Year One Curriculum Newsletter Summer Term 2018
Welcome back to school and to the Summer Term and final term of Year One. I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed the holidays. This is a very important term in which previous work, particularly in Numeracy and Literacy, is reinforced, consolidated and extended so that firm foundations are laid ready for Year Two.
Our class topic this term is Minibeasts. Year 1 are going to be getting their hands dirty and exploring the world of minibeasts. The children will be hunting, studying and handling a range of minibeasts. They will be finding out about minibeasts and their habitats, looking at their lifecycles, creating their own bugs and will have many other exciting opportunities. This shall bring the topic to life and include all aspects of the curriculum. This term we have asked the children what kind of activities they would like to take part in for project work and they have come up with lots of lovely ideas which will be woven into the planning as well.
Wherever possible we will deliver skills through the project. However, there will always be certain subjects and skills that do not lend themselves to a particular project. These will therefore be delivered discretely.
Language, Literacy and Communication
This term we will be reading and writing stories and poems which will relate to our topic of Minibeasts. The children will continue to bring home 1 guided reading book each week from the school reading scheme, and a book of their choice from the class library. Please continue to support your child with his/her reading by writing in the weekly diaries and discussing the author, stories and content together, it is invaluable in ensuring that they progress and achieve their full potential.
Mathematics will continue to be taught daily consisting of both mental and written activities. We will be reinforcing and developing addition, subtraction, doubling, estimating, odd and even numbers and shape. Support your child’s mathematical skills and knowledge at home by estimating and measuring in centimetres, adding coins and giving change, recognition of o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past times.
Knowledge and Understanding of the World
Through our topic of Minibeasts the children will be investigating and making simple observations about insects and their environments. Using a range of fun and engaging activities the children will develop their understanding of different minibeasts and their surrounding habitats. The children will be collecting and identifying small minibeasts and plants during nature walks. They will also be recording, grouping and recognizing similarities and differences. We will also have an exciting trip to go on at the end of June.
Personal and Social Development, Well Being and Cultural Diversity
Through studying minibeasts habitats the children will become aware of their local environment. We will be focussing on the possible hazards it holds and how to avoid these hazards. The children will develop their understanding of health and safety, when using tools to plant and when collecting minibeasts. When we have caught the minibeasts the children will learn about the importance of caring for them. They will be asked to think about how to look after them, what their needs are and how they should be handled.
The children will be looking at minibeasts and habitats from different parts of the world and will also explore the cultures of these places, encouraged at all times to recognise and respect other cultural differences. Opportunities are provided across all areas of learning for the children to work together, in pairs, small groups and as a whole class.
As well as encouraging incidental Welsh throughout each day, the children will be learning to talk, read and write about their homes and where they live, and responding to questions such as Ble rwyt ti’n byw? (Where do you live?) and Beth rwyt ti eisiau? (What do you want?). We will continue to build upon what we have learned already by developing further vocabulary about the weather, ourselves, colours and food.
Whilst exploring the class topic the children will be studying minibeasts using the microscopes and making observational drawings. They will have the opportunity to apply their creative skills through designing and making their very own large scale ugly bugs, using junk modelling materials. In addition to this the children will be fully involved in the production of our role play area the Minibeast Exploration Centre.
The computer will be used as a tool for teaching and learning across the curriculum. This term we will pay particular attention to the internet looking at familiar icons included on the internet browser and with support opening an internet site. The children will also have the opportunity to develop their ICT skills by using the iPads to photograph minibeasts.
At Glasllwch Primary we continue to adapt and improve our school curriculum to encompass the interests and experiences of the children. We believe that asking pupils about what they would like to learn is fundamental to providing an engaging and inspiring curriculum. Therefore we shall be asking the children what they already know about the topic of Minibeasts and will be discussing what they would like to learn.
Physical development lessons will continue to take place on a Friday morning, please can you make sure your child has his/her PE Kit in school on those days and that no earrings/jewellery are worn to school. This term we will be practicing our bat and ball skills. We will be having our PE lessons outside whenever possible so please make sure that your child has suitable footwear in his or her PE bag.
The children will continue to have a list of spellings to learn each week. These are words that the children need to write and read frequently. I would be grateful if you could support him/her to learn how to spell these words, discuss the different sounds and identify these words when reading together. You may like to put each spelling into a sentence to support meaning. This also helps with handwriting practise which is another topic we will focus on this term. PLEASE BRING SPELLING BOOKS TO SCHOOL EVERY FRIDAY.
Are you an avid bug collector? Do you have a particular expertise in this area? If so, please do come and see me! If you do have any resources which would help with our learning then I would be grateful to the have the opportunity to share them with the children.
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Reynolds & Mr Poyner