Wed Sep 18 2019

Class 1 Topics - Spring 2016

Here are the topics Class 1 will be covering over the spring term. 

Communication and Language (Reception)/ Literacy (Year 1)
The children will have lots of opportunities to listen to others and show understanding by sharing their weekly wow from home, learning in the listening corner, listening to stories daily, learning songs and rhymes and taking part in role play. In the second half term the children will be focusing on traditional tales which will lead to opportunities   for speaking and listening, role play, reading and writing.
 
Physical Development (Reception)/Physical Education (Year 1)
PE lessons are on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. The first half term the children will only require their indoor PE kit as we will be exploring gymnastic skills in the hall, such as, balances, jumps, turns and different ways of moving. The second half term the children will be learning skills and playing simple games. We will try to get outside as much as possible, so please ensure the children have suitable clothing.
 
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (Reception)/PSHE (Year 1)
PSHE is embedded in everything the children do on a daily basis. The focus this term is that the children will be learning about each other and themselves. They will explore how to work and play with others, recognise how their actions affect others and offer solutions to problems. They will learn about respect for themselves and others. It is the aim for the children to grow in self-confidence and develop their ability to express their own needs and feelings whilst having some understanding of the needs of others.
 
Literacy
In the first half term the children will be exploring non-fiction books with the Year 1 children writing their own facts about owls. The second half term the focus will be traditional tales. All children will continue to take part in daily Letters and Sounds activities with the Year 1s completing a weekly spelling test. 
 
Mathematics Numeracy (Reception)/ Numeracy (Year 1)
The Reception children will be counting in 1s, 2s, and 5s, ordering numbers, and adding or taking away from a number. The focus will be numbers up to 30.  We will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes, money, time and measuring. The Year 1 children will be looking at basic number and learning some mathematical vocabulary. They will learn about all four operations of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction and will be using these to solve problems. They will continue to work using concrete resources and be encouraged to use representations in their work before moving onto more abstract and mental methods for their calculations. 
 
Expressive arts and design (Reception):
The children will be continuing to explore and experiment with different media and materials, and will be encouraged to use their imaginations in different ways; crafts, music, dance, role play and stories.
 
(Music Year 1) The children will be looking at, and learning about, different instruments with Mr Lawrence.
 
(Design Technology Year 1) After half term the children will learn about different types of textiles and use these to design and make a puppet. If the children have any puppets at home that they would like to bring in to share, please send them in.
(Art Year 1) The children will be investigating materials and will learn about and produce their own weaving.
Understanding of the World (Reception):
The children will be given opportunities to grow and observe plants, discover and discuss seasonal changes and explore why things happen. They will continue to explore the class computer, digital camera and cd/tape player.
 
(Year 1 Science) The children will be exploring seasonal changes looking at winter and spring. Also they will be exploring the topic Humans and other animals where they will learn about body parts and the five senses before moving on to look at and compare other animals.
(Year 1 Computing) The children will be using word processing and power point presentations to create instructions for creating, storing and retrieving information.
(Year 1 Geography) The children will learn about the Florence Nightingale and the impact her work has had on hospital care. This will include a visit to Norwich to learn more about Florence Nightingale.
(Year 1 Religious Education) The children will be learning about the Christian family and they will also learn about the importance of Easter to the Christian community. 
 
Other: 
 
Drinks money:
Drinks are 20p a day. Thank you for sending your child’s drinks money in an envelope with your child’s name on at the beginning of the week as this helps avoid confusion.
 
Naming Clothing:
It is now the time that labels start to come off clothing so please continue to ensure all your children’s clothing is named as it makes it easier to match the clothing to the child at the end of the school day.
 
Reading:
The children have done really well learning their phonics and most children are now moving onto taking home word pots and reading books. For those children reading please aim to support your child with their reading each day as this will greatly help develop their confidence and enjoyment of reading. 
 
Spellings
The year 1 children have weekly spellings to learn at home. They have a spelling test on a Friday.
 
Slide and play equipment:
Due to health and safety reasons, please do not allow your children to play on the slide in the outdoor area while dropping them off or picking them up. For insurance purposes, children are only allowed to use the equipment during school hours whilst supervised!
 
Picking up after school:
If someone other than the usual person will be picking up your child after school, please do let one of us know.
 
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