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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1. Our teachers are Miss Dance and Miss Bateman and our TAs are Mrs Swallow, Mrs Weller and Mrs Holloway.

In our ‘Investigators’ topic Year 1 are investigating materials and their physical properties. The children should be able to ascertain between an object and the material it is made from. We will re-visit the story of the Three Little Pigs in English and Science focusing on the different materials each pig used to build their house alongside retelling known narratives.

In our ‘It’s Amazing’ topic in the second part of the term, the children will be looking at plants and animals, and will get the opportunity to observe first-hand the variety of plants and animals in our local environment. This will lead on to writing recounts, explanations and instructions in English, as well as opportunities for writing poetry.

During our Maths sessions, Year 1 will continue to develop their fluency of number, using plenty of manipulatives to visually represent their mathematical thinking as well as developing written methods. They will also focus on 3D shapes, odd and even numbers, collecting information and presenting it in different ways and enhance their ability to tell the time.

Our value for this half term is ‘hope’. As well as this theme being incorporated into our RE lessons, we will also be applying it in all areas of our learning and school life.

In geography the children will be exploring their local area and will be creating maps of the walks that they go on.

In art, the children will get the chance to create collages using natural materials, as well as developing their skills in observational drawing. In Computing, the children will be learning about how computers help us when trying to obtain information.

In PE they will be doing topic based dances and the children will develop their gymnastic skills, focussing particularly on rolling and holding a balance.

In music, the children will be using percussion instruments to learn about pulse and rhythm.

In our PSHCE sessions we will be continuing with our JIGSAW work. The topic for this half term is ‘our dreams and goals’ which will allow the children to stay motivated to achieve their own goals alongside helping others to achieve their goals. The topic also enables the children to think about maintaining a positive attitude.