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Welcome to Year 1

Summer Term  1

2020-2021

14.6.21

It is Art Week and we will be...

English

Looking at the artist Georgia O'Keeffe. We will be reading about her life, her art and why she is an improtant artist. We will then write a fact file about her.

Maths

We are starting a new topic, 'Place Value' We will be counting and recognising numbers up to 100. We will be representing the numbers in objects.

Topic

We will be taking part in art activities everyday! We are basing our work around the artist Georgia O'Keeffe and looking at her paintings of flowers. Each of us will get to paint a picture in the style of Ms O'Keeffe. We will also be colour mixing, creating a large wire flower, and using different media to create pictures of flowers!

See if you can find other artists who create work inspired by nature. Have a look at the Tate Modern website for children!

8.6.21

This week we are learning...

English

This week we are reading the book 'Beware of Girls' by Tony Blundell. We will be looking at how the author uses language to make the reader feel something. We will then be following the format of the story and exploring ways of improving our writing to make the reader have a reaction to what they are reading. We will be thinking about effective adjectives and extending our sentences. We will then be planning our own version of the story.

 Maths

We are beginning our learning about rotation and position this week and using terms like a quarter turn, half turn, three quarter turn, full turn, left, right, next to etc. We will be doing this very practically to begin with using a variety of resources including ourselves.

Topic

To launch our new topic of 'The Enchanted Woodland' the children will be going on a walk to Howe Park Woods. They will be spending time talking and looking at the life of plants. Back in the classroom, we will be looking at seasons and how this effects plants and how they change over time. We will also be looking at the different parts of a flowering plant.

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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