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Flying Bull

Year 1

Autumn Term 2018

Heroes at Sea

Welcome to Year One!

We have an exciting year ahead of us, with plenty of opportunities for pupils to lead their own learning through a discovery-based approach, promoting greater independence and a love of learning.

Our topic this term is ‘Heroes at Sea’. We will be looking at the history of great sea heroes including Nelson and the history of the Royal Navy.

In Writing, we will be learning about sentence structure, punctuation and the use of descriptive language as we explore the story of Peter Pan and the Neverland Pirates – moving on to fun firework poetry and spooky stories after half term.

We’ll be continuing with our Phonics learning and practicing blending sounds to read words accurately in Reading, where we’re also becoming ‘book detectives’ as we explore different types of text.

In Maths, we’ll be beginning an exciting new programme called Maths No Problem, which will help children to develop their basic understanding of number.

Our Computing programme of study will see pupils becoming computer programmers as we look at instructions and algorithms, and we’ll also become designers this term as we design, make, test and evaluate our own pirate ships in Science and Design & Technology.

We have some exciting trips planned this term, including a visit to HMS Victory and Eastney beach, as part of our Art curriculum. Our trip to the HMS Victory will also be linked to our learning about ‘The Great Sea Heroes’ in History.

In PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economics) and ROB (Respecting Others’ Beliefs) we will be looking at belonging, being with others and Krishna’s birthday, followed by Christmas and the Christingle service towards the end of term.

Finally, in our Music lessons, we will be learning to play the recorder with a specialist teacher from Portsmouth music service.

We will be inviting parents and carers in to show off our learning throughout the term, and we would love to see parents and carers joining us on Thursday mornings for ERIC (Everyone Reading In Class). Thank you in advance for your support in your children’s learning and for reading with your children at home.

Mrs Nair, Mrs Darbyshire and Mrs Krycler

(Year One Teachers)


Summer Term 2018

Jaws, Paws and Claws

It’s the final term and what a term we have in store!

Our topic this term is all about Jaws, Paws and Claws. From the developed human to all creatures great and small, this topic will be full of the weird and wonderful.

We will be focussing on creating fact files and information booklets based on animals from all over the world. Through the use of ICT, books and writing, we will develop skills to inform and persuade – exciting stuff! We will also be using animals to collect data, measurements and amounts in our maths lessons.

We will be going on a trip to the zoo to see a variety of animals from around the globe.

As well as finding out about all creatures great and small, the children will be developing a showcase that will be presented after half term. This should not be missed!

Join us on our journey by helping your child as much as you can at home, especially with Reading, as we have the Phonics Assessments coming up in June.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon!


Spring Term 2018

Dancing with Dinosaurs

Year One is going back in time, back before the age of man, back to the age of the dinosaurs!

 Year One, this term are lucky enough to meet some amazing dinosaurs in class and see them as having roamed the world in the past as part of this we have the Science Dome visit us. This will enable us to explore dinosaurs by taking part in a one of a kind, child friendly adventure that will take place in the most amazing movie format ever invented! We are also hopping to confirm a trip to the Dinosaur Isle on the Isle of Wight to study and develop our understanding of Dinosaurs!

Through our topic we will be researching, writing and creating pieces of work all relating the giant lizards that roamed the earth, millions of years ago. They will also explore how they roamed the Earth through dance.

In our writing sessions we will be focusing on creating fact files based around five key dinosaurs: T-Rex, Triceratops, Diplodocus, Stegosaurus and Pterodactyl. These information texts will also play a part in our learning through the rest of our curriculum too. For this we will need to read a range of texts, as well as using the Internet (which we are learning how to use during computing sessions), to brush up on our Jurassic knowledge. Researching various habitats and diets in science will also play a vital part in PSHCE and our writing.

Through our reading lessons we will be finding ways to infer what characters may be thinking or feeling based on their actions and what has been said and done. We will also be continuing to find suitable ways to help us read words on the page. With a close focus on phonics, this will help develop our skills to take part in this year’s Phonics Screening Tests towards the end of the year. Frequent phonics sessions will also help us achieve this and we are excited to be learning more new sounds this term. We are keen as a year group to also encourage the children to read with meaning and attempt words that we already know, as a whole, rather than always decoding them – fluency is key and will also aid expression. Remember, the more reading the children do in (and out of) school, the more confident you will be at reading words you may not have seen before!

In this we need your full support with your children. Please take the time to be in school on Thursday mornings to read with your child. We are also going to take part in the Book Awards for 2018 where pupils have to read 4 picture books by different authors and vote the best author. This is done in schools across Portsmouth.

We are going to keep building up our mathematical knowledge through this half term, strengthening our understanding of ‘number’ through the Maths No problem programme. We are going to continue exploring methods of subtraction before deepening our understanding of numbers to 20.

Finally, in our science and PSHCE lessons, we are going to be learning how to keep our bodies safe and healthy. We are even visiting a local Tesco store to explore healthy eating!

We are also going to learning about animals of all kinds such as mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles etc…

We will keep you posted on how our learning is moving forward with updates on The Flying Bull Academy website. Here you can also hear about possible trips we will be going on as well as being able to view photographs – see if you can spot your child!

If you have any questions, we’re sure one of our team will be able to help you.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

The Year One Team