Year 1 - Honey Pots

Welcome to Honey Pots!

Over the first half term I will be spending time getting to know the children and will ensure that there are many opportunities for learning through play. Through these practical activities, we will identify any gaps in their learning and plan appropriate next steps, linked to the Early Learning Goals and Year 1 National Curriculum. 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. We will be reading a variety of texts (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) to support and enhance our topic learning.

Our Autumn term topic is 'Inside the Toy Box'. During this topic, we will be comparing toys from the past to the toys we use today and will be discussing how they are similar and different. The children will be using creative skills learnt in Art and DT sessions to create their own pop-up toy. 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.

Over the year, we will be spending lots of time learning outdoors where we will observe seasonal changes, construct dens and nests and learn how to look after the environment. A little drop of rain will not stop us from our outdoor learning so remember your raincoat and wellies!

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. We will prepare the children for the Year 1 Phonics Screening in the summer term. Please look on eSchools for useful phonics resources and to find out ways that you can support your child at home.

I look forward to a year filled with lots of learning and laughter.

Miss Macmillan