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Welcome to Year 1 


Your class teachers are Mrs Wood and Miss Cottrill.

Your teaching assistants are Mrs Wood, Miss Sladdin and Mrs Pierce.

Autumn 1 (Sept – Oct 2019)


This half term our topic has been “We are all animals”.  This has inspired our continuous provision including: a vet and doctor surgery role play, collage and mask making in craft and a farm set up in small world.  We have also been thinking about the changes we see in autumn and enjoyed singing our song “Autumn Leaves” at our Harvest Festival.


In English we have really enjoyed reading  the books “The Tiger Who Came to Tea”,  “The Bog Baby” and “Oi Frog”.  We are beginning to write descriptive sentences using spaces and punctuation. We have also started to learn about poetry and rhyme and had fun learning and performing a class poem for National Poetry Day.


In Maths this half term we have been securing our knowledge of numbers to 10.  We sorted and compared groups of objects saying whether there is more, less or the same in each group.  We have also used number lines and our number knowledge to decide whether numbers and quantities are greater than >,  less than <  or  equal to =.  This has involved using part-whole models and number bonds to 10.  We have also been writing addition number sentences and rearranging them into fact families.


In Topic we have been learning about animals including humans.  First we thought about ourselves as humans and considered our senses and what we use them for.  Next we sorted animals into the five groups: mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds and fish and discussed the key features of each group.  Then we thought about what animals like to eat and sorted animals based on whether they are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores.

In Music we listened to “Carnival of the Animals” by Saint Saens  and discussed the tempo, pitch and instruments used to represent each of the animals.  We then composed our own pieces of music to represent a chosen animal.

In ICT we have used a simple drawing and labelling program to select a picture of an animal, colour it in, label with our names and print it off.

Finally in Art and D&T we have drawn, printed and collaged self portraits, painted animal masks and constructed our own autumn Bog Baby habitats (complete with individually designed bog babies).

Curriculum Newsletter Y1 Aut 2019















Key Stages 1 & 2 National Curriculum

The National Curriculum is followed in Keystages 1 and 2. This curriculum covers Maths, English, Science, Computing, History, Geography, Art, DT, PSHE, Music and PE. KS2 children are also taught a modern foreign language (Spanish).

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