Yr 1 What We Are Learning

Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 1

Spring Term 2020

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.
For the first half term we will be writing stories based on ‘Beegu’. We will then be writing recounts about our imaginary journeys into space. Finally we finish English for the half term writing poems about space. We will be writing ‘and’ sentences, using adjectives and exclamation marks to make our writing more interesting to the reader.
After half term we will be writing our own versions of the ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ and writing fact files for different animals.  We will writing ‘and’ sentences, using adjectives and questions marks to make our writing more interesting. We are continuing to enjoy using 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
This term in maths we will be continuing to develop our fluency skills; in counting forwards and backwards to and from 100, times tables  (X10, X2 and X5) and number bonds to 5/10. Look out for your child bringing times tables homes to practise! Supporting your child with their rapid recall tests, will really help improve their fluency in maths. Once these skills are mastered, your child will be able to begin reasoning and problem solving across all the areas in maths. Every term we revisit the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to ensure children fully understand the concepts.  We will be revisiting telling the time at o clock and half past using an analogue clock, finding fractions (½ and ¼) in relation to shapes and numbers, 2D and 3D shapes and the value of notes and coins.

Topic
Our new Topics are ‘Moon Zoom’ and ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’. We will be learning about the first moon landing and the different planets in the Solar System. We will be building on our knowledge of the properties of materials to design and make a new space suit for an astronaut. We will also be looking at video footage featuring Neil Armstrong and Time Peake; making comparisons about how space travel has changed over time and predicting how it might develop in the future.
After half term, in our topic ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’ we will be looking at the different classification of animals; amphibians, birds, reptiles, fish and mammals. We will be learning how to take care of wild and domestic animals through looking at charities and organisations such as PDSA, RPSCA and WWF. We will also be looking at the features of animals and making links to humans, in order to create our own wild-self in ICT lessons!

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
Spring Term:  Monday 6th January 2020 – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:      Monday 17th February 2020 – Friday 21st February 2020