Year 1 Curriculum – Summer Term 2018
In Year 1 we encourage the children’s independence. Please continue to say goodbye to your child at the door and encourage them to complete their morning routines.
We do not check the children’s book bags every day, so please pass on any messages in person to the staff in the classroom in the morning and remind your child that they need to change their own reading book first thing. It is vital that this is done daily.
In Year 1 the children’s reading books are allocated on their reading ability and will be down to the children to put their book in the reading basket once they have read it. We do not check the book bags so please ensure it is in the basket otherwise it will not be changed. They have the opportunity to change their book everyday if it needs changing. Once they have brought it home, please can you write down the name of the new book in their record and write FINISHED when they have read it. We will keep a record of the books they have read in school. If they don’t need their book changed they should still keep it in their book bag. To reward regular reading at home, children will receive a certificate if they have read the most out of the class and they also have the “race to 100” incentive which means that if they have read over one hundred books they will receive a special prize from Mr Budge.
In Year 1 English is taught through the Read, Write Inc (RWI) programme. RWI has had a huge impact on the reading and writing of children in Year 1. Thank you for your continued support with this at home – please continue to practise sounds and common exception (“red”) words at home with your child. Children are also given many diverse opportunities for writing as part of their topic learning. In Year 1 children have daily support with handwriting and cursive writing will be introduced when the children are ready and can correctly form all their lower case letters. You can help your child practise forming capital letters at home where possible!
Maths is taught in blocks which focus on different areas of learning. These blocks vary in length. There is a focus on maths daily and Maths can be taught through practical activities. Maths lessons always begin with a quick mental, oral starter followed by a focus question where they are encouraged to think for themselves and explore maths before teacher input. Children will then work with their learning partners to practise new skills taught before tackling the “challenge” to use their new knowledge and skills independently. This term we will be consolidating our number bonds and broadening our understanding of geometry focussing on 2D and 3D shape. Then we will be strengthening and broadening our understanding of number and place value, addition and subtraction and money. Please take time to practise sequencing numbers at home – both forwards and backwards, reading any numbers you see while out and about as this will help consolidate place value and learning number bonds to 10 and ideally 20.
We use the International Primary Curriculum at RAPS which is “an engaging, rigorous and internationally minded thematic approach to learning”. This is an exciting approach which will allow children to learn with real purpose and to make clear links between subjects. Using the IPC means that children will not study every subject, every week. Areas of learning are blocked, so one block of lessons may focus on science before moving on to a block on geography and then art etc.
In Term 4 we started the “The Magic Toymaker”, a fun and engaging topic focussing on toys. We will learn about the history of toys and games, in Science we will understand materials used for making toys and in Design Technology we will have the chance to design and make our own toys. In art, we will look at how toys are depicted in famous artworks and in Computer technology we will have the chance to create instructions for a robot.
In PE this term we will be building on the dance we did last term making up dance sequences and will continue our topic theme in PE based around toys and how they move. It is important that children have a full PE kit in school at all times in a named bag. This includes black or blue shorts and white t-shirt for indoor PE and black or blue jogging bottoms, sweatshirt or tracksuit top and suitable trainers or plimsolls for outdoor lessons. Children will be expected to change their footwear for all PE lessons. The weather has to be severely inclement for lessons not to go ahead so please ensure that your child is well equipped! To reduce the likelihood of items going missing, please label everything with your child’s name.
Home Learning and weekly news will now be communicated through one document which will be uploaded onto our blog. Curriculum and IPC information will also appear in these letters when relevant. All home learning should be completed and returned to school as advised on the newsletter.
The children will receive a ‘Love to Learn’ challenge every three weeks. This will be based on something they have been learning at school and should be used to reinforce this learning at home with you. We try to cater for all learning styles and try to provide an open task which can be tackled in a variety of media. Last year, some children chose to write, type, draw, act or even film their various Love to Learn tasks.
Our school uniform exists both for health and safety reasons and to develop a sense of pride and responsibility in being a member of the Ramsgate Arts Primary School community. The uniform policy includes the expectation that all children will wear black school shoes (trainers are not acceptable footwear), that long hair should be tied back at all times and that with the exception of a watch and a pair of small stud earrings NO jewellery may be worn by children. We also ask you to remember that children should not be wearing make-up or nail varnish to school and hair styles should not be extreme – this includes unnatural hair colours. The school’s uniform policy is listed in the school’s prospectus and if you would like another copy, please ask at the school office. Please ensure your child is dressed according to this policy and that all items of clothing are clearly named.
Sipping water throughout the day aids concentration and learning. Please provide your child with a water bottle which they may keep with them throughout the day. Ensure that these are named to avoid confusion.
It is vital that pupils arrive at school on time and that absence is kept to a minimum. Frequent lateness and absences can have a huge negative impact on a child’s learning so please have your child in school by 8.20am every day.
Year 1 teacher