Our first topic this term is all about pirates.
In Literacy we will be introducing some of our sentence rules (pictures that will help the children check their own work for things such as capital letters, full stops and finger spaces) and FANTASTICs (adjectives that we can add into our writing to make it more exciting to read). We will listen to stories about pirates, learn to speak like a pirate, label pictures and write captions about our pictures.
In phonics we will be spending time recapping the Phase 2 and 3 phonemes that the children would have learnt throughout last year. As a school we have started a new phonics scheme so there will be new actions and resources for the children to use to help them with thier learning. More information will be sent home so that you can continue to support your child's learning at home.
In maths we will be following White Rose and focussing on number and place value. The children will explore reading, writing, ordering and counting forwards and backwards through both teacher led and child led independent activities. We will then move onto working with these numbers in addition and introduce the children to part-whole models and number bonds.
The topic will be further explored in the afternoons. In History we will learn about Christopher Columbus, who although was not a pirate did become famous for travelling on a boat! In Geography the children will learn about the worlds 5 oceans and how to draw a simple treasure map - there will be an opportunity to try and find some hidden pirate booty by following a map! Everyone will create a pirate portrait learning how to use different brush sizes for different parts of the painting, selecting the right colour paint and adding detail. In DT the children will design, make and evaluate their own raft which they will need in case their pirate ship crashes! This links in nicely with science where the children will investigate which material is the best to use for a new waterproof jacket for a pirate on the deck.
On a Wednesday morning the Year 1 teaching staff will be out of class for PPA. The children will have outdoor P.E. with Mr Sargeant, Computing with Miss Scott and Music with Mrs Powell.
We will be having a pirate themed topic day where the children (and staff) will be invited to come into school dressed as pirates. More information will be sent out about this closer to the date.
Each week the children will be set some independent tasks to complete called rainbow challenges. These will be linked to different areas of the curriculum and help to consolidate learning or close any gaps in learning. The children will earn a rainbow stick for each challenge that they complete. If they collect all the sticks for that week they will earn their rainbow reward time on a Friday - this could be a film, extra playtime, craft activities, extra iPad time. Staff will support children in finding time to complete their challenges but they will be encouraged to complete them independently. The children will be shown how to take photos on the iPads of their work so that they can earn their rainbow stick. To begin with there will be 3 challenges a week, but as the terms go by the number of challenges will increase.