Curriculum: Autumn Term 2018
In Maths, we are learning:
- Number and Place Value
- Mental Addition and Subtraction
- Problem Solving, Reasoning and Algebra
- Mental Multiplication and Division
In Literacy, we are learning:
The children predict how the different stories will end, and then retell them in their own words. They focus on characters and ask questions about them, and they link the characters’ experiences to their own using drama and role-play. They then decide which story they liked most and give reasons for their choice. The children compose sentences orally, with the teacher modelling correct punctuation, and go on to write their own compositions about a visit to a farm and the diary of a dragon. In the main writing task, they plan, storyboard, orally re-tell and write ‘My Hedgehog Story’, and then review and evaluate it with their peers.
- Class Two at the Zoo by Julia Jarman
- Who’s Our New Teacher? By Jeanne Willis
- Aaaaarrgghh, Spider! by Lydia Monks
The children read the interactive eBook Who Lives Here?, linking the text to their own experiences. They use maps to recall the sequence and ask questions about events in the eBook. They learn about different uses for capital letters and use these in their writing. The writing tasks involve composing factual sentences about animals and writing a nature diary following a model.
The children use their senses to explore the weather, mud and the playground as they enjoy listening to a range of poetry. They come up with new vocabulary and sound effects and use real and invented words to describe what they feel – linking it all to their own experiences. They construct sentences to describe how things feel and sound. Oral rehearsal is encouraged at each step of the planning and writing process as they create short narratives and poems. They experiment with sound and rhythm to recite a poem as a group.
- Wind Ways by Judith Nicholls
- When the Wind Blows by John Foster
- Sounds Good! by John Foster
- On the Playground by Wes Magee
- The Mud-pie Makers’ Rhyme by Janet Paisley
The children are introduced to the idea of the unit: that they will present poems to an audience and become poetry stars. As a class, they read and recite a variety of poems, practising reading them in different ways (adding actions, expression, etc.) to develop their skills. They practice ways to learn poems off by heart. They practise joining words to make sentences and using the punctuation to help read for meaning. After some teacher modelling, they write letters to invite people to their poetry star performance, rehearsing sentences orally before writing them. Time is given at the end of the unit for the children to practise performing poems, both as a whole class and in smaller groups. The children then present to an audience, and feedback on each other’s performances.
In this term, we will learn about
- Saying Salam
- Classroom rules
- Who am I?
- Keeping clean
- Using the toilet
- Paradise and hell
- Story of Nani Adam
- The five pillars of Islam
In Geography, we are learning:
This ‘Our School’ unit is about the world, starting with their immediate environment and building on the firm foundations from the Early Years Foundation Stage. Children will explore their school environment using first hand observation and experience to enhance their awareness along with essential map skills and fieldwork.
In History, we are learning:
Kings and Queens
This Kings and Queens unit is about the significant British monarchs in history, and gives a more in-depth study of Richard III as well as asking the children to draw comparisons between Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria. The unit consolidates the children’s awareness of the past and significant individuals through using timelines and making comparisons between various periods in history.
In Science, we are learning:
This ‘Everyday Materials’ unit is about everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, water and rock. Children will learn to identify and name everyday materials and will have the opportunity to explore the properties of these materials. Children also will carry out a simple investigation to help them decide which material would be most suitable to use for an umbrella. At the end of the unit children apply their knowledge of everyday materials to sort objects by their properties. A range of learning activities are used in this unit including, discussions, labelling and matching activities, games, and an investigation to encourage where children have the opportunity to ask and find the answers to questions.
Seasonal Changes (Autumn and Winter)
This ‘Seasonal Changes (Autumn and Winter)’ unit is about the four seasons, with a particular focus on autumn and winter. Children will learn what the word ‘weather’ means and find out how different types of weather can be measured. Children will use a class weather station to observe, measure and record the weather across the seasons. They will also observe changes across the seasons by exploring the signs of autumn and winter through nature and wildlife.
A range of learning activities is used in this unit including observation, discussion and learning outside. Children also work scientifically by collecting, recording and interpreting simple data.
In ICT, we are learning:
This unit is about basic computer skills that children will need in order to be able to use a desktop or laptop computer. Children will learn how to use a computer mouse or a trackpad and how to switch on and shut down a computer. They will apply their mouse or trackpad skills by launching applications, manipulating windows and opening and saving files and folders. The children will then practice their clicking skills and learn how to drag objects, either using a mouse or trackpad.
Word Processing Skills
This Word Processing Skills unit is about basic typing and word processing skills. Children will learn how to type with two hands, use the shift, space and enter key properly, and edit work by using the backspace, delete and arrow keys. Children will then go on to learn how to use undo and redo and to select and format text.
In Art and Design, we are learning:
This ‘Colour Chaos’ unit is about choosing, using and mixing their own colours to create quality art work that shows progression in skills. The children will have the opportunity to explore the life and work of six key abstract artists and, working primarily in paint, to create pieces in a range of abstract styles.
In this unit children will learn about two textiles techniques, weaving and wax-resist dyeing, making their own products using the techniques. Children will weave paper and other materials to create under the sea placemats, inspired by craftmakers around the world and the textiles artist Gunta Stolzl. Children will learn about the decorative art of Gustav Klimt before adding decoration to their placemats. They will then use their paper weaving skills to create beautiful handmade heart bags to give as a gift. Children will then learn about the use of traditional batik in Indonesia and around the world before designing and making their own batik coasters using wax resist sticks and dye.
In this unit, the children will learn to greet others, respond to classroom instructions, memories a poem and recognize some animals and colours.
Throwing and catching
This ‘Throwing and Catching’ unit for year 1 will teach your class basic ball handling skills. They will learn to control a ball when they are rolling and bouncing, throwing and catching, on their own, with a partner and in a group. The unit progresses the children from simple underarm catching to simple overarm throwing and onto an underarm sling for throwing quoits. They will also develop tracking and receiving skills and learn to move in different ways, changing direction, speed and locomotors quickly.