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Welcome to Earth Class!


Welcome to Year 1!

Your teacher in Earth Class is Miss Shaw and your helper Mrs Young. 


Our new Learning Experience is Countdown to Winter 


Hook: Autumn welly walk Friday 10th November 


Take Home Task: To identify the seasons in a picture of a tree and its surroundings. (School to provide the picture) Hand in by Friday 8th December 2017


Week 1: 30th October 2017 – The children will be introduced to our new learning experience ‘Countdown to Winter’. During this week the children will be learning about Bonfire night and Guy Fawkes. We will discuss for firework safety when watching a display. In maths we will investigate number patterns when doubling single digit numbers.


Week 2: 6th November 2017 – This week sees the beginning of the designing stage of our clay models with the children making different shapes with clay. Maths and DT have a strong link as we will be learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. The children will be using their firework word banks to create and write their own poem and we will be practising our performance poetry as a whole class. Our focus will be on using similes and alliteration in their writing. Music will continue the fireworks theme for the week with the children creating their own fireworks display using instruments. We will discuss Autumn this week and the children will share their knowledge of items/clothing associated with this season and explaining the reasons why.


Week 3: 13th November 2017 –The Gruffalo’s child will be an English focus for the next three weeks. This is another classic from the author Julia Donaldson and a great text to follow up the successful Gruffalo story. The children will be encouraged to spot the patterns in the story and join in with the repetition. By engaging with the text in such detail it allows the children to become confident storytellers whilst they soak up good examples of story language and features. These skills enable the children to become confident authors themselves. As we move further in to reading and retelling The Gruffalo’s child the children will create a story map and box up plan, using this as a prop to retell the story using actions, effective story language and confident speech.

We will move on to using positional language in Maths. In DT the children will sketch a design for their new character for The Gruffalo’s Child. The children will continue to be writing seasonal facts down and collecting information for their weather diaries.


Week 4: 20th November 2017 – In English the children will be innovating the story by thinking of alternative characters that they would like to include in their own story. Our focus will be on up-levelling our writing using adjectives and conjunctions. With these new animals the children can explore ideas for these characters ready to begin to write their own stories. The focus in Maths for the next 2 weeks is place value, children will be identifying tens and ones and representing these using objects and pictures. The classrooms will be transformed into a pottery throughout the remainder of this term with the children designing their new character for The Gruffalo’s Child out of clay. As we continue through the learning experience the children will look back at their weather diaries and explain through talking and writing, what the diary has shown.


Week 5: 27th November 2017 – This is the final week of The Gruffalo’s Child in English which will see the children inventing their own warning tale using The Gruffalo’s Child as inspiration. There will be a focus on using different sentence openers in their story. Fingers crossed if all model making has gone smoothly the children will be putting the finishing touches to their models in preparation for painting next week. In Music the children will be using their voices and bodies to create sounds for the characters in The Gruffalo’s Child for their peers to try and guess who they are.


Week 6: 4th December 2017 – We have almost reached the end of term and hopefully the tinsel and glitter hasn’t taken over! This week the children will be immersed in another Julia Donaldson book, Stickman. We will use the opportunity to explore speech bubbles for the children to write what the characters are saying. They will also be writing letters pretending they are Stickman asking for help. We will finish the term in Maths extending the children with their addition and subtraction over the final weeks. In Science our season focus will change to Winter hoping for lots of frosty mornings for the children to make observations.


Week 7: 11th December 2017 – Our clay models will be on display this week one afternoon at 3pm, please keep an eye out for more information. It is important that the children have a purpose for their learning and this week they will share their puppets with each other and evaluate their own puppets by listening to what their peers have to say. We are going to go on a winter welly walk to complete our Science for the term and collect sticks to make our own stickmen. The children will write a recount of this during English.


Week 8: 18th December 2017 - This week we have a Christmas focus. The children will write a letter and the address on envelopes ready to post to Father Christmas. They will also be given the opportunity to design their own Christmas card and wrapping paper throughout the week using shapes to create a repeating pattern. We will write lists of gifts and instructions for making peppermint creams. We will actually make the sweets first so that the children experience following instructions and identifying the bossy words (imperative verbs) before they record the instructions themselves.


Just a few bits of information about our week:


  • PE is on a Thursday and Friday, please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school on these days.
  • Maths and English homework will be sent home on a Friday and need to be returned by Tuesday.
  • Your child will have their own reading book from school to read at home with you.

If you have any questions about Year 1 please speak to a member of the Year 1 team who will be more than happy to help.


Miss Shaw


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Open morning for new reception children starting Sept 2018 is Saturday 18th November 10am -12pm