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Year 1 Curriculum – Autumn 2017
Welcome to Team Spurrier and the NEW school!
In Year 1 we encourage the children’s independence. In the coming weeks we would aim for children to say goodbye to you at the door and then come into the classroom by themselves. This will help all the children to settle quickly in the morning and complete their early morning work with little disruptions. Many thanks. In Year 1 we do not check the children’s book bags so please give us any letters/dinner money in the morning.
I would like to thank you for helping with the children’s independence already this term.
In Year 1 the children’s books are allocated on their reading ability and will be down to the children to put their book in the reading basket once they have read it. We do not check the book bags so please ensure it is in the basket otherwise it will not be changed. They have the opportunity to change their book everyday if it needs changing. Once they have brought it home, please can you write down the name of the new book in their record and write FINISHED when they have read it. We will keep a record of the books they have read in school. If they don’t need their book changed they should still keep it in their book bag. To reward regular reading at home, children will receive a certificate if they have read the most out of the class. This year we have also introduced the ‘race to 100’ which means that if the children have read over on hundred books then they will receive a special prize from Mr Budge. This year the children are being taught phonics using Read, Write, Inc. This includes all the English elements: reading, phonics and writing and is delivered in a structured cycle through Fred the Frog. Children will learn new sounds every day and please ask them at the end of the week what they have learnt. They also have access to their own online books on ‘Bug club’ in which I will allocate a range of texts for the children to read, answer questions and play games. Every time they read a book they will be given ‘money’ that they then get to then spend in their very own interactive tree house. Once your child has read all of their books in their library it will be up to them to notify the teacher so that more can be allocated.
Maths is taught in blocks which focus on different areas of learning. These blocks vary in length. There is a focus on maths daily and Maths can be taught through practical activities, songs as well as in a more formal classroom setting. This term we will be reading, writing and counting objects reliably to 100; writing numbers in words to 20, ordering numbers, counting in 2s, 5s and 10s and identifying one more and one less than a given number.
We are using the International Primary Curriculum at Ramsgate Arts which is “an engaging, rigorous and internationally minded thematic approach to learning”. This is an exciting change and will allow children to learn with real purpose and to make clear links between subjects. A number of different units will be studied throughout the year and these will last for different amounts of time (and will therefore not last the entire term as in previous years). We will be updating you with an outline of a unit as we begin a new one, so please check home learning letters for the information! Using the IPC means that children will not study every subject, every week. Areas of learning are blocked, so one block of lessons may focus on science before moving on to a block on geography and then art etc. Our first topic this term is ‘A Day in the Life’.
In Society, we’ll be finding out:
About the jobs people do in our school
About the jobs that our parents and family do
About the people who help us
How a service works and the jobs that it creates
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
How to create a portrait of ourselves to show the things that we do
How to create a style sheet for one of our characters, exploring their clothes, hobbies and interests
In Geography, we’ll be finding out:
About the services and buildings in the local area
How to create our own street map
In History, we’ll be finding out:
About the jobs people used to do in the past
What our local area might have looked like a 100 years ago
In Technology, we’ll be finding out:
How to make vehicles for our street map
How to make a uniform for one of our characters
In International, we’ll be finding out:
How to provide a welcome party for a family from another country
Team Spurrier will have PE Indoor/Outdoor on Mondays.
It is important that children have a full PE kit in school at all times in a named bag. This includes black or blue shorts and white t-shirt for indoor PE and black or blue jogging bottoms, sweatshirt or tracksuit top and suitable trainers or plimsolls for outdoor lessons. Children will be expected to change their footwear for all PE lessons. The weather has to be severely inclement for lessons not to go ahead so please ensure that your child is well equipped! To reduce the likelihood of items going missing, please label everything with your child’s name.
Home Learning and weekly news will now be communicated through the Year 1 blog on the website throughout the week and IPC information will also appear in these when relevant. All home learning should be completed and returned to school as advised on the blog.
Home learning will change as the children progress through the school so that it is both suitable for their age and also prepares them for the next steps in their school life. In KS1 children will receive a ‘Love to Learn’ challenge every three weeks. This will be based on something they have been learning at school and should be used to reinforce this learning at home with you. Please let this be the child’s learning.
Our school uniform exists both for health and safety reasons and to develop a sense of pride and responsibility in being a member of the Ramsgate Arts community. The uniform policy includes the expectation that all children will wear black school shoes (trainers are not acceptable footwear), that long hair should be tied back at all times and that, with the exception of a watch and a pair of small stud earrings, NO jewellery may be worn by children. Please also be aware that JoJo bows are also not aloud. We also ask you to remember that children should not be wearing make-up or nail varnish to school and hair styles should not be extreme – this includes unnatural hair colours. The school’s uniform policy is listed in the school’s prospectus and if you would like another copy, please ask at the school office. Please ensure your child is dressed according to this policy and that all items of clothing are clearly named.
Sipping water throughout the day aids concentration and learning. Please provide your child with a water bottle which they may keep with them throughout the day. These are available from the school office.
It is vital that pupils arrive at school on time and that absence is kept to a minimum. Frequent lateness and absences can have a huge negative impact on a child’s learning so please try to have your child in school by 8:20am every day.
I am very excited for the year ahead together in the new building!
Year 1 teacher