Year 1 – Spring Term 1
Spellings and Homework
Year 1 will be given spellings and homework on Fridays.
These have to be returned by Thursday of the next week, when we also
have our spelling test.
Your child’s reading book will be changed 3 times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Please make sure that you write a comment in their reading record to show how they are getting on with the book they have been given. This way, we can make sure that your child is reading the books they can understand and enjoy.
Please make sure that reading books are in school every day, as your child will read it to an adult at some time throughout the week.
Miss Owen’s class need their P.E. kits on Tuesdays and Thursdays this half term.
Please make sure that your child has their kit in school on those days. They should wear a white or blue t-shirt, black shorts or jogging bottoms and a pair of trainers or pumps for outdoor sessions.
Spring 1 Topic – Once Upon a Time
This half term we have used our English topic as the theme for most of our learning. The children will be reading lots of fairy tales and exploring the features that they have in common. We will be focusing on the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ in order to practise using description and repetitive story language. By the end of the half term we will have taken the original story about Jack and the Giant, and added our own new events! We will also be writing some instructions about how to plant bean seeds, linked to our work in Science.
In Reading we will continue to work in groups to share different types of book that provide a challenge to develop our current reading stages. We discuss the things we have read and give our thoughts and feelings about each book. We also try hard to answer questions about stories, thinking about how characters are feeling and why things have happened. The children will continue practising their phonics every day, using lots of different activities and learning the first 100 high frequency words.
Taking inspiration from our story stimulus, we will be learning all about plants and growing in our Science topic. Through this unit we will look at parts of flowering plants and learning about their functions. Everyone will be growing their own beanstalk and closely observing the changes that occur when a seed grows. We will plan and carry out an investigation into what seeds need by planting some bean seeds and taking something important away to test whether it will still grow!
For this half term’s Art we will look at the work of a famous artist called Paul Klee who liked to create abstract paintings using 2D shapes. We are taking inspiration from one of his paintings called ‘Castle and Sun’ to make our own castle pictures.
Our computing work will help us to learn about making an e-book to tell a story. We will use different programs to make images and type our sentences.
Personal, Social, Health and Emotional development will be based around setting goals and aiming high at the beginning of the new year.
In Maths we will continue to use numbers up to 20, then 50. We are looking closely at number lines and developing our understanding of tens and ones within each number. We will continue to look at different ways that we can add and subtract, both with equipment and in our heads. We are spending lots of time solving problems and applying the new things that we know to different mathematical contexts.