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Year One

What is my my child learning this term?

Summer term 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

A belated welcome back to a new term at Charles Dickens! Please find below our curriculum for this term, together with some important information about how you can help us with your child’s learning.

Year One

Summer Term: Seaside

This term, we will be learning all about the Seaside. We will compare life at the seaside with life in the city of London (our topic from last term). We will be visiting the seaside itself at the end of term!

We will begin the term by learning about Katie Morag, a fictional Scottish girl who lives on the Isle of Struay. We will be writing letters in role as Katie Morag and the other inhabitants and then we will write our own Katie Morag story.

We will then progress to learning all about the historical heroine Grace Darling, who bravely rescued a group of shipwrecked sailors in the Victorian period. We will be writing news reports about the event and using reporters’ language to describe the exciting events.

After half term, we will be exploring poetry through the wordless picture book ‘Flotsam’, which will give us the opportunity to gather language and create group and individual poems. We will finish the year by exploring the book “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch”. We will write our own stories, create mini plays and – hopefully – even make our own ‘Lighthouse Lunch’!

We will focus on writing simple, well punctuated sentences, applying our phonics and using simple conjunctions in order to extend sentences. We will also be learning about time openers which can be used to link and order sentences and we will also be starting to join our handwriting so that it becomes really neat!

We will be learning to subtract with numbers that are less than 20 and will be counting, ordering and comparing numbers up to 100. We will practice our mental addition and subtraction and continue to explore the concepts of multiplication and division. We will be learning more about money – exchanging coins for combinations which have the same value and adding and subtracting coins. We will compare the length of two objects by using a start line and measuring items to find lengths in standard units of measurement. We will compare the mass of two objects and find the mass in units. We will practise telling the time to the nearest hour and half hour and we will be collecting data and representing it in pictographs.

Our science this term is all about animals! In the first half term, we will be looking at invertebrate ‘minibeasts’. We will go out into the local area to look at the bugs that we can find and will discuss their characteristics; their habitats and how they are similar and different to one another. In the second half of term, we will look at seaside animals, using simple classification grids in order to consolidate our work on the similarities and differences between different types of animals.

Our Seaside topic will enable us to cover many areas of Geography learning, including comparing life in London with life at the Seaside; reading and making simple maps and identifying the countries of the United Kingdom, together with its surrounding seas. If you have any photos of trips that you and your family have made to the seaside, please do send them in to share with us!

In R.E., we will be learning about Buddha and his teachings. We will be learning about how he taught people to respect all living things and to life in a mindful way. We will consider how the teachings of Buddha could apply to all of us and thinking about how it compares to other religions.

Design Technology:
Our DT topic this term relates to cooking – we will be learning how to design, make and prepare our own fruit salads as part of our “Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch” unit. We will learn how to handle sharp knives sensibly and discuss the hygienic preparation of food before we get the chance to eat our feast!

We will be using art to explore our topic of The Seaside. We will be making a large “Katie Morag” map; making pop-up puppets; exploring calligraphy and making simple sculptures.

Children will be working with Hannah from Southwark Music Service and Mr Tamar, our brand new music teacher. The children will be learning basic notation and music composition, alongside a range of songs and musical games.

In French, we will be learning to talk about the rooms of the house; how to count to ten and about the pets that we might have at home. In the second half of term, our learning will focus on fruit and colours – which should link in nicely with our DT work on fruit salads!

In PE, the children will be working with Delene, our resident dance teacher. The children will learn to work together to create simple movements and sequences to create simple but effective dances. The dance lessons will take place on Wednesdays. In order to facilitate a quick changeover between the lessons, we would like children to come to school in their PE kit (long trousers, rather than shorts, please), together with a jumper.

The other PE lesson will be on Mondays, where we will be focusing on outdoor athletics. On Mondays, the children should wear their school uniform and will be able to change into their PE kits before the lesson, as usual.

In PSHCE, we will be looking at Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco education. This is part of the Christopher Winter project and focuses on age appropriate lessons, introducing children to the idea of drugs which can be taken as medicines, in order to make people better and the idea that some substances are ‘unsafe’ for consumption. In previous years, we have found these lessons to be extremely valuable as they encourage healthy debate and help the children to engage in topical issues in an useful way.

Special events/ enrichment opportunities:
We will be visiting the seaside in order to enrich our learning about this contrasting locality! We will send out further details about this trip very soon as we will be looking for a number of parent helpers to help us on our expedition!

This term, your son or daughter will also complete a Year One phonics test. This is a government test which enables teachers to judge whether or not your son or daughter has achieved a level of fluency in his or her reading and decoding. It will take place on a one to one basis and the children are not made aware that it is a test, more just another chance to read with their teacher! We have already had a few practise tests and the children enjoy the format because it involves naming lots of brightly coloured aliens with crazily spelt names!

How parents can be involved in home learning:
As ever, it is extremely important that you continue to listen to your child read on a daily basis. Even confident readers benefit from being listened to! If you find that your child’s school reading book has not been changed, please catch either the class teacher or the TA at the start of the day, in order to ensure that your son or daughter regularly has new reading material.

In addition, we will continue to send home ‘home learning; on a weekly basis. This will be sent out on Fridays and should be returned on Wednesdays. It is extremely helpful if you can help your son or daughter to complete this work as adult support will enable any misconceptions to be addressed.

Finally, please ensure that all children’s school uniform is named so that we can attempt to avoid mountains of lost property!

Many thanks,

Sophie Alcock, Robert Paul, Tom Oxenham, Mariyam Shafia, Rhianwen Guthrie and Hayley Tyson.

Year One teaching team.