A big welcome to Year 1! The children have settled in really well and are getting to know all of our new rules and routines in the classroom and on the playground.
Spring 1 2018
This half term we are focusing on the question 'What do all living things have in common?' in our topic learning. First we will start by thinking about Chester Zoo and what we might see there. During our visit to Chester Zoo on January 11th we will complete a learning workshop all about 'Curious Creatures' and have the opportunity to see lots of animals in their enclosures. Back in the classroom, we will find out how to classify animals into groups such as mammals, reptiles,etc and about what animals eat- we will be learning the words carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. We will also complete some animal themed artwork in the style of Picasso.
This half term we will begin by exploring non-fiction texts. We will be focusing in our writing on the use of the ed suffix to write in the past tense and also using time connectives. We will use these skills tow rite a recount of our visit to Chester Zoo. Following this, we will complete a unit of work on traditional tales, focusing on the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and the Three Little Pigs. We will look at different versions of each story, discussing their similarities and differences. We will practise sequencing and re-telling the stories, as well as writing detailed descriptions of some of the characters. Finally, we will write our own alternative traditional tale.
This half term we will continue to practise our number skills by counting forwards and backwards to 100 and counting in multiples of 2's, 5's and 10's. We are focusing heavily on building fluency, speed and accuracy, with the children building confidence as a result. This will help with our units of work on addition and subtraction. We will also be identifying 2D and 3D shapes and investigating their properties.
Reading books will be changed each Monday and Thursday during Autumn Term. In Year 1 we encourage children to re-read books to improve their fluency and understanding. It is also important for children at this age to develop their comprehension skills, so we encourage parents and carers to ask lots of questions about the book during and after reading. Examples of questions you could ask are:
Sports coaches will be working with Year 1 each Tuesday. PE kits must be kept in school at all times as additional lessons during the week will be weather dependent.
Please provide a named water bottle for your child to keep in school. They will be sent home each Friday afternoon to be refreshed over the weekend.
1WB would love you to come and watch our class assembly on Friday 23rd February at 3:00pm in the junior hall.
We have an 'open door' policy at Heyes Lane. Please feel free to speak to us after school to discuss any queries or problems.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 1 team.
These links will help to support the learning we are doing in class.