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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 Ready Teddy Go


Ready Teddy Go Hook Day


We enjoyed a teddy bears picnic in the morning with all the children arriving dressed as a teddy bear with their bear from home. A visit from Somerset Heritage Museum allowed us to play with some old toys and compare them to newer toys and we also made our very own thaumatrope.


Week 1 - 4th September

Welcome back! During the first couple of days the focus will be to create a piece of art work for our time capsule inspired by our learning experience about toys. Our hook day will take place on Wednesday 6th September with Year 1 being taken over by Teddy Bear’s! The little bears will be enjoying a picnic with further dressing up along with playing with toys from the past. Our focus in maths will be counting forwards and backwards within 10 and beyond. We will spend time getting to know new routines in Year 1 and ensure all the children are happy in their new class.


Week 2 – 11th September

We begin our English this term with poetry and rhyme using Teddy bear poems for stimulus. To support the children with their rhyming we will play rhyming bingo and have a rhyming pond for the children to use independently with friends. In maths we will begin comparing numbers and finding out one more and one less than a number within 10 and beyond. Our History continues this week after their hook day by making comparisons with old and new toys in group discussions. In Art this week the children will be introduced to prime colours and experiment mixing them to make new colours.

Week 3 – 18th September

In English this week we introduce the class to our story ‘Old Bear’. The children will then act out the story in small groups, we will story map the story as a whole class and the children will help come up with actions to aid retelling. We will practise counting in 2’s this week in maths using lots of practical pairs to help us.

Our Science continues with describing the properties of everyday materials and encouraging the children to use more subject specific vocabulary. The Art progresses this week by moving onto using water colours and modelling to the children how to create a colour chart. They will then make their own with support.


Week 4 – 25th September

During English this week we will change the main character in our Old Bear story as a whole class and then we will challenge the children to change the ending of the story. Number bonds to 10 will be our focus in maths using lots of number stories to help. We will be testing materials in Science to see if they are waterproof, soft, hard etc. In History the children will have been asked to bring in their favourite teddy bear from home ready to talk about it in small groups. They will then compare similarities and differences between them. Art could be messy this week with chalks and charcoal being unleashed upon the children!

Week 5 – 2nd October

The children will be challenged this week to story map their own story about a teddy bear inspired by Old Bear and write a simple sentence for each picture. During maths we will begin to use subtraction using numbers within 10 and extending as appropriate. In Science they will need to design an umbrella for “Ted” selecting their own materials and explaining why they have chosen these. There will be lots of talking again this week in History with the children bringing in their favourite toys from home. We will also discuss the materials they are made from to make a direct comparison with toys from the past. During Art the children will be creating collages using different materials.


Week 6 – 9th October

We are reaching the end of our learning experience and in English this week our focus is on the history of the teddy bear, as a whole class we will learn the factual story of Theodore Roosevelt and how the teddy bear was created. There will be actions to support the retelling. In our maths learning we will be using all our place value knowledge from the past few weeks to help solve picture problems. In Science the children will use their knowledge of the past few weeks to group materials. During History we will create a toy timeline which will require children to pull all the facts over the past few weeks together.


Week 7 – 16th October

Our final week will culminate in a written report about Theodore Roosevelt and the history of the teddy bear. We finish the term with a week on shape, position and movement with the children hunting for 2D and 3D shapes around the school. The children will be let loose with their creativity in Art by designing and making their own paper teddy bear. They will decide if it will be an old bear or a new bear.


Take Home Task

Please can you design and make an outfit for one of the characters from the Jane Hissey stories about Old Bear and toys. Design it on paper then bring your design to life. Bring to School by Friday 13th October 2017


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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Hook day Photos

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Welcome back to another exciting term! Support our school by joining TAPS (Teacher and Parents Support) to organise events for our school - first meeting Sept 27th