Welcome to Year 1!
St Francis of Assisi class
A warm welcome to Year 1. Mrs Barratt is your class teacher and Mrs Jones is your teaching assistant. Check in here for photos of activities that we do throughout the year and for information about what we are learning each term.
This term our Curriculum Vehicle is to create a historical Toy Museum for our family to come and visit and explore. Please read below to find out what we are covering in all our subjects.
We will be listening to the parables and miracles of Jesus in our unit 'Jesus: teacher and healer' and thinking about how these stories can help us to become more like Jesus. Then in the lead up to Easter we will be learning about the liturgical seasons of Lent and Holy Week.
We are currently reading the story 'Traction Man is Here'. We will be using a lot of role play to help us develop our ideas and then writing diary entries and retelling a section of the story as a story in it's own entity.
We are starting off the term learning all about 2D and 3D shape. We will then learn about numbers up to 20. Later on in the term we will add and subtract with numbers up to 20 and do some measuring and weighing.
We will be learning about toys and how they were different in the past. We are going to a special toy day at Cannock Museum in March.
We are learning about where our school is in the world so that we can let people know how to get to our Museum. We will learn how to make a simple plan and use it to show someone how to get to different places in the school.
We are learning to name different materials and looking at their properties. We will then look at the difference between animals and humans and link this to our vehicle and think about how animal toys are different to human toys. As spring draws nearer we will look at how the seasons are changing again and continue to monitor the weather.
We are investigating colour and will use this knowledge to create a toy print in the style of Andy Warhol.
Design and Technology:
We are learning about fabric and how to join materials. We will finish by making a fabric face.
We are learning how to give instructions to programmable toys such as BeeBots.
We are listening to music that will inspire us to think about the way different toys move.
This year much of our curriculum is being taught through a 'vehicle'. This is an end product that we are working towards making and all of our learning for the term is focused on working towards this.
As the launch for our first vehicle, we went to Uttoxeter Racecourse Caravan and Motorhome Club Site. The children thought that there might be sand there as their experience of caravan sites is mainly by the seaside and they did question what there was for children to do there. We had a look around the site and in the information room found that there were leaflets and posters about some of the things to do in the local area. The warden had also put up some colouring pictures that she gives to the children who come and visit.
Over the term we are going to create a 'Kid's guide to Uttoxeter' which will inform visitors of place to go for children and also provide some activities for children to do while they are staying in Uttoxeter. Keep visiting to find out where we are up to with this exciting project.
As this will require a few visits out to explore places ourselves, if you are available to be called upon to accompany us on a walk then please let me know as all help will be greatly appreciated.
Topics covered through this vehicle:
RE - Creation, Families and Celebrations, Prayer and Advent
Geography - Our Local Area and mapping skills
Science - Senses - sights, sounds, tastes and smells of Uttoxeter.
History - Places of important local History in Uttoxeter
D and T - design an ideal playground for the caravan site
Art - Colour mixing and painting
Computing - Creating programmes using BeeBots
Music - playground games
Please make sure reading books are brought into school every day. We will change reading books every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, children will need to put them in the box in the classroom if they want them to be changed. We will check reading books every Friday to ensure children are reading regularly at home as per the school policy.
Spelling test results can be found on the half termly overview at the front of the book.
This is a useful site to help with the sounds of graphemes.