In Phonics, the children will continue to work on the Song of Sounds. We will recap sounds they are unsure of before moving onto the next stages. They will aim to read common words by sight (particularly Common Exemption words), whilst still sounding out unfamiliar words as well as writing written answers to comprehension questions. They will learn further spelling patterns and rules, and begin to apply those in their writing. During guided reading we follow 'Reading Dogs'. Each half term we will have a reading dog focus which their reading tasks will be based on. This half term our focus is to predict. Our spellings are linked to the sounds we are learning each week in our phonics lessons.
Children will learn to write for a range of purposes including stories, poetry and real events. Grammar becomes even more important in Year 1 and throughout KS1. At Silver End we follow the 'Talk for Writing' approach for teaching writing. This has three phases: imitation, innovation and invention. During Autumn 1, we will base their writing on 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. We will focus on retelling and writing the story. We will then use the book as a focus to complete lots of different activities.
We will be teaching maths through the 'Power Maths' scheme. Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. The focus this term in Year 1 will be learning to count, read and write numbers to 10. We will also be using these skills represent numbers to 10 including recognising the value of each digit . Additionally, we will also be applying our knowledge of place value to order and compare numbers using different representations. Throughout the term, we will also deepen our understanding of place through learning to solve real life practical problems that involve all of the above.
Connected Curriculum - Theme
In our Connected Curriculum, we make links between the subjects, where possible. PSHE, Art and D & T are the main subjects for this term. Our connected curriculum follows three stages: Stage 1, Teacher directed. Stage 2, Teacher led and Stage 3, Pupil led.
In our theme lessons this term we are looking at the subject of PSHE and focusing on all about me and my world.
1st Half term is called Marvellous Me- the children will be getting to know each other and their teachers more, talking about who is special and important to them and who is in their family.
They will then be creating posters linking in other subjects showing ‘all about me’
2nd Half term is called Marvellous Us- the children will be thinking about what it means to be healthy- designing a healthy snack/meal and thinking about their environment so looking at recycling.
This term in Science we will be looking at the topic ‘Animals including Humans’.
The children will be exposed to new vocabulary such as Amphibian, Invertebrate, Herbivore, Carnivore, Omnivore and also name animals and their young.
We will be learning to:
•Identify all animal classifications.
•Identify several life cycles including frog and butterfly.
•Identify the habitat of several animals.
•Identify carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
•Describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
How can I help my child in KS1?
Talking, listening and reading:
Continue to hear them read daily, practise counting in different ways (2s, 5s and 10s), talk to them about their day and encourage them to read by visiting the local library, bookshops or using eBooks online.
As reading comprehension is so important, checking your child’s understanding of the book they are reading is an excellent way to support them. Asking questions such as: ‘What might happen next? Why do you think the character is behaving this way? What sort of atmosphere is being created?’ will help them to engage with their reading on a deeper level.
You can also do this when you are reading to them, which is still so important at this age. Children learn a lot from the way we read aloud and we can encourage them to see how the author’s use of punctuation changes the way we read their work. Think about pointing out statements, commands, questions or exclamations when reading with your child. You might want to use a range of voices to show how types of sentences and punctuation can be read in different ways.