Year 1 have had an exciting but challenging start to our new topic 'Our World and Beyond'. This term we are looking at fairy tales as part of our English and topic work. We set ourselves a Growth Mindset challenge to build fairy tale house out of just straws and plasticine! We started by researching buildings in different fairy tales and then we designed our own for a specific character - that was the easy part! We then got down to the building. At first it was straightforward and, after a few attempts, lots of us managed to build the walls. Adding a roof was very tricky and lots of us experienced the frustration of our constructions falling down. We kept our Growth Mindset though and didn't give up! Some of use eventually managed to build a structure that looked like a house. We enjoyed the challenge so much that we asked for the resources to go into our tough tub as part of our continuous provision so that we could have another go!
Curriculum Coverage for this term
In Geography we will be using maps and compass points to help us develop our understanding of position and direction. We will also explore the features of the local area. Our History lessons will focus on explorers Neil Armstrong and Christopher Columbus. Additionally, we will be exploring fantasy worlds through the context of space and fairy tales. Creatively, the children will be making a moving fairy tale picture using different mechanisms and exploring natural landscape paintings through the work of Emilly Carr. As part of their Science work, they will develop their understanding about the seasons, using our outside areas for inspiration. They will also be investigating materials in our world and considering their properties and uses.
In English, we have started the half term with a focus on sentences and punctuation through the context of various traditional fairy tales. We are hoping to arrange some fairy tale workshops that will support the children’s understating and experiences of different stories. We will also be covering a range of poems and other fantasy stories. Phonics and daily reading sessions will continue each day, with a focus on Phase 5 and the children’s gaps. This will enable the children to improve their reading, writing, spelling strategies and handwriting.
The children will continue to develop their number recognition, understanding of place value, number bonds, strategies for addition and subtraction, and measures We will be using a variety of resources, including Base 10, Numicon, number lines, Ten Frames and 100 squares as we help them to develop their understanding of concepts and strategies, moving on to apply them with problem solving and reasoning activities. With your support, it is vitally important that they also continue to focus on reading and writing numerals and number words at home.
This half term, our RE work will be focused around Christianity. They will explore the concept and visual representations of creation. The children will familiarise themselves with a range of stories related to Jesus and his miracles. They will be learning about these stories and reflecting on the morals and developing empathy and consideration of others. They will also be extending their understanding of the Easter Story.