It is hard to believe that we are starting the final term of the school year and our time in Year One is nearly over. This term we are investigating the question – Where do people go for their holidays? We will be looking at the variety of places people like to travel to, learning how to read maps and what is the difference between Salford and the seaside.
In our work we will be following the theme of travel reading lots of story and information books about pirates. We will be finding out what Tom did when the “Night Pirates” came to visit and what the “Man whose mother was a Pirate” did when she wanted to see the sea again.
We will learn how to read maps and compare different places along with looking at the life of a pirate and how they were great travellers of the sea.
Could you follow the pirate code and explore new places?
Can you follow the treasure map and find the buried treasure?
This term we will be investigating the question – What lives in our school grounds? Looking at how plants and trees grow, along with the small animals or insects that live around them.
We have been looking at lots of information texts about different living things in the environment along with reading fun stories like Eric Carle’s story of the ‘Hungry Caterpillar’.
We have already seen many different minibeasts around our woodland area including worms, centipedes, slugs, bees and snails.
We have been researching what types of things a snail likes to eat and seeing how fast they can move.
What is your favourite minibeast?
This term we are answering the question – Do monsters really exist?
In our work we will focus on reading fun and interesting stories like the Gruffalo, where the children will get the chance to discuss how different characters might feel and develop their story telling skills by writing what might happen next. We will continue to develop our writing skills emphasising the importance of good letter formation and the construction of words. Along with reading and writing imaginary stories we will also be learning about real monsters like dinosaurs, finding out facts and writing our own information books.
Have you seen the Gruffalo walking in the woods? What would your favourite food be if the Gruffalo came to tea?
We will also be looking at the works of Jesus during the period of Lent as we countdown towards our Easter celebrations.
What special promise have you made for Lent?
This term we are answering the question – Did my Nan have a ripstick?
In our work we will be looking at different types of toys from what we enjoy playing with to things our Mums, Dads or grandparents played with when they were children. We have already started reading a short story called ‘The Magic Toy Shop’ where all the toys come to life to help the toymaker and will be looking at many more traditional tales and modern fiction stories throughout the term.
We will also be investigating what our toys are made out of and if old toys are as much fun as the ones we can get now.
What is your favourite toy?
Well the dark nights are here once again and already the countdown to Christmas has begun. This term we are answering the question – Are you afraid of the dark?
In our work we will be looking at all different aspects of light and dark, investigating different sources of light and looking at traditional events associated with this time of year. Did you enjoy Bonfire Night? How many fireworks did you see?
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot!
We will be reading lots of different books including “The owl who was afraid of the dark,” looking at the different reasons why someone might not like night time along with some of the wonderful things you can do like looking up at the stars, fireworks and scary stories around the campfire whilst roasting marshmallows!
We will also all be wearing our poppies on 11th November to show our respect on Remembrance Day, in memory of those who sacrificed their lives in protecting our freedom.
It is hard to believe we are already nearing the end of our second week of this term. The children have all been settling in well into Year One and working hard on our first topic. This term we are answering the question – Why am I special?
We will be reading fun and interesting books like Elmer, where the children will get the chance to discuss how although we might all look different we all have talents and unique qualities that make us special.
What special skills do you have?
What is your favourite activity?
Running? Drawing? Science? Mathematics? Writing?
Everyone is different! Everyone is unique! Everyone is Special!
Along with reading lots of imaginary stories we will also be looking at information books about what we look like and the many people who take care of us.