What to Expect in Year One
During English this half term, we will be retelling traditional stories, such as ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. The children will also write comparisons between our school in the modern day and during the Victorian period, and have the opportunity to use a variety of sources to research this information. We will be extending our sentences using conjunctions such as ‘and’, ‘because’ and ‘but’. We will also be improving our sentences by including adjectives and expanded noun phrases (using 2 adjectives in front of a noun). We will continue to develop our punctuation but we will focus on developing our knowledge of question marks and exclamation marks, especially in the context of writing a letter. We will finish this half term with a fact file on the season of winter.
This half term, we will continue with our work on subtraction, using ten frames, practical objects, part whole models and a number line to solve subtraction word problems. Our key vocabulary will include less than, count back, subtract, take away, minus and find the difference. Next, we will move on to recognising and naming 2D and 3D shapes. The children will explore and sort the shapes using their knowledge of properties, such as the number of edges, vertices and faces. Our final Maths topic this half term will be place value. We will learn more about numbers to 20, reading and writing numbers both in numerals and in words. We will use tens and ones to represent numbers, find one more and one less and compare and order numbers from 0 to 20 and 20 to 0.
The focus of our topic this half term is School Days. Children will have the opportunity to compare our school now with how it was over 170 years ago, considering how it is similar and different, and will be recording their findings and creating a time line. Children will look at their local environment and identify the key features of our school. They will also learn by heart a range of playground songs and rhymes. We will celebrate the end of our topic with a ‘Fabulous Finale’, dressing up as Victorian school children and spending the day doing what children would have done when Wylde Green Primary School was first built. In Design & Technology, children will design and make a school playground using a shoe or similar-sized box.
In Science, we are continuing our topic of ‘Everyday Materials’. The children will focus on sorting materials into different groups. They will investigate the most suitable material for a teacup and identify objects that are transparent and opaque. They will also use different materials to make a rainmaker and other instruments. We will finish the half term by identifying features of winter with a winter investigation.