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Autumn Term 2

Well, that was a long 8 weeks’.  We hope you enjoyed a relaxing half term break!

The children have all enjoyed last term’s topic of Home Sweet Home and were great at writing their own stories based on the book ‘No Place Like Home’ by Jonathan Emmett. Highlights of the term would be a cake sale to raise money for Macmillan coffee morning and Harvest Festival where they all sang beautifully in assembly.


Autumn Term Topic: Blast off!

This half term our topic is Space where we shall be looking at space explorers and famous people such as Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake and Helen Sharman.

We will be learning to:

  • Identify the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements
  • Identify significant historical events and people

English Learning

In English, we will be looking at non-fiction books and learning about Space. We will read Man on The Moon by Bartram Simon and do some drama work based on the story. We will then write our own space stories.

We will learn:

  • To listen to and discuss stories at a level beyond that at which they can read independently.
  • To participate in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say.
  • To leave spaces between words.
  • To sequence sentences to form short narratives.

Mathematical Learning

This term we are looking at:

  • Addition & Subtraction
    • to read, write and interpret mathematical statements
    • involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs.
    • add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20, including 0
  • Measurement – Length & Height.
    • compare, describe and solve practical problems for lengths and heights [for example, long/short, longer/shorter, tall/short]
    • measure and begin to record lengths and heights.

PSHE Learning

This half term the topic is Me and My Relationships. Through this topic we shall be exploring ourselves and our relationships with others. We shall be looking at who is special to us, what makes our family special and how we can show love to them. We’ll also look at friendships involving what makes a good friend, similarities and differences between friends and what happens if we fall out. Finally, we shall talk about our class and how we can help each other feel valued and appreciated.

Scientific Learning

Our topic this half term is about seasonal changes.

We will learn about:

  • *The names of the seasons
  • The months that are associated with each season
  • The changes that take place across the four seasons
  • The weather associated with each season and how day length varies

Art Learning

We will be completing a range of art activities based on our topic of space. We’ll also be creating a moving picture in DT lessons.

Music Learning

We will be learning songs for our Christmas Play ‘A Midwife Crisis.’

Faith and Wonder Learning

We will be looking at the topic of Incarnation and exploring why Christmas is important to Christians.

Computing Learning

We will be learning about Programming and exploring the Bee-Bots.

PE Learning

We will be continuing to focus on gymnastics during Indoor PE and learning ball skills during Outdoor PE. We have also been enjoying completing the Daily Mile.

How can you help?

  • If you can spare any time at morning drop off or any other time during the day to help with reading, then please speak to your child’s class teacher. You may need to obtain a DBS check first (Please speak to the office ladies who can arrange this for you).
  • Listen to your child read their reading book from school at least 5 times a week. Please make sure you write a comment so that we can see this is happening at home. Your child can change their own book once they have read at home.
  • Complete the homework tasks that are provided each week.
  • Keep reading stories to your child to enrich their vocabulary and enjoyment of stories.

Events/Trips planned for this half term

  • Thursday 14th November – Superhero dressing up day
  • Friday 22nd November – Mufti Day & Christmas Disco 6-7pm
  • Monday 2nd December – Year 1 & 2 Play @2pm
  • Tuesday 3rd December – Year 1 & 2 Play @2pm ADULTS ONLY
  • Thursday 19th December – Infant Church Service @ 9.25am

Just a gentle reminder that we do not allow toys in school. Please only allow your child to bring in items if they are linked to our topic. We also kindly ask that the children do not bring in rucksacks. We simply do not have the space for children to store these on their pegs.

Please come and see your class teacher if you need any further information or have a query. We are available at the end of the day after we have dismissed the class.

The Year 1 team

Miss Wilson           Mrs Hendrick            Mrs Love