We believe that independent learners become successful members of society.
Topics covered in Year 1 Summer Term 2017
Speaking and listening - The children will be given daily opportunities to communicate news, observations and experiences, to read aloud favourite stories, poetry and their own work. They will also be encouraged to ask relevant questions, re-tell stories and events.
Reading and writing comprehension - A range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry will be shared within the class. This will include traditional stories from other cultures around the world, poems with patterned and predictable structures, information texts including recounts of observations, visits and events.
Grammar and punctuation - We will be focusing greatly on the use of punctuation in both reading and writing. This will include using full stops, question and exclamation marks. We will also be looking at improving our writing using adjectives.
Word Level Work - We will be mainly focusing on long vowel phonemes and constant blends. Daily activities will include blending sounds together to form words containing specific sounds of the week and playing phonic games.
The Year 1 children will have to undertake a Phonics Check in June. They are required to read 40 words, some of which are real words and some non-words. The results of this check will be reported to you in their school report and also have to be reported to the DfE
The children will be developing skills further in addition, subtraction, place value, money, measuring and shape. We will also be introducing multiplication and division. They will begin to use mental strategies with confidence to solve simple problems and be able to explain their method.
We will be learning about and investigating animals, including humans, by identifying and naming common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
R.E. - Food
Children will learn about the importance of food in our lives and its relation and relevance to both religious and non-religious celebrations.
Geography – Children around the world
The children will learn about the lives of children in other parts of the world and compare with their own lives and environment in the UK.
History – Moon Landing
The children will learn about the history of the moon and space exploration and begin to understand chronology. They will develop the ability to ask and answer relevant questions about information sources.
The children will learn about using the internet safely. They will explore programming software ‘Logo’ and use ‘Purple Mash’. They will also make digital greeting cards.
Please support your children with exploring the creative activities on www.purplemash.com.
Art and Design – Children in Art
We will be exploring how children are represented in art from different cultures.
Design & Technology – Eat More Fruit and Vegetables
This unit will develop children's understanding of the importance of healthy eating. They will make choices based on the properties of different fruit and vegetables in order to design and make a product for a particular occasion or target groups to encourage them to eat more fruit and vegetables. Children will investigate and taste different foods and develop vocabulary to describe the appearance, taste, smell and texture.
Music –The children are working with a teacher from Brent Music, focusing on developing their singing voices, as well as exploring pitch, tempo and compositions. The children will learn to recognise sounds and how percussion instruments can be used expressively and combined to create music in response to a stimulus. They will explore how sounds can be changed, combined and organised to create a class composition. They will continue to learn to play the violin.
P.E./Games – Athletics
The children will have gymnastics on Thursdays and continue with Irish Dancing lessons on Fridays. Please ensure your child brings in their school P.E. kit, along with trainers.
The children will be looking at some of the feelings that are associated with close relationships, particularly in the family and with friends. We will be working on developing our listening skills and considering why it is important to listen. We will also be considering how we can take care of animals.
Whole class homework will be given out on Fridays, and is due back on Mondays. Please ensure that any additional homework given out is completed and returned by the next day.
Your child’s reading book will be changed once a week so it is very important that reading folders are brought in everyday. Please try and write in your child’s reading record book (even if it is 2 or 3 words) as the comments are valued. Please also read with, and to your child every day, using a variety of children’s books.