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Island Adventures

This half term in Year 1 our topic is called ‘Island Adventures’


In English our main focus will be stories with an island/sea focus. The children will be learning about living on an island and discussing creatures that live under the sea using a wide range of vocabulary. They will be looking at texts in more detail and developing their skills with inference to interpret the pictures and the text. When writing the children will be expected to write sentences using a capital letter, finger spaces and full stops and add conjunctions to make their sentences longer. They will also continue to learn their phonic letter sounds and digraphs and try applying these in their writing as well as developing their reading skills.


In Maths this term the children will be learning about multiplication and division. We will on focus on counting in 2s, 5s and 10s, making equal groups, sharing and doubling. The children will also be introduced to fractions looking at finding a half and a quarter of shapes and amounts. They will also be learning about position and direction. Children will learn to use the language ‘full’, ‘half’, ‘quarter’ and ‘three quarter’ to describe turns made by shapes and objects. They will use ‘left’, ‘right’, ‘forwards’ and ‘backwards’ to describe position and direction. They will describe the position of objects and shapes from different starting positions. Throughout the children will be challenged with maths problems to check their understanding.


In Science the children will be testing water and its properties and developing their investigative skills by solving a range of open investigations.


In Computing the children will continue to learn about e-safety. They will also learn how to write simple code for a computer program.


Our topic focus this term is Geography. The children will be learning about human and physical features by investigating ordinance survey maps. They will learn how to draw simple maps and add simple features.


In RE the children will learn about special ways of living and different religions; e.g. Buddhism and Islam.


In Music the children will be participating in a range of musical activities to develop pulse, rhythm and pitch. Our main focus of musical styles will be Blues, Latin and Folk.


We are an active school and we regularly have active/movement times throughout the school day. Our PE lessons this term will focus on striking and fielding and tennis. In class we will be discussing our health and mental well-being and how general hygiene helps with this.


In Art the children will be building on their knowledge of using a variety of patterns, textures and tones to create a range of artwork. They will also be looking at art by famous artists.


We will continue to use ‘ClassDojo’ as a method to let you know what has been happening in the class and any ways in which you can help your child at home and ‘Bug Club’ as another resource for reading.

All homework/school work must be uploaded on the 'ClassDojo' Portfolio class pages.

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