Welcome to Class One!
This term our topic is:
As readers, we will continue to develop our phonetic knowledge, becoming more fluent readers. We will also read a range of both fiction and non-fiction texts including; poetry, stories and letters. We will develop our comprehension skills by identifying key features and answering both verbal and written questions.
Guided Reading sessions will take place once a week and on all other days your child will read individually to an adult. Please continue to read with your child at home on a daily basis; it really does make a huge difference!
As writers, we will be developing our basic skills and focusing on SPaG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) to improve our writing. As well as this, we will be exploring different forms of writing, broadening our knowledge and understanding of their features. We will also be working hard to develop our handwriting.
Spellings continue to be of great importance. Your child will receive a new set of spellings each week which will be practised every day at school. We really appreciate you practising spellings with your child at home as well.
Daily phonics sessions will continue to take place to support your child in both reading and writing and we will also have regular handwriting sessions to focus on letter formation and size and develop our joined up handwriting style.
Year 1 children will be working towards the Phonics screening in June 2018.
As mathematicians, we will continue to work hard on our mental maths with daily inputs. We will also continue learning our 2, 3, 5, and 10 times tables. We will develop deeper into mathematical concepts, creating stable, theorectical foundations to build upon in the future.
As scientists, we will be learning to identify and compare everyday materials and investigate how they can be utilised and changed. We will identify the function of materials used for different purposes and investigate their properties. WE will investigate ways to change different materials to match specific functions and this will link to our design topic. We will test our designs to help identify materials which are most durable for specific functions such as warmth and insulation and discuss how materials can be changed and adapted to match other functions.
We will be looking at different ways of life at different times. Find out the way of life of people in the more distant past.
We will look at lighthouses, linking the learning to pirates (caves, ports, pirate ships).
We will be looking at a range of maps and using clues find treasure around school. This will lead us to invent pirate treasure maps using symbols and keys.
As effective coders and users of technology, we will use Microsoft Word to create posters for pirates. We will look at how to send emails to a 'pirate' and use paint to turn photos of ourselves into pirate portraits.
We will continue to use ICT to develop our basic skills of reading and maths following specific programmes: Reading Eggs and Mathletics.
As artists, we will create our own pirate portraits and explore paintings of the sea. We will design and make a pirate flag which we will incorporate onto our own design of a pirate ship. (These will be tested in our science experiment!)
As physically active pupils. we will be improving our confidence in developing basic skills and working together in our PE lessons, having fun doing different activities which will test our skill and coordination. This half terms focus will be games!
As musicians, we will continue to develop our singing voices with weekly lessons. We will begin to learn how to control the sounds we make using instruments and voices by exploring different dynamics and tempos. We will also explore songs and rhymes once sang at sea!
We will continue to share all about ourselves and what we are good at. We be discussing pirate rules and punishments. This will lead us into how to deal with situations, especially if we are feeling worried, angry or anxious.
Take a look at what we have been doing in Class One so far this year!
Keep checking our website as we will be updating the photos throughout the term!