Our topic for the Summer term is ‘The Weird and Wonderful Victorians’ and we have a lot of exciting learning and activities to look forward to.
We started the year learning about the famous Victorian inventor, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This term we will learn all about daily life in the era in which he lived. The children will learn about Victorian schools, homes, clothes, holidays, transport, food and much more! We are also very excited to be visiting Sevington Victorian School during term 5. The culmination of the year’s learning will happen in term 6 when we will visit Brunel’s famous flagship- the SS Great Britain.
In Writing, the children will continue to work on handwriting, punctuation, spelling and grammar. We will be doing some personal recount writing in the form of diary entries, postcards and news writing. We will link this to our topic as we travel back in time. We will also begin to develop our comprehension skills in reading by asking and answering questions about what we have read.
We will also be sending home Year 1 Common Exception Word spellings for you to practise at home (otherwise known as 'red words').
In Maths we will be learning about money, position/direction, multiplication/division and fractions. We will also be practising our reasoning skills by tackling lots of word problems. See the key objectives and vocabulary below for more information about how to support your child with their maths. Lots of free online maths games can also be found through ictgames.com and topmarks.co.uk.
In Science we will be learning about plants and will be going outside as much as possible for lots of hands-on learning about planting and growing.
Who was Queen Victoria?
How long ago was the Victorian era?
What was life like for school children?
Did all children go to school?
What jobs did people do?
What did people wear?
What sort of food did they eat?
Did they have cars or trains?
What famous inventions were made during the Victorian era?
What were the houses like?
However all children should be reading at home DAILY and bringing their reading records to school every day to change their books. Please sign your child's reading record each time they read at home. When your child has read their book 3 times (for shorter books) or once for longer books they can get a housepoint for their house team.
The children can change their reading books by popping into the reading book box in the mornings! Feel free to talk to us or write a message in their reading record if you feel their reading book is too easy or too challenging.