Mr Walne Class 2020-21
In year one we are learning through the topic of Superheroes this first half term and we are having blast!
Our focus texts are Superworm by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and Supertato written by Sue Hendra.
In English we have been writing letters and cards to our favourite characters and are planning on making our own wanted posters to help to try and catch the mysterious evil pea!
We are lucky in year one at Lightmoor that we can choose inside and outside and develop our own learning independently in our classroom areas. We have design sheets in our messy areas and story mapping sheets in our small world and reading areas. We also have our own cooker and trolley which will be coming after half term.
In phonics (Read write inc) we have been revising set 2 sounds and are now after 2 weeks getting ready to move onto set 3 sounds and splits.
As well as English, Maths, PE and Science, this half term we are focussing on Art and DT, Geography and Computing.
In Geography we have found the UK on a globe and a world map and placed a sticker of Superworm to show where he lives. We are also looking at where the other countries are in the map of the UK and beginning to name some of the continents to help us on our superhero quests.
In Art, we have been colour mixing, recreating some of the art work from the book Superworm and have experimented using thick and thin paint brushes.
Our DT projects this half term are to design and make our own Supertato’s and to make our own superhero capes.
In computing, we are learning about special instructions that we give computers called algorithms. So far, we have programmed each other to move and even started to use some of the apps on the ipads like ‘Alex’ to programme. Over the next few weeks we are going to do some work on the Beebots, planning ‘Superbees’ route to stop the bank being robbed! Fingers crossed he saves the day!
Kings, Queens and Castles
We are hoping to have our first class trip during this half term and get the opportunity to visit a local castle.
Our focus subjects this half term (as well as English, Maths, PE and Science) will be; History,
RE and Music.
History will focus on looking at buildings and how they have changed over time. Our visit to the castle will help us to explore this.
In RE we will look at harvest to begin with and then as we get closer to Christmas, we will look at the Christian celebration of Christmas including churches, how and why it is celebrated. We are also hoping to learn some Christmas songs/carols!
We will be reading Zog as our class text as well as George and the Dragon by Christ Wormell and Non- Fiction books about castles, kings and queens
There will be opportunities for children to plan and cook during this half term which is very exciting. We will also be further developing our outside area and hoping to have a work bench by spring.
Spring 1 - 2021
In year 1 we have become fantastic little writers, we will be developing this over the next half term by looking at winter poems, non-fiction texts and creating our own exciting story openers using adjectives.
Drawing on our learning from the first half term in Geography, where we were locating the UK on globes and world maps, we will be learning to name the world’s 5 oceans and the North and South Pole. We will also be studying the animals that could be found in these oceans and poles and comparing them to other animals from different parts of the world in our science lessons!
Using the book ‘The Penguin Who Couldn’t Fly’ we will be designing and creating our own moving pictures in Design Technology.
In art, we will be looking at the fantastic natural artwork created by Andy Goldsworthy will be trying to create our own in his style using twigs and sticks, clay and, fingers crossed, ice and snow!!
The personal, social, health and relationship curriculum at Lightmoor is taught through everything that we do. We do however have a focus each term throughout the school. This terms focus is Healthy and Happy Relationships. In Computing, we will be thinking about how to stay safe online and maintain healthy relationships online compared to offline.
In Maths, we will continue to focus on number but with the numbers getting much bigger! Within this, we will look at one more and less, addition and subtraction, greater than and less than and just touching up on our number formation!
In PE, we hope to focus on developing our physical literacy through Tag Rugby! This will involve lots of exercise and developing our throwing and catching skills, not to mention our agility and change of direction. We hope that this will be outdoor, but may be indoor due to weather… It is January after all!
All in all, a very exciting term ahead! We hope that everybody has a lovely holiday and look forward to seeing everybody in January!
Happy New Year!
Mr Walne and Mrs Cowan
Spring Term 2
We are so excited to have the children back for the rest of this half term! Over the next 4 weeks, we are going to look at some very familiar texts – fairy tales. We will be starting with ‘The Gingerbread Man’ where we hope to bake and taste some gingerbread. This will definitely include our maths work with measures. We also hope to do some work about ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and other variations of the story. In English, there will be lots of writing and retelling the stories as well as role play and acting them out. In our science lessons, we will be studying the animals from the stories, what they eat and what groups they come from. We will also recap materials. The other focuses will be art and RE. PE will still be on a Monday and this half term the focus will be on gymnastics.
Summer 1 - Class 1
We are so happy to be welcoming the Year 1 children back again for summer term.
In the first half of this term we will be learning through the topic of ‘Growing and changing’
In English we are going to be reading and writing our own versions of ‘The Very Hungry caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. Our maths focus is multiplication for the first few weeks which will help us to count out all of the food that very hungry caterpillar ate!
We also have our pet caterpillars in class and will be watching them grow and change for Science, as well as planting beans and growing potatoes.
For History and PSHE we will be having lots of fun looking at changes in our bodies as we grow and the changes in things over time like the telephone.
Our PE focus is tennis this half term which will be great fun and every Wednesday afternoon we will get to go Forest School and explore natural art just like the artist Andy Goldsworthy.