Year 1 Curriculum
After all the festive fun at the end of Michaelmas Term we are all looking forward to getting back into the swing of things in 2021. We have lots of exciting learning planned and what follows gives an outline of what lies ahead for your child.
This term, our topics are ‘Through the Keyhole’ and ‘Gardener’s World’.
We will continue to hear the children read every day as well as assess their general reading ability from word recognition to their levels of comprehension.
The children will continue to have weekly spelling tests based on a spelling pattern or rule. These spellings will sometimes include common exception words i.e. those that cannot be sounded out. The children will practise these on a daily basis during the school week through handwriting.
Our writing work will continue to follow the Talk for Writing approach and will include both fiction and non-fiction elements.
We will continue to work on underpinning all the basic, yet very important, mathematical concepts such as place value, addition and subtraction. The children will learn about measurement including length, height, weight and volume.
It is very important that all children in Year 1 learn the key instant recall facts (KIRFs); these can be found at the back of your child’s reading record book. Please continue to practise these number facts regularly at home with your child. A weekly Maths activity will be sent home on a Friday to complement our Maths objectives for the week.
We will investigate the lives of famous people from the past to the current day and develop our sense of chronology. We will find out about people such as Louis Braille, Grace Darling, Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake.
We will explore the areas that lie either side of our school and compare town and country geographical features. We will walk to the local shop and park and contrast this with a trek on the Quantocks*. (*Subject to covid measures and restrictions)
We will investigate materials and their properties and begin to think about ‘fair testing’. We will carry out investigations to find out how plants grow best. We will plant seeds such as cress, grass or sunflowers and bulbs.
We will use a programme called ‘2Create a Story’ to produce our own animated stories which will develop keyboard skills as well as the use of creative tools. We will also explore the exciting world of ‘Green Screen’ and make our very own film!
We will take a first look at Judaism and some Jewish beliefs and practices during the first half of term and focus on Easter during the second half of term.
We will learn about the work of different artists, their styles and interpret these ideas in our own work.
Our very first session of the term will be about the importance of ‘team work’ as we build obstacle courses. The remaining sessions will focus on Forest School gardening, introducing a hand drill in the tool station, den building and applying our measuring skills from maths to compare and order length and mass.
The children will also continue to have a French and music lesson each week taught by Madame Harvey and Mr Dayus-Jones respectively. They will continue to take part in Forest School on alternate Wednesdays so please make sure they come to school wearing suitable warm clothing.