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Welcome to Year 1

Spring Term 1 2021

Week beginning 24.1.22

English

This week we will be using the poem, 'If I was a Superhero' to write our own poems. We will also be learning how to make plurals by adding s or es to words. Finally we will be learning what a noun is.

Maths

This week we will be finding the difference between 2 numbers using subtraction. We will then move on to comparing 2 number sentences using the mathematical language- 'is greater than' or 'is less than' or 'is equal to' and the symbols <  > =  For example: 13 - 2 < 19- 2

Topic

This week will be printing our superhero pictures in bright colours just like Andy Warhol.

We will also be going back in time to learn about Mary Seacole. We will learn her story and think about why she is historically significant. We will act like  historians and think about what clues we can find to tell us more about her. 

Next week we are planning to make superhero healthy sandwiches or wraps. Please look inside your child's book bag for the letter. We need the permission slips returned by Friday!

Week beginning 17.1.22

 English 

This week we will be reading the poem, 'If I was a superhero' by Sally Gray. We will also practise extending our sentences using 'and' and adding detail using adjectives.

Maths

We will be continuing to learn different addition strategies. This week we are learning how to make ten to help add two one digit numbers. E.g. 9 + 6 can be thought of as 10 + 5. We will use counters to physically move the numbers which will help us visualise this process. Later in the week we will begin learning about subtraction and will focus on counting back to find the answer using practical resources and then moving on to use number lines.

Topic

This week we will be learning about Internet safety in our computing lesson. We will be learning about mountains in geography, including naming the highest mountains in the four countries of the UK. 

 

 

Week beginning 10.1.22

English

This week we are reading and writing recounts. We are going to learn how to add the suffix 'ed' on to some verbs to show the past tense.

Maths

We are thinking about addition in maths. We will be using our number bonds to 10 to solve addition sums up to 20.

Topic

This week we will listen  to 'superhero' music. We will learn how to talk about the pace, pitch and dramatic parts. We will then use percussion instruments to compose some superhero music of our own. 

In science we will explore magnets. We are going to learn to think scientifically- ask questions, observe what happens when we explore magnets and talk about what we find out. 

In geography we will be finding out about the season winter. We will look for signs of winter outside and then create a winter picture using paint. 

Week beginning 3.1.22

Welcome back. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and are looking forward to returning to school.

English

This week in English we are starting to think about our new topic 'Superheroes'. We will be thinking about everyday superheroes i.e. the police, and writing a non-chronological report about them. We will be thinking about how to set the information out and in particular emphasise the correct use of full stops and capital letters.

Maths

This week in maths we will be looking to identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.

Topic

We will be looking at introducing the new topic 'Superheroes'. We will especially be looking at computing this week and asking the children to use an iPad to find a picture and save it. We will then be asking the children to find the picture again and make some changes to it by editing it.

Autumn Term 2 2021

Week beginning 13.12.21

English

This week we are continuing with learning about how to write letters with writing to Father Christmas! We will think about what a sentence is. We will learn that a sentence has to make sense, it must start with a capital letter and end with a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark!

Maths

We are thinking about comparing groups of objects and numbers  up to 20. We will use the language- is greater/more than, is less than/is fewer than, is equal to. For example, 12 is greater than 15.

Topic

We are busy getting ready for Christmas. We are learning how to sew in design and technology and creating a piece of art for a Christmas card and a calendar. We are thinking about the Christmas story in Religious Education. 

The Year One team would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a fabulous New Year. 

We will look forward to seeing you all in 2022

Week beginning 6.12.21

English

This week we are looking at writing letters. We are going to look at the format of a letter and reply to a letter written to us from an alien called Beepop who lives on the planet Boogie! He has asked lots of questions which we are going to answer in our letter. This will be an independent piece of work and will form part of our assessments to judge where the children are with their writing.

We are also continuing to carry out our RWI assessments in order to move groups ready for next term.

Maths

In maths, we have been looking at numbers above 10 and how to count on from ten. We are using the vocabulary tens, ones and place value. The children will be looking at the importance of where the numbers are placed eg 12 not 21. We will also be looking at how to pronounce and spell the numbers correctly.

Topic

In topic we are considering the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees. We are also getting underway with our Christmas present to take home and also our Christmas cards.

We are looking forward to recording our Christmas play for you all and hope you enjoy the show!

Week beginning 29.11.21

English

This week we will be looking at writing a recount. We will be thinking about making our writing more interesting for the reader by using a variety of time connectives- First, then, after that etc.

Maths

We continue to name, recognise and sort 2-d and 3 -d shapes. Can your child help you sort the weeks shopping into cuboids (eg packets of cereals) cylinders (tins etc) and  spheres (satsumas, onions etc) ?

Topic

In science we will continue to look at everyday materials and think about their properites. We will use this knowledge to design a house and think about what materials we will use. The children will be encouraged to justify their choices by thinking of the materials properties!

In geography we are talking about the school environment and thinking about how and why it is improtant that we look after it.  We will design and name posters to remind the whole school community to look after the school environment. 

Week beginning 22.11.21

English

This week we are looking at the format of stories and how they can use repetitive phrases to make the story more interesting and memorable. We will be listening to the story 'Hetty's Day Out' and using it as a basis to write our own version with some changes.

Maths

This week we are combining thinking about addition/subtraction with greater than and less than. We will be revising the signs and their meaning. We will then move on to 2d and 3d shapes. We will be naming them and talking about their features.

Topic

This week we are going for a local walk and thinking geographically about the features we see. We are also going to be naming the external parts of the body including external genitalia as agreed in our school policy. This is a scientific labelling exercise only.

Week Beginning 15.11.21

English

We are continuing our stories based  on The Magic Bed. This week our focus will be on editing and improving our work to produce a final draft of our work which will be displayed in the school.

Maths

This week in maths the children will be continuing to develop their understanding of subtraction. They will be working on finding the difference between 2 numbers. They will use objects and numicon initially to see that the difference between eg  9 and 5 is 4 and then move on to solving the problems by using subtraction - 9 subtract 5 is equal to 4.  

Topic

We have a design and technology focus this week and we will be making sliders. These will be linked to our work on Milton Keynes as they will show a person or vehicle moving through Milton Keynes when the sliding mechanism is used.

 

Week Beginning 8.11.21

Maths 

This week in maths the children will learn about the signs for subtraction and equals. They will be learning different methods for solving subtraction problems which will include crossing out numbers and then counting how many are left. They will be learning to solve missing number problems using practical resources.

English

This week we will be thinking about the story of 'The Magic Bed' by John Burningham. We will be learning the story and then writing our own version of it. While the children are writing they will be encouraged to use magical language and include adjectives to make the writing more interesting for the reader. They also have a number of everyday things to remember, these include:

  • full-stops and capital letters
  • Small and tall letters
  • Spelling words how they sound
  • spelling small common words correctly
  • correct letter formation

Topic

We will learn about Milton Keynes in topic this week, looking at aerial photos of how the town has changed over time and learning about some of the well-known landmarks. We will be learning about directional language and using this to direct our friend to different points on the playground. Finally we will be investigating different materials to find out which ones are waterproof.

Week beginning 1.11.21

English- This week we will be reading the story 'Dogger' by Shirley Hughes. We will be learning to spell the days of the week and learning that we need to use capital letters for them. We will be using the story to extend our  vocabulary by finding and adding interesting adjectives. At the end of the week we will be writing our own alternative ending to the story. 

Maths- This week we will continue to work on addition using numbers up to 10. We compare addition sentences using the language and signs, 'is greater than' > and , 'is less than' <

We will work on finding the missing part of a sum and continue to develop our knowledge of number bonds to 10

Topic- We start our new topic, 'Street Detectives.' In this topic we will be studying where we live.

This week we start off by looking at materials in science. We will be describing, naming and sorting a selection of different materials. We will also begin our understanding of maps by creating a plan of our classroom. At the weekend you could make a plan of your bedroom!

Autumn Term 1 - 2021

 

Week beginning 18.10.21

English - This week we are looking at the poem 'Excuses' by Allan Ahlberg. We are thinking about how words sound when they rhyme and what part of the word stays the same. We are looking at creating our own sentences to explain why we haven't done our work and thinking especially about our letter formation and spelling. We will then use a frame to create our own poem using simple rhyming strings.

Maths - This week we are looking at being systematic when creating number bonds. We are creating systems to help us and noticing any patterns within the number bonds. We will then be comparing number bonds and using the vocabulary of more than and less than again. We will be using the symbols + and = within number bonds and also using these to solve problems.

Topic - In topic we will be bringing together all we have learnt about our topic by creating our memory boxes and using our memory to think about what events in their past could go into it.

 

Week beginning 11.10.21

English - This week we will read the story Beegu by Alexis Deacon. We will learn a simple version of the story and then write our own plan for the story. The children will need to think about what happened at the beginning, in the middle and at the end.

Maths - We are learning how to record number sentences (sums) using a part, part whole model. We will see how we can use the same 3 numbers to write number sentences in different ways e.g. 4 + 2 = 6, 2 + 4 = 6 or 6 = 2 + 4. We call these "fact families."

Topic - Thank you for sending in the shoe boxes for the children to make a memory box. This week we will start to design our memory boxes.

Week beginning 27.9.21

English -This week we have continued to look at La Luna. We have been learning the story off by heart using actions and then using this to write our own version of the story with one of our own changes.

We will be looking at the difference between small and tall letters and writing on the lines.

Maths - This week we have been using 'greater than' and 'lesser than' to compare numbers. We will be using number tracks to 10 and numicon to support our learning.

Topic - This week we have been comparing changes in geography since the 1950's. We will be looking at changes in housing, shops and transport. We will also be thinking about playground games and the coronation of the queen to compare life in the 1950's to now.

Week beginning 20.9.21

English - This week the children will watch "La Luna" which is a short, silent animation. (It is available on YouTube if you would like to watch it with your child at home. We will use this animation to inspire our writing this week. Our writing focus this week is practising saying our sentences out loud before writing them which helps us to remember what we are writing.

Maths - We are comparing amounts this week using the language greater than, less than or equal to in order to describe and compare two sets of objects. For example "I have 8 cubes and 5 counters. I have more cubes than counters because 8 is greater than 5."

Topic - We are very lucky to have a grandparent visitor this week who will talk to us about their own childhood and the children will have the opportunity to ask some questions about the past. We will then move on to finding out about the 1950s and different aspects of life in this decade.  

Thank you for sending in photographs of your child at different stages of childhood last week. The children enjoyed putting these into the correct order.

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Week beginning 13.9.21

English- The children will continue to use the book, Harry goes on Holiday, to spot sentences with the word 'and' in them. We will then have a go at writing our own sentences using the word and. 

We are also learning letter names and practising reciting the alphabet.

Maths- We are practising counting forwards and backwards. We are solving one more and one less problems.

Topic- Thank you everyone for sending in photos of their children. The children will use them to talk about their own history. We will look at family trees and talk about how all family are unique. The family trees will be sent home for you to complete together. At the end of week we will explore how people change as they get older. 

We look forward to seeing you at our Year 1 information meeting on Wednesday 15th September at 2.40pm. 

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Welcome back everyone to the start of a new academic year! The children have come in well and are learning the new routines and expectations. Every week we will publish information about what they have been learning at school. I hope you find the information useful.

Week beginning 6.9.21

English - The children will be listening to a Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs book about going on holiday. We will be talking to each other about what we did in the holidays and writing sentences about our experiences. We will be thinking about letter formation and using sounds to spell the words.

Maths - We are looking at sorting objects this week. We will be using our knowledge of shape, colour and number to sort a variety of objects and explain how we have sorted them to someone else.

Topic - We are beginning our new topic of 'Childhood' this week. We will be thinking about drawing self portraits. We will look at tones of colour using pencil crayons. We will also be looking at how we care for living things.

The children will also be introduced to our shared area activities where they will have the opportunity to access continuous provision as part of our transition to year 1.

We look forward to seeing you at our Year 1 information meeting on Wednesday 15th September at 2.40pm.

24.5.2

This week we are learning.....

English

We are looking a recounts. We will read the funny story, 'Grumpy Cat' and then use it to write a recount. We will be thinking of sequencing past events in the correct order and use interesting words to talk about the passing of time- next, then, after a while, a long time ago etc

Maths

We are finishing off our topic Fractions by making quarters in shapes and finding a quarter in an amount of objects. 

Topic

We are looking at what algorithms are and writing a simple (non computer based) algorithm to draw a crazy character!

We have enjoyed our P.E festival.

We are also finishing off our 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers' topic by thinking about everything we have learnt and using it to categories animals.

Enjoy the half term holiday!

17.5.21

This week we are learning....

English

We are looking at instructions this week. We have been using instructions on how to look after a hamster to identify bossy (imperative) verbs that come at the beginning of the instructions to tell people what to do. 

The children are then going to be writing instructions in different forms remembering to use bossy verbs and write each new instruction on a new line.

 

Maths

This week we are looking at simple fractions. We will be looking at half. We will be finding half of shapes and identifying that 2 halves make a whole. We will be making sure we understand that when finding half both sides have to be equal. We will then be looking at finding half of different amounts and again making sure that there are 2 parts and that both these parts must be equal.

 

Topic

In topic this week we will be making music. We will be singing an animal song and thinking about the different volumes we can sing it at and the effect that this has on the music. We will then be adding percussion instruments to the song that reflect the types of animal. We will also be finding out about Mary Anning. We will be thinking about her contribution to history and where she fits into a timeline compared with Mary Seacole.

 

This week we will also be recording our song for the Milton Keynes Music Festival and look forward to hearing the finished result.

10.5.21

This week we are learning.....

 

English

We will continue to look at non- fiction books. We will look at captions and labels and then write our own caption about big cats. We will also label a picture.

At the end of the week we will be looking at adding the suffix 'ing'  'er' and 'est' to some words. We will look at how the meanings of words change when we add them. 

 

Maths

We will be ending our topic on Multiplication and Division this week and starting a new topic on Friday, ' Fractions' . We start this topic off by looking making a half in objects.

 

Topic

We will be looking at what is important in the design of food labels. We will then design a label for a can of 'big cat ' food!. Just in case a tiger comes to tea at out house!

We are practising our song- ' Believe' Ask your child to singing it for you.  I'm sure you will be very impressed. 

3.5.21

This week we are learning ....

 

English

We will be looking at Non-fiction books. We will be thinking about what the properties of a non-fiction book are and how to recognise them

We will be using the book to gather information and write notes. The children will then use these notes to understand how to write lists.

 

Maths

In maths we will be continuing to think about the early stages of multiplication. We will revisit arrays and making equal groups. We will then be moving on to looking at equal sharing and the beginning stages of division.

 

Topic

In topic this week we will be using a different medium to draw and paint something that is familiar to us. The children will choose their favourite animal. They will then draw it showing the detail with pencil. They will then be using a medium to show colour.

26.4.21

This week we are learning.....

English

We have continued to use the story, 'The Tiger who came to Tea' . This week we have used the story  to make our own version. We are going to write up our story in our best handwriting and display it for the whole school to read.

Maths

 

In maths we have been using objects to make equal groups. We move on to talking about and making mathematical arrays, identifying the rows and columns and finding the total amount.

We end the week by looking at doubles of numbers up to 10. 

Topic

In topic we will be finding out where animals live. We will explore globes and world maps. We are going to find out what a continent is and name and locate all 7 of them.  

We are also having an exciting visitor in the class. A pet will be joining us (in a cage) and we are going to learn some facts about them and how to look after them.

 19.4.21

This week we are learning...

English

We have been reading the story of 'The Tiger who came to Tea'. We have been linking this to our own experiences of being at home and the food we have. We have been revising our learning about expanding sentences, adding adjectives and using exclamation marks and question marks. We will be planning our own story based on this book and making some changes to make it our own. This will lead in to our work next week where we will be writing our own 'Tiger who came to Tea' story.

Maths

In maths this week we will be revising our ability to count in 2s 5s and 10s. We will be thinking about how to count objects and objects to make counting quicker. We will also be thinking about making objects in to equal groups and exploring how equal can be shown in different amounts.

Topic

In topic we are looking at sorting animals. We are thinking about observable features and how this can be used to sort. We will be thinking about wild and domestic animals and how they have different needs. We will also be using the words carnivore. omnivore and herbivore to reinforce their learning in this area.

12.4.21

This week we are learning in...

English

We are reading a book called  'The Whispering Palms'. It is all about a family who think about the environment they live in and how to look after it. We will be thinking about the suffixes -er and -est and how they change the meaning of the word. We will then be beginning to plan our own story changing some of the elements. We will particularly be working on including questions and exclamations.

Maths

We are using all that we have learnt about addition to continue our consolidation of the concept using counting on. We will be using dice patterns and number lines to support this learning. We will also be looking at number bonds to 10 and how these relate to number bonds to 20. Within this we will be thinking about the commutativity of additions. e.g. 6+4= 10, 4+6=10.

Topic

We will be introducing our new topic of Paws, Claws and whiskers. We will be using lines to draw pictures of pets and thinking about shading and line direction to show how the fur lies. We will also be learning about the terms carnivore and herbivore and using these terms to sort animals in to different groups.

Spring Term

2020-2021

22.3.21

This week we are learning in...

English

The format of letters. We will read a letter that Nini, a character in the book, 'Nini at the Carnival', has sent us and look at how it is set out. We will then reply to it and include a question and an exclamation mark!

Maths

Squirrel class- We are looking at comparing the mass of objects using balance scales. We then move on to measuring the mass of object with cubes. We are using the words heavy, heavier, heaviest, light, lighter and lightest. 

 

Dormouse class- We are looking at measuring the length and height of objects, initially using cubes and paperclips and ending the week by using rulers. 

 

Topic

We are learning about the story of Easter in R.E . We will be making Easter cards.

We will also be introducing the children to the topic we will be studying next term, 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers' We are going to be looking at the world of animals and begin to think about how we can sort them into groups.

We hope you have a lovely Easter break. 

15.3.21

This week we are learning in.... 

English

To use ideas from the story 'Nini at the Carnival' to create and write our own story. We will be working on checking our work to make sure it makes sense.

Maths

Squirrel Class has been working on measuring length and height. This week they are using rulers to measure the length of objects. They will also be working on solving simple addition and subtraction measuring problems.

Dormouse Class has been working on comparing the mass of objects. This week they are finding the mass of objects using cubes. They will then move on to the topic of measuring height and length.

 

Topic

To look at aerial photographs and finding simple human and physical features of the environment. 

We have been enjoying learning Samba dance moves in our indoor P.E lessons!

To make a carnival head dress. We will use our designs from last week to create a colourful and creative costume piece! 

 

Autumn Term 2

2020 - 2021

14.12.20

This week we are learning in...

English

We are continuing to look at letters . We will be reminding ourselves of the key features of a letter and then we will be writing a letter to Father Christmas!

Maths

We are working with numbers up to 20. We start the week by ordering groups of objects and then will move on to ordering numbers. We will be using the language of greatest, least and smallest to compare and order.

Topic

We are going to be very busy this week finishing off our Christmas craft, making Christingles, enjoying our treat afternoon, watching a pantomime and thinking about the Christmas story in RE!

7.12.20

This week we are learning

English

We are looking at letters this week. We will be comparing letters and how they are written to how stories are written. We will be identifying the key features of writing a letter then having a go at creating a letter ourselves. We will also look at how to identify questions and the use of question marks.

We will be continuing our RWI work and particularly be assessing how many more sounds your child has learnt over this half term. Please continue to practise the sounds as much as possible at home as these go towards improving your child's confidence in both reading and spelling.

Maths

In maths we will be looking at how numbers are made up using tens and ones (we no longer use the term units at this stage). We will then be using these numbers to go over our comparative vocabulary of greater than, lesser than and equal to. We will also be using the numbers to work out 1 more and 1 less.

Topic

In topic we will be continuing our Christmas theme. The children will be decorating their Christmas jars and finishing off their calendars, they will also be beginning to create their Christmas cards all ready to bring home in the last week of term.

30.11.20

This week we are learning

Maths

We begin a new topic- Place Value. In this topic we will be counting, reading and writing numbers to 20. We will be looking at how we can show numbers 10-20 in double ten frames, with straws and cubes. The children will begin to group the ten and then count on the ones. 

English

We are learning to write a simple recount. First, we will identify time connectives such as , first, then, next, and finally in texts. Then, we will think about what we did over the weekend. Finally, we will use the time connectives to write an interesting recount!

Topic

We start the week off with thinking about how we can look after our immediate environment. We will be making making posters to encourage other to do so too.

We then move on to creating some exciting Christmas crafts using a range of art techniques.

 

 

23.11.20

This week we are learning

Maths

We are looking at 3d and 2d shapes. We are recognising and naming them. We are spotting them in our environment and we are sorting them into groups according to their properties. We are also looking at patterns. We are seeing if we can spot the pattern being made using shapes and then continuing it.

English

This week we are looking at the book 'Hetty's Day Out' by Pamela Allen. We are noticing that the book has repeating phrases. We are using the pattern of the story to produce a story map and using this to create our own Hetty story. We will be also thinking about spelling the common exception words this week and so any practising of these at home would be greatly appreciated.

Topic

In topic this week we are looking at how to look after our immediate environment and making signs to show the sorts of things that we need to be doing. We will also be looking at landmarks in MK and using directional language to navigate our way around maps.

Finally, the children have brought home words to learn for the Christmas plays so please practise these with them so they can be comfortable and confident as they perform. Thank you!

16.11.20

This week we are learning

Maths

This week in maths the children will be continuing to develop their understanding of subtraction. They will be working on finding the difference between 2 numbers. They will use objects and numicon initially to see that the difference between eg  9 and 5 is 4 and then move on to solving the problems by using subtraction - 9 subtract 5 is equal to 4.  

English

This week we will be looking at reading and writing instructions. The children will be learning directional language and then using it to give each other instructions on how to move around the school.

We will be spotting and using bossy verbs and learning how to set out instructions in numbered sentences.

Topic

We will be learning what a plan perspective is in geography. We will be looking at a  birds eye view of our classroom and playground and making our own plans of the classroom.  We are learning about how Diwali is celebrated by groups within our community. 

We are also learning the songs, actions and lines for our Christmas production!

9.11.20

This week we are learning

Maths 

This week in maths the children will learn about the signs for subtraction and equals. They will be learning different methods for solving subtraction problems which will include crossing out numbers and then counting how many are left. They will be learning to recognise this within a number sentence.

English

This week we will be thinking about the story of 'The Magic Bed' by John Burningham. We will be learning the story and then writing our own version of it. While the children are writing they will be encouraged to use magical language and include adjectives to make the writing more interesting for the reader. They also have a number of everyday things to remember, these include:

  • full-stops and capital letters
  • Small and tall letters
  • Spelling words how they sound
  • spelling small common words correctly
  • correct letter formation

Topic 

We have started our new topic 'Street Detectives'. This week we will be looking at how houses have changed over time. They will be using their detection abilities to see the changes by looking at photographs. They will be encouraged to discuss the changes and substantiate their answers by using the evidence from the pictures.

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