Year 1 - Honey Pots

Welcome to Honey Pots!

Firstly, we will be getting to know one another and have lots of opportunities to show our learning through play. This will help me to identify any gaps and tailor the Year 1 National Curriculum to meet their individual needs, we will aim for all children to be FRESH (Fascinated, rounded, Eager to make a difference. Spiritual and Highly Aspirational).  When the children are settled and familiar with the routines in Year 1, we will begin more structured sessions linked to our termly topics, enabling a cross curricular approach to learning. To engage and fascinate children’s love for learning, we will be reading a variety of texts (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) to support and enhance our topic learning.

Our topic for the Autumn Term is ‘Toys’ looking particularly about toys from the past and comparing them to our current toys. We will link our topic within our English lessons and other aspects of the curriculum.  In the Spring term our topic will be 'The Great Outdoors'. The children will be learning about different types of animals and plants and will have the chance to grow their own beans. I wonder how the beans will change over time....  Our final topic in the Summer term will be 'Over the Deep Blue Sea'. The children will be making a pirate boat from recycled materials, counting with gold coins from the treasure chest and learning directional language to locate features and routes on a map.

Throughout the year in daily maths sessions, we will be developing the children's confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. We will also be learning how to recognise, describe, compare and sort different shapes and solve problems involving length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money. The children will have access to a range of manipulatives (e.g. Numicon, counting objects, bead strings) to help them explain why and how answers have been worked out. We will use concrete, pictorial then abstract examples to develop the children's understanding of key mathematical concepts. We will encourage the children to have high aspirations of themselves and challenge themselves across all aspects of the curriculum.

The children will have daily RWI (Read Write Inc.) phonics sessions where they will continue to develop their phonic knowledge and practise segmenting and blending sounds together. Daily opportunities for reading and writing will take place in school and you can support your child at home by listening to them read to help them move around our ‘Reading Race Track’.... the children are always eager to win the race! In addition to this we will prepare the children for the Year 1 Phonics Screening in the summer term.

Across the year we are going to be seizing regular opportunities to learn outdoors to develop our knowledge. In our newly designed outdoor area we have an ‘Observation Station’ where we have opportunities for mini-beat hunts and putting unfamiliar objects under the microscope. Capturing our love for learning through outdoor teaching will result in us becoming more rounded learners. A little drop of rain will not stop us from our outdoor learning so remember your raincoat and wellies!

I can’t wait to begin our exciting year together and see what fun adventures we have!

Miss Bovington