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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome back to the summer term part two! I hope you all got to enjoy lots of sun and family time during your half term break. I look forward to hearing all about it.

We will be getting creative with our new topic: Animals and an African Adventure. We will be linking all the areas of the curriculum to get really involved with this topic. The children will be exploring the Enquiry question: What does equality mean and why does it matter?


In English we will be...

Working on some creative stories related to animals such as: ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’, ‘We’re going on a lion hunt’, ‘Giraffes can't dance’, ‘The selfish crocodile’, ‘Commotion in the ocean’ and ‘Brenda's boring egg’. The children will be looking at the effect of language within these stories. We will be writing our own versions, writing character descriptions, book reviews and exploring rhyme and poetry in order to write our own class book. We will be using a range of animal and African non-fiction texts to help us gather information. The children will use their research to write animal reports, fact files on Kenya and diary entries 'My Day, Your Day'. During this term we will really be focussing on self and peer assessment, encouraging children to evaluate and improve their writing.


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, focussing on alternative spellings. We will be continuing to work on the children applying their phonic skills to their writing in English. Common exception words are available on the website. 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. Please also continue to work on letter and number formation at home.


In Maths we will be...

Using all the skills we have learnt throughout the year to start to develop our reasoning skills. We have a very mathematical minded class who really enjoy problem solving so we will continue this by asking them to give reasons why. The children will be encouraged to select resources and methods that they feel best to solve problems. We will be  developing our reasoning skills using place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children will continue to develop the language involved in fractions, shapes, measures, time and money to solve mixed problems and inquiry based questions.


In Science we will be...

Identifying, classifying and grouping common animals. We will focus on mammals, reptiles, fish and birds. The children will be finding out about animal habitats and life cycles. Within this we will be looking closely at African animals and comparing their habitats to animals native to the UK. The children will discuss their own pets and research the importance of animal conservation and our role in looking after the animal world.


In additional to all of this we will be thinking about equality and what this means, why we should respect other cultures and beliefs and looking at comparing and contrasting in a positive way. The children will explore African art and dance and perform this to the rest of the school. We will be identifying special places and what they mean to us. The children will continue to build our growth mindset and address global and local issues during our Picture News collective worships. If you feel like you would like to contribute in anyway regarding our new topic, please feel free to contact me. We always welcome parents to share knowledge and skills with us all.


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 'HOPE'.


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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