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Please take the time to explore our page where you will find lots of important information about your child's learning.
In our class, we encourage the children to be;
We are always ready to learn.
We are patient and we pay attention so that we can be super learners!
We look after each other and the school property.
We take care in all that we do.
We listen carefully so that we are safe at all times.
We use our kind hands and we follow the instructions all of the time.
Welcome to the Dinosaurs class page!
Here you will find all of the fun learning that the Year One children are completing.
You can also find more on our Class Dojo page!
Come and meet our ROAR-some team!
Miss Williams Mrs Robertson Miss McCue
Class Teacher Teaching Support Teaching Support
For the Autumn 2 half term we will be enjoying the topic 'Where do we live and how has it changed?'
In this topic, we will be super Geographers and Historians! We will develop an awareness of the past and learn about changes within living memory, particularly in relation to aspects of change in national life. Alongside this, we will use aerial photographs and plan perspectives to recognise landmarks and basic human and physical features; devise a simple map and use and construct basic symbols in a key. Our super Geographers will also use simple fieldwork and observational skills to study the geography of our school and its grounds and the key human and physical features of its surrounding environment. Children will enjoy a local walk as part of this unit, where they will explore their local areal via map and on foot.
Dinosaurs class will also cover an art unit where they will use a range of materials creatively to design and make products, develop a wide range of art and design techniques, and learn about the work of Clarice Cliff, describing and recognising her work and making links with their own.
In English, we will be completing lots of fun learning activities based on the stories ‘The Smartest Giant in Town’, by Julia Donaldson, 'On the way home' by Jill Murphy, and 'One Snowy Night' by Christina Butler. The children will be creating a class story map and using it to retell the story, including lots of super story language! They will be writing sentences based on their story, ensuring they include their ‘Just Do It rules’ (including capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, Fred talk to spell, and ensuring they read and check their work makes sense). After learning to retell each story, we will spend some time innovating each one,amending our story map accordingly and writing sentences based on our innovated story. We will also be learning to plan for our writing, breaking each story up into a beginning, middle and end. As we approach Christmas, the Dinosaur children will also be learning to recite a Winter poem.
We can't wait to see what the children achieve!
Click on the link below to listen to the story:
As always, we will be working hard on our phonics.
At Hamilton Academy, we use the RWI phonics scheme. Please watch the videos below to help explain what this is and how you can best support your child.
To support your child further with their reading skills, please click onto the links below to watch Read, Write, Inc's engaging phonics videos for the children to watch when learning set 2 sounds. Your child will already be familiar with the routines used in Read, Write, Inc.
Phonics screen information
In June, all Year One children across the country will sit their National Phonics Screen. To find out more about what's involved, watch this short video: https://schools.ruthmiskin.com/training/view/ey7kgvpu/3dCrhtgQ
In Maths, our clever Mathematicians are learning all about:
Addition and subtraction within 10, 2D and 3D shapes, and Numbers to 20.
You can support your child at home by developing their understanding of numbers to 10 and 20; finding one more/less, recognising and writing the numbers - ensuring numbers are formed correctly- and being able to order number cards correctly. Can you child add and subtract numbers within 10 - what number do they have now? Can they write the corresponding number sentence?
At school, we offer children a range of strategies to choose from: concrete (using counters or physical items to count/subtract with), pictorial (drawing dots then adding more/taking some away by crossing them out), or abstract (using a number line and counting forwards/backwards along it, ensuring one jump per number counted).
You can further support your child's maths learning by encouraging them to recognise numbers and the maths that exists all around them. There are some super games you can play online to support this, including the Topmarks website. Please visit:
Don't forget to log into your child's TT rockstars account to practice their times tables too!
You can further support your child's maths through the new '1-minute maths' app, from White Rose Maths. Click on the link below to find out more...
The children practice reciting this to develop their communication skills, as well as their expression and fluency. Please support your child to recite it.
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Thank you for taking the time to read our class page.
If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to speak to the Year 1 team.