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End of Year 1 Expectations

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End of Year Expectations - Year 1

TERM 5

Maths

In Maths, we are exploring lots of mathematical areas, starting with place value and ensuring we are comfortable with counting in 10s and adding numbers up to 100! We are then going to be looking at time and money, learning how to tell time on the hour, half past, quarter past and quarter to. Following on from this, we will be learning the value of the different coins and notes. Finally, we will be recapping our addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division skills.

English

This term, we will be reading ‘Beegu’, ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ and ‘The Snail and the Whale’. Our last two books will be particularly exciting as we will be linking them to our fantastic beach trips this term. We will be working on our character and setting descriptions, using conjunctions in our writing and creating a set of instructions on how to make a sandwich! Don’t forget you can bring in your favourite books, to share with the rest of the class, on any day of the week - we love sharing our reading with each other in Year 1.

Science

This term we are continuing our topic on Our Living Earth. This half of the topic will see us explore the human body, including taking a closer look at our heart and bones. We will be learning about the importance of staying healthy, with a focus on diet and exercise. Finally we will be exploring germs; their characteristics, types and how they spread. Throughout the term we will take part in lots of practical experiments, including making stethoscopes, recording our heart rate at rest and during exercise and testing different hand washing methods using glitter to represent germs.

Art and Design & Technology

This term we are going to be working on a project to be displayed within Turner School’s Art Exhibition. The theme is ‘a zoomed in garden’. Children will be working on a design and creating a piece of artwork that will be displayed at the exhibition held on Thursday 14th July 2022. During our D&T lessons, we are going to be designing and then creating a perfect picnic!

Geography

In Geography this term, we will be learning about the seven continents with a particular focus on Africa and Europe. We will be comparing the animals, landmarks and food, as well as the vast array of cultures from both continents.

We will be doing a mixture of creative and written activities to support our learning and understanding.

PSHE and RE

This term in PSHE our topic is ‘What makes us special.’ We will be looking at different celebrations, games and ensuring we know how to keep ourselves safe during fun times. We will also be learning more about the religion Islam for this term’s RE day.

TERM 4

English

We are having a very exciting start to English this term as we are learning about animals that live in Polar habitats. This is linked to our story ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers which is about the friendship between a penguin and a boy.

Although Lost and Found is a fiction story we will first be focusing on non-fiction styles of text by learning how to note down facts and orally re-telling a fact file about Penguins.


Another excellent story we will be looking at is ‘My mum and Dad make me Laugh.’ We will be learning a nonsense poem alongside the story which will be Spike Milligan’s ‘On the Ning Nang Nong.’ It will be Year 1’s first time learning about comedy writing!


As we enter Spring we will be focusing on a non-fiction text ‘The Tiny Seed.’ We will be growing our own seeds and learning how to care for them as part of understanding the story as the seed travels through the different seasons. We will then learn how to write a set of instructions as part of our focus on non-fictions styles of writing.


Alongside our core English learning we will be ensuring that we can write well constructed sentences using capital letters and full stops and will be introducing bullet points.

Maths

We are starting this term by returning to place value with a focus on numbers up to 50. We will be ensuring that we can write our numbers neatly and accurately, know one more or less than a given number as well as beginning to use tens and ones and gaining a deeper understanding of their place value.


Next, we will learn how to use our excellent addition and subtraction skills for numbers up to 50. We will be revisiting our use of manipulatives including part whole models and bar models and learning how to put tens and ones in their appropriate columns.


After that we will be learning how to measure weight and height and length as well as practicing our 10s, 2s and 5 times tables.

Science

Our science topic this term is ‘Changing Materials’. We’ll be learning about the 3 states of matter (solid, liquid and gas), different properties of materials, physical and chemical changes and floating and sinking. In science lots of our learning is practical - we will be carrying out lots of experiments such as how to make our own snow and magic marbles!

Geography


This term we are learning about the UK! By the end of the term we will have learnt about the four different countries in the UK and being able to recognise their flags and national flowers. We will be using our knowledge of compass points and maps to understand where the countries are situated and how the weather could be affected by their position. We will also be learning about famous physical and human features of the UK.

Art

In Art we will be learning about different styles of Art including; Impressionism, Pointillism and Cubism! We will be following in famous Artist footsteps such as Money and Van Gogh and attempting to create our own stylised Art.

PSHE and RE


This term we will be focussing on how to care for ourselves. We will be ensuring that we understand the importance of cleaning ourselves and brushing our teeth as well as understanding that we grow from a child into an adult. In RE we will be drawing on from our trip to the mosque at the end of last term and understanding why some places are sacred and important to a faith community.

TERM 3

EnglishOur learning in English will be centered around what proves to be the most popular books in Year 1: Owl babies, Peace at last and Avocado Baby.We will be learning to orally retell our stories, performing it out loud together with actions (and recording it for you to view at home!). We will be beginning with Owl Babies and getting to know the characters and setting. We will be writing a letter in character as well as sequencing the story before moving on to innovating the story to create our own. Peace at Last is another fabulous Jill Murphy story that we love to learn and innovate in Year 1. As part of our hook for this story we will be having a pyjama day so keep an eye out for more info! In Avocado Baby we will be creating our own super heroes as well as writing a non-fiction fact file on our favourite vegetable.Alongside our core English learning we will be ensuring that we can write well constructed sentences using capital letters and full stops and will be introducing question marks and exclamation marks.
MathsWe are starting this term by returning to place value with a focus on numbers 11-20. We will be ensuring that we can write numbers 11-20 neatly and accurately, know one more or less than a given number as well as beginning to use tens and ones and gaining a deeper understanding of their place value.Next, we will learn how to use our excellent addition and subtraction skills for numbers up to 20. We will be revisiting our use of manipulatives including part whole models, ten frames and bar models. We will then be moving onto place value within 50!After that we will be learning how to measure weight and height and length as well as practicing our 10s and 2 times tables.
ScienceOur science topic this term is ‘Changing Materials’. We’ll be learning about the 3 states of matter (solid, liquid and gas), different properties of materials, physical and chemical changes and floating and sinking. In science lots of our learning is practical - we will be carrying out lots of experiments such as how to make our own snow and magic marbles!
History and ArtThis term we are learning about Ancient Egypt! By the end of the term we will have learnt about the origins of Ancient Egypt by starting with Ancient Mesopotamia and how they formed the first civilisations. We will be learning about the inventions and different rituals (such as creating Mummies!) that happened in Ancient EgyptIn Art we’ll be creating our own Pyramids, Sarcophagus’ and hieroglyphics!
PSHE and REThis term we will be focussing on our emotions and wellbeing. We will be ensuring that we can name our emotions and think of ways to facilitate and deal with strong emotions. In RE we will be focussing on what it means to belong to a faith community.
Other curriculum This term we will also be learning how to use chrome books in computing, learning new songs in our music lessons as well as focussing on mindful activities such as yoga and meditation. We will also be continuing our exploring and learning time both inside and outside, with a focus on our history topic, phonics and Art.

TERM 2

English

We have started Term 2 with one of Miss Rose’s favourite stories ‘The Little Sweet Potato.’ The story is an entertaining and engaging text about belonging and friendship. We kicked off the story in a big way by taking part in a forest school session and learning about different plants. As part of our learning we will be innovating the story and creating our own. We will be focussing on the role of a character and setting in a story. We will be continuing to work hard on our writing skills making sure we are using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

Maths

This term we are focusing on addition and subtraction. We have been using part whole models, ten frames and fact families to show our understanding of addition with some children challenging themselves to add up to 20. We are also perfecting our number sentence writing, ensuring we are getting the addition and equals sign in the right place. We will soon be moving onto subtraction and perfecting this skill up to 10 before moving onto learning about shapes and place value within 20.

Science

This term, we are continuing our physics topic of forces, using toys to help our understanding. We will be carrying out lots of exciting experiments, to explore different forces. Year 1 will understand that nothing moves or changes shape, without a force acting on it. We will be looking at how forces are a part of our everyday life, including how different forces apply to different forms of transport. We will be making our own balloon rockets and marble runs!


Geography

This term we will be learning about maps and compass points. We will be learning about the difference between aerial view and street view and using compass points to navigate around the school and field. We will be ensuring to use the correct terminology and creating our own maps of the classroom.

Art

This term we will be covering Design and Technology in Art. The children will be developing their understanding of moving mechanisms and creating their own pop up scene from a chosen traditional story.

PSHCE

This term we will be looking at how to keep ourselves safe in different environments. We will be looking at home to keep ourselves safe at school, home and when we are out and about. We will also be learning about safe strangers and people who help us.

RE

This term we will be learning about the story of Christmas. We will learn about the traditional story and put on a Nativity to support the understanding of the story as well as learning about how different cultures celebrate Christmas around the world.

TERM 1

English

In English this term we are reading ‘Thank you for being my friend’ by Peter Bentley and ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes. We will be thinking about our own special toys to hook us into Dogger and will be using adjectives to write a fantastic descriptive piece. We will also be perfecting the use of full stops and capital letters.



Maths

In Maths, we are learning place value. We have been perfecting our counting skills and ensuring we can recall one more or one less of a given number up to 20. We are also comparing numbers this term using vocabulary such as, more than, less than and equal to.




History

This term in History we are learning about the stone age to iron age. We are incredibly excited as we will be taking part in a living history workshop which will bring our history topic to life!



Science

This term, in science, we are looking at forces in physics. We will be carrying out lots of exciting experiments to test out how forces are seen in everyday life, with a particular focus on how toys require different forces for motion. We will be learning how to record data collected from our experiments, in graphs and tables.


Art

In Art this term we are learning about warm and cool colours and thinking about how they make us feel. The children have created colour wheels and some very impressive pieces of contrasting cool and warm portraits.

PSHE

In PSHE this term our big question is ‘how do we decide to behave?’ We will be exploring how we make choices and focusing on our school value this term which is responsibility. We will be ensuring we take responsibility for both our actions and our work at school and continuing to be responsible at home.



Maths

In Maths, we are learning about Geometry. This includes learning vocabulary such as half, quarter and full turn and above and below. We are then extending our knowledge of place value by partitioning and comparing numbers up to 100! We will also at the end of the term be learning about time and money and of course practicing those all important 2, 5 and 10 times tables.

RWI

This term there will be a focus on learning the set 3 sounds as we continue to master all our phonics in preparation for the phonics screening test in the summer term. We will also be ensuring we can both read and spell the year 1 common exception words (otherwise known as red words). Look out for the phonics activities that will be being sent home to help you support your children at home.

English

In English this term we are reading ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon and ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Doaldson. We will be creating our own ‘clayliens’ to hook us into Beegu and will be discussing how we feel in an unfamiliar place, in order to understand how Beegu is feeling in the story. We will then be using our knowledge of adjectives and our strength in story writing to create our own stories about a character in an unfamiliar place.

Science

This term we are continuing our topic on Plants and Trees. This half of the topic will see us investigating the effects of light and photosynthesis on plants, the difference between seeds and bulbs and exploring trees. To end this topic we will be adventuring down to the Warren to explore the trees and wildlife that depends on them.

RE

This term we will be learning all about Jesus. We will be learning about Jesus’ role and that he is central to Christianity and Christian belief. We will be learning about Jesus as a real historical figure and the different stories he told about how people should live.

Computing

In computing this term, we will be learning about online safety and about sharing personal information online. We will also look at simple algorithms, order, and sequence, linked to work in on-screen programming and giving clear instructions. We will also be continuing to strengthen our confidence with using Google Classroom.

Geography

In Geography, we will be using our skills and knowledge from term 1 to look at UK Geography. We will be getting an in-depth knowledge of the human and physical features of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. We will also be looking at the different cultures and cuisines!

PSHE

What keeps us safe? We are learning about what we need to do in our environment to keep it safe, for example learning what hazards are in our home and what we can do to avoid them. We will also be re-visiting safe strangers and people who help us.

History

This term in History we are learning about the Bronze and the Iron age, and how life changed for people alive then in the UK. We will be creating our own Bronze age weapons (out of clay), Iron age shields and learning about the soldier Boudica!

Art

In Art this term we are looking at drawing self portraits. We have been enjoying reading a story about Frida Kahalo and we are using her story to inspire us to create accurate self portraits.