Welcome back to another school year!
My name is Miss Ropiak and I am the Year 1 teacher.
Year 1 is a very important year as the children are settling into a more structured environment. I am looking forward to getting to know your child and working with them so that we have a very exciting and productive year. I hope that your child enjoys the new challenges and approaches to learning that Year 1 has to offer!
We will be covering lots of exciting new topics this year.
Here are some of our weekly routines:
PE usually takes place on Thursdays and Fridays, however, this can sometimes change depending on the weather and the hall timetable. Therefore, children should bring in their PE kit at the beginning of each half term and take it home at the end of each half term.
Every Friday your child will be given a list of 10 new spelling words which they will then have to learn for the following Friday for when they have a spelling test.
Every morning the children read with an adult in a group setting, as a school we encourage you to read with your children for at least 10 minutes every night and sign their reading record.
Homework will be given out each Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday.
I look forward to meeting you and working with you and your child this year!
Our learning - Autumn 1
This half-term we are going to be learning about DINOSAURS!
We’ll look closely at ancient fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs lived and became extinct. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth and bones to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. We will also be learning dinosaur names, creating puzzling riddles, writing fact files and creating exciting dinosaur stories, this term. We’ll even be making model dinosaur
eggs and designing a dinosaur’s habitat.
In Numeracy this half-term we will be counting and ordering numbers up to 100. We are learning to add and take away one digit numbers using a number line and a hundred square. We will be looking at money and making amounts using different coins.
In Literacy this half term we will read and write stories about dinosaurs. We will be focusing on using full stops and capital letters correctly. We will also include adjectives and time words to make our writing more interesting. Please continue to support your child’s reading and spelling, especially the high frequency words.
In our daily phonics sessions we will learn the Phase 5 sounds that help us to read and write new words. We will cover the following sounds: ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au, ey, a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e. We will also be revising all Phase 2 and 3 sounds and continue to practise letter formation.
In RE we are looking at the importance of our families and the symbols of Baptism.
In Science our topic is Plants and Animals. We will investigate the difference between deciduous and evergreen plants. We will learn about what plants need to stay alive and then we will grow our own plants. We will also learn how to conduct an experiment by exploring different conditions and how they affect a plant’s growth. Additionally, we will learn how to classify animals into different groups. We will look closely at dinosaurs’ teeth and how they help palaeontologists classify them.
Linking to our topic, we will be looking at the history of dinosaurs and the famous Mary Anning.
In geography we will look at Earth and its seven continents and label where the different fossils were found.
In PE we are practising throwing and catching and we will also develop our skills in Gymnastics.
In computing we are going to make an audio book.
In Art the children will be using clay to make dinosaurs sculptures.
In Music we will explore different sound sources and create different sounds using a variety of different instruments.
Our Learning - Autumn 2
This half-term we are going to be learning about SPACE!
We’ll travel through space to learn about the Solar System. We’ll investigate an alien crash site, write an incident report and try to find the aliens who have landed. Where could they be? We’ll design spaceships, space buggies and space-related toys. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space. Floor robots will be programmed to move around an alien landscape, and we will compose space sounds and dances. We’ll also explore satellite images, investigate rockets and use ICT to communicate our ideas and present our work.
In Numeracy this half-term we will be counting and ordering numbers up to 100. We’ll learn the value of each digit which will help us with addition and subtraction. We will be looking at money and making amounts using different coins. We will be learning how to measure the length and the weight of objects.
In Literacy this half term we will read and write stories about the moon. We will be focusing on using full stops and capital letters correctly. We will also include adjectives and time words to make our writing more interesting. Please continue to support your child’s reading and spelling, especially the high frequency words.
In our daily phonics sessions we will revise the Phase 3 and 5 sounds that help us to read and write words. We will cover the following sounds: ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au, ey, a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e. We will continue practising correct letter formation.
In RE we will look at the symbols of Baptism. Then we will learn about Advent as a time to look forward to Christmas. At home you can discuss with your child how your family welcomes visitors to your home and find out about some Christian symbols for Advent.
In Science our topic is Everyday Materials. Your child will learn how to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. This will link to our topic ‘Moon Zoom!’ and what material a moon buggy should be made out. We will group and classify materials according to their properties.
Linking to our topic, we will be looking at the history of first moon landing.
In geography we will look at Earth’s satellites images.
In PE we will develop our dancing skills and how astronauts move on the moon.
In computing we are going to programme robots and learn about algorithms.
In D&T the children will design and make space buggies.
In Music we will be learning songs for our nativity performance.