St Peter's Community Primary School

Year 1

This term in Blue Class...

Autumn Term:  Year 1 will be starting the year with a new two-week topic called ‘Brainwave’, where we will be learning all about the different areas of the brain and its functions. We will think carefully about how to use our understanding of this to become effective learners, whilst developing a positive attitude towards learning new things. We will also explore how to keep our brains healthy through diet, sleep and exercise. As Professor Spark’s assistants, we may even get the opportunity to dissect some jelly brains…watch this space!

For our Autumn 2 topic, we will embark on another new learning journey: ‘Treasure Island’. We will focus on researching local and world geography through the exploration of pirates and piracy through the years. We will also talk about the ethical and moral dilemmas of piracy!

Our Stunning Start for the topic will be an opportunity to a dress up as a pirate for the day (Friday 8th November 2019) and create our own pirate names.  Year 1 and 2 will also come together for a special pirate storytelling time!  For our Marvellous Middle, we will be creating a self-portrait of ourselves, adding in extra pirate features.  To end our end topic with a Fantastic Finish, Year 1 and 2 will have a ‘Pirate Training Day’ (Wednesday 18th December).  This will involve a carousel of activities within school in order to achieve true pirate status!  Landlubbers, beware!

In Literacy, our key text will be ‘Zeraffa Girrafa’ by Dianne Hofmeyr.  We will be revealing the text slowly across the term so we can really get to know it well.  It explores the true story of a giraffe’s journey across the world, and our exploration of the text will support letter writing, character descriptions and creative story writing skills.  We will also be discussing the issue of removing wild animals from their natural habitats, making links to our previous knowledge relating to animals from the rainforest and the African Savannah which we learnt about during our last topic in Autumn 1. 

During our ‘Maths, No Problem!’ lessons we will be continuing to explore numbers up to 10, this time through Addition and Subtraction.  We will look at number bonds for numbers within and including 10 (which we hope to recall fluently and confidently by the end of Year 1).  We will then move on to Place Value, exploring numbers up to 20 and representing them in different ways.  We will use our knowledge of numbers to 10 and 20 to help solve problems, too. 

We will continue to invite the children to participate with Show and Tell (on an ongoing revolving rota) after half term to develop speaking and listening skills; the children have really enjoyed sharing their experiences, home learning, books and topic-related items with their peers!  Not all the children always want to join in and that is fine, there is no expectation, just an opportunity for all should they wish to.

Take a look at our Topic Web for more insight into our exciting, pirate related learning experiences this half term.

Please also note after half term our P.E. days will be Wednesday and Thursday.  Please ensure named and labelled P.E. kits are in school every day.

Mrs Maher - Year 1 teacher

 Y1 & 2 letter - A Day in the Life Topic Spr20.pdfDownload
 Y1 It's a party Christmas Show 2019.pdfDownload
 Blue Children in Need 2019.pdfDownload
 Year 1 Topic Web Aut 2 2019- Treasure Island.pdfDownload
 Y1 & 2 letter to parents Aut 2 2019 Treasure Island.pdfDownload
 Y1 & 2 The Earth Our Home Topic Letter Aut2019.pdfDownload
 Y1 & 2 Brainwave letter to parents Sept 2019.pdfDownload
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Click on the image below for photos of our recent activities in Year 1!