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Church Of England School

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!



Hello and welcome back. I hope you all had a lovely relaxing break. I have certainly enjoyed hearing about all the children’s adventures over half term.


Our topic for this term will be 'Robots Take Over!' During this topic we will be investigating all kinds of machines, looking at materials and discussing Robots and Toys. Our inquiry question this term is 'Can Robots replace Humans?' We will be enjoying a rich, cross-curricular approach to the topic.


In English we will be...

Looking at a range of non-fiction texts around our topic. The children will be using non-fiction texts to find out about everyday machines, how toys work and identifying materials. We will be designing and making our own robots, so the children will be writing instructions on how they work. The children will also be writing robot stories based on 'The Little Robots' story book. We will also be reading a range of poems in order to write and perform our own robot poetry.


Reading, Phonics and Spellings

The most beneficial way in which you can support your child's learning is by hearing them read every day. Please 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. They will be reading and writing words using their phonic knowledge but also reading and writing 'Tricky Words' which don't follow the rules. This list of words will be shared at the meeting next week and subsequently placed on the class page below. The children will have a spelling list sent home each week on a Friday, which will reflect the phonics they have learned, and they will be tested on these the following Friday.


In Maths we will be...

Finding out about 3D shapes in our environment, looking at properties and solving problems. Robbie the Robot will be helping the children to use a range of positional and directional language. The children are going to have lots of fun with measures! We are going be investigating length and height. During this half term we will also continue to work on our number bonds and solving problems with numbers.


In Science we will be...

Looking at machines and investigating a range of materials and their properties. The children are going to enjoy being scientists! They will be carrying out investigations to determine the best material for a specific purpose.


In addition we will be looking at the history of machines and toys linked to our trip to the Bucks County Museum. The children loved making their Funnybones models last half term so we are going to use junk modelling again to design and make our own robots. We are going to be exploring different materials in art and create textured collages. The children will be taking part in a debate on whether robots can replace humans.


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. Children arriving after 9.00 a.m. will be marked as late.
  • 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 'THANKFULNESS'.


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

Ofsted outstanding since 2011 SIAMS outstanding since 2016


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