Welcome to Key Stage One

Spring 1

What lives at the bottom of the deep blue sea?

Our trip to The Deep

 

In English the will be looking at non-fiction and fiction books linked to our overall topic theme. We will be reading familiar stories to explore language and writing our own.

In Maths we will continue to explore place value ( 1 more and 1 less and ordering numbers) We will also be looking at 2D and 3D shapes, money and towards the end of the half term, we will be exploring addition and subtraction.

In Science children will be exploring how animals are the same and different.  We will begin to think about the habitats they live in, and what they need to be able to survive.

In ART We will be exploring the work of a Japanese artist, and will try to use different techniques to create images of the sea.

This term, in PSHE, we will be thinking about how we are all the same and different, what makes us special, what roles do I have and how can I work co-operatively with others?

Over this term in RE we will be looking at Christian and Muslim traditions. We will think about each religions symbols are what they represent and their buildings. Later on in the term, we will look at clothes and objects inside these special buildings.

You can help at home by encouraging you child to:

  • Read to an adult every day for at least 10 minutes – books can be changed daily at school.
  • Recognise, count and order numbers using the resources in the pack.
  • Complete homework activities as these are often practising skills learnt in class, especially in numeracy and spellings.
  • Talk to your children about their topic and encourage them to talk about their school day.

 

Book we will read this half term 

Autumn 2

Why Do People Celebrate with Fireworks? 

 

Well the first half term has flown by and we are now heading from Autumn into Winter.  With this time of year comes various celebrations and these will form part of our curriculum this half term.

Throughout this half-term, in Literacy, children will be looking at a range of poetry, non-fiction and fiction books. The children will compare these types of texts and become more aware of the differences between them.  The children will also have lots of opportunities for writing, including writing a piece of poetry about bonfire night, writing a diary entry pretending to be Guy Fawkes and instructions about how to make a moving Christmas card.

 

In Maths we will be focusing on counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and Year 2 will to begin to use and understand times tables.  We will also be looking at fractions of shapes and amounts, focussing on the fraction ½, ¼, ¾ and 1/3.  Years 1 and 2 will be looking at measurements for time and money towards the end of the half term. 

At home you could practice counting in 2's, 5's and 10's and begin to use these skills to count coins.  If you have clocks around the house, you could look at the minutes and hour hand and talk about o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to.

 

In History our focus will be learning all about Guy Fawkes, including the story of the gunpowder plot and his involvement. We will be learning why we still celebrate with bonfire night today.

At home you could talk about the types of celebrations we have around Bonfire night and how these have changed even within our parents lifetime.

 

In our Geography sessions, children will be studying the capital of England. We will be finding London on the UK map and looking at the key landmarks.

 At home you could look at different kinds of maps, atlases and electronic maps such as sat navs.  You could talk about places you have visited and locate them on a map.   

We will be focusing on Christmas in D&T. We will design, create and evaluate our own moving Christmas cards to hand out to our families!

 

In RE KS1 we will be focusing on Christianity and Islam. We will learn about the Bible and the Qur’an and why it is special for those religions.

 

PE will continue to take place on a Friday with the coaches. Please remember that children will need the correct PE kit to be able to participate in sports with the coaches.  This half term Year 1 and 2 will continue to have Gymnastics with a coach on a Monday morning and Dance with Mr Thomas will move to a Wednesday afternoon.

 

This half term we will also be working hard on our Nativity and doing lots of singing, dancing and acting.  We look forward to you joining us at 9:30 am on Thursday 12th December for our Christmas performance!

How else can you help at home?

  • Read to an adult every day for at least 10 minutes – books can be changed daily at school.
  • Complete homework activities as these are often practising skills learnt in class, especially in numeracy and spellings.
  • Talk to your children about their topic and encourage them to talk about their school day.

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Autumn 1

Why do pirates wear eyepatches?

 

Welcome back to Year 1/2! We have an exciting, action packed filled year where we will cover 6 captivating topics. The topic we are covering this half term is 'Why do pirates wear eyepatches?'

 

In Maths we will start by looking at the place value of numbers and developing the basic concepts of addition and subtraction. We will do this by using practical resources, drawing pictures and using hundred squares and numberlines.  We will develop fluency and then apply these skills to problem solving and reasoning exercises within the lesson.  Throughout this half term, we will also be looking at measures; length mass weight and also 2d and 3d shapes.

 

In English we will be looking at a range of text.  Throughout this half-term children will be looking at non-fiction and fiction books linked to our overall topic theme.  They will be building a bank of vocabulary to use in a variety of different genres of writing.

 

 In Science we will identify and compare a variety of materials.  This will help us in D&T where we will be designing our own pirate ships and testing them to see if they manage to take a voyage.  If they capsize or float we will evaluate our own designs.

 

In Geography we are going to be looking at maps of the World.  Amongst other skills, we will be improving our knowledge by looking at and naming the countries in the UK and their capital cities and the 7 continents and the oceans and seas.

 

In Computing the children will ensure that the children are confident with logging in and out of the laptops with independence.  We are going to be learning to write and follow simple algorithms using beebots.  They will explore how to program them to find treasure on a map and create and debug simple programs.

 

PE will continue to take place on a Friday with the coaches. Please remember that children will need the correct PE kit to be able to participate in sports with the coaches. This term Year 1 and 2 will have Gymnastics with a coach on a Monday morning and Dance with Mr Thomas on a Tuesday afternoon.

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