Welcome to Year 1
Mrs. Ward and Miss. Fletcher welcome you all to the Year 1 class page. We have a very busy and exciting academic year ahead of us!
Our topic for this half term is Superheroes. The children will be using their imagination to create and write about their own superheroes. We will be focusing on the use of capital letters, full stops and finger spaces within our sentences. In Phonics, we will be revising phase 3 and 4, which the children should be familiar with from their time in Reception. Spellings will be sent out weekly, on a Thursday for testing on the following Thursday. Children are also expected to read regularly at home as part of their homework. In Maths, our topic will be Number and Place Value. In RE, the children will be exploring the story of Creation from a Christian perspective, as well as learning the importance of Harvest to Christians. The children will take part in a joint Harvest Assembly with Year 2. In Science, we will be exploring seasonal changes and learning the parts of the body with a particular focus on the parts of the body associated with the five senses.
The run up to Christmas is always an exciting time at St. James'. The children will be exploring the topic of Incarnation in RE, learning about the Christmas story and beyond. The children will take part in the Key Stage 1 Christmas Production. We will also be partaking in our first school trip of the academic year, the whole school will be watching a Christmas pantomime. Our topic for the half term will be Toys, and in Literacy we will be looking at stories with familiar settings, in particular Dogger and Knuffle Bunny. In Phonics, we will be moving onto phase 5 in preparation for the Phonics Screening Test. We will revisit Number and Place Value in Maths alongside Addition and Subtraction and Shape. In PSHE, we will be looking at our feelings and in PE, the children will be learning a dance that fits with our Toys topic.
Transport is the topic for this half term. In Literacy, we will be continuing to look at stories with familiar settings including The Train Ride and Mr. Gumpy's Outing. In Phonics, we will continue with phase 5 in preparation for the Phonics Screening Test. The children will be applying their knowledge of phonics to their writing. We will continue to re-visit the topics of Number and Place Value and Addition and Subtraction. We will also be looking at Measurement. In RE, the children will be exploring the Jewish faith. Everyday materials will be explored in Science, along with seasonal changes. In History, the children will examine transport of the past.
This half term, the children will be exploring the topic of Africa. In Literacy, the children will be writing narratives and reports based upon Handa's Surprise. They will be expanding their sentences by including some conjunctions (and, but and because). Phase 5 phonics will be continuing throughout Spring 2 in preparation for the Phonics Screening Test. Measurement and Capacity will be covered in Maths, along with revisiting Number and Place Value and Addition and Subtraction. The focus in RE will be on Christianity's understanding of Salvation. The children will explore the Easter Story and its importance within the Christian faith. In Computing, the children will be developing simple algorithms and African inspired clay pots will be made in D.T. The class will also visit Hatfield Forest for the second trip of the academic year to explore seasonal changes within the forest.
Plants is the topic for Summer 1. In Literacy, the children will read a selection of Fairy Stories, including Jack and the Beanstalk. Children will continue to increase the complexity of their sentences. Phase 5 phonics will continue in preparation for the Phonics Screening Test in Summer 2. In Maths, we will revisit Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction and Measurement. The RE topic for the half term will be Islam. As the weather becomes fairer, the children will partake in athletics and summer games outside in PE.
The final half term of the academic year is when the children will be assessed in the Phonics Screening Test. We will continue the teaching of phase 5 phonics to prepare the children for the assessment. The topic for the half term will be Australia/ The Seaside. The class will write some poetry and some reports on Australia. Number and Place Value and Addition and Subtraction will be re-visited and the topic of time will be introduced in Maths. Our final trip of the academic year will take place towards the end of the half term, a trip to the Southend Sea-Life Centre and beach.
We are really looking forward to an action packed year with the class.
Mrs. Ward and Miss. Fletcher