What to Expect in Year One
In Literacy, we will be focusing on traditional tales and stories from other cultures, such as ‘Handa’s Surprise’ and ‘Too Much Talk’. We will use drama to help us understand more about the main characters and sequence key events. We will continue to build upon children’s fantastic use of adjectives, with further input on using two adjectives before a noun to create an expanded noun phrase. Children will revise how to use capital letters and full stops to mark sentences and learn when and how to use exclamation marks and question marks. Our cross-curricular writing will give children the opportunity to research, plan and get ready for an imaginary holiday to a worldwide destination of their choice! We will complete the half term with an Easter Egg Hunt poem to get us in the mood for our springtime celebrations.
In Numeracy this half term Year 1 will be looking at counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and finishing of the unit on Place Value.
They will then move onto measures. They will look at length, height and weight. The children will make comparisons and learn to use the correct language to make comparisons. They will be using a lot of practical activities in order to discuss these.
Following this, the children will apply their knowledge on measures to solve problems and explain their reasoning. We will encourage children to use the A.P.E. (Answer it, Prove it, Explain it structure to their answers.
The focus of our topic this half term will continue to be Poles Apart. Children will build upon their knowledge of the seven continents of the world, this time focusing upon hot places in our world and their features. They will find out about the people and animals who live there and how they have adapted to their climate. Children will then revisit prior learning in order to make comparisons between the cold and hot parts of our planet.
In Science, the children will continue on the topic of ‘Animals including humans’. They will identify features of the five common animal groups: reptiles, amphibians, birds, fishes and mammals. They will then describe and compare structures of different animals, identifying similarities and differences. The children will move onto identifying animals that are herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. They will explore what they eat and understand what these terms mean.