1. Do I live in a town or a village?
2. What makes a city?
3. Where in the world are we?
4. Is everywhere in the world the same?
5. Is the weather always the same?
6. What can I do to keep the world great?
7. What is so great about the world anyway?
A high-quality text drives each of our enquiries and the texts are used to give knowledge and purpose to the enquiry. High quality texts can only be accessed through knowledge of vocabulary in different tiers. Explicit teaching of new vocabulary and using the classroom environment to showcase key vocabulary helps us to infuse rich and sophisticated vocabulary from EYFS to Year 6. The texts are used as a stimulus for both English and cross curricular writing, ensuring high expectations of our children. Reading is interweaved into all aspects of the enquiry to encourage reading and language development and promote reading for pleasure.
Our chosen text this half term is ‘The Bear and the Piano’ written and illustrated by David Litchfield. We have chosen this book as it shows a bear going to a New York City in America from his home in the forest. We thought that we can look at the bear visiting different places, what things he would need to pack and help him get home by writing instructions.
At Leamington Primary School we follow the Letters and Sounds programme for phonics in EYFS and KS1. We understand the impact of teaching good phonics enables children to become fluent readers in KS1, so they are able to continue to access learning in KS2. Please see the document below for the progression of the phonics phases in EYFS and KS1.
All phonics lessons throughout the school follow the same structure of 'revisit/review, teach, practice and apply'. Children are encouraged to use the correct vocabulary, please see the glossary below for the words that are used when teaching phonics.
In Year 1, children are taught phonics daily in a 20 minute whole class session. Throughout the phonics sessions the children are prepared for the phonics screening check which happens in Year 1. During the check the children are asked to read (decode) 40 words, most of these words are real words but some are pseudo-words. This ensures that children are using their decoding skills and not just relying on their memory of words they’ve read before. All children in Year 1 will have completed Phase 5 by the end of the year so they are ready to start Year 2. The links below provide appropriate resources for phonics.
In maths we follow the Power Maths programme to support children’s learning and to build a deep understanding of maths concepts. Power Maths is a curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. It is built around a child‑centred lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths.
This term we are covering the following: