Summer Term in Year 1- Half termly letter
This half term we will begin by looking at the picture books, ‘Flood’ by Alvaro F. Villa and ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker. Through studying the pictures in the books, the children will be encouraged to make up their own stories and dialogue from the characters they see. We will then be reading a range of Quentin Blake stories, including ‘Simpkin’, ‘Mrs Armitage on wheels’, ‘Cockatoos’, ‘Mister Magnolia’ and ‘Zagatoo.’ The children will be writing letters, diary entries, setting and character descriptions as well as re-telling some of the stories. We will continue to focus on using a range of punctuation, conjunctions, adjectives and similes. We will also look at starting our sentences in different ways.
Daily phonics, guided reading and handwriting will continue. Developing comprehensions skills will continue to be a focus and the children will continue to have weekly comprehension tests and spelling tests.
We will be continuing with the mastery approach to teaching mathematics, focusing on the four operations, as well as fractions, position, money, time and place value to 100. The children will be learning to halve and quarter shapes, as well as numbers. They will be learning to tell the time to o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past. They will be recognising different coins and using these to add and take away. Finally they will be ordering numbers to 100, knowing how many tens and ones in each number. Problem solving and reasoning continue to be a large part of maths lessons. Once the children grasp the skill, they then need to apply this in different contexts.
Our science topic continues to be ‘Animals, including humans.’ After learning about animals last half term, we will be focussing on studying humans. We will be naming different parts of the human body as well as naming and using our different senses.
We will be using ipads to explore the app ‘poplite.’ The children will be researching facts about the seaside and then making a mind map using the app with facts, headings, sub-headings and pictures.
Our topic question next half term is: “Why have people always gone to the seaside?’ We will be locating seasides in the UK, comparing seasides from the Victorian times to now, writing postcards as well as classifying natural and man-made features at the seaside.
We will be painting a seaside picture in the style of Van Gogh. In DT we will be making our own seaside ‘Punch and Judy’ puppets.
We will be providing sex and relationship education, using the Chris Winter Project materials. If you would like to find out more about the project, you can look on the website: https://cwpresources.co.uk/resources/sre_pri/ . The focus in Year 1 is: Growing and Caring for Ourselves. We will also be using the Heart Start program to learn about what to do in an emergency.
PE will continue to take place with Mr Haughton and Mr Clack focusing on athletics in preparation for sports day.
This half term we will be learning about Sikhism. We will be finding out about the founder of Sikhism - Guru Nanak as well as learning about the festival, ‘Baisakhi.’
The children will be taking part in a vocal project. They have been and will continue to rehearse with a vocal coach each week. We will let you know nearer the time when the vocal performances are taking place.
Trips and Special Events
Vocal project performance – we will let you know soon.
Art week – Monday 8th July – Friday 12th
Moving up morning – Monday 8th July
Sports Day – Friday 19th July
Please send your child in with their coat (depending on the weather), book bag (no rucksacks), reading record, water and fruit (optional) every day! Please ensure everything is named. Reminder that in warm weather the children should have sun cream applied before school and bring in a hat/cap to wear at playtimes.
PE Kit should be named and kept in school and will remain here until the end of term. Children should keep all books in their books bags at all times and please continue to read daily with them as it is invaluable to developing their spelling, comprehension and storytelling skills. Mathletics is set on a Monday and children are expected to attempt the two or three tasks throughout the week. Spelling tests, mental arithmetic tests and comprehension tests also happen weekly so do please go through these with your children.