Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter – Autumn 1 2018
Welcome back after the summer holidays. We hope you have had a restful and enjoyable time with your families. We look forward to the exciting term ahead of us. We will continue to use the award system in place this year called Brookhouse Monster's University dojo points. Your child’s homework grid will be sent home at the beginning of the term and will focus on reading, spelling and learning the 2, 5 and 10 times tables. Homework books will be given out on a Friday and will need to be handed in by the following Wednesday at the latest. PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit each week, and is not wearing earrings on PE days.
Our topic this half term is 'Penguins, Possums and Pigs.'
In English this half term, we will be writing our own stories based on the story ‘Lost and found’ by Oliver Jeffers to develop our use of capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will explore the text and use the Talk 4 Writing approach to retell, innovate then invent our own story based on the original. We will then move onto non-chronological reports where we will carry on with our focus on Animals- especially Penguins, Possums and Pigs. We will explore the key features of a non-chronological report to enable us to write our own about a chosen animal.
As we have the phonics screening test approaching this year we would we grateful if you could read as much as possible with your child at home. Please encourage your child to read daily and learn the spellings they are set each week at home. Reading books will be changed regularly and spelling tests will take place on Mondays.
We will begin by reading, writing and recognising the place value of numbers. This will involve us counting up and down to 100. We will be practising our 2x, 5x and 10x times tables which all year 1 children should be able to recall confidently. Therefore, we ask that you practise these with your child as much as possible at home. Next we will be measuring, recording and comparing lengths and masses. Then we will be adding and subtracting using our number bonds to 20. During all work there will be a range of practical resources to support and engage the children’s learning. After that we will collect data to present and interpret it using block graphs. Lastly we will be looking at a range of 2d and 3d shapes, naming and recognising common shapes. This term we will be starting to build our confidence with fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
This half term, as our topic is 'Penguins, Possums and Pigs.' We will start with a geographical focus on which parts of the world are hot and which are cold. We will look at the weather of these places and what they are like to live in. We will locate which animals live in the different locations that we explore. We will then focus on our science aspect of the topic looking at habitats of different animals all over the world. We will group animals and be able to identify them as herbivores, carnivores or omnivores. We will learn the features of these animals to compare them then be able to design our own. Lastly we will use a range of media to create art work about animals we have focussed on. This will involve us using charcoal, chalk and clay.
If you have any concerns, there will be opportunities for informal chats at the end of the school day, but if you would like a more formal meeting, please arrange a time with a member of the year 1 staff at the office.
I hope your child finds this half term enjoyable and insightful!
Mrs Smith Mrs Patel Mrs Hussain Mrs Usman
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