Year 1

Summer Term 2

Whole School Theme: Going Green
Year Group Theme: Reuse or Recycle?

Topic overview

This half term our theme is all about going green – reuse or recycle? We will base a lot of our learning around the core text story books -‘Michael Recycle’ and ‘Mamba and the Crocodile Bird’.

In Geography we will be bird watching, observing a wormery and looking at decay in the natural environment. We will also be investigating places.

In art the children will be making observational drawings of worms and making them out of clay. They will be using different media to draw birds.

For science the children will be creating a wormery focussing on how to get the worms out of the ground.  The children will be bird watching and learning about which food suits different birds.

In RE we will continue to learn about the Judaism religion focussing on the question: Does celebrating Chanukah make Jewish children feel closer to God?

In PE the children will be participating in athletic activities; developing practical skills in order to participate, compete and lead a healthy lifestyle. We have our sports day this half term- more information will follow.

We have PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school.

Ideas to support our child

  • Please hear your child read as much as possible recording each time you do in their Reading Records Books.
  • Continue to support your child to complete weekly Maths homework – due in on a Wednesday.
  • Support your child with the planet Maths Challenge.

 

The children will complete the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check to assess phonic/ reading ability during the week beginning 13th June. Please see reverse for websites that can support your child with the reading of real and nonsense words.

Guide on the side

This Half Term’s guide on the side is all about superheroes, making a recycled cape and bird watching.     

Please complete this before 20th June.

The design and make project this half term is to make a super hero cape out of recyclable materials. Children should come to school wearing their cape on Friday 10th June.    

Visits/visitors/events

To  support our topic work, we will be visiting Rainham Marshes on the 20th July.  More details will follow after half term.     

We are trying to encourage all year 1 children to become independent. To help your child feel ready for year two, please leave them at the door in the morning unless you need to speak to the class teacher. For health and safety reasons, please do not walk them through the school.  

As it is getting much warmer it is vital that all children bring their own water bottles to school.

Please can you make sure children come to school with a named hat and apply sun block to your child before school.


Summer Term 1

Whole School Theme: Let's Invent
Year Group Theme: The Seaside

Topic overview

This half term our theme is all about the Seaside. We will base a lot of our learning around the core text story book-‘The Lighthouse keepers Lunch’.

During our Maths learning we will continue to use our Numicon resources to support the children. This half term children will be looking at number lines, ordering 2 digit numbers, addition, partitioning and telling the time.

In geography we will be looking at coastal locations and identifying their physical and human features.

In art the children will be exploring ways to print and practising some sewing skills.

For science we will be continuing to investigate different materials and their properties.

In RE we will begin to learn about the Judaism religion and how they have Shabbat, their special day of the week.

In PE, we will be developing our ball skills. We will be learning effective ways to pass and catch and using these to help us join in with games.

Year 1’s PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for these days, and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. Thank you! 

Ideas to support your child

Please hear your child read as much as possible recording each time you do in their yellow Reading Records.

Continue to support your child to complete weekly maths homework and practise their maths challenge that gets sent out.

Help them learn the weekly spellings by getting your child to write them down.

Next half term, the children will complete the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check to assess phonic/ reading ability. The following websites have videos and games for you to support your child at home.

Guide on the side

This half term’s guide on the side is all about our new theme. If you cannot get to a beach or seaside, try to encourage your child to imagine what they may find and draw pictures.    

Please complete this during the Easter holiday.

The design and make project this half term is to make a lighthouse. This is due back to school on 6th May.   

Visits/visitors/events

Linking to our topic, we plan to visit to a local seaside. More details will follow.

On the 7th May the Gateway Learning Community will be visited by Rhonda and David Armitage, the author and illustrator of ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’. We are looking forward to this exciting visit when the children will help them create a new story and picture.       

Parent and child session

We will be inviting parents into school to help us stitch together our class picnic rugs that we will be making in art this half term. 


Spring Term 1

Whole School Theme: An Eye on London
Year Group Theme: The Queen

Topic overview

This half term out theme is a real royal treat… ‘The Queen’ with a whole school focus with an Eye on London. We will be delving into the past to look at how the Queens have changed over time and we will compare portraits, paintings and pictures of ourselves and the Royals.

Our Core Text story books will be ’Seriously Cinderella’ and ‘pussy, pussy cat where have you been?’. We are sure these exciting fairy tales and poems will excite and engage the children and will encourage them to re-tell and recite their favourite stories. We will also be reading the book ‘Cleversticks’ in core text which relates to Chinese New Year and hopefully we will be inviting you in to make spring rolls in a parent child session.

During our Maths learning we will continue to use our Numicon resources to support the children. This half term children will be focusing on reading, writing and using teen numbers, to be able to know and use number bonds to 9 and learn to order two digit numbers.

We are beginning to look at comparing and measuring this half term, with a particular focus on capacity. We will use non-standard units of measure as well as looking at ml and l.

Our History unit will fully explore ‘The Queen of England’ and look at how things have changed over time since she was born up to the present day. We will also be researching about past Queens and focus on timelines and chronological order.

We can’t wait to begin our DT sessions this term we will be focusing on construction and design. The children will be designing their own landmark and creating them using construction kits and building materials.

Science we will be carrying out an investigation in to materials. The children’s job will be to predict, investigate and discover which material suits which season.

Please ensure that your child has their PE kit ready for PE days, and that all jewellery is removed before they come to school. 

Ideas to support your child

Children should be reading every day and it must be recorded in their yellow Reading Records. If children read 5 days a week they will be in the Reading Hall of Fame.

Please encourage your child to learn red words within their reading books (the words you cannot sound out) as this will help them read more fluently and will also support their writing.

We would ask you to help the children to learn the number bonds to make 7 and 9 using their hands to support so they can recall these addition facts quickly and unaided. This will support them to do quick basic mental addition problems.

Guide on the side

Please support your child to design and make a new vehicle for the Queen to travel in.

Ask them to think carefully about what the Queen would want. 

Visits/Visitors/Events

We are looking to book a trip to go and visit all the important landmarks in our city of London.

We will be travelling by coach and making stops at landmarks such as Big Ben, The London Eye and finally finishing at the Tower of London where we will have a tour around the amazing site.

Date is to be confirmed.

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Homework can be downloaded on the left!