Term 3 & 4  

Curriculum Newsletter Spring Term 2018

 Year One Curriculum Information

Spring Term 2018

 Mrs Hodgson / Mrs Rowley

 First of all I would like to start with congratulating all the children on their hard work during a very busy Autumn Term. They have all settled in very well to the new Y1 curriculum and are making very pleasing progress. 

Changes to the general routine for the children in Terms 3 and 4

Plan Do Review- The children will be having a reduced time for Plan Do Review. I believe they are mainly all at a stage now where they are settled and comfortable working within the Y1 Curriculum and therefore do not need the full afternoon sessions for Plan Do Review. These sessions are put in place for the transition between Reception to Year One. In reducing this time it also give the children much more opportunity to develop further in Science, History and Geography. 

Monday Afternoons- These will be covered by Mrs Weller and Mrs Tracey, who will be taking the children to Birthday Assembly, delivering a planned music lesson and taking our Show and Tell session. A rota for show and tell is sent out every week at the bottom of the homework. 

Spring Term Curriculum

A brief description of the Y1 curriculum for Terms 3 and 4 follows. However, please note that assessment and the interests of the children guides planning and teaching for the class, so planning can be changed and some pupils may require further support, whereas others will need extending and challenging.

English- Our English focus for Terms 3 and 4 will be stories based on familiar settings and traditional stories. We will also be looking at some poetry. Our non-fiction work will focus on writing information texts and captions. Pupils will continue to develop and deepen their phonic knowledge. There will be a strong focus on looking at split digraphs. This links with our grammar work which focuses on sentence building strategies and looking at nouns, adjectives and exploring different tenses. Pupils will have the opportunity to work in role-play situations and take part in various drama activities.

Maths- In our daily maths lesson we will be looking at addition and subtraction within 20, developing the children’s knowledge of number and place value to 50. This will include learning the multiples of 2, 5 and 10. In the topic of measurement we will be learning about length, height, weight and volume.

ICT- Our computing topics for Term 3 and 4 are; ‘We are storytellers’ and ‘We are collectors’. We be stressing the importance of using the internet safely and learning continuously about e-safety. Computing will be used to support all curriculum areas whenever possible.

PE- Our PE sessions will be on Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. Please ensure children have a named PE kit in for those days. We will be covering Dance, Ball Skills and Gymnastics.  

Science-The Science module for the term is learning about ‘Everyday Materials’. This is alongside the module ‘Seasonal Change’ which is being covered throughout the year. These will both be taught with an emphasis on practical investigation and exploration.

Topic- Our History based topic for this term is ‘Explorers’. The children will be researching and learning about the lives of influential and significant people. For this we will be looking at the lives of Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake.

Religious Education- In RE we will be looking at 'special books' in different religions. 

Art and Design/ Design and Technology- Our art work will be the topic ‘Paper Art’ and we will be exploring different uses of paper and making collages, papier-mâché and sculptures  In DT we will be exploring ‘Sliders and Leavers’ and making pop-up cards. 

Music/ PHSE- We will continue to follow the ‘Music Express’ scheme for our music lessons will be exploring duration and pitch. And the SEAL programme for PSHE will follow the topics ‘Good to be me’ and ‘Going for Goals’.

Thank you all very much for your support so far, we are thoroughly enjoying teaching your children and look forward to another successful term.

Mrs Hodgson and Mrs Rowley