Summer Term – Year 1
Miss Ridge & Mrs Tideswell
This is a summary of the units that we will be studying in Year 1 this term.
We will be continuing to develop our writing skills, using a range of books to inspire us. We will be practising saying our sentences before writing them and sequencing sentences to create short narratives. We will be reinforcing the basic skills, such as leaving spaces between words. We will be trying to punctuate our sentences, using capital letters, full stops, question marks and explanation marks.
We are continuing to work on accurate letter formation, with the children gradually being introduced to pre-cursive letters. It is important that the children learn to form these letters accurately now so that they can more easily progress to a cursive script.
The children will be taking part in daily RWI sessions. They will continue to take home a RWI book once a week and a ‘reading for pleasure book’. Please make sure that your child’s reading diary is signed and returned to school daily.
In Maths, this term, we will be working with numbers to 50. We will be developing our understanding of place value in 2 digit numbers so that the children can order and compare numbers to 50.
We will be practising counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and will use this to introduce the concept of multiplication as ‘repeated addition’.
We will also be covering work on measurement of length, height, weight and volume.
Please continue to use NumBots at home as this will help the children to develop basic number skills.
The RE units for the summer term include the liturgical seasons of Easter and Pentecost. We will also be covering the units ‘Sharing Jesus’ Life’ and ‘Following Jesus Today’. In addition to this, we will be learning about the Jewish Festival of the Passover.
In History we will be learning about how seaside holidays have changed over time. Our enquiry will be based around:
- What was going to the seaside like 100 years ago?
- What kind of things did people do at the seaside 100 years ago?
- How do we know what holidays were like 100 years ago?
- Do we go to the seaside for the same reasons that people went 100 years ago?
- How have seaside holidays changed over the past 100 years?
In Geography, we will be continuing to develop our understanding of different types of maps. We will be using the compass points N, S, E and W to describe the position of places in relation to each other.
We will be learning about Australia and making comparisons with the U.K.
During the first half term, our unit of work is based upon ‘Seasonal Changes’. We will be learning about key features associated with the different seasons. We will also be observing and describing the weather.
During the second half term we will be learning about plants.
Design and Technology
In Design and Technology, we will be looking at books with moving parts. We will investigate how the parts move, focussing especially on slider and lever mechanisms. We will practise making our own pictures which us sliders and levers. The children will then design a moving picture to tell part of a familiar story or a nursery rhyme for the Reception class.
In Music we will be using Charanga. The unit is called ‘Use Your Imagination’. We will be learning to sign a song, as we are unable to sing in class due to COVID restrictions. As part of using our imaginations, we will be composing some of our own lyrics to add to the song. We will also be learning to use glockenspiels to add a simple accompaniment to the song.
This term we will be exploring the art work of Jeannie Baker, who is known for her collage work. We will be investigating the materials she uses in her work and we will be experimenting with our own collage work. We will be working towards designing a seascape collage.
In computing, we will be developing our coding skills. After creating backgrounds and characters, we will be adding blocks of code to make our characters move in different directions. We will then be adding in a range of commands.
We will be completing a unit called ‘Maze Explorers’ during which we will be using directional keys and adding in units of measurement to direct characters around mazes. We will be ‘debugging’ our programs as and when necessary.
We will also be learning about how technology is used outside of school.
Throughout all of our computing work we will be emphasising the need for on-line safety.
P.E. lessons are timetabled for Monday and Wednesday afternoons. The lessons are delivered by our sports coaches from A.S.M. This term the children will be doing athletic skills, net and wall skills and invasion games.
The main homework will be set on Wednesdays. Please try to make sure that Homework books are sent into school each day, as occasionally there might be ‘incidental homework’ if we feel that the children would benefit from additional practice on something that we have covered in school that day.
In addition to any written homework, please try to read daily with your child and sign their reading diaries. Also, please encourage your child to use Numbots to practise their basic Maths skills at their own level. Little and often is best – five to ten minutes each day can make a big difference.
Other apps are available to practise and reinforce number bonds, such as ‘Hit the Button’ and ‘Studyzone’.
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