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Eaton Park Academy

Year 1


1B1J

Class teacher: Mrs S Ball
Trainee Teacher: Miss R Hamer-Beard
Class teaching assistant: Mrs V Price 

Welcome to 1B. We live in the first classroom, next to the gazebo in the Key Stage 1 building. We are lively, friendly and hardworking class who are very excited to be back at school and in Key Stage 1. We have a full classroom of 10 girls and 20 boys! Luckily, we have three amazing teachers to work with us and help us become more confident and independent learners. Over the last few weeks we have tried hard to settle back into the routine of school life, and our stamina is building every day! Some of our work has been tricky so we have really had to listen carefully to Mrs Ball during lessons, as this is helping us to complete our homework on our own and practice our spellings. One of our favourite things about being in Year 1 is how we get to have enrichment afternoons every other Friday- we are learning how to play dodgeball, speak French, meditate and create puppets using craft materials.  

Topics:   

We have lots of exciting topics in Year 1, and at the start we have a special day where we launch our topic with  a bang! Here  is an overview of our topics: 

Memory BoxOur first topic in year one teaches us about the past. We will be exploring our own past and look at how we have changed over the last couple of years. During our history lessons we will use book, artefacts, photographs and videos which let us answer our questions about the past. We will think about our family history and how life has changed for our grandparents over the years.  

Bright Lights, Big City: London! The capital city becomes the focus for this exciting second topic, and we will be finding out about the Great Fire of London in our history lessons. We will ask questions about how and why the fire happened and we sequence the events involved. In our local history sessions we will explore our local surroundings, identify the human and physical features we see on our way to school and identify local landmarks. We will learn about famous people who have made their fame and fortune in the Big City like Robbie Williams and Emma Bridgewater and understand the importance of local monuments. 

Dinosaur Planet: Stomp, crash, roar! Watch out – there are dinosaurs about! Yes, that’s right, we’re travelling back in time to the age of the dinosaurs. This half term, we’ll explore what museums have to offer, look closely at ancient fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs may have lived and eventually died out. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth and bones to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. Learning dinosaur names, creating puzzling riddles and finding out fascinating facts. writing fantastic fact files and creating exciting dinosaur stories are some of the other activities we’ll be involved in this half term. We’ll also use our artistic skills to make model dinosaurs and to design dinosaur landscapes.  

Superheroes: Let’s put on our capes and discover our superpowers as we search for an answer to the question, ‘What is a superhero?’ This half term, we’ll describe our favourite superheroes, create fact files, read a range of comic books and write our own. Learning about real-life heroes from organisations such as the RNLI or Mountain Rescue and superheroes from the past like Florence Nightingale. As part of this project, we’ll explore our senses of smell, touch, taste, hearing and sight and investigate different foods. We’ll also test our superpowers by climbing, running, jumping and moving to music.  

English texts:   

The Dog that ate the World: This inspiring text encourages us to think deeply and reflect on the behaviour of the main character. We will meet vibrant and entertaining characters who live a very different life after being eaten by a strange dog! We will be writing a description of the Dog and a short book review. 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Our reading will really improve with this fantastic traditional story. We will put ourselves in the shoes of Baby Bear and think about how must have felt when his porridge was eaten and his bed broken! After reading this text we will write instructions for porridge making a retell the narrative using talk for writing. 

The Naughty Bus: The beautiful book will help us to understand what life in the city is really like. We will explore London from the viewpoint of this very naughty bus and write a description of the city based on our reading. 

Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs: This special story shares the adventures of Harry as he embarks on his travels with his bucketful of colourful and fascinating dinosaurs. We will be writing a non-chronological report all about dinosaurs. 

Little Red Riding Hood: This traditional tale, a true classic will be shared in the talk for writing style, we will orally rehearse the story and then retell the narrative using all the punctuation skills we have learnt throughout the year. 

What we are looking forward to this year:     

  • Improving our spelling and trying to number 1 in the Eaton Park Spelling Shed league 
  • Becoming better readers by joining in our phonics lessons with enthusiasm 
  • Learning new skills in PE 
  • Enrichment afternoons- learning new skills such as meditation, French and dodgeball. 
  • Reading lots of exciting stories and sharing them with our friends 

School roles:   

In year one we have several important class roles to vote for: playground warriors, class librarians, school council members, and even class ambassadors to welcome visitors to our class. 

Important information about life in Year 1: 

Phonics is so important in year 1. In June we will take part in the national phonics screening assessment and we have the opportunity to show off our reading skills. We will have daily phonics lessons, and we will practice using phonics in every lesson to help us read and write. Our wellbeing is important so we will have lots of opportunities to share our thoughts and feelings whilst improving our speaking and listening skills.  Homework is something we will get more used to this year, we will have weekly spellings to learn and maths homework to complete. Our independence will be something we need to work on a lot this year,  as we have to learn to be responsible for remembering to read at home at least three times a week, and bring in our homework when it is completed. Our MASTER Values will be woven through everything we do, and we will learn to think of others and help our friends a little more as we develop our skills in all the areas. Our Friday enrichment activities will allow us to try something new and exciting. We can choose from Yoga and meditation, French, arts and crafts and dodgeball.  

Useful learning links:  

Bug Club

Spelling Shed

Phonics

Grammar

Class teacher: Mrs Jones
Class teaching assistant: Mrs Bateman-Price 

Welcome to 1J! We have all settled really well into life in year one and are having lots of fun whilst we are learning. In 1J we love to bring our learning alive and like to get up and outside whenever we have the chance. We will be completing lots of practical maths and science activities outside and applying our knowledge from the classroom. 

Topics:   

Every topic we have starts off with a fabulous launch day to ensure the children are engaged and excited about their learning to come. 

Memory Box (Recent history relating to our own lives) – Can you remember being small? Being a baby and learning to crawl? Do you remember a favourite toy, maybe a teddy bear or a favourite book? We will do so many different activities such as, look back at family photos of special occasions, perhaps holiday snapshots or a birthday or two. Memories are special and we are going to make some more! Our role play area is linked to our Memory Box topic and is currently a Victorian toy shop. It’s just like stepping back in time! We have lots of old toys such as dominos, wooden dolls and jigsaws. We also have the opportunity to practise our counting and money skills by paying for toys at the till. 

Bright Lights. Big City! (GeographyWe will write to the Queen and virtually visit Buckingham Palace. Using maps and research, we will locate Buckingham Palace, understand compass directions, plan routes around London and learn about the countries of the United Kingdom. Our research will take us back in time to the Great Fire of London and to famous London landmarks, as well as giving us an understanding of what it’s like to live in a big city. We will also take a virtual trip to London Zoo and make souvenirs for tourists.  

Dinosaur Planet is our next topic so, watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl. They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth. We will explore the Dinosaur Planet and imagine we are palaeontologists (that’s a scientist who studies bones and fossils). After digging deep and discovering dazzling dinosaur facts we will be creating a dinosaur museum where awesome dinosaur artefacts can be found. Which is your favourite dinosaur? TheTyrannosaurus, theBrachiosaurusor theMicropachycephalosaurus? Doyouthinkhesawus? Yes, he did. Run! 

Superheroes is our final topic of year 1. It’s time to rescue the planet from evil villains. We will decide on our favourite superheroes. Spiderman? Wonder Woman? We will think about ordinary people who are our heroes, those who have achieved great things such as people who save lives in our emergency servicesSuperheroes have super senses so we will be using ours to identify mystery items by their smell, taste, sound and touch. What do true superheroes eat to keep their senses and special powers sharp? Can we stop the dastardly plans of Professor Slime? He’s dropping his villainous instructions around town. We must stop people following them, but can we make it in time? Is that phone box free? Please excuse us – We have to save the world. 

English texts:   

Our first text, The Dog who Ate the World, tells a story where home is where we are safe and loved. As well as reading the story and exploring the beautiful illustrations, we will be exploring the character of the black dog. 

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is the next text we will explore. We will read the story and explore the characters and setting throughout the story and finally we will retell the story ourselves. Later in the year we will be reading and exploring Little Red Riding Hood where we will develop our use of description as well as innovating the story. 

Another engaging text that we use in Year 1 is Harry and his Bucket of Dinosaurs when after reading the story we have the opportunity to write an adventure story. This is not just any old adventure story but one from the dinosaurs point of view!   

What we are looking forward to this year:     

We have spent lots of time talking about what we are looking forward to in Year 1 and we are very excited about the different topics we will be doing. As well as this we are enjoying having more responsibility for ourselves and being more grown up than we were in Reception. Losing our ‘baby teeth’ is a something lots of us look forward to. Having wobbly teeth is often a topic of conversation in our classroom! 

We are also looking forward to: 

  • Improving our spelling and trying to number 1 in the Eaton Park Spelling Shed league 
  • Becoming better readers by joining in our phonics lessons with enthusiasm 
  • Learning new skills in PE 
  • Enrichment afternoons- learning new skills such as meditation, French and dodgeball. 
  • Reading lots of exciting stories and sharing them with our friends 

School roles:   

We took part in a class vote during Democracy Week to choose our playground warriors, class librarians, school council members, and hopefully later on in the year, reading ambassadors will be chosen to promote reading across the curriculum. 

Important information about life in Year 1 

The key to all of our learning in Year 1 is phonics knowledge which ensures we are able to read and access new knowledge. Once we are confident in our reading and less reliant on phonics, which happens later in the year, we are then able to focus on expression whilst reading and extend the variety of books we can read. Another very important part of our learning in Year 1 is being able to count, read and write numbers to 100 with confidenceThis ensures we can access all areas of maths learning and acts as a foundation for future maths learning. 

Homework is another important part of Year 1 as it gives s chance to practice what we have learned in class as well as developing our independence in completing a task. We need to become independent in remembering to read at home at least three times each week and to ring our homework back to schoolOur MASTER Values will be woven through everything we do, and we will learn to think of others and help our friends a little more as we develop our skills in all the areas. Becoming more independent in Year 1 ensures we develop in confidence and develop resilience which is essential for when we are in Year 2. 

We have a super opportunity to try something new and expand our horizons every other Friday afternoon during enrichment. During the first term French, Props and Drama, Yoga and Dodgeball are offered  we have each chosen two activities to try and will get the opportunity to try other activities throughout the school year.  

Useful learning links:  

Bug Club

Spelling Shed

Phonics

Grammar

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