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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome back to school! We hope you have had a lovely summer; we are looking forward to hearing all about it. Our class teachers are Mrs. Laura Hunt and Mrs Helen Holman. Mrs Hunt teaches all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Holman teaches all day Thursday and Friday.

This half term, we will be asking the children “What makes a real life Superhero?” This question will feed into the topics the children learn about over the coming weeks and we will be linking all the areas of the curriculum to get really involved with this enquiry question.


In English we will be...

Exploring a range of exciting texts about Superheroes and writing our own versions of ‘Super Daisy’, ‘Max’, ‘Eliot, Midnight Superhero’, ‘George Saves the World by Lunchtime’ and ‘Supertato’. The children will be able to retell these stories and have fun taking part in drama-based activities. They will write character descriptions and create wanted posters. We will concentrate on our handwriting and build up a sound knowledge of what makes the perfect sentence with correct punctuation, finger spaces and use of phonic knowledge to help spell words. The children will be looking at the effect of language within these stories, for example adjectives and identifying rhyme within the texts. We will be using a range of non-fiction texts to help us gather information about our bodies, senses, people who help us and the process of recycling. The children will use their research to write fact files, reports and create posters.


Reading, Phonics and Spellings

Please read with your child 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 consolidating Phase 4 and progressing with Phase 5 Phonics, focusing on alternative spellings. We will be working with the children to help them apply their phonic skills to their writing. Common exception words will be available on our class page 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. They will be tested on these the following Friday. Please also focus on letter and number formation at home.


In Maths we will be...

Counting, reading, ordering and estimating numbers to 20 and beyond. The children will learn to write in numerals and words. They will investigate number sequences and develop their number bonds to 10/20 to enable them to solve practical problems. We will investigate and solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction. The children will learn to recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes. We will also explore positional and directional language to solve problems.


In Science we will be...

Identifying parts of the body and talking about how we use them and why they are important. We will discuss our senses and carry out investigations about how they work. The children will have fun discussing how we change as we grow and will investigate “Are we taller if we are older?” They will also explore seasonal change and identify the changes from Summer to Autumn.


In addition to all of this we will be thinking about significant people within our lives and throughout history who have helped people and are real life Superheroes. We will concentrate on nurses and find out why the actions of Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell have made such a big impact.  In the last week of term the children will have the opportunity to compare modern nursing with the lives of the nurses studied from the past. They will be able to ask questions to a current nurse (also a school parent) who has kindly agreed to share her knowledge and skills with us.


General Information

  • Our school day starts at 8.45a.m. Please ensure that your child is in the playground by this time for registration. Children arriving after 9.00a.m. will be marked as late.
  • P.E. is on Wednesday and Friday mornings and P.E. kits need to be in school at all times.
  • We will be visiting Smokey Row on Thursday afternoons. Please ensure your child has named wellington boots in school and a suitable coat as we will be going, even in bad weather!
  • Home Learning will be given out over a two week period. The Learning Logs will go out on a Friday and should be returned on a Thursday.
  • Please remind children of their 'Time to Shine' slot and feel free to ask if you are not sure of their given date.
  • Our Christian value this half-term is 'RESPECT'.


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


Mrs. Hunt and Mrs. Holman


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