In Term One, Year One will be exploring will explore what peace and conflict means, and resolutions for dealing with conflict. They will look at causes of disagreement at personal, classroom and household levels. They will also explore co-operation and conflict resolution, inspired by our core text ‘The Lonely Beast’ by Chris Judge in English. Throughout the term, the children will develop their independent writing by writing their own versions of the Beast’s adventures by retelling his journey to find friendship whilst resolving conflict on the way. As we move into the second half term, Year One will continue to draw on the theme of Peace and conflict through the study of our core text ‘The Fort’ by Laura Perdew.
Our maths this half term will focus on place value, addition and subtraction and number bonds. We will be developing our skills of counting forwards and backwards to 20, as well as using numbers within 10 to create number bonds. We will begin to develop our mental maths skills as well as our ability to use a range of strategies to problem solve, by applying our knowledge of adding and subtracting to real life contexts. In science, we will be learning about materials in the world around us and comparing and contrasting their properties. In art, we will be using mixed media to create relief landscapes. We will be focussing on our drawing and shading skills considering how to use layering for depth for the background and foreground. In RE, we will be learning about identity and belonging. Our PE lessons will focus on developing our multi skills and collaboration, by learning how to improve our agility, stamina and accuracy.
In Year 1, our reading books will be changed on a Monday and a Friday. 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, phonics and 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 Peace and Conflict.