Our first Autumn Term project is called
Bears Go Dancing!
We will be going on an adventure with Paddington Bear and his friends to help us learn all about the countries in The UK.
Do you know a bear who is named after a station?
This half term we will be learning all about the four countries that make up The United Kingdom. We will learn the names of the countries, where in the UK we can find them and we may even learn the names of the capital cities and the oceans that lie around them. We will also learn about materials in science to help us design an umbrella to help keep Paddington Bear dry on his travels.
Here are some of the texts we will be using. You might even have some of them at home.
As we learn all about the countries in The UK, we will attempt to learn some funky dance moves that are traditionally performed in those countries. Hopefully we will be able to entertain you all with our moves. Watch out Strictly Come Dancing!
Have a look at our curriculum planner below to find out more details about our learning this half term.
Parent Curriculum Sheet Autumn 1
Charlie Monkey (Our class pet)
In school we do phonics every day based on the Bug Club Phonics scheme. We get our planning from the Bug Club phonics website and we enjoy playing the games on there.
Keep an eye out on your Bug Club home account as we often share the games and books we look at in class with you to view again at home.
Bug Club is based on a document called Letters and Sounds: Click below for "A Parent's Guide to Letters and Sounds."
In school we follow the Penpals for Handwriting scheme. We believe handwriting is the foundation for learning as it allows us to express ourselves on paper, gives us confidence and allows us to have pride in our work.
The letters are split into 4 different families. We have the curly caterpillars, the long ladders (sometimes called long legged giraffes), the one arm robots and the zig zag monsters. At first, it is important that we learn to form the letters in each family correctly and learn how to position them on the line. We spend a lot of time working on this in Year 1. Once this is secure we will then move on to learning some basic joins.
Handwriting practise sheets
We usually do Big Maths every week. It's a really great way to help us learn our basic number facts and recall them at speed. It is a challenge but we are not scared by challenges in Year 1 and we enjoy trying to beat our scores every week. You may choose to practise your big maths learn it facts at home. See below for some practise sheets and timers.