This term, Year one will be continuing to explore the themes of social justice. We will still be focussing on the elderly and how we can show an impact in our community. We are going to be visiting the local care home where we can read with the residents.
In English, our core text this term is ‘Grandads secret giant’ by David Litchfield. There is a Secret Giant in Gableview who has hands the size of tabletops, legs as long as drainpipes, and feet as big as rowing boats. But little Billy thinks the Giant is just a tall tale that his grandad likes to tell. According to Grandad, the Giant keeps the bears away when they go camping and rescues Billy’s favourite kite when it gets tangled up in the tallest tree. Grandad swears the Giant is real, but Billy does not believe. Why has he never seen the giant before? Why does the Giant stay hidden? Grandad knows why: People are afraid of things that look different. When Billy suddenly finds himself face-to-face with the Giant, he runs away in fear—and hurts the Giant’s feelings. But now he’s got an opportunity to make it up to him, and, just maybe, to be friends with the nicest guy in town. We will use this story as a basis to write a letter.
In maths this half term, our focus will be to apply addition facts within 10 to solve addition facts within 20. We will be using number stories to use related facts to solve addition and subtraction sentences. We will be learning and applying key vocabulary including ‘addend, ‘sum, ‘minuend, and, ‘subtrahend.’. We will also continue to develop our number bonds to 20. We will then explore knowing one more of numbers to 50 where we will count forwards and backwards to 50 using a 100 squares.
Our curriculum lessons will have a history focus, where we will be learning about how life has changed for children now, compared to when the elderly were children. We will be visiting the local care home where the children will ask them a range of questions, then they will play games together that were considered popular in previous decades. In PE we will be learning to move to music. In art, we will be focusing on patterns. We will then create a quilt using our own designed patterns. In science, we will be continuing our learning of recognising and describing common plants whilst exploring how we know they are edible and inedible. Our RE this term will be focused on Christianity and we will explore and discuss how Christians worship.
In Year 1, our reading books will be changed every day. Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, recording in reading journals and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics. We will also be sending out spellings and phonics or maths related activities on a Friday, which are due the following Wednesday. Additionally, there will be a variety of homework activities to choose from at the start of the term relating to our overarching theme of social justice.