Harris Academies
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Year 1 - Curriculum Overview 2016/17

Class Teachers: Miss Filewood & Mr Martin

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Salter & Mrs Jeffries

PE day: Wednesday afternoon

Day home learning is set: Maths and English home learning is set weekly on a Tuesday and is due in the following Monday.

Day Reading books are changed: Your child's academy reading ('Read Write Inc') book is due in on a Tuesday and will be sent home on a Wednesday. 

How often will my child's reading book be changed? Your child's academy 'Read Write Inc' book will be changed once a week. The 'Read Write Inc' book will be a text your child has previously learnt about in the academy, so we expect your child to read the book aloud at home with fluency and accuracy. This then allows your child to develop their reading comprehension skills, as well as their expressive skills, whilst developing their confidence and enjoyment for reading. More information can be found on our academy website, following the links, 'Learning - Whole School Overview - Curriculum'. 

Amount of time children should spend reading: Children should spend at least 10 minutes a day reading aloud to an adult. We recommend, both your child's reading academy 'Read Write Inc' books are read, as well as a variety of additional reading books from your local library, home, etc. within the week. Remember, reading both the academy 'Read Write Inc' books and additional reading books will build up points on your child's reading bookmarks! 

Key spellings: In Year 1, your child will learn to read and write following the very successful 'Read Write Inc' phonics programme. Your child will be expected to read and spell the, 'Year 1 Common Exception Words', by the end of year 1. Your child would have received a list of these in the autumn term and these can also be found on our academy website. 

Please note: Each week, a selection of these common exception words will appear in your child's academy 'Read Write Inc' book. We suggest your child takes some time to practise reading and spelling these (also known as 'red words' by your child) during their reading practise at home. 

English Overview: Our topic for Spring 1 is, 'Wild Things' and Spring 2 is, 'To the Rescue'. The children's English learning will be based around a range of fictional stories including, 'Where the Wild Things Are', 'The Gruffalo' and 'Max'. The children will also learn to create their own information texts based on plants and significant people in History, such as Florence Nightingale and Neil Armstrong.  More information can be found below within the Curriculum Map Overviews. 

Maths Overview: In Spring 1, the children will be learning how to use a number line to solve addition and subtraction problems. They will also be learning to recognise and solve money problems, as well as learning how to measure capacity and volume. 

In Spring 2, the children will learn how to multiply and divide in the context of grouping. They will continue to learn to count in steps of 2, 5 and 10. Also, the children will continue to develop their number and place value, identifying, ordering, counting and partitioning numbers up to at least 100. More information can be found below within the Curriculum Map Overviews. 

All other subjects (including French): 

Geography/ History: Forests and woodlands. The lives of significant people including. 'Florence Nightingale' and 'Neil Armstrong'. 

Art and DT: To make a Forest Diorama. To design and Superhero. 

Science: Plants - the children will learn how to observe and record changes made by growing their own plants. 

French: Revising greetings. Extending vocabulary of the family. Numbers to at least 10. 

PE: Gymnastics (balance skills). Invasion games.