What to Expect in Year One
In Literacy we will be learning how to use both familiar and new punctuation correctly including full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks and question marks. We will write narratives on traditional stories and use expanded noun phrases to describe these e.g. the scruffy, ragged toy. We will be evaluating our writing with the teacher and other pupils.
We will be working on re-reading our work to check that our writing makes sense and that verbs to indicate time are used correctly and consistently. We will also check for errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation (e.g. ends of sentences punctuated correctly). We will be looking at traditional stories Jack and the beanstalk, Kipper’s toy box and we will be writing a report on Arctic animals.
In Numeracy this half term, children will learn more about addition and subtraction. They will revise number bonds to 10 and use these to learn number bonds to 20. They will add and subtract by counting on or back mentally, using practical equipment and by jumping along a number line. Children will also learn how to quickly add and subtract by crossing 10, such as by calculating 8 + 7 by firstly finding how many to 10. They will apply their knowledge to reasoning and problem-solving activities, learning how to explain their answers. Children will later progress on to working with numbers to 50, grouping numbers into tens and ones and representing numbers using a range of practical equipment. They will compare and order numbers, find one more and one less and learn to count confidently in 2s and 5s.
The focus of our topic this half term is ‘Poles Apart’. Children will work with globes, maps and atlases to name and locate the seven continents and five oceans of the world. They will learn about the weather and climate in different parts of the world, especially focusing on the North and South Poles. Children will find out about which animals live in which areas and learn how they have adapted to their climate. To help us with this, we will adopt a toy penguin and read penguin non-fiction and story books to find out how to look after him! Children will also learn about the Science behind the Northern Lights and then recreate their own interpretation of the Northern Lights through art.
In Science, we will be looking at the topic ‘Animals Including Humans’. Children will be identifying different body parts and key organs within our bodies, as well as labelling a human skeleton. They will be exploring their five senses and using these to complete an investigation. Children will also carry out an investigation to find out the most popular eye colour and then we will move onto looking at the five main common animal groups: amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds and fish.