Year 1 - Sapphire Class

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Welcome to Year 1 with Mrs Hayward.

Our topic during the autumn term is 'All around us'. In history we will be comparing schools in the past with schools today. We will be asking questions to find out what our school is like. What was it like when your parents and grandparents went to school? We will also be travelling back in time to discover what school was like for Victorian children when we visit a Victorian schoolroom.

In Geography, we will be carrying out simple fieldwork, and using the locality to carry out simple investigations e.g. a simple traffic survey. We will plan expeditions, draw maps and plans and use a compass to follow routes around the school buildings.

In Science, we will learn about the journey of life. We will learn that animals, including humans, have offspring which grow into adults and that we change as we get older. We will investigate and describe the basic needs of animals, including humans, for survival (water, food and air). The children will then explore forces and movement using toy cars; exploring ways to make them speed up and slow down, and compare how objects move.

Throughout the term we will look at different stories related to our topic. We will use a variety of stories including Once upon an ordinary school day, and Dear teacher to write narratives and descriptions. We will explore non-fiction tests and write simple explanations. We will edit and improve our work using ambitious vocabulary and through the use of conjunctions to make compound sentences. The children will also create non-chronological reports and riddles. We will be concentrating on sentence structure by remembering capital letter, finger spaces and full stops. We will also be focusing on spelling and using nouns and adjectives as well as common high frequency words.

The children will be awarded three team points for three signatures/parental comments in their home school books and five team points if they read each evening. It is very important to read regularly and discuss the texts. Team points will only be given if the reading record is signed by parents/carers.

Throughout the term we will be developing our understanding of place value whilst also practising mental arithmetic skills in addition, subtraction. We will apply skills to solve one and two step problems. Please encourage your child to recall number bonds to 10.

This will be set on Friday to be completed and returned to school on the following Thursday. It may be a task using Mymaths or an activity placed inside your child's homework book. Please also encourage your child to choose an activity from the themed homework grid that has been stuck inside their homework book.


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