I would like to wish all of the parents and children of Year 1 a very warm welcome! I hope that you all had a lovely summer holiday and are ready for an exciting and busy school year.
RE is always at the heart of our learning. This term our RE topics are the following:
- Families: We will learn that everyone belongs to the family of God. We will talk about our own families and the differences between them. Children will understand that God loves and cares for us.
- Belonging: We will explore the different groups that we belong to. Children will learn that Baptism enables us to belong to God’s family in a special way. We will visit the church to find out what happens during a Baptism.
- Waiting: We will learn that Advent is a time of waiting in joyful hope for Jesus. We will explore the story of Christingle and find out why God sent Jesus to us.
Time to Sparkle:
How will you let your talents explode?
This year ‘BRW Spirit Strong’ is our exciting over arching theme. Throughout the year we will encourage the children to dream, dare, ask, achieve, believe, be adventurous, take risks, be curious and creative.
Year 1 will launch their year with the Time to Sparkle! Our imaginations will run wild as we learn about Guy Fawkes and the chain of events that led to the celebration of Bonfire Night.
During history lessons we will find out who Guy Fawkes was and the legacy of the Gunppoder Plot. We will become detectives as we investigate historical sources in order to answer our questions.
In geography we will learn about the countries that make up the United Kingdom. We will find out about the capital cities, flags and famous landmarks of each country. We will label maps and share our knowledge with each other.
Our science lessons with Mrs McGurk will focus on everyday materials. We will learn to distinguish between an object and the material it is made from. We will describe and categorise materials, explaining reasons for our groupings. We will also investigate suitable materials for building as we learn more about the Houses of Parliament. We will also become weather detectives as we learn about the changing seasons.
Our art skills will be developed as we learn about the artist Joan Miro. We will learn about the impact that colour has on a piece of art and why it was so important to Joan Miro. We will create our own colour collections and develop our colour mixing skills. We will also apply colour to our artwork using a range of tools.
We will take part in 2 PE sessions per week. one of our sessions will be gymnastics where we will learn a range of gymnastic shapes and create our own movement sequences. We will also take part in Multi Skills sessions with our coach Gordon Fearne.
In D&T we will learn how to join and fix a range of materials in order to create our very own London skyline. The children will recreate an iconic landmark or building using recycled materials.
Our English lessons will be full of exciting opportunities to explore the story of the Three Little Pigs in great detail. We will learn to retell this story with the help of Talk for Writing. We will innovate this story and then create our own—prepare to be amazed! We will also create our own non-fiction pieces of writing about the Gunpowder Plot. Our focus for the term will be handwriting, capital letters and full stops and writing in full sentences.
During weekly computing sessions, we will learn how to stay safe online and begin to log in to the PCs and select programs. We will also begin to learn typing skills.
Our maths focus for this term is number and place value to 10, adding and subtracting to 10, shape and finally number and place value to 20.
This term is going to be packed full of adventures and lots of exciting opportunities and learning. We can’t wait to get started!