St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Lidgett Lane, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 2QD

Year One

Our Class Teachers: Mrs Norton Monday – Wednesday    Mrs Wood Thursday – Friday

In our class we enjoy learning about a variety of topics and developing skills across all curriculum subjects.  Our daily RE, Maths and English learning form the core of our timetable and help us make links to our other subjects and provide the foundations we need to build on.

English

In Year One we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their reading and writing. Read Write Inc Phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing, which is centred around learning the sounds of the letters (phonics) and then blending them together to read words.  The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them.

All children have a book that they can read at home. This is a decodable book linked to our Read, Write, Inc programme, which they can read aloud confidently as it only includes the sounds that they have already learnt.

We have a daily writing lesson to focus our skills on developing our writing. We use books linked to our topic to inspire our writing. We implement all the skills we have learnt during Read Write Ink, to help us become more independent skilful writers.

Maths

Every morning before play time we have a 20 minute maths meeting to build our maths fluency, during this time we will practise lots of interesting maths facts and consolidate our knowledge and understanding of: place value, days of the week, months of the year, number bonds and much, much more.

After morning break we continue our maths learning with maths mastery lessons. The Mathematics Mastery programme is a whole-school approach to teaching mathematics. The programme aims to deepen pupils’ conceptual understanding of key mathematical concepts. Topics are covered in more depth and greater emphasis is placed on problem solving and on encouraging mathematical thinking. This term we are learning about the following maths concepts:

Numbers 50 to 100 and beyond

  • Read, write, represent, compare and order numbers to 100
  • One more / fewer, ten more / fewer
  • Identify number patterns

Addition and subtraction (applying strategies)

  • Explore addition and subtraction involving 2-digit numbers and ones
  • Represent and explain addition and subtraction with regrouping
  • Investigate number bonds within 20

Money

  • Name coins and notes and understand their value
  • Represent the same value using different coins
  • Find change

Multiplication and division

  • Share equally into groups
  • Doubling
  • Link halving to fractions
  • Add equal groups
  • Explore arrays

Measures capacity and volume

  • Compare capacities, volumes and lengths
  • Explore litres
  • Apply understanding of fractions to capacity

Science

Our Science topic is ‘Seasons: Spring and Summer’ This is the second physics unit pupils will study, which follows on from the previous unit: ‘Seasons: Autumn & Winter.’ Spring & Summer is taught separately to Autumn & Winter, as the National Curriculum states that pupils should ‘observe the changes across the four seasons.’ The teaching of this unit is beginning in spring and ends in summer and so pupils should be able to have these experiences and observe the changes in the seasons first-hand. We have set up a weather station and the class can record and track: the general weather; the amount of rainfall; and the temperature outside.

Geography

Our Geography topic this term in ‘The United Kingdom’ This unit builds on pupils’ knowledge in all strands of geography: place knowledge, locational knowledge and human and physical geography. It introduces pupils to the United Kingdom.

Pupils will:

  • become familiar with maps of the United Kingdom and learn to recognise its shape and to locate it on a world map and a globe
  • identify England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as their capital cities
  • locate their own town/city within the United Kingdom
  • develop contextual knowledge of the location of significant places within the UK – including their defining physical and human characteristics
  • recognise the 4 countries individual flags, as well as the Union Jack and what it represents
  • begin to develop an understanding of the concept of union

Throughout the unit, pupils will be introduced to a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes and aerial photographs and will begin to learn how to interpret them. Pupils will be encouraged to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length. They will learn basic subject-specific vocabulary relating to human and physical geography, such as ‘city’ and ‘mountain’ and simple compass directions (north, south, east and west). At the end of the unit, pupils write a response to the driver question: Why should people visit the United Kingdom?