At Elaine Primary School, we believe that learning is most memorable for pupils when it is planned in a cross curricular way, enabling them to make links throughout their learning. We ensure all our lessons include challenge for all pupils, opportunities for children to learn through hands on experiences, and through feedback from both adults and peers. We have high expectations for both pupils and staff, and always endeavour to achieve outstanding outcomes.
Year One will begin the school year with exciting new topics and core texts. For the first half term, the children will draw inspiration from The Lonely Beast by Chris Judge. They will explore the themes of diversity and friendship, whilst using Geography and Computing to drive their learning across the curriculum. The children will have the opportunity to write their own versions of the Beast’s adventures by retelling his journey to find friendship in new and old places. In Computing, they will use ipads to research the variety of places which we come from. Throughout the term, the children will be able to build their independence as creative writers and will have plenty of opportunities for developing their sentence structures, spellings and stamina for writing.
As we move into the second half term, Year One will continue to draw from the theme of identity with our core text ‘The Paper Bag Princess’. As a class we will explore the impact that stereotypes have on what boys and girls are allowed to do. We will use ICT to create a video to share with the nursery children to explain that boys and girls should be treated equally.
Across the term our Topic Learning will support our cross-curricular ethos as the children explore the common themes and topics from their core texts. In Science, Year One will be learning about materials. The children will have the opportunity to explore a range of materials and their properties. In Art, Year One will be designing landscapes based on Chris Judge’s artwork in The Lonely Beast using a variety of materials. Our RE learning will be focussed upon belonging as we explore the groups and religions we belong to.
Our Maths learning in Year One will be centred around collaboration and problem-solving. We will begin to develop our mental maths skills, as well as our ability to use a range of strategies to solve problems with all four operations. We will continue to take on daily ‘challenges’ in each Maths lesson and we will use our topics and core texts to inspire us with real life problem solving.
In Year One, children will receive 3 reading books a week. Pupils will get books levelled matched to their levels and picture books to share at home. Parents can support their children's learning through reading and discussing the books daily, and by giving children the opportunity to visit the local library to read about and research our topics. Please check your child’s book bag for our weekly homework which is due every Wednesday. Our homework consists of a range of Maths and English activities, as well as assignments related to our topic learning. If you would like to discuss how you can help your child at home, please see your child's class teacher.
We welcome parental involvement in the life of our school. If you are able to visit the school or help in any way, please contact your child’s class teacher.