Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Mr. Harvey

I would like to take this moment to welcome both the new children and their families into Year 1. I hope you had a fantastic summer and are ready to join me for an exciting and busy school year.

RE is very much at the heart of our learning and this term we will be covering:

  • Families’

We will learn that everyone belongs to the family of God. We will talk about our own families and the differences between them. Children will understand that God loves and takes care of us.

  • Belonging

We will explore the different groups that we belong to. Children will learn that Baptism enables us to belong to God’s family in a special way. We will visit the church to find out what happens during a Baptism.

  • Waiting

We will learn that Advent is a time of waiting in joyful hope for Jesus. We will explore the story of Christingle and find out why God sent Jesus to us.

Rise Up with Courage and Confidence: how will you be brave this term?

The overarching theme this year at BRW is continuing from last year ‘BRW Spirit Strong’. Through this we will be challenging and stretching our children to be the best version of themselves, cultivating a caring community who take risks, are curious and keen to better themselves.

Year one will launch their year with ‘Rise Up with Courage and Confidence’. We will be guided by the courage showed by the legendary Grace Darling.

During History lessons, we will find out who Grace Darling is and about her long-lasting legacy which is still celebrated by the RNLI to this day. We will be looking at lots of different historical sources and become detectives to figure out what is real and what is false.

In Geography, we will learn about continents and oceans. We will be learning about the 7 continents and the 5 oceans and to understand where we are in the world.

In Science, we will be learning about the changing seasons. We will become weather detectives and be constantly monitoring our changing weather. We will also be learning about materials, specifically what would be best for a lighthouse that Grace Darling might have used.

Our Art skills will be developed as we learn about William Morris. Using his work as an inspiration, we will be creating our own pieces of artwork whilst learning about different art techniques.

We will be having 2 sessions of PE a week, one from Mrs Bathgate where we will be learning different dance techniques. We will also have Multi-Skills sessions from our coach Gordon Fearne.

In D&T, we will be keeping Grace Darling in mind whilst we design our own boat. We will be getting ideas from pictures and carefully selecting the correct materials needed. We will also be investigating these materials to see whether or not they sink or float.

Our English lessons will be packed full of exciting texts to dive into. The first of which is ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. We will be exploring this book in great depth as we learn to retell this story through writing and drama. We will use this as inspiration for writing our own stories. We will then be writing a letter about plastic in the ocean. Our focus is using capital letters and full stops when writing in full sentences.

During our weekly computing sessions with Mrs Piper, we will be learning how to log on and off of the computers, internet safety and keyboard skills.

Our Maths focus of the term is number and place value, adding and subtracting to 10, shape and finally, number and place value to 20.

I am so excited about all the amazing and fulfilling topics we are going to learn about. It promises to be a fantastic year ahead.