Monday 27th November – KS1 Sports festival at Sports Centre, Durham University Queen’s Campus, Stockton. Year 2 morning session, Year 1 afternoon session. Children will need their PE kits.
12th December – Morning Christmas performance.
13th December – Afternoon Christmas performance.
This year Mathematics Mastery is taught in Year 1 and 2. Mathematics Mastery is based heavily on the children talking to one another as research shows that if a child can explain it to someone else they have a sound knowledge themselves. For further information about Mathematics Mastery please visit the Mathematics Mastery page on our website.
The children in KS1 have a daily 1 hour maths lesson then a 10-15 minutes maths meeting on an afternoon. In the maths meetings, the children go over and embed basic mathematical concepts that are not taught everyday in our 1 hour maths lessons. We practise these concepts through singing, chants and questions. Some of the areas we cover in the meetings are days of the week, months of the year, shape, odd and even numbers, data handling, sequences and time. The children love our maths meetings.
The children have a 1 hour literacy lesson every day. Within these lessons, the children are taught a range of genres in accordance with the National Curriculum. Along side the writing element of literacy, the children in KS1 are taught basic grammar skills such as making nouns plural by adding s or es, using prefixes and suffixes to change the meaning of words, adding ‘ed’ to make a verb past tense. Grammar is taught in both year 1 and year 2 to ensure the children are ready for the grammar statutory test in year 2. In KS1, we try to link our literacy lessons into our topic. This term our topic is Moon Zoom. Click here for a link to the National Curriculum.
Reading and phonics are very important in KS1. The children have daily phonic sessions and they work on one or two sounds and relating codes each week. The children’s spellings are related the phonic code/s they are working on that week. Reading is very important in KS1 and we try in school to read with the children as often as possible to develop their reading and comprehension skills. We encourage parents/carers to read with the children every night but if not three times a week is essential. Remember if the children read three times a week for four weeks they will move to the next colour on the reading rainbow and get their certificate.
The videos below are demonstrating how to say each sound and their alternative codes.
We use ‘Cornerstones Curriculum’ for our topic lessons. This is a creative curriculum based on 4 stages: engage- develop- innovate- express. Our topic this half term is ‘Moon Zoom!’
The children are enjoying learning about space and the different planets. The children made their own spaceships.
Some of Year A topics
Beat, Band, Boogie
In our ‘Beat, Band, Boogie’ topic the children thoroughly enjoyed using everyday objects and musical instruments to make lots of noise. We formed our own matching band. The children played a musical instrument and sang ‘The Grand old Duke of York’. Take a look at some of the children’s amazing homework. The children’s posters, hats, instruments and information booklets were fantastic.
Paws, Claws and Whiskers
The children really enjoyed our ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers.’ They learnt about different pets and how they should be cared for. Take a look at some of our great topic work.
The children have thoroughly enjoyed the topic and have learnt lots about dinosaurs, fossils and the different animal types. We even had a visit from lots of different animals. The children were so excited! Look at our amazing topic work.
Thank you to all parents/carers who helped their children to complete their first piece of homework. The effort that was put in was amazing! The children’s models, posters, puppets and masks were fantastic.