What to Expect in Year One
In Literacy, we will read the story of ‘Edward Built a Rocketship’, making predictions and creating our own imaginary story about going on a space adventure. We will learn more about exclamation sentences, through drama, and learn how to use exclamation marks correctly. We will then practise our letter-writing skills, writing a letter to a Year 2 friend to tell them about ourselves, asking questions to find out more about life in Year 2. We will read a funny poem called ‘Flying Machine’ about an imaginary flying machine which makes ice-cream! We will then design our own magical flying machine and write a poem about it. During the half term, we will continue to use conjunctions, such as ‘and’ and ‘because,’ to link ideas and reinforce learning on the correct use of capital letters and full stops to mark sentences. We will also learn to spell words using prefixes and suffixes such as un-, -est, -ed and –ing.
We will start off the term by looking at Geometry: Position and Direction. Children will explore making full, half and quarter turns and then describe the position of objects. They will learn different positional words e.g. up, down, left, right, above, below, top and middle. We will move on to money by recognising 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2 coins and £5, £10 and £20 notes. They will move on to counting and adding coins correctly. We will then be investigating place value. We will identify and count numbers up to 100 and partition them into tens and ones. We will also look at comparing numbers using the correct language and using symbols. The children will identify 1 more and 1 less than any number and order numbers. We will find out about time by learning about dates and using before and after to describe events and sequence them. We will be reading clocks (o’clock, half past) and also drawing and writing times on an analogue clock. It will be a busy half term!
In Science our new topic is ‘Seasonal Changes’. The children will be learning about the changes in weather, temperature and daylight in different seasons. We will also be going on a summer walk to find evidence of the change in season. Following this, the children will look at different ways to record and interpret information collected, such as pictograms, and use these to inform our conclusions. They will also investigate how much rainfall we have in a week and monitor the weather over a week.
This half term’s topic is ‘Flight’. Our Stunning Starter will involve the creation of supersize space rockets, using large boxes and craft materials, and blasting off into space! In History, we will go back in time and learn about the first flights and the people who invented and flew the flying machines, such as the Wright brothers. We will compare aeroplanes now with the first aeroplanes, using a timeline to order flying machines, and visiting RAF Cosford to find out more about aeroplanes from the past. In Design & Technology, we will investigate toy aeroplanes, and design and make our own aeroplanes, using materials such as empty drinks bottles and kitchen roll tubes. We will take our planes out on a test flight, evaluate our designs and make them even better! In Art, we will look at the work of Monet, appraising his paintings and linking what we see to our Science topic on seasonal changes. We will then combine all of our learning to create our own hot air balloon art, in the style of Monet. It’s going to be fabulous!