Yr 1 What We Are Learning

Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 1

Summer Term 2021

Head Teacher Message
On behalf of the staff we would like to thankyou for your fantastic efforts during the Spring Term lockdown due to the global pandemic of Covid19. The way, with your tremendous support that our children accessed their remote learning package via See-Saw was absolutely wonderful to see. You all deserve an even bigger medal than last time!

As you know the school staff worked tirelessly around the clock to provide the children with the high-quality work that they needed.
However, nothing can beat face to face teaching with children learning in a real classroom environment.
So, it gives me ENORMOUS pleasure to welcome you all back to the Summer Term.  Lets all hope that we can finally get back to some sort of normality.

I hope that you have all had the chance to relax and recharge your batteries during the Easter holidays. It is so important that our children now attend regularly to catch up the ‘missing months’ since January. I’m positive with your continued support and our excellent teaching, our children will continue to achieve well and try their very best in all lessons.

I am so proud of them all and the way they have started back this Summer term. Their resilience and hard-working attitude astounds me.
As always, 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 (via the telephone), and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school. Reading remains the key to everything! Please, please, please encourage them as much as you can with their reading at home. It’s greatly appreciated.

John Dixon

Our work for this term.

English
We will be working hard in our new Read, Write, Inc. groups every morning and bringing home a book that we have read in our lessons. We think you will be very impressed as our reading skills improve. Please listen to your child read their book and write down any comments about their reading and return the book each week. Thank you.
In our classes we will be writing a sentences using ‘Fred fingers’ to spell words. We will be focussing on saying our sentence before we write it down, using finger gaps and punctuating with a full stop.
We will enjoy reading a range of different stories this half term based around London: ’The Queens Knickers’ by Nicholas Allan and ’Paddington at the Tower’ by Michael Bond. We will be writing our own versions of these stories, adding in our own ideas and focussing on writing a sequence of sentences that link and make sense using a wide range of punctuation.
After half term, we will be reading and writing about the story ‘Two can Toucan’ by David McKee. We will also be writing our own rainforest poems towards the end of the year.

Maths
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 from 0 to 100  in ones and back from 100 to 0 (please practise at home-especially crossing those tricky multiples of ten). We will be revisiting addition and subtraction for numbers within 20 using bar modelling, part-whole models and beginning to use mental methods to solve.
After half term we will be learning to count in twos, fives and tens and linking this to multiplication and division. We will also be taking on the times table challenge too. Look out for us bringing home our 10, 2 and 5 times tables. We will also learn to tell the time to o clock and half past, learn the name of coins and notes and measure length and height. Please continue to support your children with their Rapid Recall tests.

Topic
Our topics this term will be ‘Bright Lights, Big City and ‘Rio de Vida. In the first half term we will be learning about our the four countries of the United Kingdom and their capital cites. We will be looking at London in greater detail and learning about historical events; such as ‘The Great Fire of London’.
After half term we will be learning about Brazilian culture, as well as designing and making our own carnival masks. We will also be comparing and identifying differences between Brazil and the United Kingdom; geographical features, weather and language.

Safeguarding (This section will tell you what we are teaching children about lifestyle choices)
During this term we will be highlighting the importance of keeping safe when using the internet, both at school and at home. We will also be reminding children of the importance of being safe in our local area and people who help us. We will be talking about dressing appropriately for the weather (please provide warm coats, gloves, hats as the weather begins to cool, as we will be going outdoors to look at seasonal change). We have begun to use hand sanitiser every day and are learning about the importance of good hand hygiene and its impact on our health.

Dates for your Diary
Summer Term:  Monday 12th April 2021 – Friday 16th July 2021
May Day:           Monday 3rd May 2021
Half Term:         Monday 31st May 2021 – Friday 4th June 2021