Welcome back Year 1! We’re so happy to have you back at school for our final term of the year!

Here is what we’ll be learning about this term:

English
We will begin our term by reading ‘The Nigh Pirates’ by Paul Harris which is a lovely story about a boy’s adventure with a group of rough, tough little girl pirates. The children will discover a treasure chest within our school grounds and have to take part on a quest to take back our school’s treasure from those sneaky pirates. We will be using ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies to retell the story and create our own pirate stories using a story map. We will then be exploring a number of non-fiction texts to inspire our writing as we will be producing a guide on how to become a pirate. We will be focusing on applying our Phonics within our writing, punctuating sentences and our handwriting this term.

Here are some websites to help you support your child at home:

Practising Spellings at Home

Year 1 Spelling Rules

Please encourage a love of reading at home and use Reading Eggs regularly. (Reading Eggs login details are attached to the Reading Record book. Please ask a member of staff if you have any problems.) We ask that you read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record a minimum of twice weekly in line with school policy. We will check reading records every Wednesday with homework. We will change their book twice a week, on a Monday and a Wednesday. This is to encourage more depth of comprehension and more fluency practise. Pleases return reading books and records everyday.

Maths

This term we will be following our Power Math scheme. We will cover multiplication, division, numbers 1 to 100, position, direction, fractions, time and money.

Here are some websites to help you support your child at home:

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/kids-activities/fun-maths-games-and-activities/

Your child has also been given their TT Rockstars login so that they can practise their times tables at home.

They will also be given one piece of Maths homework per week which will be completed via School Jam.

Science

The children will cover two topics this term in Science; types of animals and identifying materials.

Through our types of animals unit the children will learn to name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. They will also develop an understanding of how to identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will also be going on a very special trip to Chester Zoo where we will learn even more amazing facts about animal. 

Our final topic is, identify materials where the children will build on their previous knowledge of materials. They will learn to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. They will also learn how to identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock.

Here are some websites to help you support your child at home:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/

Topic

We will be learning all about Pirates and treasure this term! We will carry out our very own research using ICT to learn about the very famous pirate, ‘Blackbeard’. Our main focus this term will be developing our Geography skills through our pirate topic, using map work and learning about the continents around the world. We will be completing lots of artwork and DT through the topic; designing and creating our very own pirate hats, a pastel picture of a beach landscape and many more. We will conclude our topic at the end of the year with our very own pirate party!

As part of their homework the children will complete a topic activity each week (from the pirate homework menu).

RE
During this term we will be exploring the following question; What does it mean to belong to a faith community? We will learn about different communities and their faiths.

Computing
For the first half term the children will be practising their programming skills through the Scratch Junior app, this app is free to download at home if you wish to. After the holidays we will move onto our final computing unit where the children will learn how to create their own digital media on the laptops.

PE
The children will be doing athletics for the first half term and net and ball skills when they return after the holidays.

PE will take place on Mondays but it is important to keep the children’s PE kits in school each day as they may need them.

They can be taken home on Friday to be washed over the weekend.

PSHE
We will continue to follow our school’s Jigsaw scheme and cover our two final units; Relationships and Changing me.

Music
We will be exploring two units in Music this term; ‘Your Imagination’ and ‘Reflect, Rewind and Replay’.  Through these two units the children will learn to listen and appraise music, practise playing the glockenspiel, sing, compose and finally, perform.

Homework
In Year 1 homework is given on a Friday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive a maths (SchoolJam) and a spelling (spellingshed) task, based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Pirate homework menu.

Children are encouraged to be as creative as they wish and can choose how to present their homework so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to year1@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

Click on the link here for a copy of the  homework menu:

YEAR 1 TAKE AWAY HOMEWORK SUMMER TERM SPACE

This is also stuck in the children’s Homework book.

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring profile.

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

Beegu by Alexis Deacon

Year 1 have been reading the book ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon, the children have produced some amazing pieces of writing inspired by the book. I decided to contact the author and share some of their work, he was so impressed by all of the children’s hard work. He even replied with a video message: https://youtu.be/sD52WtGEpBg

Take a look at what we’ll be exploring this half term……

English
We will begin our term by reading ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy which is a lovely story about a bear’s imaginative journey to the moon. The children will make their own space rocket to use in our Role Play area where they can act out going to the moon. The children will also be reading ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon which is a fictional story about an alien lost on earth. We will be using ‘Talk for Writing’ strategies to retell the story and create our own space stories using a story map. The children will be actively encouraged to use their phonics to spell words and begin to say words and sentences out loud in preparation for writing sentences. There will also be a focus on handwriting so that children can practise letter formation of upper and lower case letters.

Practising Spellings at Home

Year 1 Spelling Rules

Please encourage a love of reading at home and use Reading Eggs regularly. (Reading Eggs login details are attached to the Reading Record book. Please ask a member of staff if you have any problems.) We ask that you read with your child as often as possible and sign their reading record a minimum of twice weekly in line with school policy. We will check reading records every Wednesday with homework. We will change their book twice a week, on a Monday and a Wednesday. This is to encourage more depth of comprehension and more fluency practise. Pleases return reading books and records everyday.

Maths
This term we will be working on developing our place value knowledge, practising counting and writing our numbers to 50 ready to begin our new scheme, ‘power maths’ in October.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/kids-activities/fun-maths-games-and-activities/

Science

In this unit children will learn about their senses and how they use them to describe the world. Children will identify and name the basic external parts of the human body and recognise the functions of some body parts, including the sense organs. Children will describe and compare common animals, and will recognise and name a variety of animals and their body parts. They will construct and label a map of the human body and will draw comparisons between human and animal body parts. They will consider how to treat other people and living things with care and respect. At the end of the unit, children will create a song which compares the functions of various animals’ body parts.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/

Topic

We will be learning all about Space this term! We will be documenting all the significant events and developments in Space on a class timeline! We will be making our own aliens out of clay and using a range of media and skills to create lots of space related art for our role play area. The children will be learning about Time Peake, Helen Sharman and Neil Armstrong in a quest to find out what life is really like as an astronaut!

http://www.esa.int/kids/en/home
http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/space.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/space

RE
During this term we will be learning all about people who are Christians and finding out about what they believe through stories in the bible.

Computing
The children will be learning how to use all the apps on our class I-Pads, learning to login to Reading Eggs and TT Rock stars independently, learning about E-Safety and learning all about technology at home and in the classroom.

PE
The children will be doing dance this term.
PE will take place on Mondays and Fridays this term.
Please make sure that PE kits are in school every week, they can be taken home on Friday to be washed over the weekend.

PSHE
Our school follows a scheme called Jigsaw and this term our Year 1 children will complete a unit called ‘Being me in my world’ which celebrates all the qualities that makes people unique. Children will get lots of opportunities to discuss and share what is good about themselves and how they want to grow in the coming year ahead.

Music
We will be exploring a unit called ‘Hey You!’ using the school’s music scheme, Charanga. We will listen and appraise a range of Hip Hop songs such as:- Hey You! by Joanna Mangona, Me, Myself And I by De La Soul, Fresh Prince Of Bel Air by Will Smith and It’s Like That by Run DMC. They will also play a range of games to find the pulse, rhythm and pace using their voices and either use recorders or glockenspiels to accompany a piece of music.

Homework
In Year 1 homework is given on a Friday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive a maths (activelearn) and a spelling (spellingshed) task based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Space homework menu.

Children are encouraged to be as creative as they wish and can choose how to present their homework so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer please email it to year1@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

Click on the link here for a copy of the  homework YEAR 1 TAKE AWAY HOMEWORK AUTUMN TERM SPACE which is also stuck in children’s Homework Book.

Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring profile.

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

Big Sing 2019

Our school’s choir performed amazingly at the Big Sing last week! A huge thank you to Mrs Mitchell for putting the time and effort into choir and also a massive congratulations to the children who have put a lot of hard work into the performance by attending lots of rehearsals and practising in their own time. I was extremely proud of you all!

Miss Dobie

Click on the links to watch the videos from the evening:

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Young Voices 2019

The school choir had a fantastic time performing at Young Voices this year! The children performed amazing on the night due to their effort practising in rehearsals and at home, they should be extremely proud of themselves. Also, a huge thank you to our school’s conductor of the choir, Mrs Mitchell for all her hard work, the show was a great success!

Take a look at the photographs below and click on the links to watch some videos from the day/evening….

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Music at Corrie

At Corrie we value the arts and democracy as drivers for our music curriculum. Through a high quality music curriculum children engage in creativity and are inspired to develop a love for music and performing arts.  Children have the opportunity to develop their talents as musicians through a rich programme of study. Children develop self confidence to perform at all levels and to many audiences. At Corrie, children have the opportunity to take part in a series of events throughout the year including shows that deliver song, dance and instrumental pieces. We support the teaching of the music curriculum by enhancing it with a wide variety of extra curricular activities. Within their music lessons, children are taught to read and compose music, listen and appraise, create and explore with music and sing and perform. As we value democracy at Corrie, children are given opportunities to work together to compose pieces of music to showcase to others. They are given the chance to critically evaluate each others’ performances and give advice on how to improve in a safe and respectful environment.

Aims

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and  appropriate musical notation.