Year 1

At Foxfield Primary School, we ensure that learning is planned for all in a cross-curricular way. This ensures that children are able to make links within their learning. Lessons challenge all pupils through a variety of activities, providing opportunities for feedback from adults and peers. Through the high expectations of everyone at Foxfield we aspire to achieve the highest quality outcomes.

During the Summer term, the learning in Year 1 will be based around the Global Goal of Sustainable development. The focus of the term is to explore how waste is produced and how it gets recycled and reused. We will also be discussing how we can reduce our plastic usage to help the environment. To do this, we will be watching a variety of documentaries as well as reflecting on our own experiences. At the end of the term we will be creating a video to teach others how they can be eco-friendly.

In Maths, this half term Year 1 will be extending their place value knowledge to 100 by identifying tens and ones in any given number. We will be using, dienes, straws and pictorial representations to support us. Following on from this we will be using first, then and now boards to show addition and subtraction sentences. We will also be introducing prepositional language and learning terms such as front, back, left and right. This will then support the children as we move onto time, and teaching the sides of a clock and now the hands move clockwise.  

In year 1 our new core text is “Dear Greenpeace", we will be continuing our global theme of “sustainable development”. Before introducing the book to the children, we will hook the children into their learning by setting up a paddling pool in the playground, and the children can generate ideas around who the pool belongs to and why it was there. We will also be engaging in role play activities, where we will hot seat different characters, and use freeze frame to act in role. Our writing outcome is a letter, where we will be writing in the role of Emily, and sharing what we have learnt from Greenpeace with a friend. We will be writing in first person and recounting previous events. ​

In Science, Year 1 will be identifying the seasons throughout the year. We will also be looking at different countries around the world and how their seasons affect the growth of different plants. We will be comparing the weather in two countries and identifying how they are similar and different.  

In RE we have are looking at the topic ‘Celebrations’, we will be identifying different celebrations we have experienced through the year. We will also be discussing how we celebrate different events and how these may be similar or different to other cultures. We will listen to a variety of music and play different games. 

For the first two weeks we will be participating in The Arts Fortnight where the children will be planning, designing and creating various art pieces and dances. Our theme is Dreams, and we will be writing an adventure narrative based around the children’s dream world. The rest of our art journey will be looking at whales, and experimenting with colours and creating wax relief painting.

During RSE we will be discussing similarities and differences between ourselves and others. We will be discussing what makes us unique and how we are special. During our sessions we will also be reflecting on ways to regulate our emotions if we are in the red or blue zone. We will be using the zones of regulation to support us with this.

In PE we will be focussing on Tennis, we will practice using the racket to control different objects. We will also be practising hitting a ball to our partner, and repeatedly hitting the ball against a wall. This will help us control the speed of the ball and also the aim.