Welcome to our phase page. Here you will find information about school life for children who are in Year One or Two and in one of the following classes: Meerkats, Raccoons or Koalas.
Children in Key Stage One focus on:
- developing their independence in all areas of school life;
- learning how to read (decode), building on their learning from Foundation Stage;
- hands on learning and exploring new concepts for themselves and
- a love for learning.
These years are important for your child as they learn the fundamental learning blocks they need before moving on into Key Stage Two.
What Wiped Out the Dinosaurs?
In Maths, we will begin the term recapping the fundemental skills they learned in previous years such as counting, adding and more than and less than. We will then focus on building a strong understanding of place value and the value of each digit in a number before applying this learning in to addition and subtraction. We will finish the half term with a geometry focus, exploring shape and then measure.
As part of our English learning we will explore the book Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus; we will use the book to explore simple rhyming words. We will also explore descriptive writing, studying how to use exciting adjectives to build description - first of a setting and then describing a character. Later in the term we will look at how to write a fact file, looking at what makes a good fact file and what you must include before writing our very own! Finally as we reach Harvest time, we will explore instruction writing, creating our own instructions for a harvest meal.
PSHE will focus on keeping safe. The children will discuss how to stay safe in and out of school, as well as how to manage risk and make sensible decisions in order to remain safe, healthy and out of trouble. They will then look at the importance of feeling good and being yourself (and being comfortable in doing so).
In History, the children will be exploring Dinosaurs! They will start by discovering the world in which Dinosaurs lived, making comparisons to the world today. They will then look at how the era of the dinosaurs came to an end. They will then research the term's VIP: Mary Anning. They will find out why she is famous and what she contributed to the our understanding of dinosaurs.
As part of their Science lessons, the children will learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and compare the three, thinking about how it might have change dthe way they lived. They will also look at dinosaur skeletons, making comparisons between different types and discuss how fossils have helped our understanding of how they lived.
Continuing with our focus on Dinosaurs, the children will learn how to draw a dinosaur skeleton and human skeleton and then make comparisons between the two. In Design Technology, the children will use a range of tools and materials to create moving dinosaur models.
In Computing, the children will look at the the basic components of coding by creating dinosaur mats and then inputting clear instructions in to 'beebots' in order to get them to follow a set path. They will also look at how to log on to their school account and access basic programmes.
- Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
- Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
- Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm
If you are unsure which set your child is being taught please contact your class teacher.
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.