Yr 1 What We Are Learning

Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 1

Spring Term 2019

Head Teacher Message
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to spring term 2019. 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 Christmas break and hope that 2019 is a good one for our whole school community.

This term we hope to pick up where we left before Christmas with our children achieving great progress within their core subject areas, due to the tremendous hard working attitude of them and the dedicated staff team here at school.
Children’s classroom and corridor manners were amazing which created such a lovely atmosphere around school. I was immensely proud of all of the children. In fact I was bursting with pride!!

This term we will also be hoping for some lovely spring sunshine so that children can make full use of our Secret Garden in lesson time and maybe plant some wonderful spring flowers for us all to enjoy (even the ducks!!!)

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.

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)

Here’s to a really positive spring 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.’)
In literacy we will be making New Year’s Writing Resolutions, writing a recount about a journey into space and writing Space poems. We will be using adjectives and writing ‘and’ sentences.
After half term we will be writing instructions to tell our reader How to Bath a Tortoise and reading and writing stories with some of our favourite animals.
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;
• further developing our number skills
• using the 4 operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication) and applying them in word problems.
• learning our 2 and 5 times tables
• looking at coin values
• learning our number bonds to 10 and 20

Topic
Our new Topic’s are ‘Moon Zoom’ and Paws, Claws and Whiskers’ We will be helping our Alien visitor Zob learn about materials and their properties and designing a waterproof space suit to send him off to explore the ice crater on Mars. We will be learning the names of the planets in our solar system and ordering them by their distance from the Sun. We will be doing lots of research to help us create a power point full of space facts to present to the other classes.
After half term, in Paws, Claws and Whiskers we will be classifying amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and fish. And learning about predators and prey and how to care for animals.

Safeguarding (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
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.
We will talk about handling and caring for animal’s safely.

Dates for your Diary

Spring Term:      Monday 7th January 2019 – Friday 5th April 2019
Half Term:         Monday 18th February 2019 – Friday 22nd February 2019
PD Days:            Friday 25th January 2019, Friday 22nd March 2019
Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 5th February 2019
World Book Day:      
Thursday 7th March 2019