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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 Learning Experience is called All at Sea!



Children will take part in an “Explorer Afternoon” in school pretending that we have discovered a new world and making equipment we would need to explore even more new worlds. They will have the chance to make their own telescope. This will take place on Monday 18th June 2018.


Take home task:


To design and make your own 3D desert island with written explanation for what you have discovered. Please can the model have a base no larger than A4 and no taller than 15cm.


Bring to school by: Friday 6th July 2018


Week 1 Monday 4th June 2018

Welcome to Zambia week! We will be looking closely at pollution in Zambia and how it differs from Wincanton. We will discuss what causes the pollution and what can be done to prevent it.

In Maths, we will continue number and place value and comparing numbers using the language greater than, less than and equal to.


Week 2 Monday 11th June 2018

In English this week there will be a large focus on the grammar and spelling aspect of Year 1 with children learning how and when to use the suffixes s, es, ed, ing, er and the prefix un. In Maths the children will recognise and know the different denominations of coins. They will use their knowledge of place value to match coins with equivalent values e.g. five 1p coins is equivalent to one 5p coin. Over the next two weeks we will focus on the history element of this learning experience with the children learning about the life and achievements of Christopher Columbus. They will produce a timeline of events.


Week 3 Monday 18th June 2018

In Maths children will be introduced to key vocabulary related to time. They will use before and after to describe, sort and order events. Building on this, they will use first and next to describe order of events. We will also be talking about the day and encouraging children to use the language morning, afternoon and evening. In English this week the children will be introduced to the focus story without knowing the title. They will have the opportunity to explore and respond to the illustrations and to talk together about their interpretations of extracts and images. As the week unfolds, we will give children time to look back at the illustrations and highlight things they might have missed.


Week 4 Monday 25th June 2018

It is Sports Day this week so please ensure your child has their PE kit in school including trainers.

In Maths children will be introduced to telling the time to the hour and half hour. They will learn the language of o’clock and half past. We have combined the Science and Geography learning this term with the children completing weather diaries over the next two weeks (hopefully there is change in the weather during this time) for a comparison of weather throughout the seasons. In English we will re-read the book and explore the illustrations from the beginning until the end. Following a discussion, the children will explain what they know about the character’s behaviour and appearance from looking at the images. We will then delve deeper into how the character is feeling and what he is thinking.


Week 5 Monday 2nd July 2018

“Welcome to this afternoon’s weather bulletin…” you may hear this being practised at home as the children prepare to deliver their own weather report as part of our Science and Geography afternoons. Our Maths focus this week will be for the children to consolidate their knowledge of number bonds within 20 and to apply this to solve word and practical problems. We will move away from fiction writing to non-fiction this week with children collecting information about whales and what they would like to know about whales. We will look at a range of texts so the children can research the answers to their questions and provoke further investigation.


Week 6 Monday 9th July 2018

This week in Maths we will be returning to addition, children will show their understanding by starting with the large number to add on efficiently. The children will use “The Storm Whale” as inspiration as they write their own poetry about whales. Over the next two weeks the children will be completing their own underwater and above water artwork using a variety of techniques including painting and collage.


Week 7 Monday 16th July 2018

The final week of Maths will see a return to subtraction; they will use the part-part-whole model alongside practical equipment to solve problems. This week the children will be publishing and performing their poetry to their peers. The children will be completing their underwater and above water art work this week.


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.


How you can support your child at home:

To read at home at least 5 times a week and record in child’s diary.

To learn tricky words/ segment nonsense words.

To have mini ten, five and two times tables quizzes with a three minute time limit, in practise for the ones they will have weekly in school.

To complete the take home task: this task should be the children’s own work, as they will be asked to speak about what they have made and how they made it in front of the class.


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




Hook day visit to Stourhead

Hook day visit to Stourhead 1
Hook day visit to Stourhead 2
Hook day visit to Stourhead 3
Hook day visit to Stourhead 4
Have a great summer holidays and we look forward to seeing you all back on Tuesday 4th September