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Year 1


Autumn 1:

Welcome to Orange Class! I have been very much looking forward to joining Orange Class and it is nice to see that the children have settled into their new class and are ready to learn. I will be teaching alongside our wonderful teaching assistants Mrs Miller and Mr Cooper.

Our topic this half term is ‘Amazing Animals’ and the children are very keen to find out lots of interesting facts about animals around the world. They have also enjoyed playing in our new role play area which will support the children’s learning and ensure a smooth transition in KS1. We also have a new ‘Lego Lab’ which we are very excited about and the story scenes will encourage rich language which will in turn help their story-writing.

In English this term we will be reading ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers and we will be using lots of drama to inspire us to write our own animal stories. We will also be guided reading everyday as it is so important that your child reads as often as possible. Reading plays such an important part of a child’s learning so please try and support your child to read at home every day. Children will also be developing their reading and writing skills through daily phonics sessions following the Letters and Sounds scheme.

We will be creating clay penguins and sunset pictures and learning how to use different shades and tones. As mathematicians we will be looking at numbers and using different resources to help us to understand the value of tens and units. The children will be exploring different kinds of maps and looking at hot and cold places in the world. As scientists we will be learning about the features of animals and we are creating a nature diary to enable the children to record first-hand their observations of the seasons. The children will also be spending one afternoon a week in the Wildlife area using natural materials and the outdoor space to support their creative learning.

We have PE on a Tuesday and Thursday so please ensure that their P.E. kit is in school on these days. This year we are continuing the challenge of running a mile a day, which was great fun last year. Please make your child has suitable footwear (black trainers/shoes) to run in every day