Year 1 – Willow Class

What We’ve Been Up To This Term

Why are humans not like ducks?​

The children’s learning will be linked to the core text Farmer Duck. They will be encouraged to predict how a problem in a story will be fixed. They will think about the things that go into a good story and how to describe characters.

Books your child could read at home:

  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
  • The Ugly Duckling
  • Make Way for Ducklings
  • Giggle, Giggle, Quack
  • Non-fiction books about ducks, farms and animals

What we are doing at the moment!

In Willow class we have had a specialist art teacher come in from St John’s to help us make some animal art, we have painted different farm animals and made collages of the countryside and the city. We have also read Farmer Duck and enjoyed doing lots of different writing surrounding the book including writing some bossy instructions for Farmer Duck to leave around the farm when he goes on holiday. We have also done lots of learning outside this term and have hunted round the playground with our clipboards writing down a list of all the plural nouns we could see. The children in Willow class have also been learning about how to be a good friend, complimenting children in the morning and writing cards to our friends telling them why they are special. We also love story time and have enjoyed reading lots of different books and talking about them, our class favourite is The Book With No Pictures.

Autumn Term 1 – Willow Class

  • Miss S. Cook
  • Mrs A. Wesson
  • PE
  • Friday PM
  • PE Kit
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Trainers
English
The children’s learning will be linked to the core text Farmer Duck. They will be encouraged to predict how a problem in a story will be fixed. They will think about the things that go into a good story and how to describe characters. We will begin to understand what a ‘verb’ is and what is meant by a ‘sentence’. The children will have the opportunity to participate in roleplaying performances to retell a story. The children will write a set of sentences that tell a narrative and begin to check and change their own writing. The focus will be on writing accurate sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The SPaG focus will be on conjunctions, capital letters for the names of places and the suffixes ‘-ed’ and ‘-ing’.
Maths
The children will be developing their knowledge in relation to addition and subtraction, shape and place value to 20. This half term we will be focusing on representing and using number bonds and relating facts within 10. They will read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving +, – and = signs. The children will solve one step problems using concrete objects and pictorial representations. They will recognise, name and sort common 2D and 3D shapes. The children will reinforce their place value learning from last term by focusing on the numbers 11 – 20. The focus will be writing numbers to 20 in words, ordering, comparing and finding one more and one less.
RE
The children will be considering the key question ‘What do Christians believe God is like?’ To do this the children will learn to identify what a parable is and tell the story of the Lost Son from the Bible. They will have the opportunity to think, talk and ask questions about whether they can learn anything from the story for themselves, exploring different ideas.
Science
The children will be focusing on animals and living things. They will be able to identify and name a variety of common animals. They will learn to describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets). They will also Identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the human body is associated with each sense.
PE
The children will be focusing on developing their rolling and stopping skills.
This will include sending and receiving and striking a ball with an object.
PSHE
The children will be focusing on caring friendships, which will be a theme across the school. They will learn how friendships make them feel happy and secure and how people choose and make friends.
Art
The children will explore different techniques to create animals. They will have the opportunity to create a collage and duck painting, focusing on mixing colours.

Autumn Term 2 – Willow Class

  • Miss S. Cook
  • Mrs A. Wesson
  • PE
  • Friday PM
  • PE Kit
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Trainers
English
The children’s learning will be linked to the core text Lost and Found. They will be encouraged to think about what they already know to help them understand texts. They will use picture clues within the story to deepen their understanding. There will be a focus on identifying unfamiliar words and asking about their meaning. The children will have the opportunity to retell a story and to create a fact file on an animals. The children will orally rehearse their sentences before writing them down. The focus will be on writing accurate sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The SPaG focus will be on conjunctions, capital letters for the names of places and the suffixes ‘-ed’ and ‘-ing’.
Maths
The children will be developing their knowledge in relation to addition and subtraction, shape and place value to 20. This half term we will be focussing on representing and using number bonds and relating facts within 10. They will read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving +, – and = signs. The children will solve one step problems using concrete objects and pictorial representations. They will recognise, name and sort common 2d and 3d shapes. The children will reinforce their place value learning from last term by focusing on the numbers 11 – 20. The focus will be writing numbers to 20 in words, ordering, comparing and finding one more and one less.
RE
The children will be considering the key question ‘Why does Christmas matter to Christians?’ To do this children will learn to retell the story of Jesus’ birth and why it matters to Christians. They will have the opportunity to think and talk about what they personally have to be thankful for at Christmas time. The children will be introduced to the word ‘Advent’ and the traditions of the church.
Geography
We will be focusing on human and physical geography. The children will be able to identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles. We will look at the location of the world’s seven continents and five oceans. The children will compare countries near the north and south poles.
PE
In gymnastics the children will be jumping, travelling and rolling. They will be focusing on mastering basic movements including throwing and catching, balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in across sports.
PSHE
The children will be focusing on caring friendships, which will be a theme across the school. They will learn how friendships make them feel happy and secure and how people choose and make friends.
DT
The children will explore different techniques to create fish. They will have the opportunity to create a clay tile and fish picture by using different printing techniques.

Spring Term 1 – Willow Class

  • Miss S. Cook
  • Mrs A. Wesson
  • PE
  • Friday PM
  • PE Kit
  • Comfortable trousers
  • Trainers
English
The children’s learning will be linked to the core text Dogger. They will be encouraged to think about what they already know to help them understand texts. They will use picture clues within the story to deepen their understanding. There will be a focus on identifying unfamiliar words, asking about their meaning and finding other words that mean the same. The children will have the opportunity to retell the story or write a recount of an event. The children will orally rehearse their sentences before writing them down and start to make their sentences more complex by adding conjunctions such and, because and but. The focus will be on writing accurate sentences with capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. The SPaG focus will be on conjunctions, suffixes and prefixes.
Maths
The children will be developing their knowledge in relation to addition and subtraction within 20, place value within 50 and measurement with a focus on length and height and weight and volume. This half term we will be focusing on representing and using number bonds and relating facts within 20. They will read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving +, – and = signs. The children will solve one step problems using concrete objects and pictorial representations. The children will reinforce their place value learning from last term by focusing on the numbers 21-50 and counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. The children will begin to measure and record lengths and heights and begin to measure and record mass/weight, capacity and volume. They will use vocabulary such as heavy/light, heavier than and lighter than.
RE
The children will be considering the key question ‘What do Christians believe God is like?’ To do this the children will identify what a parable is and retell the story of the Lost Son simply. They will be able to explain what the story means to Christians and how Christians show that their God is loving and forgiving. The children will think and talk about what they can learn from the story.
History
We will be focusing on changes within living memory. The children should develop an awareness of the past and use phrases relating to the passing of time. They will be introduced to chronological order and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods. They should ask and answer questions and know some of the different ways that we can find out about the past. Grandparents will be invited in.
PE
We will be focusing on changes within living memory. The children should develop an awareness of the past and use phrases relating to the passing of time. They will be introduced to chronological order and identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different time periods. They should ask and answer questions and know some of the different ways that we can find out about the past. Grandparents will be invited in.
PSHE
The children will be considering how important it is to be respectful of others even when they are different to them. We will discuss and consider the ideas of courtesy and manners. They will think about the importance of self-respect and how this links to their own happiness.
Computing
The children will use technology to create, store,cmanipulate and retrieve digital Content. The children will learn how to log on and off and how to copy and paste from the internet. They will create a PowerPoint of old and new toys.