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Hello and welcome to the Pipits Class Page! Mr Veal will be keeping this page updated to share the learning that is happening within the class, resources to support your child’s learning and information about Year 1 and Pipits Class.
As a school, we changed our curriculum last year, as such we have moved away from topics and are teaching discrete subjects.
This half term, we shall be continuing to build upon our knowledge of sentence structure, adjectectives, adverbs, conjunctions (and,but, then, next) and recapping our suffix skills by focusing on the story of The Robot and the Bluebird. We shall also look at how to write speech using inverted commas and the word said. Finally, we shall use our new historical knowledge to write a non-fiction report about the monarchs.
In maths, we shall start the half term with counting to 50 and recapping our knowledge of place value, this will include ordering numbers up to 50. Then we shall learn how to count in jumps of 2, 5 and 10. After this we shall explore measurement of length, height, capacity, volume, mass and weight.
Within art, we will be discovering different styles in art and how art can tell a story. This will be taught by studying artists such as Seurat, Horsenburger, Lichtenstein, Monet, Van Gogh and Uccello.
Each half term, we will change between Geography and History, this half term the focus is History. We will be learning about some of the monarchs and leaders from British History. We shall study King Charles III, Queen Elizabeth II, King John, King Henry III, King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and King Charles II.
Science will be bringing us a unit based around taking care of the Earth. We shall learn about pollution, renewable energy, recycling, conservation and materials.
As a school, we have just adopted a new Computing Curriculum! This half term, we shall be exploring the Purple Mash software, to study coding and programming.
Below you will find knowledge organisers for Art, Computing, Geography and Science for this half term. These detail the key knowledge and vocabulary that we will be learning in these subjects. Please use them to help you discuss what the children are learning.
As a school, we are proud to be working alongside early years experts at Bedford Borough Council to develop our continuous provision for the Year One children. At Brickhill, we appreciate that young children can learn through explorative play, role playing and interactions with both grown ups and their peers as this can enhance their learning overall.
The children’s learning from home to nursery and then throughout Foundation Stage has been play based due the reasons outlined above. So in order to make a smooth and effective transition into the more formal learning that is to be expected through the school, it is important to have this provision in place in Year One. The year will start with a large focus on learning through play, then in the Spring Term this focus will shift towards a more formal approach to prepare the children for Year Two and beyond.
In order to meet the needs of the curriculum, the children will start each lesson with input from the teaching staff and then explore the carefully selected and prepared resources in our wonderful outdoor space. They will all get an opportunity to work with a member of staff on focused tasks such as a maths activity, writing some sentences, or drawing and labelling diagrams depending on the expectations of the subject area.
All of the outdoor activities will be selected to enhance their classroom learning, and based entirely around the national curriculum expectations we are working on at that time. There will be a member of staff available to facilitate activities, ask questions and aid to children with their understanding of the curriculum. Examples of these carefully chosen activities can be found below.
Reading is fantastic!
It can be a tool for learning new things with non-fiction texts, maybe facts about an animal? Or how something works, such as a Computer. Or you could learn about the past?
It might transport you to somewhere different with a fiction text, maybe a magical chocolate factory? A different world? Somewhere with fairies, or dragons?
You could read books, magazines, comics, e-books, listen to audiobooks or dramas and much more. Mr Veal tends to listen to an audiobook or podcast on the way to and from school, then curl up under a blanket with a book or comic at home. How do you like to read?
All of the adults across the school love reading for enjoyment. Below you will find which books the grown ups in Pipits class are currently reading in their spare time.