It is lovely to see the year one children back in school and to meet and spend time with our new EYFS children. They all look very smart in their uniforms and ready to start the new year ahead. Although, we are all experiencing a very strange time at the moment due to the pandemic and school has had to adapt to follow government guidelines, we nevertheless have an engaging and fun term planned in Derwent class. Outlined below is a summary of the learning that will be taking place between now and Christmas.
Our topic for the first half term is Do Cows Drink Milk? Through this topic all areas of the year 1 and EYFS curriculum will be taught. In history the children will learn about old and new methods of farming, they will question a farmer either in writing or verbally about the changes he has seen in the past 60 years on his farm. In geography whilst drawing their own farm maps they will be learning about position and direction and the points of a compass. In art and DT the children will work together to produce collages of animals and farm machinery. They will closely observe models of farm animals and machines and then try to replicate them as drawings and paintings. Different printing techniques and a variety of different materials will be used by the children to create their own farm animals. They will design and make a bird scarer to keep the seeds that they have planted safe. In music lessons they will sing songs about the farm and learn about rhythm and dynamics in music through the story of The Enormous Turnip.
After half term the topic will be Are Carrots Orange? The children will grow and look after some seeds and in their geography lessons they will be learning about how and where our food comes from. The children will learn about their organs of sense through the exploration of a range of foods using their senses of smell, touch, taste and sight. The importance of keeping our bodies healthy will be an important focus in class with particular reference to healthy eating and the importance of exercise. In their DT lessons they will make a healthy fruit kebab, vegetable soup and healthy biscuits to support this learning. At Christmas the children will be busy designing and making items for the Christmas celebrations.
In addition to the English and Maths work that they will cover through topic, the children will have regular practise of the basic skills. They will have daily guided reading activities and a phonics lesson. The grammar and writing skills that the children will be learning will be taught through a series of topic related texts: - What the Ladybird Heard, The Little Red Hen, Diary of a Farmer, Farmyard Hullabaloo, Oliver’s vegetables, Eat Your Greens Goldilocks, Handa’s Surprise and Pass the Jam Jim as well as a range of food and farm poems and nursery rhymes.
Maths this term will start with a unit of work on place value. The children will practise counting, ordering and comparing numbers at their level. They will then further develop their understanding and skills in addition and subtraction. The children will have opportunities to measure and weigh, sort and classify 2d and 3d shapes according to their properties, to learn and correctly use the language of time by sequencing events and collect and record data in a variety of ways. Throughout their work in maths this term the children will be developing their skills in problem solving.
In science this term through exploration and discovery the children will learn to sort and classify farm animals into groups and to name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. They will learn to identify and describe common animals and plants and to identify materials that objects are made from. The children will also observe seasonal changes in flora and fauna, the weather and how day length varies. This will be done during our looking and listening walks around Langton and The Leafy Glade.
In RE this half term the children will be exploring the theme, where do we belong? The children will talk about what makes them feel special and how they know that they belong in their families. They will then learn about how Christians, Muslims and Jews know that they belong within their religion. During the second half-term the children will be thinking about special times within the year and why these times are special. They will then learn about the celebrations of Sukkot, Diwali and Christmas.
P.E. – The children will be working outside, whenever possible, learning to master basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing, catching, balance, agility and co-ordination. They will participate in team games and perform dances. As the weather turns more inclement, the children will develop their dance and gymnastic skills in the school hall.
P.E. will be on a Monday and Tuesday; your child will need suitable clothing and shoes for outdoor activities.
In computing the year one children will learn how to find information about the aspect of farming that interests them, how to insert pictures and then how to store and retrieve their information. The children will learn to recognise the use of IT outside of school and how to stay safe on the internet. Children in EYFS will use Mini-Mash to complete programs that support phonics and number work and complete a variety of jigsaws on line in addition to using a painting programme to create their own pictures and the internet to research information for a class book.
PSHE – Our theme for this term is ‘Me and My Relationships’ which focuses on developing children's skills of empathy, self-awareness and social skills when thinking about the different types of relationships they have and an understanding of the positive behaviours they can adopt to nurture these relationships. During the second half-term in addition to work based around the anti- bullying theme in November, the children will be involved with work and activities around the theme of ‘Keeping Myself Safe’. In this theme the children will learn about the role of medicines in our life and how they should be used, as well as the need for rules to keep us safe in school, home and places we visit. We will also learn about the people who help us follow these rules.
If at any time you are anxious or have any questions please contact me via the Derwent class e-mail ( email@example.com) or phone school and I will return your call as soon as possible.
Mrs Rosemary Laverack