This term in Blue Class...
Welcome to Year 1!
This half term Blue Class will start the school year by discussing our recent time spent at home, get to know their classroom adults and explore new classroom routines and structures. We will think carefully about what makes an effective learner and how we can use our learning characters to help us achieve our best. We will devise a Blue Class classroom agreement to help keep us happy and safe, examine what ‘friendship’ means and think about what makes a good friend. Learning about our ‘Just Right’ programme also helps us to understand our feelings and practise both physical and mental well-being strategies. Together we will explore not only what keeps our bodies healthy but also our minds healthy, such as getting a good night’s sleep, enjoying a limited amount of screen time during the week, eating a varied and healthy diet, as well as getting enough exercise.
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!
The children will take part in daily phonics sessions, where we will initially revisit phonics covered in Red Class. Our first chapter in our ‘Maths No Problem’ lessons will be ‘Numbers to 10’, where we will look at counting, writing numbers, comparing numbers and ordering numbers. We will then progress onto ‘Number Bonds’.
In P.E on Wednesdays we will be learning to use some simple gymnastic actions and shapes. On Fridays we will be working on basic movements and begin to engage in competitive activities in our ‘Attack, defend, shoot’ unit of work.
In PSHE we will be using our Jigsaw scheme of learning. ‘Being me in my world’ is the first unit of work. We will focus on celebrating ourselves both individually and as a whole class, looking at the similarities and differences between one another, as well as our strengths and things we’d like to work on. We will revisit our whole school use of the ‘Just Right’ programme, which helps us to understand and communicate our feelings.
Danay Clarke will be covering our PPA time on alternate Wednesdays and Thursdays. She will be teaching the children RE and music. The first unit of work in RE is about celebrating the wonder of nature and learning how religious people express their thankfulness. In Music she will be using the programme Charanga to help the children repeat and create rhythms and beats.
Mrs Mannion and Mrs Humphrey