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Year 1 Curriculum 2017-2018

Spring 2

DINOSAURS!

Thank you again, this year, to all the parents who took their children to The Natural History Museum (and/or any another dinosaur exhibitions) over the half term break. The children were very excited to come in and share their experiences. 

In Week 1 we read lots of fiction and non-fiction books about dinosaurs. The children were very excited to name and describe many dinosaurs. They have sorted dinosaurs by different categories such as whether they’re herbivores or carnivores or if they had spikes or plates. The children have labelled the body parts of dinosaurs and found out why they are reptiles. As part of geography they have found the continents that some of the dinosaurs come from. They learned about other reptiles that are still alive today. Then they grouped other types of animals in the categories of mammals, birds, fish and amphibians.

For History the children found out about Mary Anning, who was the first person in Britain to find fossils. She lived in Lyme Regis in Dorset. She found the fossils on the beach with her father and brother. Mary then continued searching for and excavating fossils into her adulthood and made a living from selling them and other ‘curiosities’ she found on the beach. Many of her findings are on display in the Natural History museum today.  As well as writing a biography of Mary’s life the children also put the important events of her life on a timeline.

As part of the topic the children have read and retold a dinosaur story (The Land of the Dinosaurs) and they have also written an acrostic poem using the word DINOSAUR or they could choose a specific dinosaur name like DIPLODOCUS.  They really enjoyed this job and found some very imaginative ways to use the letters of their chosen starter word.

Towards the end of the topic the children took part in a fossil workshop. They pretended to be palaeontologists and brushed away sand to reveal very realistic and life-size fossils. There was a wide selection of fossils from dinosaur skulls to teeth and eggs! The children learnt that some large marine reptiles lived in the sea at the same time as the dinosaurs were alive – like the Ichthyosaur (but it wasn’t actually a dinosaur). They also learnt that some dinosaurs eat meat (carnivores) and some eat plants (herbivores) and some eat both (omnivores). In the afternoon all of Year 1 went back in to the hall to meet two special visitors – Jack, a 6 week old dinosaur (puppet) and Sophie the  ‘T-Rex’. Sophie was a life-size 6 year old puppet. The children were very excited and some were a bit scared! However they were mostly very brave and even went up and gave Sophie a tickle under her chin. Sophie enjoyed that very much!  In the following days all the children wrote about the visit.

In Maths lessons the children have extended on what they already know. They have been learning how to identify 10s and 1s in a number then to use that to help with addition. Forr example if they know that 4+2=6 then they can work out that 14+2=16. They have been learning the days of the week, months of the year and the meaning of words like yesterday and tomorrow. Most children can now tell the time to o‘clock and half past the hour and say some things they do at different times of the day. They have also learned how long10 seconds is and what you can do in that time. Ask them! The children have been learning to use rulers to measure objects in cm as well as language related to position, direction and time.  They have also been outside during busy learning using metre sticks to see just how long some dinosaurs were! They were impressed to find out just how long a 30m diplodocus really was. They have been learning more about 2D and 3D shapes and made dinosaur pictures with 2D shapes.

In RE this half term the children have been learning about Christianity and the lead up to Easter. They have made palm leaves to play out welcoming Jesus on Palm Sunday and they have had a visit to St Dunstan’s Church to learn more about the Easter Story.  The children enjoyed learning the Easter Story and have retold it themselves in a writing lesson.

In PE the children have started Gymnastics – by learning to control their bodies through building up core body strength and balancing skills. We will continue with Gymnastics after Easter when the children will be practising forward and backward rolls as well as creating their own gymnastic sequences.

In Computing the children have been learning to create an algorithm using an app on the Ipad called ‘Daisy the Dinosaur’. They had to program Daisy to grow, shrink, spin and roll etc -  in a repeating pattern. You can download the app on your devices at home. The children have also created movies on the Ipad using stop motion and dinosaur models.

In Art the children made dinosaur models. They had to manipulate modelling media such as clay, and use modelling tools to add detail.

Please visit your child’s class page to see some photos of our topic activities!

Next topic? London – with a special focus on the Queen and the Meghan and Harry’s wedding.

Spring 1

We began the Spring Term with a topic on Space. On the first day back from the Christmas break the children discovered that a spaceship had crash-landed outside the night before. The children were very excited to find the wreckage and spent the morning inspecting the remains of the crash. They were given an account of what had been seen and heard the night before by the caretaker, Mr Graham.  He had heard a huge explosion in the early hours of the morning and came outside to see lights and flames lighting up the sky. Then he found the remains of a spaceship crash!   

The children spent a very exciting first week writing a report on what had happened and what they found. In the subsequent days they inspected the wreckage, discussed what might have happened and what the “bits and pieces” they found might be. There were pieces of broken metal, bits of plastic, wiring and lots of slimy gloop everywhere!  The children, dressed as scientists in lab coats, selected items to investigate with magnifying glasses and microscopes.  Later, as a science lesson, they talked about what the objects were made of and what they might have been used for. They also speculated about where the aliens were now!

As part of the topic we read the story of Beegu, an alien child that was lost and stranded on earth.  Then for English the children wrote a retell of the story and for PSHE they thought and wrote about how she might have been feeling and how they could help a lost alien to feel welcome and safe on earth. This lead to discussions about including all children in the playground and looking after new children to our school. 

As an art project  the children created pictures of  Beegu, using water colours for a background, pastels for the landscape and collage to depict Beegu in the foreground -  lost and alone in a large city. This resulted in some very impressive pictures from all the children that are displayed around the year groups.

During the topic the children were very lucky to have a visit from a mobile planetarium, when they learned about the planets, meteors, galaxies and astronauts. Many children, inspired by the visit, chose to find more information from books and fact sheets during their busy learning time. They recorded what they found out and added the information to their own class space fact books. The children were very excited to learn such things as the size and colour of planets, how many moons they had, how some were made of gases, some of ice and rocks and how some even had volcanoes! 

As homework projects many children and their grown- ups really enjoyed making some fantastic planets and rockets at home, from papier-mache and recycled items. They then brought them in to be displayed. They also enjoyed finding out more space facts from books and the internet and recorded them in their homework books. We were very impressed by all the effort that went into the homework tasks.

All children had the chance to design and make a 3D space toy with moving parts. Thank you for your support with donating recyclable materials. There were some very impressive space buggies and telescopes.

The children were very interested to find out about space travel and when it all began. They found out about significant astronauts such as Neil Armstrong and Tim Peake who seem to have inspired many children!

All in all it was a very engaging topic that gave the children an opportunity to think and learn about the wider world and where we on Earth fit into it.  At the same time they greatly developed their reading, writing, art, design technology and science skills and knowledge.

Autumn 2

Our topic this term was ‘heroes’. We started off with a hero costume day which the children loved! They wrote information about the hero they dressed up as and enjoyed creating a shared story with their class. They composed the storyline in their classes using the characters the children had dressed up as and took photos of each other in ‘freeze frames’ to go with the story. They used iPads to take the photos.

The children have been learning about superheroes and what kind of super powers they have (e.g. super strength or flying powers) and what a superhero’s personality is like (e.g. kind and friendly). They have been learning the difference between heroes and villains and how to spot a villain.

Additionally, the children have been learning about ‘real life heroes’ such as fire fighters and paramedics. They have been learning about what each profession does and why it is important. They loved meeting Firefighter Glenn (Cristina from Fox Class' dad) and learning all about the job and how to be fire safe.

They have discovered that fictional super heroes and real life heroes have many similar traits; they all help people! Each class had a role-play area incorporating real life heroes, such as a Hospital or Vet. We used the computers to learn more about real life heroes, including our own local hero Mo Farah. 

The children learnt about super healthy foods and how to prepare a healthy snack fit for a superhero to help them grow big and strong. In one lesson they designed a snack and in the following lesson they made the snack using a variety of fruits and vegetables. The children had some help to use peelers and a vegetable knife. They were very proud of their creations and enjoyed eating them!

Some superheroes have super abilities they use their body for. The Flash has superfast feet and Superman has super hearing. In their Science lessons the children learnt about the parts of the human body and labelled them. They learnt about senses and had a very exciting lesson exploring all of their own senses including tasting lemon and vinegar! During Physical Education, they kept their bodies fit by learning how to play tennis and work together during team games. 

The children  read and wrote their very own simple comic strips. They have been learning how to use speech bubbles and onomatopoeic words which make the comic more exciting e.g. WOOSH or POW! In History lessons the children learnt about some real heroes from the past such as Mary Seacole and the impact that she had in the Crimean war.

In Maths, the children have been learning how to tell the time to ‘o’clock’ and some children can tell the time to ‘half-past’. The children have also been learning about the different kinds of coins we use in Britain and learning to count handfuls of 1ps, 2ps, and some 10ps. 

Most of our RE learning this term was about the Christian story of the birth of Jesus and why we celebrate Christmas. The children did a fantastic job during their production of 'Prickly Hay'. We were very proud of everyone and the amazing acting, singing and dancing that took place. Thank for coming and we hope you enjoyed it just as much as we did. 

Autumn 1 – The Weather

This is the first term in a new year group so our focus has largely been on helping the children to feel settled and get used to the changes a new year group brings. The children have had many PSHE lessons where they have been thinking, talking and writing about themselves and what makes them special, similarities and differences between themselves and others, how to make friends and be friendly and the school rules and how to follow them.

This half term our topic has been ‘The Weather’ and so much of the children’s learning has been based around describing and measuring the weather. The children have watched, acted out and written accurate weather reports using a wide vocabulary or weather words. As part of their learning in Science the children have been learning about temperature and how to read a thermometer, and how the wind makes things move, such as flags, kites, trees and windmills. The children also learnt about the cycle of the different seasons in England and which weather is associated with which season. It is now Autumn and so luckily the weather has been very changeable meaning we were able to see many different types of weather. The children know how to dress for different types of weather (e.g. welly boots for rain / sunhat for sun) and as well as sorting clothes in school it has been lovely to see lots of children dressing in clothes for different weathers as part of their homework. As part of their Geography learning, the children have learnt that counties close to the equator Kenya are hot and countries far away from the equator are cold. They should be able to point out areas of a globe/map which have a hot/cold climate.

In English the children have been taking part in Guided Reading as well as individual reading. They have been learning how to answer comprehension questions about texts they have read and how to navigate a non-fiction book. It has been great to see so many children going to their local library to find books about the weather as part of their homework to support this. The children read a story called ‘The Gale’ as a class and then the children wrote a retell of the story. The story was about Kipper and his family on a camping holiday. At the beginning it was very windy, then there was a storm and the next day the sun came out. Your child should be able to tell you about the story. The children have also written about something they did in the summer holidays and what the weather was like, a list of clothes for a type of weather and non-fiction writing about Autumn and a weather report for a specific day.

In Art, the children studied many different paintings by different artists which all portrayed different kinds of weather. The children had a go at painting ‘The boat in the Storm’ by Henri Rousseau. In ICT the children have been learning to log on to our computers, open Microsoft Word and use the keyboard to type. It is quite tricky remembering where all the different keys are so it would be great if they could practise this at home.  In RE the children have been learning about the Christian story of Creation and the Christian celebration of Harvest which also tied in with their learning about autumn. As the year goes on the children will learn about other religions and stories/celebrations of other religions.

In mathematics the children have learnt to use the phrases ‘more and less’ to find a number one more or one less than any number up to 30. They have also been doing addition and subtraction and learning how to write a number sentence (e.g. 4+2=8). They have been learning number bonds to 5 (the two numbers added together to equal 5) as well as number bonds to 10. These are very important and children need to be able to recite these in order to help their mental mathematics later on. Some children were able to notice the pattern going down each column.

0+10=10

1+9=10

2+8=10

3+7=10

4+6=10

5+5=10

6+4=10

7+3=10

8+2=10

9+1=10

10+0=10

 

The children have been learning to name 2D and 3D shapes and begin to describe their properties e.g. a cube has 6 faces. They have also made repeating patterns using more than 2 shapes.

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2016 - 2017

Summer 1: Dinosaurs

Firstly we would like to thank all the parents who took their child to Osterley Park or The Natural History Museum over the last school holiday. They were buzzing with excitement about the experiences they’d had when they came back! It has also been wonderful to receive such outstanding homework from so many children during this topic. Many children have been praised in praising assembly for their efforts.

On the first day of the summer term the children took part in a fossil workshop. They pretended to be palaeontologists and brushed away sand to reveal real fossils. There was a wide selection of fossils from dinosaur skulls to teeth and eggs! The children learnt that some dinosaurs live in the sea and some dinosaurs live in the air and some on the the land. They also learnt that some dinosaurs eat meat (carnivores) and some eat plants (herbivores) and some eat both (omnivores). In the afternoon all of Year 1 went back in to the hall to meet a special visitor, Sophie the ‘T-Rex’. Sophie was a life sized puppet of a 7 year old T-Rex.  The children were very excited! The following day the children wrote a report about their visit.

In History the children found out about Mary Anning who was the first person in Britain to find fossils. She found them on the beaches of Dorset with her family when she was a child. Many of her findings are on display in the Natural History museum. 

The children have been excited to name and describe many dinosaurs. They have sorted the dinosaurs by different categories such as whether they’re herbivores or carnivores or if they have spikes or plates. The children have labelled the body parts of dinosaurs as part of their science lessons. The children learnt that dinosaurs were reptiles. The children have been learning about reptiles which we have today as well as other types of animals; mammals, birds, fish and amphibians. Year 1 have learnt about what the planet would have looked like when dinosaurs were alive and even found out about some plants which are still growing now such as ferns and conifers. The children know that the Earth looks different now and understand some theories of dinosaur extinction.

The children have enjoyed their trips to the library and have been engaged in a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books in their classrooms. Dinosaur encyclopaedias have been a particular success and so the children created their own fact files about a chosen dinosaur. The children were inspired by the books ‘Katie and the Dinosaurs’ and Land of the Dinosaurs where the children go back in time to a dino world and have an adventure. Year 1 children planned and wrote their own dinosaur world adventure story. They were very creative about how they could get back in time!

In Maths lessons the children have extended on what they already know. They have been learning how to identify 10s and 1s (units) and then to use that to help with addition for example if they know that 4+2=6 then they can work out that 14+2=16. They have been learning the days of the week, months of the year and the meaning of words like yesterday and tomorrow. Most children can now tell time to o‘clock and half past the hour and say some things they do at that time. The children have been learning to use rulers to measure objects in cm as well as language related to position, direction and time.  

This term the children have been learning about Islam. They have learnt about what Muslim people may wear, such as a hijab and how and where Muslim people pray. They have learnt about the call to prayer and rituals that are performed before praying, such as washing (wudu).

In PE the children have been practising athletics skills such as relay and throwing in preparation for sports day on 6th July.

In ICT the children have been learning to create an algorithm using an app on the ipad called ‘Daisy the Dinosaur’. You can download the app on your devices at home. They have also created movies on the ipad using stop motion.

 

Spring 2 - London Topic

We have now begun a new topic on London. The children have been learning about famous places in London, both historic and more modern. They have been comparing city features with those of the countryside and thinking about how and why they are different.  As part of the topic and geography the children have already begun learning about maps.  They have looked at maps of London and made their own maps of the school and what the  Queen’s would encounter between London and Feltham. They have already learned to make a map key and will soon be learning to read coordinates on maps during their maths lessons.  Along with these maths skills they have been reading ticket prices and using real money to buy them from our very own underground station!

As part of the topic we have also started learning about the Queen and the Royal Family and the children are looking forward to a traditional English tea party with the ‘Queen’ as guest of honour!  As part of their English and history curriculum studies the children have written facts about the Queen and invitations to a tea party! On the day, we will be cooking and making typical English tea party food, including scones, jam sandwiches and, of course, pizza! These will be served to the Queen with a traditional cup of English tea. We are also learning the National Anthem to surprise and welcome her.

We have already begun to receive fantastic items made at home, including union flags and Big Ben models from homework projects. We are looking forward to seeing what else comes in, in the next few weeks!

Next week we will be finding out about some London history with a visit from a drama company who will be giving workshop relating to the story of the Great Fire of London. The children will find out how the fire started and why it spread so quickly – more science!

 

Maths coverage this term has included:

 counting in 2’s and 5’s,

adding and substracting 2/3 numbers

finding odd and even numbers

finding near doubles to help with adding

sharing and grouping numbers equally and repeated addition

finding halves and quarters of numbers objects and shapes

telling the time - o’cloc , quarter past and half past

estimating and weighing     -  using money

 

In Religious Education we have been learning about how different religions celebrate special occasions including worshipping at home. Some of the staff and children have been able to share their personal experiences.

 

In Computing we have been talking about being safe on the internet. The children have also made short animations, with props and the I-motion computer program, using Ipads.

 

Spring 1 - Space Topic

Our topic during the first half of this Spring Term was on Space.  On the first day back from the Christmas break the children discovered that a spaceship had crash-landed outside Owl Class the night before. The children were very excited to find the wreckage and spent the morning inspecting the remains of the crash. They were given an account of what had been seen and heard the night before by the caretaker, Mr Graham.  He had heard a huge explosion in the early hours of the morning and came outside to see lights and flames lighting up the sky. Then he found the remains of a spaceship crash!   

The children spent a very exciting first day using their writing skills to write a report on what had happened and what they found. In the subsequent days they inspected the wreckage, discussed what might have happened and what the “bits and pieces” they found might be. There were pieces of broken metal, bits of plastic, wiring and lots of slimy gloop everywhere!  The children, dressed as scientists in lab coats, selected items to investigate with magnifying glasses and microsopes.  Later, as a science lesson, they talked about what the objects were made of and what they might have been used for. They also speculated about where the aliens were now! Some children were a little concerned and had a bit of trouble sleeping …. sorry parents of those children! However, we did reassure them that any aliens that might be about would certainly be friendly ones.

As part of the topic we read the story of Beegu, an alien child that was lost and stranded on earth.  Then for English the children wrote a retell of the story and for PSHE they thought and wrote about how she might have been feeling and how they could help a lost alien to feel welcome and safe on earth. This lead  to discussions about including all children in the playground and looking after new children to our school. 

As an art project  the children created pictures of  Beegu, using water colours for a background, pastels for the landscape and collage to depict Beegu in the foreground -  lost and alone in a large city. This resulted in some very impressive pictures from all the children that we have now proudly displayed in the Year 1 classes and the school hall.

During the topic the children were very lucky to have a visit from a mobile planetarium, when they learned about the planets, meteors, galaxies and astronauts. Many children,  inspired by the visit,  chose to find more information from books and fact sheets during their busy learning time. They recorded what they found out and added the information to their own class space fact books. The children were very excited to learn such things as the size and colour of planets, how many moons they had, how some were made of gases, some of ice and rocks and how some even had volcanoes! 

As homework projects many children and their grown- ups really enjoyed making some fantastic planets and rockets at home, from papier mache and recycled items. They then brought them in to be displayed. They also enjoyed finding out more space facts from books and the internet and recorded them in their homework books. We were very impressed by all the effort that went into the homework tasks.

All in all it was a very engaging topic that gave the children an opportunity to think and learn about the wider world and where we on Earth fit into it.  At the same time they greatly developed their reading, writing, art, design technology and science skills and knowledge.

 

Autumn 2

Our topic this term is ‘Superheroes’. We started off with a superhero costume day which the children loved! They wrote information about the hero they dressed up as and enjoyed creating a shared story with their class. They composed the storyline in their classes using the characters the children had dressed up as and took photos of each other in ‘ freeze frames’ to go with the story. They used ipads to take the photos.

The children have been learning about superheroes and what kind of super powers they have (e.g. super strength or flying powers) and what a superhero’s personality is like (e.g. kind and friendly). They have been learning the difference between heroes and villains and how to spot a villain.

Additionally, the children have been learning about ‘real life heroes’ such as fire fighters and paramedics. They have been learning about what each profession does and why it is important. They have discovered that fictional super heroes and real life heroes have many similar traits; they all help people! Each class has a role-play area incorporating real life heroes, such as a Hospital or Vet. We were lucky enough to have a visit from a Vet Nurse from Medi-Vet in Twickenham. She came to speak to each class about her job and how to look after dogs, cats and ginea-pigs. She brought some ginea-pigs with her to show the children and showed them some of her equipment.

The children have been learning about super healthy food and how to prepare a healthy snack fit for a superhero to help them grow big and strong. In one lesson they designed a snack and in the following lesson they made the snack using a variety of fruits and vegetables. The children had some help to use peelers and a vegetable knife. They were very proud of their creations and enjoyed eating them!

Some superheroes have super abilities they use their body for. The Flash has superfast feet and Superman has super hearing. In their Science lessons the children have been learning about the parts of the human body and labelling them. They have also been learning about senses and had a very exciting lesson exploring all of their own senses including tasting lemon and vinegar!

The children will be reading and writing their very own simple comic strips. They have been learning how to use speech bubbles and onomatopoeic words which make the comic more exciting e.g. WOOSH or POW! In History lessons the children will be learning about some real heroes from the past such as Florence Nightingale and the impact that she had in the Crimean war.

In Maths, the children have been learning to tell the time to ‘o’clock’ and some children can tell the time to ‘half-past’. They have been learning the order which they do things during their day and what time they do it. E.g. 9 o’clock they start school and 12 o’clock they have lunch. The children have also been learning about the different kinds of coins we use in England and learning to count handfuls of 1ps, 2ps, and some 10ps. We have been using dominoes and dice to help the children learn about doubles and adding them together as well as different ways to make 10 (1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5).

Most of our RE learning this term is about the Christian story of the birth of Jesus and why we celebrate Christmas. Rehearsals for our version of the Christmas Nativity are well underway and we look forward to seeing you at the performances on 6th and 7th December.

 

Autumn 1 – The Weather

This is the first term in a new year group so our focus has largely been on helping the children to feel settled and get used to the changes a new year group brings. The children have had many PSHE lessons where they have been thinking, talking and writing about themselves and what makes them special, similarities and differences between themselves and others, how to make friends and be friendly, the school rules and how to follow them and what to do if they encounter a problem or feel scared or upset at school.

This half term our topic has been ‘The Weather’ and so much of the children’s learning has been based around describing and measuring the weather. The children have watched, acted out and written accurate weather reports using a wide vocabulary or weather words. As part of their learning in Science the children checked the thermometer daily to tell us the exact temperature outside and we had a wide selection of things which blow in the wind such as flags, windmills and kites. The children also learnt about the cycle of the different seasons in England and which weather is associated with which season. It is now Autumn and so luckily the weather has been very changeable meaning we were able to see many different types of weather. Some children even saw a rainbow for the first time.

In English lessons the children wrote simple poems about the weather and retold a fictional story called ‘The Gale’. They also wrote lists of different clothes they would need to take to a hot/cold/wet place. In Art, the children studied many different paintings by different artists which all portrayed different kinds of weather. The children had a go at painting ‘The boat in the Storm’ by Henri Rousseau. All of the paintings were wonderful and there is a selection of them currently being displayed in the Small Hall. In ICT the children have been learning to log on to our computers, open Microsoft Word and use the keyboard to type. It is quite tricky remembering where all the different keys are so it would be great if they could practise this at home. The children have had the opportunity to read (and have read to them) lots of non-fiction books about the weather which many of them have found very interesting. It has been lovely to see that so many children have been to the library to find weather books as part of their homework too.

Autumn has already brought many religious festivals so in RE the children have been learning about Eid Al Adha, Harvest and Diwali. It is wonderful to have children from diverse backgrounds because they can share their experiences of celebrating these festivals at home. This term the children have also been learning about the Christian story of the Creation of the World. In Maths lessons so far the children have been covering length, 2D shape, 3D shape, ‘more’ and ‘less’ and some addition and subtraction. The children love using the busy learning areas around the classroom and outside area to practise their maths skills and learn to write the numbers properly.