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A big welcome to Year 1! The children have settled in really well and are getting to know all of our new rules and routines in the classroom and on the playground.

 

This half term we are focusing on the question 'What do all living things have in common?' during our topic learning. We will start by thinking about the zoo and what we might see there. We are so excited to visit Chester Zoo and learn about all of the animals that live there. We will then be looking at different eating habits of animals and learning the words herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. We will also be classifying animals into their different groups including mammals, reptiles, fish, birds and amphibians. We will also complete some animal themed artwork in the style of Picasso.

 

Literacy

 

This half term we will begin by exploring non fiction texts. We will focus on the use of the ed suffix to write in the past tense and on the use of time connectives. We will then write a recount of our trip to Chester Zoo. We will move on to a unit on traditional tales. We will be focussing on the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and The Three Little Pigs. We will look at different versions of these stories, discussing their similarities and differences. We will practise sequencing and retelling each story as well as writing detailed descriptions of some of the characters. Finally we will write our own alternative traditional tale.

 

Maths

 

This half term we will continue to practise our number skills by counting forwards and backwards to 100 and counting in multiples of 2's, 5's and 10's. We are focussing hugely on fluency and on the children becoming faster and more confident with their number skills. We will also be learning about 2D and 3D shapes by naming them and discussing their properties.

 

Reading books

 

Reading books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday during Autumn term. In Year 1 we encourage children to re-read books to improve their fluency. It is also important for children at this age to develop their comprehension skills so we encourage parents to ask lots of questions about the book during and after reading. Examples of questions that you could ask are

  • Can you tell me about a certain character in the story?
  • Did you like the story? Why/ why not?
  • What do you think will happen next in the story? Why?
  • Is it a fiction or a non-fiction book? How do you know?
  • Can you retell the story in order?
  • Which character in the story is most like you?

 

Other information

 

Sports coaches are in school on a Tuesday working with each Year 1 class. PE kits must be kept in school at all times as additional lessons during the week will be weather dependent.

 

Please provide a named water bottle for your child to keep in school. They will be sent home on a Friday for a clean over the weekend.

 

 

We have an open door policy at Heyes Lane, please feel free to speak to us after school to discuss any queries or problems.

 

Thank you for your continued support,

 

The Year 1 team.