Year 1 & 2
Welcome to Maple Class! I hope everyone has had a lovely, relaxing break and you are excited to start our new academic year. Our unit of work this term is ‘Our Favourite Things’.
We will begin this unit in literacy by discussing and writing about our favourite day during the summer holidays, a great way for the children to share their holiday news with their friends! The children will then be looking at poetry by Michael Rosen and creating their own poems. We will also be focusing on a Charlie and Lola story by Lauren Child to write our own diary entries about our favourite things.
Our topic for the first part of this term will focus on art. The children will be looking at various artists such as Mackenzie and EH Shepard and using the different artist styles and techniques to create amazing portraits of themselves. They will finish with discussing and practising in the style of Laruen Child, creating their own wonderful self-portraits.
As we move towards the end of the term, the children will be beginning their design and technology planning ready for the following term.
In science, children will be learning about themselves, their bodies and germs, yuck! The children will be carrying out experiments to predict and discover how far germs can spread, how we keep our bodies and minds healthy and happy and how our senses work. The children will also be discussing the human lifecycle and our needs at each stage and looking for clues of seasonal changes.
In maths, Year One will be focussing on place value. They will be learning how to sort, count and represent objects and numbers, find one more and one less and compare numbers.
In Year Two, the children will also be focussing on place value. They will be counting objects and reading and writing numbers to 100, looking at tens and ones, comparing numbers and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
On Thursdays, both Year One and Two will be working together and focussing on shape. They will be exploring different shapes and the mathematical terms for the properties of 2D and 3D shapes through hands-on activities. All our maths lessons will include reasoning and problem solving activities to extend children when they have mastered the various concepts.
Children will be asking questions about Judaism and how does being Jewish make a difference to family and celebration, and in PSHCE the children will be learning about physical health and wellbeing.
The theme for music this term is ‘Hey You!’ where children will be exploring old school hip hop, and in ICT children will be learning about E-safety, movement (algorithms) and debugging and using these to problem solve.
This term, PE is on Thursday Morning and Friday Morning. The children will be outdoors practising throwing and catching skills and indoors for gymnastics for a unit on ‘flight’. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit at school. With the colder months approaching, please ensure you include jogging bottoms and a jumper and please make sure ALL kit is labelled. It can very quickly become lost.
Every Friday, children will be given spellings. They will have one week to learn these and will be tested the following Friday. The children will have learning logs which will also be sent out on Fridays, but they will have longer to complete these. Instructions for how and when to complete the learning log homework will be inside their learning logs.
For ease, could children please bring in a named water bottle that will need to go home either daily or at the end of the week to be cleaned.
As ever, we are always available if you have any queries relating to work in the classroom. Your support is always appreciated, and we look forward to an exciting start to our new year!
Extra note: To help us with the next part of our topic, if anyone has any old toys (metal spinning top, wooden building blocks, rag dolls, metal jacks) could we please borrow them? Unless you ask us not to the children will handle them, but we promise to be very careful with them.
Also, please could you send in an old or new wooden mixing spoon with your child (also for the next part of our topic).