Welcome to the Whale Class
Welcome to the Whale class with Mrs Medley and Mrs Jarvis. This page is for our parents and children to use together. It includes information about what Y1 are learning, key dates, homework and helpful websites. This year our main aims are: to develop self-confidence in our learning (even when we make mistakes), to become resilient learners who never give up when faced with a challenge and to become more independent in the classroom.
Please click here to download the Y1 Topic Long Term Plan
Please click here to download the Y1 Maths Long Term Plan
Please click here to download the Y1 Writing Standards
Our topic for Autumn 1 is Amazing Animals!
humans, animals, tall, beautiful, smooth, large, spiky, stripy, cheeky, feathered, powerful, small, fierce, furry, reptile, birds, mammals, amphibians, direction, compass, keys, symbols, map, north, east, south, west, village, town, city, country, county, school, home, house, lake, bible, pray, Christian, Christianity, Church, God, Jesus, miracle, testament
Learning what these words mean will help you during this topic.
For the First half of Autumn Term, we will be focusing on the topic 'Amazing Animals!' and will be looking at lots of different animals and their habitats. Each week we will take a different story off the bookshelf and base our learning around it. The stories will include ‘The Rainbow Fish’, ‘What the Ladybird Heard?’, ‘Farmer Duck’ and many more...
In Literacy, we will be labelling animals, writing shopping lists for the farm shop, writing captions for different parts of a story, writing in sentences to describe what animals are doing, writing speech bubbles for characters in the story, writing riddles and a character description.
In Maths, we will be practising our number formation, sorting and counting objects, counting forwards and backwards from any number 0- 10, counting 1 more and 1 less, comparing amounts, ordering, addition and subtraction and learning number bonds to 10.
In Design Technology, we will be designing and creating our own freestanding structures. We will learn about the features of a freestanding structure and what materials can be used to create stronger structures. The children will select their own material and will make an animal shelter that is freestanding.
In Geography, will be studying the local area, the children will look at maps and learn why they can be useful. The children will follow a simple map and instructions to find different locations around the school.
In Religious Education, the children will be thinking about who Christians are and what they may believe in. We will look at important objects in the Christian faith and discuss why they are sacred. We will also be looking at important stories from the bible.
In Science, we will be investigating living things. The children will compare animals and look at what makes animals different. They will classify animals based on their features and learn about mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians.
Throughout the topic we will complete lots of exciting activities including visiting the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, celebrating Yom Kippur and Harvest Festival. Parents will also be invited into school to take part in a craft afternoon where you will be able to support your child in their Design Technology learning.
Our topic for Autumn 2 is Spectacular Seasons and Wonderful Weather!
For the Second half of Autumn Term, we will be focusing on the topic 'Spectacular Seasons and Wonderful Weather' and will be looking at all the seasons of the year, and we will be learning all the changes that can happen throughout that season. Each week we will take a different story off the bookshelf and base our learning around it. The stories will include ‘Wakey Wakey Big Brown Bear’, ‘Seasons come, seasons go- Tree’ and many more...
In Literacy, we will be writing a setting description using our five senses, writing a character description, writing instructions on how to make a rain gauge, and we will also be writing Christmas poems whilst focussing on adjectives and alliteration.
In Maths, we will be focusing on addition, number bonds to 10 and subtraction. The children will also look at fact families, comparing addition and subtraction sentences, counting forwards and backwards to 20, looking at 1 more and 1 less of numbers to 20, comparing groups of objects and numbers and investigating 2D and 3D shapes.
In History, we will be looking at different ways we can celebrate. The children will be focussing on Remembrance Day and learning to understand that not everything we celebrate is happy, some events we commemorate can be sad. The children will make a poppy wreath in remembrance of the soldiers that sadly lost their lives in the war.
In Science, we will be investigating the seasons of the year. The children will look at different ways that we can identify the four seasons. They will be exploring and recording the features of Autumn. The children will investigate patterns in the weather and predict them using rain gauges that they have made.
In Art, we will be looking at the artist David Hockney. The children will learn to annotate different paintings and focus on different features of a painting such as brush techniques like stippling. The children will then create a piece of art for their calendars which will be inspired by the work of David Hockney.
In ICT, the children will be focusing on programming a floor robot to move forwards and backwards. The children will look at different commands that they can give the floor robot to create a route around the classroom.
In Religious Education, the children will be focusing on how and why Christians celebrate Christmas. We will be looking at what advent means and thinking about different things that Christians do to celebrate Christmas.
In RSHE, the children will look at what friends are and what makes a good friend. The children will also look at ways to keep their bodies healthy such as; diet, exercise and personal hygiene.
Throughout the topic we will complete lots of exciting activities including celebrating Diwali and Christmas. The children will also be going on a walk to look for the signs of Autumn and visit a local Church to learn more about the Christian faith.
Our P.E days are Tuesday and Thursdays. Please make sure your child has the correct P.E kit in school on these days and ensure that it is labelled with their name and class.
Please ensure your child’s planner is in school every day, so we are able to tell you about your child’s school learning and what they can be working on at home.
Spellings will be tested every Friday. New spellings will be stuck in the planners after each spelling test.
Phonics reading books will be changed on Fridays
Dates for your diary
Creative Afternoon- 28th September 1:30pm
Children In Need- 17th November
Anti-bullying week- 13th-17th November
Road safety week- 19th-25th November
Workshop- 30th November 9:00am
Church Visit- 14th December
Autumn 1 learning grid Autumn 2 leaning grid
Other home learning activities for Autumn Term are -
- Read at home each night.
- Practise the class spellings.
- Practise reading and writing the tricky words and Year 1 common exception words.
- Practise phonics - there are some great free games and activities on the Phonics Play website. https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/
- Practise counting forwards and backwards to 20
- Recap all number bonds to 10.