Spring term – Castles, Beasts and Creatures
This term the children will be crossing lines between reality and fantasy when they go back in time to discover the Middle Ages. They will be learning about the Battle of Hastings and the purpose and development of castles. They will look at castles geographically and a trip to Warwick castle will enlighten them about the monarchy, social class and what life was like living in a castle. Children will compare modern day living to life in the Middle Ages and identify the role of the monarchy and how that has changed through time. We will be getting creative making Knights of The Round Table helmets. Classification of animals will bring us to investigate mythical creatures, with dragons being our focus. Children will find themselves presented with ‘real’ dragon eggs and they will create their own creatures, which will be used as stimulus for writing, alongside our key texts.
Further details about Year 1
Year 1 is their first year of the National Curriculum rather than the EYFS in Foundation. Within Year 1, children will develop the skills that they will need throughout their school life and they will do this in a fun and engaging way. Children will continue to learn through play, drama and hands on activities.
Every morning the children will have their maths, English and phonics lessons. Phonics plays an integral part of Year 1 and nearing the end of the year all children will take part in the National Phonics Screening Check. Within the phonics lesson we start introducing alternative spellings for sounds and learn a range of new graphemes including the split digraphs. The children will develop their speed at blending words and start to choose the right graphemes when spelling.
Every Wednesday afternoon the children will receive new spellings as well as being tested on their previous spellings. The spelling test is completed on the back of the sheet that is sent home. This enables parents to see their child’s score and to continue practising those spellings if necessary. As much as it is a spellings ‘test’ we don’t put pressure on the children but simply encourage them to do the best they can do.
Children will continue to take their Learning Log books home every week in order to complete the learning log task. Each week there will be a sticker inside detailing the home learning that is to take place that week, it will generally alternate between a ‘topic’ homework or a ‘MyMaths’ homework. The Learning Logs are used at home but still follow the expectations of work completed within the classroom e.g. ensuring they use a pencil to write with and that their work is done neatly and carefully. We want the children to feel proud of the work they do at home.
Children will have the opportunity to change their reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We really encourage you to read with your child at home, discuss any new vocabulary and talk about the book they have read. Reading plays a huge part in their learning and we want you to be a part of this. Please ensure that children have their reading books with them everyday as reading these books with an adult happens throughout the week.
The children will have PE lessons on a Monday and Thursday afternoon, and we do ask that all PE clothes are named. It is amazing how many unnamed items of clothing we collect!
Within Year 1 we try to pair up with Year 2 as often as we can and deliver lessons as a key-stage. The children enjoy having the opportunity to work with the Year 2’s and they learn from each other.