Yr 1 What We Are Learning

Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 1

Summer Term 2019

Head Teacher Message
Where did the spring term go? The time has flown since children started their new classes in September.
On behalf of the staff I would like to wish everyone a happy return after the Easter break. Let us hope that the sun keeps its hat on and that term is a good one for our whole school community.

This term we hope to continue with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to their tremendous hard working attitude and the dedicated staff team here at school.
Children’s classroom and corridor manners continue to be amazing which creates such a lovely, warm and caring atmosphere around school. I am immensely proud of all of the children. In fact I think I might just pop, as I am bursting with pride!

We hope to make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson times and maybe plant some wonderful flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!). It is wonderful to see our children participating in their outdoor learning. They get so excited and engaged.

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. (remember x3 a week reading at home is our minimum expectation)

We also hope that every effort is made by you for every child to attend school regularly. It is so important for your child’s development that we can’t stress that enough. (96% and above is GOOD attendance)

On a final note I would personally like to thank you all for the tremendous support you have given me this year as Headteacher. It has meant a great deal.

Here’s to a really positive summer term!

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
Summer Term:    Tuesday 23rd  April 2019 – Friday 19th July 2019
Half Term:            Monday 27th May 2019 – Friday 31st May 2019
PD Days:              Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd July
Bank Holiday:     Monday 6th May 2019