Year 1

What are we learning?

This half term our topic is ‘Sowers and Growers’ where we will be learning to identify a range of common animals and say whether they are herbivores, carnivores or omnivores.  We will also be planting seeds to help identify the parts of a plant (root, shoots, stalk, leaves, flower and petals).

In science we will continue to identify and name a variety of everyday materials. We will sort objects by the material it is made from.

Farm visit
We will be visiting Whirlow Hall farm in Sheffield. Hedgehogs will be going on Tuesday 2nd May and Rabbits on Wednesday 3rd May. This will support our work in Geography where we will be comparing the farm (rural) and our local area (urban) environments. Our visit will also support our science work about where food comes from.

Miss Horsfield / Mrs Maddox’s Literacy Group
This half term the children will reading stories linked to growing, such as The Enormous Turnip and the Little Red Hen. The children will create their own characters and retell the stories, ensuring that they make sense. The children will continue to use language to make their stories more interesting and use exclamation marks, question marks and full stops correctly.

Miss Horsfield / Mrs Maddox’s Maths Group
This half term the children will be learning to tell the time using o’clock half past times. We will re-cap 2D and 3D shapes looking at their properties. We will be revisiting addition/ subtraction and using equipment to help solve calculations. A key focus this half term will be recognising numbers to 100.

Miss Kelly’s Literacy Group
This half term the children will be learning to write their own stories linked to Oliver’s vegetables and other stories linked to growing. Please continue to work on capital letters, finger spaces and full stops when writing sentences or captions.

Miss Kelly’s Maths Group
This half term we will be writing numbers to 100 in numerals and up to twenty in words. We will be problem solving within addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be using language relating to dates, including days of the week, weeks, months and years.

Reading Books
It is really important that children practise reading every day. Please ensure that if your child has read their reading book at home and is able to read it with fluency, that you return the book to school for it to be changed. Please be aware that all the teachers endeavour to hear the children read and change their books when they are returned to school, however, I’m sure that you are aware it is not always possible to send new books home on the same day.

As we are now in the summer term the children will be accessing some of their PE lessons outside. Please ensure your child has trainers and a suitable outdoor PE kit.

To prepare the children for year two, from Tuesday 2nd May parents will no longer be invited into school in a morning to support the children with their activity. The children will be encouraged to be more independent in organising their own belongings and complete their morning task.

Class assemblies
Just a reminder that class assemblies will be taking place on Monday 15th May at 2.40 p.m. for Hedgehogs and Friday 19th May at 2.40 p.m. for Rabbits. Parents are welcome to attend.

Thank you for your continued support
The Year 1 Team