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Welcome back Class 1

Our new topic is Bright Lights, Big City 

 

In the Bright Lights, Big City project, your child will learn the story of a local landmark. They will learn about the countries that make up the United Kingdom, including their location, capital cities and some of their physical and human features. They will have the opportunity to do map work, using compasses and positional and directional language to plan routes around London. They will research the cause and impact of the Great Fire of London and look at some famous London landmarks. They will learn about other capital cities around the world, including Kuala Lumpur, and compare how they are similar and different to London.

A&DDrawing
ComputingSearching the web; Algorithms; Logical reasoning; Programming; Common uses of information technology
GeographyLocal landmarks; Countries and capital cities of the UK; Physical features of the UK; Settlements; Human features; Weather and seasons; London – a capital city; Landmarks; Aerial images; Maps; Directions – locational and directional language; Geographical similarities and differences
HistorySignificant event – Great Fire of London
MusicNursery rhymes
PSHESpeaking, listening and sharing
EnglishPostcards; Directions; Adventure narratives
Suggested text

Topsy and Tim Visit London – Jean and Gareth Adamson

Memorable experienceLocal landmarks
Innovate challengeMarley's trip to London
Science investigationsHow does it move? How big is a raindrop? Does it snow in summer? How wild is the wind?

 

 In RE, children will explore Creation to Shabbat and in RSHE, we will learn about Safety First and Aiming High. PE this term will be Dance and Funfit. 

 

Read Write Inc - Phonics and Spelling

At Kneesall School we use the Read Write Inc. scheme for Phonics and Spelling. It is a very popular and successful literacy programme. Your child will learn to read in a very simple way. He or she will learn to:

1. Read letters by their ‘sounds’

2. Blend these sounds into words

3. Read the words in a story.

The sounds are split into 3 sets and children read books that contain sounds that they have already learnt to enable them to build their confidence and therefore read more fluently. Fluency in reading is very important as it allows the children to focus on understanding what they are reading rather than having to focus on decoding to read.  

First, your child will learn to read:

•  Set 1 Speed Sounds: these are sounds written with one letter: m  a  s  d  t  i  n  p  g  o  c  k  u  b  f  e  l  h  r  j  v   y  w  z  x and sounds written with two letters  (your child will call these ‘special friends’): sh  th  ch   qu  ng  nk  ck

• Words containing these sounds, by sound-blending,  e.g. m–a–t  mat, c–a–t  cat, g–o–t  got, f–i–sh  fish,  s–p–o–t  spot, b–e–s–t  best, s–p–l–a–sh  splash

• Red, Green and Purple Storybooks.

 

Second, he or she will learn to read:

•  Set 2 Speed Sounds: ay  ee  igh  ow  oo  oo  ar  or   air  ir  ou  oy

•  Words containing these sounds

•  Pink, Orange and Yellow Storybooks.

 

Third, he or she will learn to read:

•  Set 3 Speed Sounds: ea  oi  a-e  i-e  o-e  u-e  aw   are  ur  er  ow  ai  oa  ew  ire  ear  ure

• Words containing these sounds

• Blue and Grey Storybooks.

 

Children will learn an associated phrase for each of the set 2 and 3 Speed Sounds to help to remember them. (Please see attached document below).

Each daily RWI lesson consists of a Speed Sound lesson, a chance to practise reading words from their current book, an independent read of the current book and a writing activity based on the book.

One book last for three days over which children also learn about grammar and do comprehension activities linked to the book.

 

The Oxford Owl website has loads of really useful resources to help you support your child:

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/reading-schemes-oxford-levels/read-write-inc-phonics-guide/ 

 

In Year 2, as the children come to the end of the Phonics scheme, they start the Spelling scheme. This looks more closely at spelling, for example different ways of spelling the same sound. 

 

Maths in Key Stage One

In Maths we teach the different areas in blocks. These blocks are:

  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Measurement; Length and height
  • Measurement; Weight and volume (Y1)/Mass, Capacity and Temperature (Y2)
  • Measurement; Money
  • Measurement; Time 
  • Fractions
  • Geometry: Position and direction
  • Geometry: Shape
  • Statistics (Y2)

It is going to be a wonderful half term! 

 

Mrs Scott 

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