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Year 1


Summer 1:

What a great time we had last term!  The children all thoroughly enjoyed our topic ‘Growth and Green Fingers and they especially enjoyed planting lots of different seeds and watching them grow.

Our topic for this half term is ‘The Great Outdoors’ and we are going to be spending lots of time outside, learning about the features around us.  We will be looking at how to read lots of different maps and we will also be creating our own ‘messy map’ of Willow Lane.  In Science we will be learning all about materials.  The children will be testing the properties of materials to create a waterproof shelter and will even design their own bridge. We will continue to record changes in the weather and the environment around us for our nature journals and we will be observing how the seasons are changing.

We are also planning a ‘Great Outdoors Day’ and details will be sent in another letter nearer the time.  The children have also started to read lots of stories about camping and have enjoyed learning new vocabulary to use in our own story.  They will also be creating an information booklet about camping.  Please send in any photos you may have of the children in the great outdoors so they can share their experiences with the class.  Our reading challenge last half-term was a roaring success and this has led to the children making fantastic progress in their reading so please encourage them to keep up the good work!

This half term we have P.E. on a Tuesday and Thursday morning.   Please ensure that their P.E. kit is in school on these days. The children are looking forward to running a mile a day again now the weather is improving.  Please ensure your child has suitable footwear (trainers/pumps) to run in every day.  We are also continuing to get out every Tuesday afternoon for our Forest School lessons, come rain or shine!

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me before or after school.  I am very much looking forward to an exciting next few weeks!

Spring 2:

This half-term we will be reading ‘The Enormous Turnip’ and the children will be using lots of exciting language to retell the story in their own words.  As Scientists, the children will be growing their own beans to investigate parts of a plant.  We will also be busy planting sunflower seeds and lima beans which will be on display on our classroom window! In Art we will be observing and drawing fruit and vegetables using a variety of media.  In Maths we will be adding and subtracting larger numbers and we are also learning about fractions, telling the time and measuring.  In D and T, the children will be designing and making their own healthy fruit salads.  They will also be continuing to record changes in the weather and the environment around us for our nature journals.

This half term we have P.E. on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.   Please ensure that their P.E. kit is in school on these days. The children are still enjoying running a mile a day and are always keen to get out for some fresh air.  We are also continuing to get out every Tuesday afternoon for our Forest School lessons, come rain or shine!  Please ensure your child has a hat and a pair of gloves in school as we try to get out as often as we can.

Well done to the children who sent in their creative homework last half term.  It was fabulous and overleaf are some more ideas that reinforce what the children are learning in class and I hope that they will enjoy completing some of the tasks. As always, it is a chance for them to show you what they are learning at school and to continue their learning at home.

Spring 1:

What fantastic creative homework we had last term!  It was great to see how hard the children worked on their projects.  They all thoroughly enjoyed our topic ‘Fire, Fire!’ and they especially enjoyed learning lots of interesting facts about The Great Fire of London.

This half term, our topic is ‘Family Album’ and we are going to be learning all about ourselves, our family and our friends.  We will be learning about the Royal family tree, especially how they celebrated they birthdays.  In Geography we will be looking at the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and sampling different foods, music and sport from each country.  We are also planning a trip to Lowther Castle and details will be sent in another letter nearer the time.  We have also started to read lots of traditional tales and have enjoyed learning new vocabulary to use in our own story.

In Science we will continue to record changes in the weather and the environment around us for our nature journals and in Art, the children will be using pastels and charcoal to draw self-portraits, experimenting with different shades and tones.  Thank you to everyone who helped with our reading challenge.  Many of the children have made fantastic progress in their reading so please encourage them to keep up the good work at home!

This half term we have P.E. on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon.   Please ensure that their P.E. kit is in school on these days. The children are still enjoying running a mile a day and are always keen to get out for some fresh air.  Please ensure your child has suitable footwear (trainers/pumps) to run in every day.  We are also continuing to get out every Tuesday afternoon for our Forest School lessons, come rain or shine!

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me before or after school.  I am very much looking forward to an exciting next few weeks!

Autumn 2:

For this half term, our topic is ‘Fire! Fire!’ and as usual we have lots of creative and exciting things planned! In History, we will be reporters and we will be finding out as much as we can about the Great Fire of London.  This will lead onto the children writing a newspaper article about what happened in 1666.  We will also be visiting the fire station to compare modern fire-fighting methods to those they would have used in the past.  In Art, the children will be using pastels and charcoal to draw Tudor houses and will then make 3D houses out of junk.  We will then be taking the boxes outside to recreate the Great Fire of London!

In English, we will be reading ‘George and the Dragon’ by Chris Wormell and learning lots of exciting vocabulary to use in our dragon story!  Every day the children will have guided reading as it is so important that your child reads as often as possible.  We have a reading challenge in Orange Class this half-term so please make sure that you write a comment and initial their reading diaries so that we can keep a record of how often they are reading. As mathematicians we will be using numbers to help us to solve problem and we will also be learning about fractions, telling the time and money. In Music this term we will be listening to lots of different music about fire.  We will be learning to rehearse and perform our own version of ‘London’s Burning’.  In Science we will be using the Wildlife area to record changes in the weather and the environment around us for our nature journals.

This term we have PE on a Tuesday and a Thursday morning.   Please could you ensure that their P.E. kit is in school on these days. The children have had such a resilient attitude towards running a mile a day and it has been amazing to see how much they have improved over the last few weeks.  Please ensure your child has suitable footwear (trainers/pumps) to run in every day.

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