Yr 1 What We Are Learning

Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 1

Autumn Term 2019

Head Teacher Message
Welcome back to our new Autumn term. On behalf of the staff we would like to welcome you to a new school year and hope that 2019/20 is a good one for our whole school community.
I hope that you have all had the chance to read our really positive Ofsted report from June of last summer. One thing that stood out is how well our children achieve, conduct themselves and really try their very best in all lessons. Something which I’m sure you are just as proud of them as I was and indeed am!!!
Our teachers have lots of interesting activities planned for this term and hope that you will enjoy hearing what children have been working on at consultation meetings, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school.

John Dixon

Our work for this term.

English
We will be progressing through our RWI groups and learning phonics every day in preparation for our Phonic Screening Test in June. (look out for our alien word homework and ask your children to teach you about ‘special friends.’)
For the first half term we will be writing stories based ‘Katie in London’ and ‘Paddington at the Tower’. We will be writing ‘and’ sentences, using adjectives, questions marks and exclamation marks to make our writing more interesting to the reader.
After half term we will be writing traditional tales from other countries including the story of Curupira and the Great Kapok Tree. We will also be writing poems based on our topic ‘Rio de Vida.’ We are excited to visit our amazing new library and share a love of reading.
We aim to expand the children’s vocabulary by introducing new words every half term that are linked to our topic.  Topic words will be sent home with our spelling’s each week please discuss the meaning with your child. They will love sharing their new knowledge with you.

Maths We will be;
In maths this term we will be consolidating all of the number work we have done throughout the year. We will be looking at place value and ensuring we can all count to 100 (please practise at home-especially crossing those tricky decades.) We will be exploring different ways to solve problems using our number bonds and using tens frames to support our addition, subtraction, place value and number bonds work.
We will also revisit telling the time on an analogue clock (o’clock and half past), the values of coins and notes and fractions (½ and ¼) of shapes and numbers.
We will be taking on the times table challenge too. Look out for us bringing home our 10, 2 and 5 times tables.

Topic
Our new Topics are ‘Bright Lights, Big City and Rio de Vida. We will be learning all about The Great Fire of London. We will be building on our knowledge of the properties of materials and carrying out an experiment to see which material would be best to make a bucket that would put a fire out. We will also be learning the names, location and identifying characteristics of the 4 countries and capital cities of the United Kingdom.
After half term, in our topic Rio de Vida we will be looking at the colourful carnival city, Rio. We will be looking at life in Rio and comparing it to life in Middlesbrough. We will also look at the Brazilian rainforests and will sort UK and Brazilian plants into groups according to their features. We will end the year with a bang by taking part in a Brazilian carnival finale, just in time for sports day at the end of term!

Safeguarding (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
Keeping Safe and Healthy We will be practising safe use of the internet to carry out our research.
We will continue to use our hand gel every day when we arrive and before lunch.
Please keep our children safe in the sun by applying sun cream before school each day. You could even send in a cap or sun hat (make sure it has your child’s name on it). Please also send a water bottle to school with your child. Our classrooms get very warm in the afternoons. Thank you.

Dates for your Diary
Autumn Term:  Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – Friday 20th December 2019
Half Term: Monday 28th October 2019 – Friday 1st November 2019