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Our vision is to create a natural, calm learning environment that promotes children’s independence and their resilience. We want the learning opportunities to be developmentally appropriate which is why there will be lots of opportunities for children to learn through play. When we provide these play opportunities they will be closely linked to our adult led teaching sessions and the national curriculum. Through play, children will have lots of opportunities to practice what they have learnt over and over again to ensure that the learning is being stored in their long-term memory. We want children to have a love of learning and we want to promote their natural curiosity.
Summer Term Homework
Please upload a photo or video to Seesaw using the app on for before Friday for the teachers to see what homework children are completing.
Please also visit Purple Mash for further homework activities. Your login information has been sent out in a letter and it is also stuck into your child's reading diary. There is a link below that will take you to the website.
We will be learning about animals. What animals can you find locally? Maybe you have a pet, what type of animal is it?
We will be learning about the seven continents of the world.
We will be reading Handa's Surprise. This story has lots of different animals which we will be learning about in Science. This story is set in Africa. We will be learning a lot about Africa in Geography.
Listen and enjoy the story. Prepare some questions to ask the teacher or your family members.
We will be re-telling the story this week.
In maths, we will be learning about measurement. We will start by comparing length and height and then move on to mass and weight.
This website has some videos and activities that can support children's learning at home.
Length & height: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zf4vbdm
Mass & weight: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z428wty
Sentence Writing Criteria
In Year 1 we teach the children how to use capital letters and full stops. They learn how to separate each word with a finger space so it is easy to read back their own work. We have been learning how to make writing more interesting by using adjectives and conjunctions.
We have introduced a new handwriting scheme and the children have been learning how to write in cursive handwriting.
Year 1 curriculum overview 2020-2021
The children are taught discrete phonics lessons everyday following the Letters and Sounds program. We teach the children the sounds in order for them to read and write with increasing proficiency. At the end of Year 1 (in June) the children will be completing a Phonics Screening Check which is a legal requirement for each child. They will apply their phonics knowledge to read 40 words, 20 of which are real and 20 which are not (we call these alien words).
The weekly spellings that the children receive are linked to the sounds and words that they learn in their phonics lessons. It is important that these are practiced at home.
There is more information about the Phonics Screening Check here:
Below is a link to the letters and sounds document that we follow to teach phonics:
Below are the sounds that the children will be learning this year. We will be building on their knowledge from EYFS as they previously would been taught Phase 2 and Phase 3. There will be a big focus on children learning Phase 4 and Phase 5 and applying this knowledge to read and write words containing those sounds.
Story Time with Miss Gray
Summer Term - Around the World
This term the children will be learning about the world. They will be naming the seven continents and identifying them on a map. In the first part of the term, we will be focussing on Africa, Kenya in particular, and comparing it to England. The children will be learning to identify and name common animals which include reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, and birds.
In DT the children will be learning about sliders, levers, and wheels and using this knowledge to make a moving picture for the children in pre-school. They will learn how to design a product, make it, and evaluate it against a specification.
Key days and dates
Please can children wear PE kits to school on Tuesday and Wednesday. They will no longer be bringing PE bags into school and changing at school.
- Monday - Books will be changed
- Tuesday - PE
- Wednesday - Dance
- Friday - Homework needs to be completed and shared on Seesaw.
We will not be able to regularly change books as books need to be quarantined for 72 hours before they can go back into circulation. We will therefore only be able to change books once a week. Please use the Myon login in your child's reading record to access more books at home.
Alternatively, there are more books on Oxford Owl which can be read online at home.
Please continue to read with your child as much as possible (we recommend just a few minutes every day). If you read at home - remember to sign the reading diary to say you have done so (with a comment if possible).
They will also get a sticker on their reading cards and when they have filled these will receive a prize from Mrs Lewis!
Home Learning websites
Welcome to year 1 booklet