Year 1 Team
1A: Mrs Coffey and Mrs Ford
1B: Miss Savage
1C: Mr Gulfraz
At Chapel Street we pride ourselves on our quality text based curriculum that links all subject areas making learning fun and purposeful for all the children. In the autumn term, the children read Beegu and focus on writing a comic whilst learning about the properties of materials in science. This is followed by the text Naughty Bus where the children rewrite and extend the story whilst learning about their local area in geography and changes in transport in history. In the spring term, the children read Dogger and focus on writing a lost poster whilst learning about toys throughout recent history. This is followed by The Rabbit Problem where the children learn about seasons in science and write setting descriptions and poems. In the summer term, the children read Bog Baby and rewrite the story with a character they have created whilst learning about animals in science. This is followed by Lost and Found where the children learn about hot and cold places in geography and rewrite a contrasting story. We use questioning to help the children learn a text and gain a deeper understanding of the author’s use of language. We encourage each child to become an independent learner who is able to write their own ideas and read their own work to check it makes sense.
Art and DT play a vital role in our topics. During the year the children will make both a model house and bus and produce art work based on the seasons. In music they use instruments and learn about rhythm. The children will use a variety of ICT applications to enhance their learning of the curriculum. Throughout the year they will learn about the practices and celebrations of different faiths.
We invite all parents to our ‘reflection mornings’ every half term, to gain an insight into what the children have been learning.
To enhance our learning experiences further, we provide a number of visits and trips throughout the year. We are mindful of the costs to families and work hard to keep the cost to a minimum and provide free experiences when possible. All visits and trips are outlined below:
Autumn 1: Biffa Visit- recycling of materials- free
Autumn 2: Kidz Bus- Hook Day- approx. £2 per child
Walk to Arcadia Library- local area geography-free
Trip to Manchester Transport Museum- history of transport- approx. £3 per child
Spring 1: Trip to Lyme Park- history of toys- approx. £12 per child
Summer 1: Walk to the Secret Lake- Bog Baby and animals- free
Year 1 follow the Letters and Sounds phonics program. They have daily sessions and also have opportunities to apply and extend their phonic knowledge and skills through the school day. They will complete a phonics test in June. Parents and carers can help at home by reading with their child and practising the sounds in the centre of their reading records.
In Maths, the children use physical resources and pictures to practice and reinforce their understanding of mathematical concepts and they complete maths investigations to bring their learning to life.
The children will develop their agility and learn football and tennis skills in PE, as well as developing their creativity within dance. 1A have PE every Thursday and Friday, IB every Wednesday and Thursday, IC every Monday and Thursday. All children must have the correct indoor and outdoor PE kit in a drawstring bag. All item must be clearly labelled with the child’s name.
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