Key Stage 1

 Autumn Term 1 2020

We would like to welcome the children back after the Summer break. We hope the children will enjoy their new topics and the opportunities we have planned for them. In Science our topic for this half term is Growing and Changing.  We will be looking at how animals grow, learning about growing and changing in humans from babies to adults, looking at the basic needs of all living things and the importance of exercise, diet and hygiene. We will continue to use the vocabulary linked to experiments such as equipment, method and conclusion. In History we will be learning about Famous people.  We will learn about famous people in the past and their significance. In Art we will be looking at portraits by famous artists and then using this as a basis to create our own in different styles in a variety of media including computing design programs. In PE we will be learning Yoga.  Pupils will learn about mindfulness and body awareness.  They will also learn yoga poses and techniques that will help them to connect their mind and body.  In Music we will be keeping a pulse through learning a rap, ‘rapping’ in two parts – call and response and adding instruments to ‘play’ the rhythm. We will be continuing our Active Maths sessions and look forward to our Forest School sessions.  British Values and PSHE continue to be at the heart of our curriculum and we will be working together  to inspire, encourage and believe  in ourselves and each other.

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Things to remember

PE kits will be need to be worn on: Cherry: Tuesdays, Elm: Wednesdays, Oak: Tuesdays

Our topic

Summer 1's topic is 'Growing and Changing' We will be naming parts of a plant, exploring seeds and bulbs, looking at the conditions plants need to grow, growing plants and finding out about where our food comes from.


Reading is at the heart of our school and we have made a pledge to read to your child for 10 minutes each day. We kindly ask that you reflect this at home too. Research has shown that modelled reading makes a huge impact on a child’s own ability to read, plus enthuses and promotes a love of reading. The greatest impact on a child’s language acquisition and comprehension is when they read regularly and we can see the difference this has in the classroom when this happens. We encourage the children to be responsible readers to encourage them to take charge of their reading. This might involve them reading to you, to a cuddly or even to a family pet! Your child will bring books home on Mondays, which they can keep for the week and return on Fridays. Books will then be quarantined over the weekend and new ones issued on the following Monday. The children will be able to choose a book from our KS1 library to take home over the weekend. Please return these books on a Monday.


In Key Stage one, the children will be taught phonics, as appropriate to their ability, in distinct lessons throughout the week. Children will be encouraged to use their phonic skills when writing independently. Our writing curriculum is supported through The Write Stuff and Talk for Writing. Through these approaches children are encouraged to verbalise what they would like to write before writing it down. We teach the children to use ‘chunks of sense’ i.e. to talk and therefore write in full sentences. We encourage children to write by making sure our topics are engaging and that writing is for a purpose such as responding to a letter or continuing a story.


This is the overview of maths teaching in key stage 1.

Here is a link to some Home Learning videos and resources that you might find helpful.