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Welcome to Earth Class!


Welcome to Year 1!


Your teacher in Earth Class is Miss Reakes and your teaching assistants are Mrs Young  and Miss Apsey.


Your new learning experience is Countdown to Winter


Please see our curriculum newsletter at the top of page for more information



The children will go on an Autumn welly walk discussing what they can see and how our environment is changing. They will take photographs; collect objects then return to school to complete a variety of autumn activities.



Our outcome to this term will be our Nativity performance with Year Two, we will be singing the songs as the older children perform the play ‘Christmas with the Aliens’, we hope you can come and watch in the school hall.

10/12/19 @ 6pm or 11/12/19 @ 2pm.


Take home task

Make a seasonal picture with any media – this could be using real leaves, photos, paints or colouring pencils showing the changing of the seasons.


Hand in date: Friday 6th December 2019


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 length of the day changes 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. 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 an autumn and winter theme. During the topic we will look at ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert as well as completing 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 about what to wear on a snowy day, there will be a focus on using adjectives and developing our descriptive vocabulary. This will lead to writing which describes 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. 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!



The mathematical focus begins with 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.

Children In Need Day - Friday 15th November 2019