the past and present. We will be using our imaginations to create different toys of our own out of a range of materials. In history, we will find out how toys have changed over time and will also be asking our family and friends what their favourite toy was. English will be linked closely with this unit as we read lots of stories about toys including 'The Magical Toy Box.' We will also be learning about non-fiction writing when we write labels and captions for our toys. In science, we will be describing the materials toys are made out of and talking about why these are good choices.
In mathematics, we will recognising, counting and ordering numbers. We will begin to learn our 2, 5 and 10 times tables both in and out of order. We will also focus on number bonds to both 10 and 20. In design and technology, we will design our own mathematical board games.
We will start each day with a guided reading session in a small group as well as reading individually to an adult each week. We will also enjoy daily English, phonics, mathematics. Alongside this weekly lessons on creative learning, music, PE, RE and PSHE.