SPRING YEAR 1

Welcome to Year 1’s Spring Term

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

English

We will begin our term by reading and exploring features of Non-fiction using the information books:

Dinosaurs: First Facts by Charlie Gardner and First Dinosaur Encyclopaedia: A First Reference Book for Children (DK First Reference). We will look at the role of titles, diagrams, labels and captions in non-fiction. We will use a range of non-fiction books about dinosaurs to research real dinosaurs and then imagine we are palaeontologists and dinosaur experts and produce our own non-chronological report about an amazing dinosaur we have discovered.

Later in the term we explore the story Dinosaurs and all that rubbish by Michael Foreman. This cautionary tale will be used to stimulate discussion about the extinction of the dinosaurs and what we can learn about looking after our world to avoid our own extinction! We will focus on describing settings as we write our own retelling of the story. Finally, we will read and write dinosaur inspired poems to perform using the books Dinosaur Roar by Paul & Henrietta Stickland and Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Shields to explore language play such as rhyme and alliteration and give us inspiration for our own work.

Phonics

Our Phonic work this term will continue to Revise Phase 4 (using the Phase 3 sounds to read and spell more complex words). We will be learning new Phase 5 sounds which will introduce the children to the idea of alternative graphemes (the same sound being made in different words by different letters e.g. /igh/ as in night and /ie/ as in pie).

Practising Spellings at Home

Year 1 Spelling Rules

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/resources

Maths

This term we will be following the school’s maths scheme, Power Maths to focus on the following objectives: –

Numbers to 20: Count using tens and ones Count one more and one less Compare numbers of objects Compare and order numbers.

Addition within 20: Add by counting on. Practise adding ones to help with adding numbers to 20. Use number bonds to 10 to help us with numbers bonds to 20 Solve word problems.

Subtraction within 20: Subtract tens and ones Learn how to cross a 10 when subtracting Compare additions and subtractions Solve word and picture problems.

Numbers to 50 :Count up to 50 Compare numbers to 50 Order numbers Count in 2s and 5s Solve word and picture problems.

Compare lengths and heights of objects Use non-standard units to measure objects Measure with a ruler Solve word problems about length.

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 Science this term we will be going animal mad! The Science topics following the school’s Science Bug scheme are ‘Parts of Animals’   and ‘Types of Animals’.

In the ‘Parts of Animals’   unit we will name and locate parts of our bodies, including our sense organs. We will learn the functions of the sense organs, identifying familiar scents, textures, tastes and sounds. We will name parts of the bodies of other animals including those of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and other mammals, and will learn to use species specific vocabulary, e.g. fin, wing, paw. We will describe, compare and contrast two different animals.

In the ‘Types of Animals’ unit we will recognise that different animals live in the local environment and name some of them. We will learn to recognise similarities and differences within and between animals, classifying familiar animals according to their characteristics. We will gather information on animals and present the data in tables, Carroll diagrams and bar charts, making simple interpretations of these using them to answer and generate questions.

Each pupil will get their own discovery education username and password. This has a range of fun resources that covers the whole of the curriculum.

Topic

Watch out… the dinosaurs are coming! In our Kagan topic this term we explore the giants of the Jurrassic. We will be placing the Age of the Dinosaurs on a historic world timeline. We investigate the science of Palaeontology… fossil hunting! We will learn about Britain’s own Fossil hunting superstar Mary Anning who was discovering evidence of prehistoric creatures at the same age as Year 1 children! We will look at how the geography of the Earth has changed and where in the world the most exciting dinosaur finds have been made. In DT we will be making our own dinosaur puppets and investigating simple lever mechanisms and joins. In art we will look at junk model sculpture to create our own imaginary Jurrasic creatures. In Art we will use clay printing to produce fossil designs as well as exploring drawing and collaborative collage, painting and printing on the theme of Dinosaurs and Fossils.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/topics/dinosaurs

https://app.discoveryeducation.co.uk/learn/signin

RE

During this term we will be learning all about ‘What Makes Some Places Special? We will be exploring places of worship like Churches, Synagogues and Mosques, discovering who goes there and why. At Chinese New Year we will investigate some of the traditions the Chinese community uses to celebrate their New Year and draw comparisons with the way New Year is celebrated at home. We will also be learning about Easter, why it is special for Christians and how it is celebrated. We will be joining the team at St. Mary’s for a special Easter service.

Computing

The children will be following the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work and learning about computing systems and networks. During this term, the children will be investigating programming by Moving a Robot, Giving commands, direction command sequences, Planning a simple program. Later in the term children will be using computer Data Handling programs to grouping data, label, count, describe and grouping objects and use data to compare.

PSHE

 Our Jigsaw topics for the Spring Term are ‘Dreams and Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’. In ‘Dreams and Goals’ we will explore how to set simple goals, say what we do well and how we learn best. We will learn how to challenge ourselves, break down our goals into smaller steps, keep going and celebrate our and others achievements. Throughout we will reflect on and name the feelings that this journey provokes in us.

In ‘Healthy Me’ we will learn the difference between healthy and unhealthy. We will explore healthy choices and how to make them. We will look at how we can begin to help ourselves if we feel poorly and how we can help prevent being poorly. We will look at being safe around roads and keeping our amazing bodies safe. We will learn there are adults that can help us to be safe and healthy and we can help them to do that.

Music

 We will be exploring units called ‘In The Groove’ and ‘Round and Round’ using the school’s music scheme, Charanga.

For the unit’ In The Groove’ we will learn a very easy song and then explore how it can be performed in six different styles; Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra, Folk and Funk. We will listen and learn a different style of In The Groove each week. We will also listen to and appraise a well-known song in that week’s style.

For the unit ‘Round and Round’ our learning is focused around one song: Round And Round, a Bossa Nova in a Latin style. Through it we will consolidate and develop our learning about musical elements like pulse and pitch. We will practice performing vocals, body percussion accompaniment and glockenspiels. Each week we will to other songs in other styles: Livin’ La Vida Loca (Latin/Pop) by Ricky Martin, March Of The Empire (Film music) by John Williams, It Had Better Be Tonight (Latin/Big Band Jazz) by Michael Bublé, Why Don’t You (Big Band/Dance) by Gramophonedzie , Oye Como Va (Latin/Jazz) by Santana

https://charanga.com/site/log-in/

PE

The children will be following the Primary PE Passport Curriculum which our Kick-start team will help us deliver. We will begin the terms with a Gymnastic unit which explores different ways of balancing and spinning or turning on points. It includes floor works using mats and box and bench and climbing frame apparatus. Children will learn how to perform and link element into a simple sequence and practice performing for other and appraising their own and others work. Later in the term we will begin a dance unit based on a Dinosaur theme.

At Corrie we monitor reading, homework and PE kits as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme.

PE will take place on Monday and Wednesday this term.

Please make sure that PE kits are in school all week, every week as we may change sessions and because we monitor having a kit to wear as part of our Assertive Mentoring scheme.

Reading

 Please encourage a love of reading at home and use Reading Eggs regularly. As children progress through Reading Eggs, they are awarded with reading certificates which we check weekly, print off in school and celebrate in class. This has proven to be a great motivator for children as they become proud and confident readers. (Reading Eggs login details are attached to the Homework books along with Google Classroom logins. 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 for each book in line with school policy.

We will send home two ‘reading’ books each week:

The first is a ‘phonically decodable’ book. This just means that with practice children should be able to read the words by ‘sounding out’ (saying each letters sound and then blending them together to read the word). This book will be closely matched with the phonics your child is learning at school. We will send this book home with your child until they can recall the letter sound matches and use blending to read the words to you.

The second book is a ‘read to me’ book. This will be changed every week. This book will contain words your child may not be able to decode using their phonics.

You should read this book to them encouraging them to point to the words as you say them, joining in where they can. This will build your child’s sight vocabulary.

We will check reading records and change reading books as appropriate once per week every Wednesday. However, please make sure your child has their reading books and diary in school every day as we sometimes have opportunity to do extra reading or to change books more frequently.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/

https://readingeggs.co.uk/

Homework

 

In Year 1 homework is given on a Friday and expected back every Wednesday. Children will receive a maths and a reading task based on what we’ve been learning in class and they will choose a piece from the Dinosaur 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 us!

F.A.O. Mrs. Ethel, Miss. Richards or Mrs. Hodkinson   year1@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

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

 

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED

Reading Books and Maths Homework

Hello Year 1 Parents and Carers,

Hope everyone is keeping well. We just wanted to update you with a couple of changes to reading books and maths homework.

Reading

Each child will be issued with two reading books per week to be read at home. The first easy reading book will be a fully decodable phonics book which will be linked to the phonics phase and sounds that your child needs to secure when reading. This book maybe repeated as a way of consolidating their phonics knowledge. Once they are secure and confident with using these phonemes to decode when reading, they will move to next stage.

The second reading book will be from the Oxford Reading Tree range (Biff, Kipper, Chip and Floppy). The idea is that you read the book to or with your child as a way to familiarise them with tricky words, common exception words and high frequency words that are not always decodable.

Maths

We are going to use White Rose Maths for our homework activity each week. Each piece of homework will have a clip to watch and worksheet to complete. The easiest way to do this, is to use Google Classroom. We will enclose your child’s login details in their homework books this week.

Most of you were able to access Google Classroom last year due to lockdown and your login details remain the same but we have changed class so you will need to accept the new invitation. Once you accept, you can access the homework electronically.

We recognise that some people may experience difficulty with this so for the next few weeks, we will post the maths clip on this page and a paper copy of the worksheet will be stuck into homework books. Please let us know if you experience any difficulties getting onto Google Classroom and we can help you. year1@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

Here’s this week’s maths homework clip.

Many Thanks,

Year 1 Team

 

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1’s Autumn Term

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. As children progress through Reading Eggs, they are awarded with reading certificates which we check weekly, print off in school and celebrate in class. This has proven to be a great motivator for children as they become proud and confident readers. (Reading Eggs login details are attached to the Homework books along with Google Classroom logins. 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 and change easy reading books every Wednesday. We monitor reading, homework and PE kits as part of our Assertive Mentoring Scheme.

 

Maths

This term we will be following the school’s maths scheme, Power Maths to focus on the following objectives: –

Unit 1: Numbers to 10

  • We will be working on children’s ability to recognise, represent and manipulate numbers to ten. Children will sort and group objects using different criteria. They will learn to recognise and count different representations of numbers to 10 and use a tens frame to structure and reason counting.
  • We will be using vocabulary such as ‘digit’ and writing number names as words. As we count forwards and backwards, we will be using ‘one more’ as a way to describe a number increasing and ‘one less’ for a number decreasing.
  • Children will use these skills to compare and order numbers to 10 using concrete and pictorial representations to support their reasoning. They will be introduced to ordinal numbers (First, second….) and use a number track to count ‘one more’ and ‘one less’.

Unit 2: Part-Whole within 10

  • This is one of the most important units of work to teach in maths. Children who have a solid grasp of numbers to 10 are able to apply this knowledge to so many other areas, including numbers to 20, numbers to 50 and beyond, and addition and subtraction.
  • Children will be taught how to partition numbers to 10 using part-whole model
  • Children will use this knowledge of part-whole model to begin writing number sentences. Like in the above example 5+4=9 They will explore number sentences in detail to explore number facts 5+4=9 is equal to 4+5=9 is equal to 9=5+4 is equal to 9=4+5
  • This work helps to secure number bonds to 10. During this unit, children begin to build this to number bonds to 20.
  • They will learn symbols > more than, < less than  and  = equal

Unit 3 & 4: Addition and subtraction within 10

  • This unit focuses on number bonds within 10 and number bonds to 10. Children will be introduced to formal addition through the idea of ‘count all’ and ‘count on’ strategies. A ‘count all’ strategy is when all parts are added together to make a whole. A ‘count on’ strategy asks children to start with a number and count on.
  • Children will be introduced to the key language of subtraction and a range of scenarios in which subtraction takes place.
  • Children will model each of these situations using concrete and pictorial representations: taking away cubes, crossing out pictures and counting back on a number track.

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

The Science topic this term will be’ Identifying Materials.’

In this unit children will identify and name common types of materials including:- wood, metal, plastic, rubber, fur, towelling, nylon, wool, sponge, cotton wool, paper, card, brick, ceramics, rock and some liquids and powdered solids.

They will label, collect and group together objects made from the same material. They will state that different objects can be manufactured from the same materials. They will investigate why some materials are unsuitable for some objects and provide reasons for this.

During the unit children will be working scientifically to investigate the properties of different liquids. They will also investigate which materials are good to wrap and protect a hollow chocolate object being sent through the post.

Each pupil will get their own discovery education username and password. This has a range of fun resources that covers the whole of the curriculum.

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

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/

 

Topic

We will be learning all about Space this term! We will be documenting all the significant events and developments in Space on our class timeline including the Apollo moon landing. We will be making our own space buggies and investigating simple mechanisms such as wheels and axels. We will investigate space using Google Earth and identify where the super telescopes are situated across the globe. We will create lots of space related art for our role play area and learn about Tim 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

www.sciencekids.co.nz/space.html

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. We will also be celebrating Harvest this year and attend a remote service kindly provided by St. Mary’s Church

 

Computing

The children will be following the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work and learning about computing systems and networks. During this unit, the children will about technology in the classroom and how to use it, developing keyboard, trackpad and mouse skills and how to use a computer responsibly.

 

PE

The children will be following the Primary PE Passport Curriculum which our Kick-start team will help us deliver this term. We will be learning how to play invasion games and learning key fundamental moving skills.

PE will take place every Wednesday and Friday this term.

Please make sure that PE kits are in school every week because we monitor this as part of our Assertive Mentoring scheme.

 

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 either a maths or a reading 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 us!

F.A.O. Mrs. Ethel, Miss. Richards or Mrs. Hodkinson   year1@corrie.tameside.sch.uk

Space Homework – Autumn 2021 (1)

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

On time by Wednesday – GREEN

Late by Friday – YELLOW

No homework or reading completed – RED