Onyx & Garnet

Year 1

The class teacher in Garnet is Miss Crossland and teaching assistant Ms Hussain.
The class teacher in Onyx is Miss Barnes-Kirkwood and teaching assistant Ms Ghani.

Our topic this half term is Dinosaurs. This is a history based topic covering a range of areas including fossils and the famous palaeontologist, Mary Anning. The topic will start by introducing a range of different dinosaurs; teaching the children how to identify them and analyse and compare their features. The next focus is fossils and the children will explore “Life Long Ago” through an exciting visit to school. A team of experts will deliver a series of workshops teaching children about what fossils are and how they are from millions of years ago. The children will then apply this knowledge in class to learning the role of an archaeologist, focusing particularly on Mary Anning and the significance of her work. Finally, the children will learn about the possible theories behind extinction thinking about the possibilities of each.

Every day children are taught Phonics, Literacy and Maths.

The first literacy focus this half term will be poetry. The children will be learning ‘The King of the Dinosaurs’ by Paul Cookson. They will spend time becoming familiar with the poem through drama and oral rehearsal before writing their own poetry.

The second focus will be story writing focusing on the story ‘How the Tortoise got his Shell’. The children will start by learning the story orally with actions before adapting it with different characters to write a new version. They will then invent their own characters for an independent ‘big write’ using their knowledge and ideas developed throughout the term.

In Science we will be learning about plants. Children will learn to name plants growing in the local environment and talk about the different uses for plants. They will learn to name the different parts of a plant for example, stem, root, leaf and petal. They will look at how the seasons affect how plants change and also what happens at harvest time.

The children will continue to follow the maths mastery curriculum. This term we will move on to applying addition and subtraction skills to numbers up to 40. The children will be able to demonstrate and use the skills from previous learning (working with numbers to 20) and apply these skills when using bigger numbers. We will also cover picture graphs and look at interpreting data .

Class Garnet have PE on Tuesday and Thursday and class Onyx have PE on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please make sure your child has the correct PE kit on these days.

Finally, if you have any problems or there is anything we can help you with please feel free to come in and see us.

Staff – Onyx

Miss Rasab  – Teacher

Farzana Ghani –  Teaching Assistant

Staff – Garnet

Miss Crossland – Teacher

Ryan Leith –  Teaching Assistant

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