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Autumn 2017 Year group 1
Our topic for the Autumn Term is ‘Journeys’
Religious Education: The topic this half term is ‘Beginning with the Church’. We will learn about the ‘welcome’ Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist. We will talk about how we welcome people by the things we say, the things we do and things we use to make people welcome. We will then become familiar with some of the symbols, words and actions used in Baptism and the Eucharist; we will begin to be able to describe what they are and what the Priest does with them in Baptism and during Mass. To support your child’s understanding, we would like - if possible - that they bring in a photo of their baptism/baptismal candle/gown or certificate to share with their class.
Topic: We will explore journeys locally and afar. We will look at the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements such as Neil Armstrong. We will examine different forms of transport and understand how transport has changed over time. We will have opportunities for local visits and hopefully a trip to the Science Museum. In Geography, we will build our knowledge of oceans and seas around the UK and the world. Inspired by the seascapes, we will use a variety of techniques to create textured watercolour paintings and collages. In our Science topic of ‘Materials’, we will learn to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made and identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock and investigate floating and sinking.
English: We will explore a range of fiction books linked to journeys and learn to retell them orally before composing a sequence of sentences to form short narratives. When writing sentences, we will practise and develop saying out loud what we are going to write about; we will compose a sentence orally before writing it and re-read what we have written to check that it makes sense. We will learn to understand why we use a capital letter at the start of a sentence and a full stop for the reader. We will identify what a noun is and know when to use a capital letter for names of people, places, the days of the week, and the personal pronoun ‘I’.
Phonics: We will be revisiting phase 3 sounds before moving onto phase 4 and 5 sounds. Your child will receive phonics homework every week and it is important that they practise the sounds/words that they are given.
Your child will receive a username and password for the phonic program ‘Teach your monster to Read’ this week. This can be played on a mobile/tablet device. www.phonicsplay.co.uk is a great website which has activities and games that support children in learning phonics. The Mr Thorne website is also a great tool for revising sounds that your child needs support with - www.mrthorne.com
Handwriting: We will continue to develop how to hold a pencil comfortably and correctly and practise forming lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place.
We will learn which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (i.e. letters that are formed in similar ways) and practise these daily in the school’s cursive handwriting script. Children who can form their letters correctly and which are well presented will be awarded a smelly pencil!
Mathematics: Our first topic will be ‘place value’ and we will secure our knowledge of counting forwards and backwards up to 20 from any given number and then beyond 20. Please practise counting at home regularly in everyday real- life contexts. We will identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line, and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least. We will then move onto addition and subtraction representing and using number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10. We will add and subtract one digit numbers to 10, including zero and solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representation.
PE Days - Tuesday and Wednesday. On these days your child will need to wear their P.E kit to school.
Homework – Homework will be handed out on Friday to be returned on the following Tuesday. Key words will also be given out. These should be returned when your child can read them and we will then update your child’s key words.
Reading – children should be reading daily and their reading records should be signed.