Year 1

‘THE LAND BEFORE TIME’

Year One is going back in time, back before the age of man, back to the age of the dinosaurs!

Through our topic we will be researching, writing and creating pieces of work all relating the giant lizards that roamed the earth, millions of years ago.

In our writing sessions we will be focusing on creating fact files based around five key dinosaurs: T-Rex, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Stegosaurus and Pterodactyl. These information texts will also play a part in our learning through the rest of our curriculum too. For this we will need to read a range of texts, as well as using the Internet (which we are learning how to use during computing sessions), to brush up on our Jurassic knowledge. Researching various habitats and diets in science will also play a vital part in PSHCE and our writing.

Through our reading lessons we will be finding ways to interact with different texts, and find suitable ways to help us read words on the page. With a close focus on phonics, this will help develop our skills to take part in this year’s Phonics Screening Tests towards the end of the year. Frequent phonics sessions will also help us achieve this. We are keen as a year group to also encourage the children to read with meaning and attempt words that we already know, as a whole, rather than always decoding them – fluency is key and will also aid expression. Remember, the more reading you do in (and out of) school, the more confident you will be at reading words you may not have seen before!

We are going to keep building up our mathematical knowledge through this half term, strengthening our understanding of ‘number’. By doing this, throughout the second half of the term, we can engage in other units of work such as ‘multiplication, division, measurement and shape’. We will also be able to grasp how to work through one-step word problems. We want to become confident problem solvers!

Linking with our topic, we will also be investigating which dinosaur was the largest and which was the smallest. This will give us an indication as to how tall the dinosaurs were in relation to humans and buildings that surround us today.

We will keep you posted on how our learning is moving forward with updates on our ‘Year Group’ page via The Flying Bull Academy website. Here you can also hear about possible trips we will be going on as well as being able to view photographs – see if you can spot your child!

If you have any questions, we’re sure one of our team will be able to help you.

Happy New Year!

The Year One Team

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So, what is going on in Year 1 during the Autumn Term 2015?

Well…

…This term we will be looking through the telescope at Pirates. From the Jolly Roger to Captain Blackbeard, our year will get creative, be productive, and show off our work in various ways.

We are also looking forward to visiting HMS Victory in the Historic Dockyard. This will help us gain a better understanding of Lord Horatio Nelson and the era in which he lived. Gathering clues throughout the trip, we can then begin to look into the Victorian period, which has a rich history in Portsmouth.

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We are looking forward to becoming pirates. Our new role play area is up and running and we are also excited about discovering more about treasure, pirate ships, sword fighting and treasure maps on our own, allowing us to create our own independence in our learning.DCIM100MEDIA

In all of our subjects, we will be trying as best as we can to challenge ourselves and become better 
thinkers and positive role models. Our ‘Growth Mindset’ will help us achieve this and we look forward to supporting each other through this learning process. As we all achieve at different rates and in different ways, we must try to stay positive in our learning journey and encourage and support each other to achieve the best we can. In a sense, it’s going to be our own little ‘quest’ with each end product being our very own chest of treasure!

In our core subjects, there will be a focus on story writing, recounts, poetry and instructional writing. This will be great for retelling pirate stories, recalling what happened on our school trip, creating and presenting our very own sea shanties and developing some pirate rules.

In Maths there will be a focus on number, addition and subtraction. We will be beginning to develop our mental maths strategies and problem solving skills too.

There will be lots of exciting opportunities to read different pirate stories too, developing and strengthening our phonics and comprehension.

In other subjects, we will be looking at materials in Science, linking with Design and Technology in order to help us build the perfect pirate ship for our crew. We will then set sail across the seven seas, looking at maps, globes and atlases in Geography. We will be taking our sketchbooks on our journey to sketch what we have observed, showing off our artistic qualities too.map

We can’t wait to post things on our website page which show all these wonderful things we are going to achieve. We are so excited to explore this topic and we arrrrrrrggggghhhhhh sure you will be amazed!

Feel free to ask any questions and it would be great if further research could be done at home too in any way, shape or form. We encourage all children and parents to be as open-minded and imaginative as possible!

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SUMMER TERM  2015

Passports at the ready everyone!

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We are about to embark on an exciting adventure- travelling around the world in 32 days! We will begin by exploring our local area-Portsmouth, and then we will venture out overseas to countries such as Italy, India and Mexico.

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This topic will enable us to get a real feel for the countries all over our world. We will be testing our map skills, growing local produce and even cooking authentic food from the countries we visit. In our English lessons we will be writing, sending and (hopefully) receiving letters from all over the globe. (Have you got anyone in mind?)  In Maths we will be continuing to solve problems in different contexts which will help us on our travels.

So fasten your seatbelts and prepare yourselves for this once in a lifetime experience!

 

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THE LAND BEFORE TIME – SPRING 2015

Year One are going back in time, back before the age of man, back to the age of the dinosaurs!

Through our topic we will be researching, writing and creating pieces of work all relating the giant lizards that roamed the earth, millions of years ago.

In our writing sessions we will be focusing on Traditional Tales and the story of Little Red Riding Hood, mixing it up and retelling the tale in various ways. Moving through the term, we will then set our attention to creating Information Texts all about dinosaurs. For this we will need to read a range of texts, as well as using the internet, to brush up on our Jurassic knowledge.

Through our reading sessions we will be finding ways to interact with different texts, and find suitable ways to help us read words on the page. With a close focus on phonics, this will help develop our skills to take part in this year’s Phonics Screening Tests towards the end of the year. Frequent phonics sessions will also help us achieve this.

Remember, the more reading you do in (and out of) school, the more confident you will be at reading words you may not have seen before!

We are going to keep building up our mathematical knowledge through CLIC and our math’s sessions. We want to become confident problem solvers! Linking with our topic, we will also be investigating which dinosaur was the largest and which was the smallest. This will give us an indication as to how tall the dinosaurs were in relation to humans and buildings that surround us today.

We will keep you posted on how our learning is moving forward with updates on our Year Group page via The Flying Bull Academy website.

If you have any questions, we’re sure one of our team will be able to help you.

Year One

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Today 1R looked at locality and tourist attractions as part of their ‘World Tourism Day’ Focus Day experience. We contrasted tourist attractions in Portsmouth to those in London and New York and we even looked at attractions within our own school.

Towards the end of the day, we designed and created advertisements to try and encourage new people to visit Portsmouth. Take a look at a selection of work we did below!

1Rs contribution to World Tourism Day.

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In our English lessons, we will be looking at ‘Sea Shanties’ and even attempting to come up with our own, linking with our Music lessons and composing music to go with our lyrics. We will be using our Phonics and pirate knowledge to help us write ‘Lists, Labels and Captions’ to help us remember key words for our topic.

Our Role-Play area will be added to each week by work we have designed and made in Art and DT sessions and will be a place where we can put our best pirate performance. This area will show off our knowledgeable and imaginative qualities we all have in our year!pirate

We are going to be showing off our fantastic Math’s skills through using our ‘Treasure Island’ topic theme as much as we can. We will be counting gold coins and searching treasure hidden in the school grounds using maps and our directional skills which will also help when we come to look at these in our Geography lessons when we look at ‘Maps, Globes and Atlases’.treasure

We will be researching into the past of some famous pirates such as ‘Blackbeard’ in our ICT lessons beginning to use the internet to find information and we will be reading lots of pirate based stories in shared reading sessions.

During our History sessions we will also be taking what we have learned and putting it into context locally by finding out about ‘Horatio Nelson’. We will even be visiting the Historic Dockyard to see ‘HMS Victory’ which will be exciting!

Our PE sessions will be on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and can we remind you all that your child will need to be shipprovided with shorts, (indoor PE) tracksuit bottoms (outside Games), plimsolls/trainers, a T-Shirt and finally a warm top (outside Games). Without the correct clothing, children will not be able to take part in these sessions.

Can we also remind all parents and carers that we would like all Learning Log work to be completed each week to earn a team point and to be entered into our prize draw and that your child reads at least three times each week and for this to be recorded in their reading journals in order for your child to earn a team point.

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