Yr 1 What We Are Learning

Beech Grove Primary School

Curriculum Update

Year 1

Autumn 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 2020/2021 is a good one for our whole school community and we can finally get back to some form of normality.
I cannot thank you enough for the tremendous home-schooling efforts you went to during the nations Covid19 lockdown. You all deserve a medal!
I hope that you have all had the chance to relax and recharge your batteries during the summer holidays. It is so important that our children now attend regularly to catch up the ‘missing months’. 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.
We will one day look back on this period in time with immense pride of how well the children of Beech Grove did. I am so proud of them all and the way they have started back this Autumn term.
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, and will support them with their homework and reading outside of school. Reading is 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.

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 labels and captions 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 Sue Hendra’s Supertato stories and writing our own version, focussing on writing a sequence of sentences that link and make sense. At the end of the half term, we will be going on a senses walk and writing our own senses poem.
After half term we will be writing instructions of how to make a firework and a windsock. We will also be reading and writing the story of The Sun and the Wind.

Our main focus in maths will be number. We will be concentrating on the numbers 0-10, counting forwards and backwards, sorting and grouping objects/numbers, comparing numbers (beginning to use < >= symbols) and consolidating the children’s knowledge of one more and one less than a number, which they began to learn in reception. We will be reinforcing the children’s knowledge of basic mathematical operations, addition and subtraction whilst using number bonds to 10.

Our topics this term will be ‘We Are Superheroes’ and ‘Splendid Skies’. In the first half term we will be learning about our Super senses in science and learning about Florence Nightingale.
After half term we will making wind socks and looking at seasonal changes and learning about deciduous and evergreen trees. We will be learning about Francis Beaufort who invented the Beaufort scale.

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
Spring Term:  Monday 4th January 2021 – Friday 26th March 2021
Half Term:      Monday 15th February 2021 – Friday 19th February 2021