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Paddock Wood Primary School

Paddock Wood Primary School

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    Year 1 Studies

    For Key Stage 1 Curriculum Framework please click here.

    Term 6


    Our final topic of the year will be castles. In Literacy, the children will be learning the story of The Frog Prince. We will then be innovating it. This means the children will, with support, be coming up with simple changes to the story. Also we will be planning and writing a recount after our trip to Bodiam. The children will also be doing non-fiction writing about castles. The children have been taught all the spellings for the year so we will be testing and working on consolidating these spellings and also starting to look at Year 2 spellings. We will also be consolidating the grammar we have taught this year. In reading our focus will be on developing comprehension skills.

    In science we will be revisiting the topic of materials and their properties. The children will be carrying out a range of investigations, including trying to find out which material will make the strongest roof for a castle. They will also learn about seasonal changes associated with summer.

    In DT the children will be using their material knowledge to design a bridge to save Rapunzel from a tower which has a moat round it.

    In history we will be learning about the features of castles and the people that lived in medieval times. We will then have a medieval banquet towards the end of the term.

    In numeracy we will be looking at:

    ·         Doubling and halving numbers

    ·         Securing place value

    ·         Addition and subtraction problems

    ·         2D and 3D shapes

    ·         Money

    ·         Odd and even numbers

    ·         Securing number bonds to 20

    Please keep practicing big maths facts and spellings at home. We will continue to test the children throughout the term.

    Finally a big thank you to all those who completed the writing challenge. The children have been very proud to share their facts with their class. We have decided not to have a writing challenge for this term but would like the children to make a mask for our medieval banquet on the 30th June. The children will be able to come dressed in costume on that day as prince, princess, knight, servant or any other suitable idea you can think of!

    Term 5 Take Home Writing Task

    This term we would like your child to find out about a country of their choice.

    Find out 10 facts about the country and present them in any way you would like, for example a fact-file, a poster or a booklet.

    The task should be handed in on Monday the 15th of May.

    We look forward to reading your facts!

    Term 5 – April 2017

    Into the Woods

    This term we will be continuing with our ‘Into the Woods’ topic. Our focus will be on woodland animals, particularly owls. In literacy, the children will be finding out facts and doing non-fiction writing about owls. They will also be creating woodland poetry before moving on to descriptive writing about the Gruffalo. Alongside this, the children will be learning new spellings (number words from eleven to twenty and days of the week), and developing reading comprehension skills.

    In science, the children will be learning to question, test and discuss ideas in a scientific way. We will be focussing on trees and plants, and activities will include a woodland walk where the children will be encouraged to spot common trees and plants, and planting beans and cress.

    In geography the children will be continuing to learn about the United Kingdom, and in art we will be doing close observation of flowers, blossom painting and sculpture.

    In numeracy we will be looking at:

    ·        Developing fluency in addition and subtraction

    ·        Using the inverse for addition and subtraction

    ·        Missing number problems

    ·        Repeating patterns

    ·        Half, quarter and three-quarter turns

    ·        Doubling and Halving

    ·        Multiplication and division using arrays

    ·        Using the inverse for multiplication and division

    Please keep practising big maths facts and spellings at home. We will continue to test the children throughout the term.

    Finally a big thank you for the stories that were handed in for the writing challenge. We really enjoyed reading them and the children were very proud of their achievements. Look out for our new writing challenge!

    Term 4 Writing Challenge


    We would like your child to produce a story using one of these pictures as a starting point. Drawing a story map is a good way to plan the story. The children can use ideas from stories they know but it should be an original story.

    Imagine you are going for an adventure in the woods. Who are the characters? Is it a scary story? Is it a funny story? What is the main event? How does it end?

    The stories should be handed in by Monday 20th of March. We look forward to reading your stories!

    Term 4 - February 2017

    Into the Woods

    This term started with a bang – the children arrived on the first day of term to discover a crime scene! They spent the rest of the day investigating the crime, and discovered that it was the work of the wolf. For the rest of the term, we will be learning the story of Little Red Riding Hood in more depth.

    Our topic work will follow a similar theme. The children will be creating artwork related to trees and flowers and we will be listening to the music of Peter and the Wolf, recognising and appreciating different instruments in the orchestra.

    This term the children will be learning about the geography of the four countries of the United Kingdom. The children will learn the flags, capital cities and positions of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

    In science the children will learn about seasonal changes associated with spring. They will also learn about different materials and their properties, and use their knowledge to build a basket.

    Our maths work this term will include:

    ·         odd and even numbers

    ·         adding using 1 and 2 digit numbers

    ·         finding the difference

    ·         solving addition and subtraction problems

    ·         ordering, comparing and partitioning numbers

    ·         using money for multiplication

    ·         using 3-d shapes

    ·         finding the missing number

    ·         problem solving

    PE will continue to be on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please ensure all children have the correct kit in school. 

    Term 3 – January 2017

    This term we will be continuing our exploration of Polar regions, but we will now be moving on to the Antarctic. Each class has been visited by an Antarctic penguin, and the children will spend the coming weeks learning all about where they have come from.

    In literacy we will be looking at ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers, an exciting story about the adventures of a boy and his new penguin friend. We will continue to use talk-based activities including roleplay to develop the children’s writing and storytelling. The children will also practice their non-fiction writing by creating penguin fact files, and by preparing for and recounting their trip to Drusillas.

    In numeracy we will be continuing to develop a broad range of skills, including:

    ·         ordering numbers

    ·         finding 1 or 10 more and less

    ·         understanding place value

    ·         adding using 1 and 2 digit numbers

    ·         solving problems

    ·         understanding mass/weight

    ·         reading, comparing and sequencing time

    ·         using money

    ·         finding the difference

    ·         solving addition and subtraction problems

    Our topic work will see the children learn more about mapping, including using a key, mapping routes and finding particular places. They will also learn about key physical geographical features such as mountains, oceans, continents and, of course, the poles.

    In science the children will learn about seasonal changes associated with winter, including weather, changes to trees and plants, and hibernation. We will continue to learn about common animals, particularly those that live in the Antarctic and those that we will see at Drusillas, and develop understanding of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

    Finally, the children will be completing ‘Lost and Found’ DT projects, where they will create a penguin with moving parts and a boat that can stay afloat while carrying a certain weight.  

    Term 2 - November 2016

    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 Literacy 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 in the first week. 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.

    In Numeracy we will be learning to:

    ·         solve addition and subtraction problems

    ·         partition numbers

    ·         solve problems involving ordering and comparing numbers

    ·         measure height

    ·         find the missing number

    ·         find the inverse

    ·         group and share

    ·         double and halve

    ·         solve money problems using addition and subtraction

    ·         describe position

    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. They will be sketching and painting Arctic animals and making Christmas cards and calendars towards the end of term to take home.

    The children will continue to have PE on a Monday and Wednesday, please make sure that all PE kit items have a name label.

    Thank you

    Term 1 - September 2016

    Since the beginning of term we have been pleased to see that the children have settled in well and are adjusting to their new routines and surroundings. They have also coped remarkably well in the unseasonal heat we have been enjoying!

    Our first topic of the year is ‘My World’. The children have learnt all about their bodies and how people change as they grow up, and have produced some beautiful portraits using paints and pencils. Next we will learn about all five senses and do some Picasso inspired art. Before half term we will think about the weather, the changing seasons and how we can eat healthily.

    In Numeracy we have ordered numbers, learnt how to use a number line to add, and looked at 2D shapes. Next we will begin using money, starting with 1p and 2p coins and extending onto using 5p and 10p coins. Later in the term we will move on to measuring and subtracting by counting back. Please continue to support your child at home learning their Big Maths calculations and practice every day if you can.

    In Literacy we have been focussing on nursery rhymes and poems. We looked at rhyming words, the children innovated the Humpty Dumpty rhyme, and they even wrote their own ‘I am me’ poems. Next we will be learning the story of The Enormous Turnip which will form the basis of our Literacy 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.

    We will soon start to learn about our local area and the key buildings in Paddock Wood, so please encourage your child have a look when you are out and about.

    Thank you

    Year One Team