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Year 1

Autumn 1:

Welcome to Orange Class! I have been very much looking forward to meeting our new class and it is nice to see that the children have settled in and are ready to learn. This year, 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 been busy discovering the role-play area outside our classroom this week, which enables a smooth transition into KS1. They will also have the opportunity to explore our ‘Lego Lab’ and their 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 penguin stories. We will also be guided reading everyday as it is so important that your child reads as often as possible. Reading is such an important part of their learning so please encourage your child to read at home every day. In Geography, we will be exploring different kinds of maps and looking at hot and cold places in the world. We will also be creating clay penguins and African  sunset pictures; learning how to use different shades and tones.

As mathematicians we will be learning about numbers to 20, using different resources to help us. As scientists we will be learning about the features of animals in hot and cold countries and they will also be exploring the changes in the seasons. We will be spending one afternoon in the Wildlife area using natural materials and the outdoor space to support their creative learning. Please can you make sure your child has a warm coat, hat and gloves in school as we go out whatever the weather!

We have PE on a Monday and Thursday so please ensure that their P.E. kit is in school on these days. 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. The creative homework reinforces what the children are learning in class and I hope that they will enjoy completing the tasks. It is a chance for the children to show you what they are learning at school and to continue their learning at home.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to talk to me before school and I am also free to catch up after school. I look forward to working with you and your child this year in supporting them to continue making good progress.