Somerdale ET Primary 
Learn Together to Live Together
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Year One/Year Two

Welcome to Year One/Year Two!

Our teacher is Katherine Richards and our higher level teaching assistant is Jo Devine.

A very warm welcome to all our families! Thank you for visiting.

If you have any further questions please come and see Katherine or Jo Devine.

 

We will update this section frequently to give you as much detail as possible about our learning.

Don’t hesitate to ask Katherine or Jo during Early Work if you can look at your child’s books. Keep an eye out for our ‘Share Together’ events too.

We are always looking for Parent helpers-do let us know if you can spare anytime to help us with our learning, we really appreciate it.

Please check our latest newsletter for a curriculum overview but also some spelling and calculation strategies should you want to help your child at home.

Term 4 learning!

This term we will be…

LEARN TOGETHER

-We are being philosophical with our ‘Thunks’, asking deep and open-ended questions like ‘if someone says sorry but secretly they don’t mean it, does it count as an apology?

-Throughout the month we will be exploring our value of the month, justice, and what it means to us and the wider community-what’s fair?

-We are going to link justice to international women’s day. 

-We will continue to think about the world around us and focus on the Hindu festival of Holi.

-We explored Fairtrade and its impact on the world around us whilst also trying to understand how to be a global citizen.

Cooking, eating and chatting together is very important to us-’Learn Together to Live Together’

Cooking, eating and chatting together is very important to us-’Learn Together to Live Together’

We explored where chocolate came from and worked together to make banana splits with Fair-trade chocolate and bananas. We then wrote up some very clear instructions so our parents could make them with us too!

We explored where chocolate came from and worked together to make banana splits with Fair-trade chocolate and bananas. We then wrote up some very clear instructions so our parents could make them with us too!

 -We will discuss growing and changing, and how to keep a healthy body and why this is important to us.

MUSIC, ART AND PE

-We will be being musical together with our music teachers from the ‘Preludes’ including playing recorders, claves, trumpets and violins!

We are all musicians! We have been exploring how to play the violin, trumpet, recorder, claves, drums and cymbals!

We are all musicians! We have been exploring how to play the violin, trumpet, recorder, claves, drums and cymbals!

-We going to be learning to read musical notes whilst playing instruments in a small group and as a whole class.

-We are going to continue colour mixing using the different medium of powder paint and how this makes our painting look different and what bright and varied colours we can use.

We are all artists. We have been exploring lots of mediums including how to independently colour mix and see the beautiful colours we can make with powder paint. This inspired some painting whilst exploring the Hindu festival of Holi. We will apply these skills to a new, exciting creation in the style of a famous artist soon! Watch this space!

We are all artists. We have been exploring lots of mediums including how to independently colour mix and see the beautiful colours we can make with powder paint. This inspired some painting whilst exploring the Hindu festival of Holi. We will apply these skills to a new, exciting creation in the style of a famous artist soon! Watch this space!

-We will be improving our hand to eye coordination and control when throwing and catching.

-Every day we will be using GoNoodle to help us have regular short burst exercise breaks.

-We will be focusing on mindfulness, meditation and yoga to ensure our bodies and minds are able to find calm during a busy day.

SCIENCE, GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY

We love being engineers and inventors. Learning through play by designing and creating is one of our favourite things to do together.

We love being engineers and inventors. Learning through play by designing and creating is one of our favourite things to do together.

-We will be using different types of scientific enquiry to gather and record data, using simple equipment where appropriate, to answer questions during science experiments.

We are being scientists and using experiments to answer scientific questions like ‘what material is most suitable for a new diving suit for Traction Man and why?’

We are being scientists and using experiments to answer scientific questions like ‘what material is most suitable for a new diving suit for Traction Man and why?’

-We will be writing letters to ‘Traction Man’ or ’Traction Woman’ with advice as to which material is the most suitable for a new waterproof ‘sink diving suit.

-We are going to be answering Traction Woman’s science question ‘are bubbles always round?’

-We will be mapping familiar places to us.

-We will be exploring world and country maps and trying to plot oceans, continents and  cities.

-We will be learning how to use geographical vocabulary when describing a place.

-We will be exploring the history of chocolate and how this has changed our local area/community, The Chocolate Quarter.

WRITING

-We are getting immersed in adventure stories by exploring weird and wonderful story settings like the ones in Traction Man by Mini Grey.

-We will try to write adventure stories and create our own by using different characters like ‘Traction Woman.’

-We will be writing in a range of ways like in a scientific manner when writing up our science experiments, writing longer more exciting stories, informative fact-files, descriptive wanted posters, clear instructions, helpful letters and interesting newspaper reports.

We love to write in a cross-curricular manner being inspired by both science and stories.

We love to write in a cross-curricular manner being inspired by both science and stories.

We are learning how to use exciting adjectives when we are writing to interest the reader by re-enacting the ‘sink scene’ from Traction Man by Mini Grey.

We are learning how to use exciting adjectives when we are writing to interest the reader by re-enacting the ‘sink scene’ from Traction Man by Mini Grey.

-We will be trying out all the trickier cursive shapes like x z k q. 

READING

-We are regularly reading, book sharing and story-telling in the classroom and in the library.

Every day we are ‘Reading Buddies’ to our friends in Reception and Pre-School-we especially loved reading to each other when we were dressed as our favourite book characters!

Every day we are ‘Reading Buddies’ to our friends in Reception and Pre-School-we especially loved reading to each other when we were dressed as our favourite book characters!

-We love challenging ourselves to answer questions about what we have just read and wonder what might happen next!

PHONICS

- We are reading and writing our new split digraph graphemes a-e e-e i-e  o-e u-e for the phonemes ‘ai’, ‘ee’, ‘igh’ ‘oa’ and ‘oo’ including spotting when a cheeky consonant letter is trying split the vowels up in words such as ‘like’ ‘spade’ ‘even’ ‘June’ ‘home’.

-We are trying out new types of words in our writing including ones with the suffixes ‘ment’ ‘ly’ ‘less’ ‘ful’ and what some of the spelling rules are for these words for example in careful, carefully, careless, carelessly.

-We are exploring how to spell past tense verbs using ‘ed’ or ‘t’ at the end of words like in jumped or crept and how to use adjectives which can be compared like ‘loud’ ‘louder’ ‘loudest’.

MATHS

-We will be exploring friendly pairs of numbers which always work together to make a number so we can quickly recall them.

-We are learning how to use our knowledge of these number bonds to start to learn the patterns to 10 and 20 using pictures and equipment.

-We will be using different types of calculation strategies to work out bigger, trickier calculations.

We love working practically in Maths-applying calculation strategies to real life. Check out our latest newsletter to find out more about some of the calculation strategies we are learning.

We love working practically in Maths-applying calculation strategies to real life. Check out our latest newsletter to find out more about some of the calculation strategies we are learning.

-We will be applying what we know about addition and subtraction to multiplying and dividing.

-We are going to be exploring how multiplication is repeated addition and division is grouping and sharing.

-As always, we will be using our ‘Talk for Maths’ speech bubbles to help us to explain our reasoning in maths.

COMPUTING

Digital Literacy including…

-We are going to be staying safe online.

 -We will be learning about permission.

 -We are learning how to navigate websites and online games.