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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely half term. I look forward to finding out what the children have been up to.


Our new topic this term will be 'Out and About'. We will be going back in time and into the future to explore how transport has changed and what it might look like in the years to come. We will be role playing, creating and investigating our topic through a rich, cross-curricular approach.


In English we will be...

Looking at the author John Burningham and reading his texts: 'Mr. Gumpy’s Outing’ and ‘Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car'. The children will be looking at his use of language and creating their own characters for the stories. We will also be going into space by reading 'Back to Earth with a Bump' and the children will be writing postcards from space. The children have a real passion for non-fiction texts and we will be exploring a range of transport and travel themed books and websites. We will be writing fact files, looking at labels and captions and writing recounts.


Reading, Phonics and Spellings

Thank you for all the hard work you are doing at home with the children’s reading. Please continue to read with them on a daily basis and try to encourage comprehension skills as well as de-coding skills in the books you share together. The children will be continuing with Phase 5 Phonics, focusing on alternative pronunciations and spellings. We will be continuing to work with the children to help them apply their phonic skills to their writing in English. Common exception words are available on the website. Each Friday the children will come home with a spelling list reflecting the phonics they have learned, and they will be tested on these the following Friday. Please also continue to work on letter and number formation at home.


In Maths we will be...

Getting wet exploring capacity! The children will look at measuring volume using non-standard and standard units of measurement. We will be revisiting addition and subtraction, focussing on problem solving language and number bonds. The children will begin to explore money, learning to recognise coins and notes and beginning to solve simple money related problems. We are also going to open a Year 1 Book Changing Shop, where the children will 'pay' to have their books changed; the amount and coins available will change each day!


In Science we will be...

Continuing to look at Seasonal Change, looking at how the weather changes as we move into Spring. The children will monitor the changes during our trips to Smokey Row. We will also look at how we can make a positive change to our environment.


In addition we will be continuing to look at our local environment. We started this last half term but are going to now focus on simple mapping skills, comparing our local environment to neighbouring towns and linking this to our History topic on travel and transport. We will be looking at natural art and creating Spring paintings based on our visits to Smokey Row. The children will be exploring the Easter Story and continuing our work on British Values and Growth Mindset.


General Information

  • Our school day starts at 8.50 a.m. Please ensure that your child is in the classroom by this time for registration. Registers will close at 9.00 a.m.
  • P.E. is on Monday and Friday afternoons and P.E. kits need to be in school at all times.
  • We will be visiting Smokey Row on Wednesday afternoons.
  • Home Learning will be given out over a two week period. The Learning Logs will go out on a Thursday and should be returned on a Wednesday.
  • Please remind children of their 'Time to Shine' slot. Please feel free to ask if you are not sure on their given date.
  • Our Christian value this half-term is 'FORGIVENESS'.


I hope that you find this information useful but please do not hesitate to pop in and see me at the end of the day if there is anything else you would like to know. I am looking forward to a fun term.


Mrs. Hunt

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