Welcome to our classes
TEACHER’S NAME: Miss C O’Halloran
SUPPORT STAFF: Mrs D Mercer, Mrs D Chatha 1:1 Support
HOMEWORK: Tuesday, Return Monday.
TEACHER’S NAME: Miss V Golder
SUPPORT STAFF: Mrs K Seager & Miss M Dhaliwal 1:1 Support
HOMEWORK: Tuesday, Return Monday.
How have Year 1 been impressing their teachers this week?…
1VG – Miss Golder is really impressed with Marwa in her Literacy lesson’s this week. She has been writing some great sentences, using her capital letters, full stops and finger spaces.
Our school year 2020-21
Along with the rest of the academy, Year 1 will be following the Collin’s Mathematics Scheme, coupled with focuses on problem solving, fluency and mastery, some of which can be found on the engaging and well-crafted White Rose Maths website.
In Autumn term, Year 1 will begin with a strong focus on Reading and Writing Numbers. This focus will help build the foundations for the rest of their mathematical learning. Following this, Year 1 will then progress on to learning the names and properties of some 2D and 3D Shapes before finishing the first half of the term with a focus on Problem Solving. After the half term, Year 1 will then engage with Co-ordinates, explore some of the basic measurements involved with Time and end the term with another focus on Problem Solving.
In Year 1, we closely follow the RWI Phonics scheme. This well structured scheme gives the children ample opportunity to develop their Phonetic knowledge closely linked to their ability, Read, Write and Hold a variety of increasingly complex sentences, further their spelling ability including Year 1 Common Exception Words and Red Words and much more. For further and more detailed information regarding how Phonics works here at Reedswood, please click here to find out more!
Coupled with this, Year 1 will also have the opportunity to write at length whilst engaging with their Class Reader, information on which you can see below.
In Autumn, Year 1 are incredibly fortunate to be exploring not 1… or 2…. but 3 fantastically engaging texts. They will begin with Judith Kerr’s widely popular ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’. Following this, Year 1 will move on to reading ‘Storm Whale’ by Benji Dav before finishing the term with the Christmas inspired ‘Polar Express’ by Chris Van Allsbury.
The children will also be undertaking a range of comprehension activities aimed at enhancing their ability to find and understand key vocabulary, inferring meaning from what they have read, predicting character’s actions or what may happen next, explaining their understanding of what they have read, retrieving key information from the story and being able to sequence their reading.
During the Autumn term, Year 1 will get the opportunity to learn about two History focused topics. The first of which is ‘Changes in Living Memory’ with a particular focus on ‘Homes and Toys’. Here the children will begin to understand what is meant by the past, discover the progression of homes and toys through time, whilst making comparisons between the toys and homes they have now compared to those of the past.
In the second half of the term, Year 1 will then look at ‘Bonfire Night’ and the ‘Great Fire of London’. The children will learn about ‘The Gunpowder Plot’, keeping safe during Bonfire Night, the story of the Great Fire of London and more.
Some key vocabulary for this area of Humanities:
Change, chronological, past, present, significance, calendar, timeline similarities, differences, compare, home, toys, families, traditional, modern
During the Autumn term, Year 1’s focus for Science will be ‘Looking at Animals’. During this topic the children will get to explore the different types of animals (i.e. birds, mammals, reptiles, etc.), the differences between animal’s bodies, animal movement, their diet, nocturnal animals and much more!
Children in Year 1 will be following the expertly scripted and age appropriate Jigsaw PHSE Curriculum Scheme. In Autumn term Year 2’s focus for PHSE will be ‘Being me into the World’ and ‘Celebrating Difference’.
In RE this year, Year 1 will be enjoying the opportunity to look at a range of religions. During Autumn term, the children will be exploring ‘Our Wonderful World’ before finishing the term focusing on the Christian faith, being posed with the question ‘Why do Christians give gifts at Christmas?’.
During Autumn term, Year 1 will have a plethora of Art opportunities including ‘Discovering Charcoal’, ‘Drawing Like a Caveman, ‘Wax Resist Autumn Leaves’ and ‘Squiggle Drawing’. They will then progress to the DT focus of ‘Windmills’, getting the chance to explore a range of different design techniques.