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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 Fetch the Vet!


Hook - Friday 12th January Staff from Longleat will be visiting the school to give a talk and show some animals! In the afternoon we will visit South Hill Vets in Wincanton. 


The children in Year 1 enjoyed a visit from Longleat Safari park as part of their hook day and were given the opportunity to get up close and personal with some interesting animals. The teachers were brave enough to hold a Chilean rose tarantula! In the afternoon they visited our local Southill Vets and discussed how to approach dogs safely. The children will use the knowledge gained from their hook day to support their learning throughout Fetch the Vet. See photos below. 



Week 1 – 8th January

This learning experience will have a Science and Art focus. In Science we will start by identifying and naming parts of our own bodies as well as beginning to develop our observation and questioning skills. Whilst in Art we will be learning about the materials and processes used in making natural sculptures. Our Hook Day will take place on Friday where children will have visit from Longleat, to support and inspire their learning, and we will be visiting Southill Vets. We will start the week talking about and describing our own pets or pets that we would like to have in the future. Our Maths learning will focus on addition; the children will use their knowledge of adding up to 10 to add up to 20 and beyond. When using a number bond to 10 to make a number bond to 20, children will understand that the ones stay the same but one number will also have a ten.


Week 2 – 15th January

We will begin our Talk for Writing in English this week focussing on the 5 main parts of a story; opening, build up, problem, resolution and ending. We will use a story in a familiar setting ‘Mog and the ‘V.E.T’.’

In our Science lessons we will be learning about the 5 senses and how they help us. We will also be thinking about sculptures in our local environment when being artists. In Maths the children will build on the language of subtraction, recognising and using the subtraction symbol within 20 and beyond. They will also use the part, part, whole model alongside practical equipment to reinforce number bonds within 20.


Week 3 – 22nd January

This week the children will be innovating Mog and the VET. They will create and use a story map to support their writing next week. In Science, we will be carrying out an investigation into each of the 5 senses. Children will have the opportunity to explore making animal sculptures using a range of materials. In Maths, the children will explore and learn fact families for numbers within 20 and beyond. The children will be using concrete objects and pictures to find links between addition and subtraction number sentences and recognise the inverse operation. This week we will be hosting visitors from the Cats Protection and Dogs Trust where the children will be able to ask any questions they have.


Week 4 – 29th January

In English the children will be writing their own version of Mog and the VET. The children will start to plan their own sculpture. They will need to describe what they are making and explain how they are using the materials (natural or man-made) in their work. This week in our Science learning we will be thinking about the different groups of animals and exploring what pets need to be happy, safe & healthy. In Maths, children will be learning to compare number sentences within 20 using inequality symbols.


Week 5 – 5th February

We will begin to learn about non-fiction texts, focussing on information leaflets and booklets about animal care. They will choose which animal they are going to create a leaflet for and carry out research. This will continue to develop their comprehension skills and retrieval of information. The children will be making their sculpture of a pet from their plan using the techniques and skills that they have developed. In science, we will be learning about different animal’s diets and will be able to talk about whether an animal is a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore. We will then start to compare the differences and similarities between human bodies and animal bodies.


Take Home Task - Please can you make a model of your pet or a pet of your choice and bring it into School with a leaflet telling us all about how you care for your pet or a pet you would like. 

Bring to School by Friday 2nd February 2018



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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Watch out for Hooks taking place over the next few weeks!