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Welcome to Year 1

Summer term 2022

Week beginning 4.7.22

English

This week we will be looking at the story 'Oi Frog'. We will be reminding ourselves of what rhyming is and using the story to help us make up our own rhymes. We will be working really hard at remembering that sentences need a full-stop and capital letter. Finally we will be looking at contracted words such as can't and I'll and learning what they mean and how they are spelt.

Maths

This week we will be looking at money. We will be thinking about what the coins and notes look like and will be counting different amounts.

Topic

In topic this week we will be looking at:

Science

Trip to Howe park wood- I can spot and name different trees and plants and animals.

Computing- I can follow instructions and sort out problems as they occur.

Week beginning 27.6.22

This week we will be looking at 'Where the wild things are'. We are going to use the story to write our own part. We will in particular be thinking about homophones, stamina in writing and checking sentences back to make sure they make sense.

Maths

This week we are continuing to look at numbers to 100. We will be talking about the place value of each digit. We will then be using this to compare numbers. We will be using words such as greater than and less than. We will be using the symbols to represent these words and then moving on to ordering numbers.

Topic

This week will be looking at Summer and discussing weather associated to Summer, what people wear and how it affects plants, trees and animals. We will also be asking the children to name common animals and name their habitat in school grounds

 

Week beginning 20.6.22

English

This week is art week. We are using this time to learn about fact files and how to organise facts in a coherent manner. We will be learning about Georgia O'Keefe who is the artist we will be studying over the week

Maths

This week we are looking at counting to 100. We will be making our counting easier by grouping objects in to 10s and then adding on the ones. The children will be starting with practical resources and then be moving on to using pictures. We will be thinking about counting forwards and backwards and then 1 more and 1 less.

Topic

This week we are giving over all our topic time to art week. We will be looking at Georgia O'Keefe and in particular the flowers she painted. We will be looking at using different medium to create art and how to create different shades.

 

Week beginning 13.6.22

English

This week we will be using our book 'Beware of Girls' to write our own version of the fairy tale. We will particularly be looking at description and having the stamina to write more content

Maths

This week we are starting to look at position and direction. We are looking at using the correct vocabulary in particular, forwards, backwards right and left. 

Topic

This week we are looking forward to our summer and thinking about holidays. We will be looking at how Victorians took their holidays and comparing what they did and what we do now. We will be particularly be asking the children to use the correct historical vocabulary.

 

Week beginning 6.6.22

We will be welcoming the children back on 8th June.

English

This week we will be looking at writing fairy tales and what they traditionally need to have included in them. We will be thinking about changing the characters and using adjectives and punctuation for effect. We will be using the book 'Beware of Girls' by Tony Blundell to help us.

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

We will be introducing our topic of 'The Enchanted Woods'. During this topic we will be thinking about woods, their animals and their plants. We will be naming and identifying different plants and animals and growing our own plants from seeds.

Week beginning 23.5. 22

English

This week we will be looking at writing recounts. We will be using our recent trip to the safari park as inspiration. We will learn to write in the past tense and use a variety of time connectives such as, First, Then, After a while, Lastly.

Maths

In maths we will continue our work on fractions. This week we learn about finding a quarter of a shape and move on to finding a quarter of small amounts.

Topic

This week we will be evaluating our can labels and then we will be thinking about the Queen's Jubilee. We will be inviting you in on Thursday afternoon! More details will be sent to you. On Friday we are going to enjoy a whole school lunch, eaten in the playground, followed by 'Royal' themed games. We will be learning and singing the 'Jubilee Song' 

Week beginning 16.5.22

English

This week we will be continuing to look at non-fiction texts. We will learn about specific features of non-fiction texts, focusing on captions and labels. We will look at examples and then practise writing our own captions and labels about lions and tigers.

Maths

In maths this week we will start our new unit on fractions. We begin by looking at what a whole is and what a half is before moving on to find half of different shapes. At the end of the week we will begin to find half of small quantities. 

Topic

 

Week beginning 9.5.22

English

This week we will be starting to look at non-fiction texts. We will be considering how they differ to fiction books and how they are set up. We will then be learning how to find information from a non-fiction book and use this to write lists about what we have discovered. We will be using books that are related to our topic 'Paws, Claws and Whiskers'.

Maths 

We will be moving on to look at the first form of division this week. We will be looking at how we can share into equal groups by giving objects out one at a time and then by grouping objects into equal amounts.

e.g. 15 will be shared out into 3 groups one at a time. The children will discover, once they have finished sharing, there is 5 in each group. When grouping the children will have 15 and have to make it into 3 equal groups. They will discover there are 5 in each group.

Topic

We are learning about the artist Stephen Brown in our topic work this week. He is a Scottish artist who creates colourful pictures of animals. We will learn how to create straight and wavy lines like he does in his artwork and then we will recreate one of his famous paintings - a lion.

Week beginning 2.5.22

We hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend and look forward to welcoming the children back on Tuesday this week.

English

We will continue reading the story 'The Tiger who came to Tea' this week and will use this to inspire our own stories. The children will write similar stories but will choose a different animal to come to tea and also change the food that the animal eats. They will practise writing in sentences using full stops and capital letters and will be encouraged to use exclamation marks and question marks where appropriate.

Maths 

In maths this week we will be learning about repeated addition which is a first introduction to multiplication. We will look at objects that have been put into equal groups and find an efficient way to count them. 

E.g. there are 5 bananas in a bunch. There are 3 bunches. This can be written as 5 + 5 + 5 and then the children will count in 5s to find the answer.

Topic

We will be learning about continents in our topic lessons this week.. We will learn the names of the 5 continents and find them on a map. We will also be learning about hot countries and will look at which types of cats call these countries home. 

Week beginning 25.4.22

English

This week we will be reading the story 'The Tiger who came to Tea'. We will be looking at how the story is structured and thinking about how we can relate it to our own experiences in our own homes. We will also be looking at the term prefix and in particular the prefix un-.

Maths

In maths we will be starting to look at multiplication and division in the first few weeks of this term. We will begin by counting in 2s, 5s and 10s forwards and backwards and finding missing numbers when counting in these amounts.

Topic

We will be launching our new Topic this week with Paws Claws and Whiskers. We will be looking at different types of animals and in particular looking at the differences between pets and wild animals.

Spring term 2022

Week beginning 4.4.22

English

We will continue looking at the story 'The Whispering palms'. We will be thinking about the structure of the story and how we can use this to write our own version with some changes.

Maths

In maths we will be focussing on subtraction.  We will revisit some of the strategies we learned earlier in the year to consolidate our learning and then move on to solve problems involving subtraction.

Topic

This week we will be making 3-D Easter cards. In computing we will be creating short musical compositions using an ipad app. We will be learning how to edit and save our work. 

If the children have earnt enough 'People in the Jar', we will have a treat afternoon! This will invlove an Easter hunt in the school grounds- looking for words to make a hidden sentence! 

Week beginning 28.3.22

English

In English this week we are going to read a story called Whispering Palms about a young girl called Mori. We will use the structure and ideas from this story to help us write stories of our own. Learning the story orally will help us to remember what we are going to write . We will also practise spelling words with the suffixes -er and -est

Maths

This week we will be learning all about volume and capacity. We will be learning to measure capacity and volume and compare different containers capacity.  At home you could have fun doing this in the bath!

Topic

We have a Design & Technology focus in topic this week. Our topic has a focus on Brazil, and Rio de Janeiro in particular, which is the home of the world famous carnival so we will be designing and then making a carnival mask! We will think about the type of colours that will be suitable and look at the available materials before making it ourselves.

Week beginning 21.3.22

English

In English this week we will be using the story of 'Nini at the Carnival' to write letters. We will be learning how to set out a letter and remembering when to use capital letters and full stops. We will continue to use Fred Fingers to spell words and also our knowledge of how to spell common exception words correctly.  

 

Maths

This week we are focusing on addition in maths. We will revisit some of the strategies we learned earlier in the year to consolidate our learning and then move on to solve problems involving addition.

Topic

This week we will be thinking about Mothering Sunday. We will be making cards to people who help mother us and thinking about why they are so special to us. We will also be thinking about the season of spring. When you walk to school can you spot any signs of spring?

Lastly, in geography we will be comparing Milton Keynes to Rio de Janeiro. We will be using everything we have learnt about both places to find similarites and differences. 

Week beginning 14.3.22

English

In English this week we are continuing to enjoy the story of Nini at the Carnoval by Errol Lloyd and will use this to inspire our writing. We will practise planning our story before starting to write, making sure we put the events in the right order. When we begin to write our stories we will try to extend our sentences with exciting adjectives or by using 'and' to link two ideas together. We will also need to remember to use capital letters and full stops as well as using our best handwriting. What a lot to remember! 

Maths

We are continuing our measurement topic in maths but this week we move on and introduce weight and  mass. We will be comparing and measuring mass and then will go on to solve problems involving mass.

Topic

We will be learning more about Brazil this week by looking at different geographical features of Rio de Janeiro and also learning about what it is like to live there. Weill will also be learning how to make our own carnival music using different percussion instruments. 

Week beginning 7.3.22

English

As our new topic is Rio De Vida, we will be looking at a book called Nini at the Carnival By Errol Lloyd. It is all about a young girl going to see the carnival and all about what she can hear and see. We will be thinking about lots of grammar this week and looking at the use of question and exclamation marks and then also at words that are singular or plural and how to spell them.

Maths

We will be continuing to look at length and height this week. We will be looking at using a ruler and also adding and subtracting length.

Subject curriculum (topic)

We will be continuing to talk about Brazil and in particular this week be thinking about the music and instruments of carnival. We will listen to the National Anthem of Brazil and also learn to use instruments to create a feeling of carnival. We will also be having our second drumming workshop which Squirrel class experienced last week and thoroughly enjoyed!

Week beginning 28.2.22

English

We will be returning to look at poetry and using a format to create our own poems. We will be thinking about rhyming words and how to follow the ending sounds in words.

Maths

We will be thinking about length and height in maths this week. We will be looking at how to compare lengths and height and then how to measure using non-standard measures.

Topic

We will be launching our new topic Rio de Vida with a drumming workshop to get us in the carnival mood! We will also be using brushes to make patterns and create our own parrot picture.

 

 

Spring Term 1 2022

Week beginning 14.7.22

English

This week we will learning about questions. We will think up questions, use question marks and learn some useful words to start questions off- where, what, when, who, and why. We will also be learning about exclamation marks. How to read sentences that end in one and when and how to use them in our own writing. Can you spot any question marks or exclamation marks in your reading book?

Maths

In maths we will finish off the place value topic with counting in 2s and 5s. Can you count how many pairs of socks or shoes are in your house? Count in 2s, it is so much quicker!

Topic

We will be learning about the main features of rivers in geography. In science we will be looking at and naming the different parts of trees. On Friday we will be celebrating everything we have learnt in our topic Superheroes! 

Week beginning 7.2.22

English

This week we will be writing our own stories using our plans that we made last week. Our stories will be similar to the story of Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall which we read last week. We will practise saying our sentence out loud before we write it to make sure it makes sense. We will also look back over our work to check for anything that can be improved.

Maths

In maths this week we will continue to learn about numbers up to 50. This week our focus will be on finding one more and one less, as well as comparing and ordering numbers up to 50. You can help your child practise recognising numbers up to 50 at home by playing games. For example, why not write some numbers on pieces of paper and lay them on the floor around the room. Then challenge your child to jump to the number you say.

Topic

This week we will be learning about coasts and rivers as part of our geography work. We will also be doing science this week and we will be naming the parts of the human body.

Week beginning 31.1.22

English

This week we will be looking at the story of Awesome Dawson. We will be thinking about how the story is made and in particular be thinking about story starters and story endings. We will then be using a plan to fill in ideas of what we could write about for a similar story ready to write up next week.

Maths

In maths we will be moving on to look at place value with numbers up to 50 this week. We will learn how to group larger numbers into tens to make it easier to count. We will use tens and ones resources to represent numbers to 50 and we will practise counting forward and backward using a 100 square.

Topic

In topic this week we will be planning and making our healthy sandwich for a superhero. We will be learning about our senses and which parts of our bodies have which sense. We will then be using our sense of smell to smell different types of herbs.

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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