Welcome to year 1
My name is Miss Nattrass and I’m the class teacher. We are supported by our teaching assistant Miss Graham. I have worked at Longtown since 2017, I am a creative practitioner and I love to plan our whole school performances and celebrations.
Our topic this term is ‘Come fly with me’. Within this unit we will be learning all about the history of flight. We will learn about how transport has changed over the years and when the first flight took off! This will include finding out information about significant people such as the Wright Brothers and Amelia Earhart. We will be questioning how this significant historical event has had an impact on our lives today. The children’s building skills will be put to the test this term when we build our own plane.
In science this half term we will be learning about materials. This will involve naming a variety of materials and their properties such as if they are soft, stretchy etc. We will also be putting our science knowledge into action – conducting scientific investigations. This is to find out which materials are or are not waterproof. I wonder what our findings will be?
Our topic this term is ‘The Great Fire of London’. Within this unit we will be learning all about the history of the Great Fire and how significant it is. This will include finding out information about significant people such as Samuel Pepys and how his diary was famous for documenting the fire. We will be exploring artefacts to see how London has changed over time. The children’s building skills will be put to the test when we design and create our own Tudor houses.
In English this term we will be linking our genres to our topic The Great Fire of London. We will begin by reading the text ‘Toby and the Great Fire’. This story helps to give us an insight as to what life during the fire might have been like for people. Using this story we will learn how to write a diary – to document events during the Great Fire.
The next genre we will then focus on is Explanation texts. We will use our knowledge about how the Great Fire started to create fire safety posters in the form of Explanations texts.
In Maths this term we are re-capping our knowledge of place value exploring numbers to 50 and beyond. We will be completing lots of practical activities to show number facts and finding fun ways to represent numbers.
We will then be learning about measurement. Both length & height and weight and volume. We will need lots of different resources to help us to measure. Can you think of any thing we could use?
In science this half term we will be learning about plants. This will involve identifying parts of a plant and researching what job each of these parts does. We will also be learning how to grow a plant successfully. This may involve using our scientific enquiry skill – observing over time – by planting our own plants in different places and observing how much of an impact this has. We also be learning about evergreen and deciduous trees – using mathematics skills to count how many of each we can find.
Our PE days are Mondays and Wednesdays. Children will need full PE kit for these days and their PE kit will be kept on their peg and taken home to wash each half term. This term our focus is gymnastics and dance. Who can be challenged to complete a forward roll?
How to help your child at home
Children are expected to read every night at home in order to progress up the reading stars – strive for 5. They will be given a raffle ticket for every day that they read. This will enter them into a draw for a weekly prize. If they have read 5 times they will also receive a purple house point (worth 5 points) for their team.
Homework will be given termly – based on the children’s topic. It will be a project to complete over the topic and will be showcased in our classroom.
Spellings will be given to the children every Tuesday – and will be tested the following Monday. They will be based on the phonics sounds they will be learning that week – so we will be practising in school as well as home. These will be given on a sheet that you can keep at home.
At the end of year 1 – we have a phonics screening check. This is to check the children have reached the expected level in phonics. With this being a big focus this year, it would be most useful to help children at home with phonics. The best way to do this is to read with your child every night. There are also lots of phonics games online that can support this.
https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ – Phonics (Some games are free)
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ – lots of useful English & maths games (Aged 5-7 bracket)
https://kidsspell.com/ – Spelling games with pre made lists of spelling or lists can be made
http://www.ictgames.com – Maths and English games
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/science/ – Science activities & games