Welcome to Year 1 for Summer 1 term everyone!
Welcome back to Summer 1, we hope you have had a fun and safe Easter holidays! We are thrilled to welcome back everyone to a less restricted situation. We are delighted to be able to continue learning opportunities as well as working in groups and potentially a school trip. Our themes are extremely exciting this term and we are really looking forward to push our learning forward..
Last Term’s Highlights
Although last term looked a little bit different from how everyone expected it to be, there was still fantastic learning going on in Year One. It was lovely to see how well the children adjusted to being back in the normal school environment and the huge improvement in their handwriting in just a few weeks. The children particularly enjoyed dressing up for World Book Day and Walk about Wednesdays in the park. We had some exciting science lessons where we got the opportunity to dissect a fish and learn about how it moves. The children also produced some fantastic writing in English particularly when retelling some traditional tales.
Summer 1 Learning Themes
This term our fantastic learning theme in history and geography is Time Travellers which we are sure the children will enjoy.
In History, we will be looking at significant historical events in our locality of London. Will will start by looking at how the underground was created and then investigate its role in World War 2. We will see how the underground has impacted the modern world, changed lives and support our society.
In Geography, we will be exploring human and physical features of the seaside. The children will develop their understanding of how seasides are used looking at tourism, attractions and jobs. We will locate coasts in the UK and possible even have a trip to the seaside.
This term in English, we will once again begin with a narrative unit to support the children in developing their figurative and descriptive language. We will start by using the text Paddington, a well known story about the adventures of a young bear. We will then use Sulwe which is a story of a young girl who wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything.
Following the narrative unit, the children will move onto non- fiction structures of writing including writing instructions and a recount. This will also be an opportunity for the children to develop their understanding of the use of time connectives and imperative verbs (bossy verbs). It will teach the children how to layout these non-fiction genres of writing and how layout can help the reader’s understanding and engagement.
This term we will start with fractions, the children will begin with understanding how to find a half and a quarter. Then they will move onto geometry looking specifically at position and direction. Finally, we will revise number place value covering numbers to 100. These topics will ensure that they continue to apply their mathematical knowledge to the real word.
It is really important that the children continue their key maths skills including learning their number bonds. These skills will be vital to support the children’s maths understanding as they move up through the school.
Science and RE
The children thoroughly enjoyed science week last term and we will continue to encourage their love of science with the exciting topic, Plants and their habitats.
In RE, we will being studying Christianity through where and how they worship. We will answer the question, what is the church? We will explore what happens during a church meeting and investigate the ceremony of baptism.
Once we return to school, PE will resume. The children will need to bring their PE kits on the first day back of school and leave them until the Easter holidays, this will mean that they will always have their PE kits in school. Please make sure your children have their full PE kit including trainers, school top and shorts. Murphy’s PE days are Monday and Tuesday. Ahlberg’s PE days are Tuesday and Thursday.
Please ensure that your child completes their daily homework, this will be set on Purple Mash and Mathletics. Spellings will also be set on Mondays with the homework. The spelling test will take place each Friday
Please encourage your child to read every evening and listen to them. It is important you discuss the story with them to ensure they understand what they are reading.
Many Thanks Ms Robb, Mrs Clarke and Ms Dowling