Skip to content ↓

Flying Bull

Year 1

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


Autumn Term 2017

Pirates

It’s the start of a brand new year at Flying Bull Academy so a big warm welcome back to all our new Year 1 children! Our topic this term is all about Pirates. We will be exploring the life and activities that pirates engaged in, as well as participating in swashbuckling adventures and following Captain Hook and Black Beard in their exciting pursuits on their incredible sea vessels.

Our approach this term is going to be a more contemporary method in which the children learn both through play style and conventional methods so that they will develop an independent love of learning.

We will be focusing on creating fact files and story booklets based on the life of pirates. Through ICT, books and writing we will develop their writing of exciting and enthralling stories. Our primary focus will be on Reading and Vocabulary which will enable them to develop a love of reading and to write fantastic stories.  In our Maths lessons we will look at numbers to 20 and beyond, examining number bonds, place value, addition and subtraction.

In addition, we will be embarking on a voyage to HMS Victory and HMS Warrior to gain insight into our country's naval heritage. Children can look forward to a Pirate Attack activity day, where children can experience first-hand pirate activities and games.

In Music the children will learn to sing sea shanties and reciting pirate poems. During P.E. lessons, the children will be developing their balance, coordination through gymnastics and ball skills with a partner.

Join us on our journey by helping your child as much as you can at home, especially with Phonics, Reading and understanding the Topic of Pirates.


Summer Term 2017

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 trips to the local beach and 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!

Year One - Mr Recchia and Mr Williams


Spring Term 2017

‘THE LAND BEFORE TIME’

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

To kick off our topic with a big bang, Year One are lucky enough to have the Science Dome in school on Thursday 5th January. 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!

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.

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 you do in (and out of) school, the more confident you will be at reading words you may not have seen before!

We are going to keep building up our mathematical knowledge through this half term, strengthening our understanding of ‘number’. 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 will keep you posted on how our learning is moving forward with updates on our ‘Year Group’ page via 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.

Happy New Year!

The Year One Team