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Year 1: Aqua and Sapphire

Year 1


This half term Year 1 will be looking a poetry book called ‘Out and About: a first book of poems”. It is a lovely book bursting with lovely poems about being outside and different weathers.  This will support pupils learning with different seasons and months.


Throughout pupils’ English lessons, they will be learning about proper nouns and how different days of the week, people and places all start with capital letters. At the end of the English topic pupils will be writing their own poem using knowledge and skills from Poetry Day which will include stanzas and rhyming couplets.


Pupils will be finishing up their topic about time during maths lessons where they will further their understanding of how we can record time using different objects such as clocks and a variety of timers. Pupils will then be looking at length and height and using this vocabulary to describe and compare objects. They will move on to learning the days of the week and months of the year and how they belong in chronological order, which will help support their science topic. Pupils will also learn about using positional language to describe where something is, how to describe the way in which something is turning before using this knowledge to describe different movements.


Using their previous knowledge, pupils will be learning about how plants can stay healthy and what their basic needs are to survive as part of their science topic. They will be performing an experiment using sunflowers to see if the environment a plant is in can affect its growth. Pupils will also be able to identify, classify and group different trees (deciduous and evergreen). They will be able to link their maths learning into their last science topic for the half term by looking at different weather charts and being able to describe the weather.


During Design Technology lessons, pupils will be able to start and finish their houses by following their own designs. They will then be able to start discovering Andy Goldsworthy and the sculptures he makes using natural materials. Pupils will be using their knowledge of Andy’s techniques to design and create their own natural sculptures.


PSHE lessons in Year 1 during this half term will focus on people who help keep us safe. It will help pupils become more confident in selecting the correct people to talk to if they need any help.


During RE day at the end of the half term, pupils will be taking a deeper look into Buddhism. They will be looking at the changes that will be happening in their life such as moving up to Year 2 next year. There will be many opportunities for children to discuss their different feelings and to use the Zones of Regulation to help with discussion on what to do if they are feeling a particular way.


Pupils will continue to have PE on Tuesday afternoons and will be practising their athletic skills and also taking part in lots of net and wall games.

We look forward to having an amazing Summer Term.


Phonics Screening Assessment

The school will carry out the Phonics Screening Assessment with pupils in the week beginning 12th June 2023. There will be a workshop for parents and carers to inform you about the way that the assessment is carried out and how you can support your child at home in the Spring Term.

Further information about the Phonics Screening Assessment can be found at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/194057/phonics_check_leaflet_2013_.pdf