Read, Write, Inc.
Our Year 1 children learn the English alphabetic code: first they learn one way to read the 40+ sounds and blend these sounds into words, then learn to read the same sounds with alternative graphemes. They experience success from the very beginning. Lively phonic books are closely matched to their increasing knowledge of phonics and ‘tricky’ words and, as they re-read the stories, their fluency increases. Along with a thought-provoking introduction, prompts for thinking out loud and discussion, children are helped to read with a storyteller’s voice.
Non Fiction: Information Texts
Using and comparing fiction (Great white man-eating shark by Mayo and Rainbow Bear by Morpurgo) and non-fiction books about sharks and polar bears (The Ice Bear by Davies) children discover the features of non-fiction texts. Children collect info about sharks and polar bears to write factual phrases and sentences about sharks and then to compile a report about polar bears. Children read The Hamilton Group Reader Boris and Sid Meet a Shark.
Poetry: Songs and Repetitive Poems
Children read, then memorise a variety of short repetitive funny poems and also write their own verses. Conversation poems are used to stimulate more sustained writing and work on punctuating different forms of sentence.
Poetry: Animal Poems
Children have great fun reading, learning and reciting a variety of traditional and modern rhymes including some from Hairy Tales and Nursery Crimes by Rosen. They use these for word-play and phonics work, as well as writing their own versions of animal poems, composed after seeing an animal.
Welcome to our reading corner...
What Year 1 will be learning...
What Year 2 will be learning...
Maths is an adventure for children (and adults) to immerse themselves in, get creative with, make mistakes, and conquer!
Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help nurture confidence in maths. Power Maths rejects the notion that some people simply ‘can’t do’ maths. Instead, it develops growth mindsets and encourages hard work, practice and a willingness to see mistakes as learning tools.
Power Maths and Mastery
To develop mastery in maths, children need to be enabled to acquire a deep understanding of maths concepts, structures and procedures, step by step. Complex mathematical concepts are built on simpler conceptual components and when children understand every step in the learning sequence, maths becomes transparent and makes logical sense. Interactive lessons establish deep understanding in small steps, as well as effortless fluency in key facts such as tables and number bonds. The whole class works on the same content and no child is left behind.
This term we are looking at understanding Christianity, with a particular focus on the Creation and how the children feel about the story. We will then be focusing on the question "What does the story tell us God is like?"
Play and Learn (P & L) Toys make toys and games that are fun and great for learning. They have asked us to help them design and test some new products. These toys and games will work using forces and magnetism. We have accepted the challenge and will need to brush up on our scientific knowledge and skills and there will be plenty of testing and investigating to be done. Our final challenge will be to design a new toy or game that works using magnetism.
We are learning about the Great Fire of London. Can the children recognise that there may be different viewpoints about what or who caused the spread of the fire?
At KSI, the National Curriculum states “understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom..." so this term we are looking at the Isles of Scilly.