Autumn: What makes Great Britain so great?
Our EnquiryThe below enquiry overview shows the week by week learning for your child's class in English, enquiry and maths. You can use the overview to see what your child is learning in school each week.
Our weekly enquiry questions are:
1. Where will a map take me?
2. What makes my school?
3. What makes a home?
4. Where do I belong?
5. What is the chance of sunshine in Nottingham?
6. Have you seen the bright lights in the city?
7. Where in the world are we?
8. Does Nessy really exist?
9. Does the Giant live on the Causeway?
10. Does it snow in Snowdonia?
11. What makes Great Britain so great?
12 & 13. Can we help the Jolly Postman deliver all his post?
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.
Key English Text
Our chosen texts this term are ‘Everybody's Welcome’ written by Patricia Hegarty and 'The Queen's Hat' written by Steve Antony.
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:
- Counting objects to 10
- Writing numbers to 10
- Counting backwards from 10 to 0
- Counting one more and one less
- Comparing groups and numbers
- First, second, third etc
- The part-whole model
- Finding number bonds
- Comparing number bonds
- Finding the whole - adding together and adding more
- Finding a part
- Making number bonds
- Finding addition facts
- Solving word problems