Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

We are excited to start a new year with our team, which is made up of Mr Lacey & Mrs Sutherland in Pearl and Mrs Fernandes, Mrs Godbold and Miss Young in Jade class.

We start the year with our brand new autumn topic, ‘Toys From the Past’. The children will be exploring toys on a timeline, the tradition and history of nursery rhymes and teddy bears picnics. We will also be exploring the oldest toy in our homes, focusing on teddies. This links with our Autumn trip to The Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green on 18th October, volunteers are always welcome. Please contact the office if you wish to attend with your child.

As always, Maths plays a key part in the year 1 curriculum and we start the term exploring number. The children will continue to build on their important problem solving skills that they developed in reception, which ensures that they not only can calculate an answer, but can explain why and how they have achieved this. Times tables will be taught this year as ‘groups of’ and ‘lots of’ so helping your child at home, such as practicing drawing equal groups of quantities.

We continue to develop literacy through our excellent ‘Talk for Writing' project and start the term focusing on ‘The Gingerbread Man’.  As always, supporting your child at home with reading, handwriting and spelling will complement their learning in school and will allow your child to achieve the best that they can. We will soon be providing opportunities for you to come into school to see how the children’s hard work and effort is paying off and we look forward to seeing you there.

We then move onto our study of ‘Turrets and Tiaras’ in the spring term, focusing on Castles which will link into our trip to Mountfitchet castle on 12th March.

Our summer term topic will be ‘grow your own’ which will link to our Science exploration of how plants grow. We hope to grow a range of vegetables at school across the spring and summer term.

Please do look at the curriculum map provided for more details on the curriculum overview. As always, should you have any question, then please do not hesitate to ask any member of the team. We are able to take brief questions on the playground, but please do ask for an appointment should you wish to discuss any matter in more detail. Please do come and see us, as we welcome opportunities to discuss your child’s learning.


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In English this half term we have been studying ‘The Gingerbread Man’. The children innovated their character to become an animal. We have been developing our Design and Technology, textiles skills by designing and making a puppet of our Innovated character. The children used textiles pens to draw their character then used wool and a needle to thread the sides together to make a pocket.

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Year 1 Pearl

Year 1 Pearl

This week we have started our new story of the gingerbread man. Using play dough we are building the characters and sharing the story. In maths we have been practicing our numbers (after a long summer holiday) and working on positional numbers. Great for when we are lining up. We are all excited for our new topic: TOYS!

 


 

Year 1 Teddy Bear's Picnic

Year 1 Teddy Bears Picnic