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Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Earth Class!


Welcome to Year 1!


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


Your new learning experience is Countdown to Winter



The children will go on an autumn welly walk discussing what we can see and how our environment is changing, take photographs, collect objects then returning to school to make autumn fruit and oat cookies. Wednesday 14th November



In addition to an exciting nativity performance (further letter to follow), we invite family members to join us in sharing our clay models and our excellent writing outcomes on Wednesday 19th December at 3:00pm.


Take home task

To identify the seasons in a picture of a tree and its surroundings.

(School to provide the picture)


Hand in date: Friday 7th December 2018


Learning Experience

While countdown to winter may focus on the weather associated with autumn and winter, recording data about the weather such as temperature and rainfall, we will be considering the changes across the four seasons. Developing our vocabulary around this topic, we will be observing and describing the changes we have seen and experienced ourselves. With the mornings and evenings becoming darker, we will explore how the lengths of the days change with the seasons. With the natural environment changing around us, we will also be identifying changes in the trees. Tied into our work in English, we will be considering the clothes people wear and how this is affected by seasonal changes.

In addition to the scientific focus of the topic, we will be designing and making a snowman-based character with inspiration from our work in English on ‘The Snowman’.

Joining up with Year 2, time will also be given to rehearsing for our nativity performance, with lots of festive songs to learn in time for our performance at the end of the term.



The texts that we experience in this topic will also be based on the winter theme. During the topic we will look at ‘One Snowy Night (A Tale from Percy's Park)’ by Nick Butterworth as well as ‘White Snow, Bright Snow’ by Alvin Tresselt and complete a writing focus with the iconic ‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs and the newly inspired version of the story by Michael Morpurgo. After an initial focus on writing simple sentences what to wear on a snowy day, there will be a focus on using adjectives, developing our descriptive vocabulary. This will lead to writing to describe the snowman and the settings that are visited in the story. We will also incorporate the learning of how to read and spell the days of the week by considering an extended journey that the snowman may have. The idea of changing the adventure will culminate in writing about the snowman visiting another area, sending and receiving a postcard to discuss the journey.

In the final week of term, we will visit a selection of Christmas texts that will inspire our own writing of Christmas cards and, of course, writing letters to Father Christmas!



Starting during the Zambia focus week, we will be beginning the mathematical focus recognising and naming 2D shapes before moving on to doing the same with common 3D shapes. We will discuss properties of shapes and the shapes we can see in our environment. Revisiting work on place value, we will then be focussing on counting forwards and backwards across 50, reading and writing numerals. Once secure, we will be developing the knowledge of 1 more and 1 less of any given number up to 50, using objects and pictorial representations of the numbers to help. In addition, we will also be focussing on reading and writing numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and in words and exploring number bonds associated with these numbers. We will then be able to revisit and master our skills in adding and subtracting 1 digit and 2-digit numbers within 20, progressing to solving one step problems and missing number problems.


How you can support your child at home

Read at home at least 5 x a week. Every day if possible! Hear them read their book as well as sharing a book from home or a library.

Learn tricky words.

Practice counting forwards and back in 2s, 5s and 10s and when secure learning these as times tables.

Complete the take home task, discussing the seasonal changes.



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




Please come and support your School at the Christmas Fair. This Friday from 3.30pm