Y1 Curriculum Information
Term: Spring 2021
Home learning is set every Wednesday to be submitted on a Monday. Children will complete home learning on Google Classroom or on the MyMaths website which you should all have login details for. Home learning will be either a Maths or English task. Tasks are designed to support the learning taking place in class. Please work with your child to complete the activities, but please don’t do it for them! In Year 1, we always remind the children to try their best even if they might make mistakes.
Y1H PE days are Tuesdays and Fridays.
Y1W PE days are Wednesdays and Fridays.
Children are allowed to wear their PE kits on these days.
Please do not put your child in trainers with laces if they are unable to tie their laces themselves.
We follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work. Each topic usually lasts for four weeks. We begin each topic by exploring what each topic means to us before moving on to how it relates to religion. During the year we also learn about other faiths. At OLM we focus on Judaism and Islam. This is a brilliant way to teach respect for our community as a whole, regardless of cultures and beliefs.
The topics we will be covering in the Spring term are;
Topic 4 (Special People):
Topic 5 (Meals): In this topic we begin by talking about special meals that we have with family and friends. We will then talk about the ‘special meal’ that we have at mass before focusing on the story of the Last Supper.
Link to support learning at home about the last supper:
Topic 6 (Change):
Link to support learning at home about the Good Friday:
Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:
September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community
October- Rights and Responsibilities
November- Promotion of Peace
December- No CST- focus on Advent
February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
March- The Dignity of the Human Person
April- No CST- focus on Lent
May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers
June- We are Called to Stewardship
Please ask your child what we have discussed.
In Year 1, we follow the principle of 'Letters and Sounds: Principles and Practice of High Quality Phonics' published by the Department of Education.
The Collins Big Cat Reading scheme is used throughout the school to support our teaching of reading. A variety of other schemes support this including Oxford Reading Tree, Jelly and Bean and Oxford Project X.
It is really important that children are exposed to a variety of books and to support this we read aloud daily to the children in class. Please could parents support their child by reading aloud to them each day at home so they are exposed to a rich vocabulary of language.
At OLM we use the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) Power of Reading scheme to teach English.
This term we will begin by using the text The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon by Richard Adams. During the work on this text we will be making links to History learning about Toys from the past and Art and DT by making our own moving egg box dragon toy.
We will then move on to a new text called The Storm Whale by Benji Davies. During the work on this text we will make links to ICT by creating our own fact books on the computer about whales.
In Spring 2 we will finish our learning around The Storm Whale. We will then move on to a book called Hummingbird by Nicola Davies. Children will find out facts about hummingbirds and makes Geography links by using maps to locate countries and continents which contain the natural habitats of hummingbirds. Hummingbird is illustrated Jane Ray. Children will be able to investigate Jane Ray’s illustrative techniques and experiment with watercolors.
Our grammar focus will be on sentence punctuation and the purpose of it.
At OLM we use the Maths No Problem scheme. This scheme focuses on mastery of different mathematical concepts
During the spring term we will be focusing on
- Addition and subtraction to 20 by counting on, making 10, adding ones, counting back, subtracting ones, subtracting from 10 and all the associated addition and subtraction facts.
- Shapes and Patterns - we will be looking at the properties of both 2D and some solid shapes.
- Length and Height - we will compare lengths and describe whether something is taller, longer, shorter or higher and learn how to fairly measure two items for comparison using items and body parts, before moving on to measuring using a ruler.
During the spring term our topic is Seasonal Change.
We will be learning about the four seasons and observing the changes that take place across the seasons.
We will also be studying the weather associated with the different seasons and thinking about how and why
the day length varies. During our lessons, we will make links with various artists who depict seasons in their
work, such as 'Autumn Leaves' by John Everett Millais.
During Spring we will be learning how to use Using Microsoft Word & then PowerPoint. We will link this to our English text ‘The Storm Whale’ by creating our own fact files about whales.
We will also be continuing our learning about the importance of e-safety and how to stay safe online. It is really important that you also talk to them about the importance of e-safety and what they would do if they were worried about anything they see.
The Cat in the Hat- Dr Seuss
The Tiger Who Came to Tea- Judith Kerr
Hairy Maclary- Lynley Dodd
The Large Family Collection- Jill Murphy
Charlie and Lola- Lauren Child
The Smartest Giant in Town- Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo’s Child- Julia Donaldson
The Gigantic Turnip- Aleksei Tolstoy
The Whisperer- Nick Butterworth
Mrs Armitage on Wheels- Quentin Blake
The Trouble with Jack- Shirley Hughes
My Friend Bear- Jez Alborough
Avocado Baby- John Burningham
A Bear Called Paddington- Michael Bond
Funnybones- Allan Ahlberg
The Jolly Postman- Allan Ahlberg
Mister Magnolia- Quentin Blake
Katie Morag Series- Mairi Hedderwick
Frog and Toad are Friends- Arnold Lobel
The Princess and the Pea- Minnie Grey
Amazing Grace- Mary Hoffman
Don’t Forget the Bacon- Pat Hutchins
Emperor of Absurdia- Chris Riddell
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs- Jon Scieszka