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Year 1

Class One Curriculum Newsletter

In Literacy we will begin by reading and writing letters and learning what makes a good letter. We will be further using poetry this term to investigate poems on a theme. Children will be revisiting the familiar settings narrative unit to help with their transition into Year Two. The children will develop their imaginative skills and apply it to a familiar format using newly learnt skills in varying ways to start a story and how to develop a setting of a patterned story. Children will learn what a dictionary is used for, how to search for a word and gain independence in using the dictionary in their own work. We will complete shared reading of texts, as a whole class throughout both units. Children will also read to an adult independently twice each week. Guided group reading will continue this term; children will get the chance to read in a group with an adult to develop comprehension, phonic, blending and sounding out skills. Phonics will take place twice daily, where children will practise skills of reading, spelling and handwriting.

In Mathematics our learning will cover counting, ordering and writing numbers in the range 0 – 100 starting from any number and counting backwards and forwards in ones, the children will then transfer these skills to counting in 10’s, 2’s and 5’s. We will cover more than and less than any number in the range 0 – 100 as well as finding these numbers on bead strings and number lines. Children will continue to practice adding and subtracting single digit number to and from a two digit number. When learning about shape children will learn the names and properties of both 2d and 3d shapes and recognise these shapes in their environment. The children will be expected to practise their time tables at home, starting with the 10’s, then 5’s and 2’s. In Maths we will also have a weekly Maths problem that the children will solve independently and link with the learning in Maths for that week.

In Science the topic is Inventors. We will learn about how to recognise and describe many inventions, the materials they are made from and their effectiveness as well as the purpose of various inventions. Our History topic is The Queen and the Monarchy in the UK, both in the present and past. The children will develop their skills in placing events on the timeline and order the age of artefacts. Children will develop their skills and knowledge of the Queen, her role and the part she plays. Design Technology this half term will aid children in manipulation of various materials to develop skills design, making and evaluation of playgrounds. In R.E. we will learn about inspirational people. In Computing we will be Treasure hunters and learn to programme digital equipment to reach a destination. P.E. will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday where the children will practise their games skills. Children need a fully named indoor and outdoor kit with plimsolls.

Home Learning will be set each Friday and there will be a short Literacy and Numeracy task or a home learning project with a specified date for return. This will link directly to our learning in class. Please ensure yours child’s Home Learning is completed and handed in by Thursday each week or the specified date.

If you have any queries or questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me through the school office.

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