Our Year 1 Team
Ash Class - Miss Hawes and Mrs Mace
Elm Class - Mrs Quinnan
Teaching Assistants - Mrs Tebble, Mrs Nichols, Mrs Oldfield and Mrs Flack
What we are learning each week:
Click on the links below to see our learning objectives for the week:
Our learning this term:
The children have been really busy this term investigating the question... How did the Great Fire of London change our capital? We went on a tour of the UK and learnt about the four countries that form the United Kingdom. We enjoyed the story of 'Katie in London' and found out what London is like today.
We designed and created our own time machine models to travel back in time to September 1666 to the Great Fire of London.
We found out about what it would have been like to live in London in 1666 and created our own model of the city.
As part of our English and History lessons we learnt about how the Great Fire of London unfolded and how the fire destroyed part of the city. We acted out the events and how the people of London finally managed to get the fire under control. We shared our drama skills with parents through our Google Classroom. The children voted not to destroy their houses with fire so the children retold their learning using scarves to demonstrate how the fire spread.
Finally the children found out about the changes that the fire brought to London with the rebuilding of St Pauls Cathedral and how King Charles eventually rebuilt London using exactly the same street plans as they’d used before – but with some important changes! After the fire, new rules were brought in and every parish had to have two fire squirts, leather buckets and other fire equipment. Early fire engines were invented and the first fire brigades were established. Sir Christopher Wren also built the Monument to the Great Fire of London. Its height marks its distance from the site of the bakery where the fire began.
What learning looks like in Year 1:
Reading is promoted and modelled to all our children throughout their time at school. Children will have a daily reading lesson where they will learn how to apply their phonic knowledge and develop their reading fluency as well as make inference, predictions and retrieve key words or phrases to answer comprehension questions. As children encounter new vocabulary we will explore the definitions of these words within the context of the book. Alongside daily reading lessons, we also have a story after lunch to continue fostering a love of reading.
Phonics is taught everyday using a systematic and synthetic phonics structure. Children will continue to learn new sounds and how to decode unfamiliar words through blending and segmenting. Alongside this they will explore spelling patterns and rules.
In English we will be using a range of books linked to the topic to inspire our writing. Each half term, we will focus on one fiction, one non-fiction and one poetry unit. At the end of each unit, the children will produce a piece of writing to go into their best writing file.
We use the Power Maths scheme which follows a mastery approach to Maths. All children have access to a range of manipulatives to promote their concrete understanding of abstract concepts.
We have a thematic approach to our learning and link our topic to the other subjects where possible.
In history, the focus is on 3 main strands: life of a child, dwellings and iconic figures. This continues throughout Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
In geography, we focus on locational knowledge, place knowledge, human and physical geography and geographical skills.
In science children are expected to ask questions, perform tests, identify and classify and gather and record data. They will also have the opportunity to learn about key scientists.
Every day we will be running PATHS sessions in class. This is a PSHE programme which empowers children to develop the fundamental social and emotional learning skills which enable them to make positive choices throughout life.
As part of this, each day there will be a Child of the Day. This is a randomly selected pupil who will receive compliments from their teacher, friends and themselves. At the end of the day, they will bring home their compliments to share with their family. We ask that you talk to your child about this and share your own compliments with them.
PE is on Tuesday and Thursday. Children need to come into school wearing their kit. Hair tied up and no jewellery.
Homework will be posted on Google Classroom each Friday. Due to the current Covid restrictions, we ask that homework is not sent in to school. Completed work can be uploaded to Google Classroom but this is not compulsory.
Spellings will be handed out each Friday and will be tested on the following Thursday. Again, we ask that spelling sheets are not sent back in to school.
All children have access to Numbots (an online Maths APP). Children should try to complete this at least once a week.
Reading books are being sent home on a Monday to be returned on a Friday (this will give us a chance to quarantine them) before reusing. Children should be reading every day.
If you have any questions, concerns or queries please come and see a member of the Year 1 team. We are available in the playground at the end of the school day or please arrange an appointment at the office if you require a longer meeting.