Year 1 Class Teacher
Welcome to Year One!
Welcome to Year 1! New classroom, new adults, new routines – it’s all change for the children, but hopefully they will settle well, enjoying themselves and the challenges we give them. Please do come in and talk to us if you are worried about any aspect of the transition into Y1.
Mixtures, Mess and Muck
To start us off the children have chosen a messy, mucky, mixing topic which should be great fun, so roll your sleeves up and let’s get started!
English – We will start with ‘instructions’ – following them, giving them, reading them, ordering them and finally writing them. There will be a big focus on thinking of, saying, and then writing all the words for a simple instruction sentence. We will use instructions to find out how to make squidgy, squashy ‘slime’, and will then learn about how to be an expert at washing our hands. Next comes a week of poetry, listening to and discussing a range of poems based on our five senses. Then we’ll learn about the traditional story The Magic Porridge Pot, saying it aloud with actions, using a story map to help. This will involve lots of drama and role-play, and of course, we will be making and tasting porridge! They will use their knowledge of this ‘finding tale’ story pattern to plan and write their own simple innovated version. Daily ‘Read Write Inc’ sessions will focus on our phonic skills in reading and spelling.
Maths – All this term we will be focusing on recognising, writing, counting and ordering numbers to 20. We’ll find out how to represent numbers in different ways (especially thinking about the ten in teen numbers), and how to solve problems by comparing more/most, less/least and equal amounts. We’ll be counting on and back to add and subtract, and will investigate pairs of numbers that bond to a certain value (eg 9 is 7+2 5+4 6+3 8+1 10-1 and 12-3). There will be lots of wet and messy play opportunities involving measuring capacity (full/empty/half/quarter, how many spoonfuls/cupfuls, which container holds the most/least), and in our ‘Potion Station’ children will investigate millimetres with syringes to mix coloured water, and count spoonfuls of ingredients to make their own mixtures. We will also start learning how to count by rote in 2s, 5s and 10s, forwards and backwards.
Other Curriculum Areas – Roald Dahl’s ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ will be a starting point for our ‘Potions Lab’ which will allow the children to investigate lots of different ingredients, smells, mixtures and textures. Science learning will be all about observing, measuring and comparing (using our five senses) – slime, porridge, playdough, gloop and more! There will be lots of paint mixing and creating colourful artwork, finishing with a collaborative class version of Kandinsky’s ‘Concentric Circles’. In Dance we will tell the story of ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’ (he actually prefers to be messy…) and in Computing children will practise their independent logging on and mouse skills using a variety of tools in a drawing and paint programme. We will begin our year-long look at the seasons, starting with autumn, and will find out all about soil and mud, and how to plant spring bulbs. This will lead into thinking about Harvest time, and the life cycle of fruit and vegetables.
Our School Priorities for Learning This term, in year 1, we will focus on:
Homework – Homework will be given out on a Friday in the children’s yellow Homework Book. Please return it to school by Wednesday the following week.
PE – Our Y1 PE day is on a TUESDAY, so please send children into school wearing their PE kit on that day.
Dates for your diary: Harvest Assembly Thursday 18th October