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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

A school of excellence and enjoyment at the heart of its community

    Year 1 Studies

    For Key Stage 1 Curriculum Framework please click here.

    Term Two

    The children had an exciting start to the term with the ‘Stunning Start’ for our Arctic topic of ‘Frozen Lands’. They had a fun-filled day and even went on an Arctic expedition! The children thought about what they would need to pack in their suitcase. They all went into the hall for a simulated flight and even had an in-flight snack and film. They searched for Arctic animals when they landed in Lapland. The children will be following up on this day by reflecting on their experience and writing a post-card about their trip.

     In English the children will be learning the story of ‘Immi’ by Karin Littlewood. We will learn the story through actions, story maps, hot-seating and freeze-framing as we did with The Enormous Turnip. This term the children will do a ‘cold write’ of the story. We will then tell each child how they can improve their writing. We will then build up to a ‘hot write’ after a few weeks of learning the story. This is for the children to see their progress and achievement over the weeks. We will be doing some non-fiction work on Arctic animals. The children will learn facts about Arctic animals for making their own Animal Fact File.

    Through all this we will be continuing to develop the children’s sentence writing skills, use of punctuation and developing their cursive handwriting. They will continue to do much of their writing in special lined handwriting books.

    Also we will be continuing to learn a new set of spellings and learning about syllables and compound words. Some children will still need to practise Term 1 spellings too.

















    In maths we will be learning about:

    • Positional language
    • Ordinal numbers
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • Partitioning 2-digit numbers
    • Problem solving
    • Grouping and sharing with 2 groups

    Please support your child at home in learning their Big Maths calculations and practise every day so they know them without working them out. Some children will be moving to the next set of facts which will be a 45 second test in school. As before, don’t allow your child to be stressed by the timing initially.

    In topic the children will be locating the Arctic on a map and learning the compass points. They will learn all about the Inuit people- what they eat, how they get their food, how they keep warm and where they live. They will also be learning about and comparing hot and cold landscapes across the world.

    In science the children will be carrying out tests on ice. They will be investigating locations where the ice might melt the fastest and the slowest in the classroom and use their observations to answer questions. They will be studying Arctic animals and begin to understand carnivore, herbivore and omnivore. They will be learning to describe and compare the structure of animals and how they are suited to their environments. They will also be learning about seasonal change in winter time.

    In art the children will be creating Northern Lights pictures. They will be making an Arctic scene with an igloo using mixed media. For our art week children will be studying Ted Harrison. They will be creating their own responses to his work using oil pastels. They will be sketching and painting Arctic animals and making Christmas cards towards the end of term to take home.

    The children will continue to have PE on a Monday and Thursday.

    Please ensure that all clothing is clearly named.

    Thank you

    Year One Team

    Term 1 - September 2018

    Our first topic of the year is ‘My World’. The children will learn all about their bodies and how people change as they grow up. We will also have a week when we focus on their senses. They will be drawing and painting their own portraits. They will learn how to mix colours. We will think about the weather, the changing seasons and how we can eat healthily.
    In Maths we will be: 
    ·        counting objects accurately forwards and backwards to at least 20
    ·        finding 1 more/less to at least 20
    ·        ordering numbers 
    ·        partitioning numbers to 10
    ·        learning to count on using a number line
    ·        naming and describing 2D shapes
    ·        recognising coins and using smaller coins (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p) to make different amounts
    ·        measuring  
    ·        subtracting by counting back.
    ·        developing their reasoning skills
    Please support your child at home by learning their Big Maths calculations (see homework) and practise every day if you can. Children should be starting to recall addition facts to 10.
    In English we will learn a poem called ‘I am me’ and will create new versions of it. Also we will be working on rhyme and creating rhyming strings. Next we will be learning the story of The Enormous Turnip which will form the basis of our English work for the remainder of the term. The children will make up actions to go with the story and draw their own story maps to help them remember and retell the story, so that they can eventually rewrite and innovate the story by themselves (so Humpty Dumpty might come along to help!).
    The children will have special lined handwriting books both for handwriting practice and for some writing tasks. We hope that this will rapidly improve handwriting. Teaching of cursive letters will be consolidated along with handwriting patterns. We will start to focus on common exception words which your child needs to spell by the end of the year (see homework sheet). They will learn about adding -s or -es to plurals and also adding –ing and -ed to verbs.
    Homework in Year 1
    Thank you
    Year One Team