During the first half term, we will focus on developing the children’s confidence to write using their phonics knowledge. We will be developing the children’s understanding of what sentences are and their ideas will be recorded in correctly punctuated sentences. There will be a big emphasis on the presentation of their work as well as the opportunity to recap letter formation. We will have the opportunity to cover a wide variety of books and authors throughout this term. When writing, the children will be encouraged to say a sentence before they write it to ensure that it makes sense to them.
Phonics is an important part of the timetable in Year 1. Whilst the children will be in groups for phonics, we will also provide many opportunities throughout the week to continue to practise our phonics skills. Home reading books are matched closely to your child’s phonic level.
We follow Power Maths at St James. The units we will be covering in the Autumn term are –
Place Value – numbers to 10
Part – whole within 10
Addition and subtraction within 10
2D and 3D shapes
Numbers to 20
In addition to this, we do rapid recall daily that focus on a different statement each week based on what the children need to be able to recall quickly. They are tested on these every Friday. Nearer the second half of the Autumn term we will begin 5 in 5 daily which recaps skills that they have been taught this year.
The children will learn to label the parts of the body and the functions that some of these perform. We will also learn about the five senses and which body parts are associated with these. We will begin to look at weather and seasonal changes. In the second half of the autumn term, we will look at materials and make the distinction between an object and what it is made from. We will identify the names of common materials and begin to describe their properties. This will allow us to compare and contrast different materials. We will also develop our investigation skills and will be encouraged to ask questions to further our understanding.
We start with Art in Year 1. We spend the unit looking at primary colours and how to mix them to make secondary colours. We explore different lines and how we can change the shade or tone of colours. We also learn how to make collages. Then we combine these to make a final art piece. In History we look into ‘our history’ with a focus on play. We look into toys and how they have changed over the years and where people used to play and where we play now.
In Geography we look into weather and climate. We explore the different types of weather and what weather can be seen in different seasons. We will then move onto how the weather can effect habitats. In Design and Technology, we explore different levers and sliders that will enable us to make a final product of a card. In PSHE we are looking at keeping ourselves healthy by looking at our daily health routines and the importance of a good diet and exercise. In RE we are exploring 2 crucial questions ‘What do Christians believe God is like?’ and ‘Why does Christmas matter to Christians?’.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Please read with your child daily if you can, if not at least 3 times a week. Please take time to help your child learn the spellings - they are sent home weekly.