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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 - June 2019
    Turrets and Tiaras
    We would like to say a big welcome back to children and parents this term - we can’t believe it is Term 6 already. Time is definitely flying! 
    This term our topic focus is on castles. We will be learning about the features of different types of castles and why castles changed over time. We are all very excited for our upcoming visit to Bodiam castle where the children can see their learning come to life! We are also planning a medieval day where children can dress up and experience medieval life first hand. 
    We will be revising all the Year 1 spelling words and will be learning some Year Two words in class. Please continue to help your child with any words which they struggle with. We are going to be consolidating the grammar we have learnt and we are looking to see this in the children’s writing. 
    In English we will be learning and writing ‘The Frog Prince’ using the Pie Corbett technique of adding actions and story mapping. We will also be moving into non-fiction writing about castles using another technique called boxing up to help us. After our trip we will be writing non-chronological recounts about our day and what we learnt.
    Our maths lessons will be a consolidation of everything we’ve learnt thus far. We will be giving the children plenty of opportunities to apply their knowledge to problem solving and reasoning activities. We will show children how to approach these logically and methodically. We would ask that you continue to practise big maths facts as we expect children to know all their number bonds up to 20 when they leave Year 1. This will help them to secure their understanding and fluency moving into Year 2. 
    Our science is centred around materials. We are going to be learning the properties and names of different materials, then we will use these in our own investigations. We are planning an experiment to see which material would be best to fill a hole in a castle roof and another to see if we can successfully build a strong bridge out of materials. 
    In art we will be using different mediums to create our own castle pictures. We will also be looking at creating our own coat of arms and at different examples of medieval art. 
    As sports day is rapidly approaching we will be doing as much practice as we can. We will be (weather permitting) heading outside as much as we can so we would ask that all children have a pair of named shorts in their bags. We are also working on some gymnastic sequences focusing on jumping, rolling and transitioning into different positions. 
    Thank you very much for your continued support, we hope for lots more fun-filled and exciting learning for the children this term.
    Year One Team


    Term 5 – April 2019

    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 English, the children will be finding out facts and doing non-fiction writing about owls. They will also be creating different styles of woodland poetry focusing on rhymes, rhythm and description. 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 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 maths we will be looking at:

    • Finding the difference and using it to answer missing number problems
    • Half, quarter and three-quarter turns
    • Multiplication and division using arrays
    • Using the inverse for multiplication and division
    • Reasoning activities
    • Problem solving
    • Developing fluency with addition and subtraction 

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

    Thank you,

    Year 1 team

    Year One   Term 4

    This term sees the start of our spring-time topic, Into the Woods, which we will explore throughout terms 4 and 5.

    We will be learning and innovating the story of Little Red Riding Hood in English using the Pie Corbett method as in previous terms. We will also be doing some non-fiction instruction writing. Our focus continues to be on constructing sentences correctly with full stops and capital letters, as well as challenging more confident writers to extend and improve their sentences.

    Spellings for this term will be the number words up to ten. Please help your child to use these words both independently and in sentences, and continue to learn any outstanding spellings from previous terms.











    In maths we will be learning about:

    • problem solving (addition and subtraction mainly)
    • numbers to 100 ( using 100 square)
    • adding and subtracting 1 and 10 from a given number
    • grouping and sharing
    • capacity
    • data handling
    • 3D shapes

    We will be encouraging the children to start working more independently in maths this term, and will be looking to consolidate existing skills while applying them to various problems, including word problems.

    Children are still learning Big Maths facts. They should have quick recall of number bonds to 20 by the end of the year. Please see the class teacher if you are not sure which facts your child should be learning as there are lots of different sets within each classroom!

    Our science studies will focus on animals and their habitats as well as plants and their structure. We will be planting beans and observing their growth over time. We are planning an exciting science week midway through the term where children will take part in some exciting practical activities relating to traditional tales.  

    As the weather continues to improve, we will observe the seasonal changes from winter to spring, and we will create art inspired by the new growth we see around us. We will also be looking at the works of Van Gough, Monet and Constable, and creating our own responses.

    Thank you very much for your continued support.

    Year One Team

    Term 3 – January 2019

    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 English 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 Wingham.

    We are continuing to use special handwriting books for writing activities and many children are now using them really well.

    We are starting the reading award system from the beginning again. Children can earn a bronze, silver, gold award and then raffle tickets for each 10 reads in a row.

    The spellings we are focussing on this term are listed below. Children may still need to learn the spellings from Term 1 and 2.



















    In maths 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  length/mass/weight
    • reading, comparing and sequencing time
    • using money
    • solving addition and subtraction problems

    Children need to continue to learn Big Maths facts. Most children are on the longer set. If your child cannot tell you which set they are on then please contact the class teacher. The order of the test changes each time. Look out for easy ones and train your child to look out for them.








































    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 Wingham, and develop understanding of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.

    In DT the children will be making a moving penguin and hopefully making a boat that will float.

    Another busy term!

    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