Who? What? Where?

Peregrines Class – Yr1

Summer promises to be a really exciting term! Children will be posing their own questions to learn about the lives of famous people from history and the present day – such as Malala and Grace Darling. We will be using a wide range of traditional and classic stories from this country and around the world to learn about characters and settings including comparing cultures and climates in different countries and continents. Hopefully these stories will inspire the Peregrines to create lots of new stories and plays for our role play area and for our writing. We will be concentrating on observational skills in Art and Science which will really make our work on plants and life cycles even more enjoyable!

In Maths we will be:

  • Consolidating our already strong counting skills in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s and our knowledge of place value
  • Rounding numbers to the nearest 10
  • Using simple fractions – ¼, ½ and ¾ – for shapes, objects and numbers
  • Using left and right ¼, ½ and ¾ turns to describe movement and direction
  • Practising addition and subtraction problems using number bond to 10 to help
  • Revising 2D shapes and learning more about 3D shapes
  • Telling the time using ‘o’clock’ and ‘half past’

In Science we will be:

  • Continuing our work on Plants and completing experiments to show what they need to survive
  • Monitoring changes as Spring turns to Summer
  • Learning about the life cycles of living things including plants, frogs, chickens and butterflies
  • Discovering different properties of materials
  • Exploring magnets

In English we will be:

  • Ensuring Phonics knowledge is secure and is the primary strategy for decoding new words in reading and for attempting spellings
  • Practising sharing books together in Guided Reading
  • Learning a wide range of traditional tales and describing characters and settings.
  • Writing our own stories and acting them out in Drama

In Arts we will be:

  • Taking inspiration from famous painting of plants and flowers including Monet and Van Gogh
  • Representing our work on life cycles using Aboriginal Art designs
  • Learning how to take good photographs and creating photo collages
  • Creating and evaluating films of Drama and Science work
  • Responding to ‘Take On Picture’ as a class
  • Creating music using computer programs

In Knowledge and understanding of the world we will be:

  • Comparing cultural and climatic differences between countries and continents such as China, Australia, Africa, and UK using traditional tales work in English as a starting point
  • Discussing people who are inspirational such as Malala.
  • Comparing the lives of famous people in the past, such as Grace Darling, with life in the present day.
  • Writing more complex algorithms for Beebots and other instructions using coding blocks
  • Learning how to debug coding
  • Understanding how computers affect our daily lives
  • Sending emails and messages within school

In Physical Development we will be:

  • Increasing our stamina, core strength, balance and coordination in daily exercises
  • Working with PAS on outdoor games and athletics activities
  • Continuing our work on cursive handwriting

How you can help your child:

  • Many of you are doing an excellent job hearing your child read at home on a regular basis. This makes a massive difference. Thank you! Encourage your child to read their reading book more than once. This helps build the range of words they can read by sight more quickly. Really focus on what is happening in the story. Practise predicting what might happen next and discuss why the characters are behaving in a certain way. Encourage your child to explain whether they are enjoying a particular story or not.
  • Practise reading numbers to 100 and beyond – especially recognising how numbers are represented when you are out and about. Practise counting accurately and more quickly in ones and twos is a really valuable activity as are weighing and measuring tasks.
  • Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit – for indoor and outdoor activities – in school at all times. It would help us a great deal if you could ensure all items are named.

Once again, many thanks for your support and please feel free to come in for a chat if you have any queries or concerns.