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Summer Term 2 2018

'Which birds and plants would Little Red Riding Hood find in Cock Robin Wood?'


Last half term the children really enjoyed working on the question “Where do, or did, the wheels on the bus go?” This gave them the chance to learn about transport in the past. We studied old methods of travel including cars, trains, ships and airplanes, and the visit to the Motor Museum helped to enhance their learning and gave them an exciting chance to ask lots of questions. “The Naughty Bus” story really captured the children’s imagination and provided them with the opportunity to produce some excellent story writing. We also studied maps in geography and learnt to identify a range of geographical features and sorted man-made and physical features. We learnt about the countries that made up the United Kingdom and identified their capital cities. The children produced lovely informative brochures of London.


This half term we will be exploring the question “Which birds and plants would Little Red Riding Hood find in Cock Robin Wood?” We will be visiting the local wood and studying living creatures, plants and trees. We will be learning to identify a variety of trees and plants, and exploring what they need to stay alive, how they grow, and investigating their features and habits. The children will reproduce plant and animal life cycles and they will grow their own plants. We hope to be working outside if the weather permits!


English lessons this half term will begin with work based on traditional stories. The children will be reading and verbally re-telling a range of traditional stories and re-writing a story in their own words. The following English topic will be non-fiction writing linked to our science work on living plants, which will include the writing of captions and flow-charts.


In maths, the children will be revising measures and we will be introducing capacity. They will be practising number patterns, halves and doubles and number bonds, so that they have instant recall of these important number facts. They will continue to develop their mathematical thinking by using an investigative approach to explore number. The children will be encouraged to explain their methods verbally and make simple drawings to support their working out.


We are also planning an art project to mark the school’s fiftieth birthday and we are looking forward to our World Cup workshops.


P.E. this term will be on Mondays and Tuesdays




Summer Term 1 2018

'Where do or did the wheels on the bus go?'


Last half term the children really enjoyed working on the question “What do Aliens think of life on planet Earth?” This gave them the chance to investigate materials and their properties. We also learnt about the solar system and produced non-fiction writing about planets. The story of “The Baboon on the Moon” gave us a range of opportunities for writing.


This half term we will be exploring the question “Where do, or did the wheels on the bus go?” We will be studying transport in the past. The children will have opportunities to learn about all types of transport including trains, buses, ships, bicycles and cars. We will be sorting past and present types of transport and placing transport methods on a timeline e.g. from horse and carriage to a car. We are very excited about our visit to the transport museum at Gaydon to experience at first hand the history of transport.


As part of the geography curriculum, we will be studying the countries which make up the United Kingdom. The children will identify and name the capital cities and learn some key facts about the countries. We will be creating basic maps and becoming familiar with human and physical geographical features.


In our English lessons, we will be writing a range of compositions including recounts of our trip, stories and non-fiction writing about London and the British Isles. We will be using the range of punctuation we have been learning about throughout the year and continue to working on developing a joined script. The children will be reading a range of texts including poetry, non-fiction and narrative texts. We will be concentrating on using expression in our reading and building comprehension skills further.


In maths, the children will continue to develop their mathematical thinking by using an investigative approach to explore number and place value. The children will be encouraged to make simple drawings to support their working out and to use a variety of apparatus. We will be comparing and ordering weights and reading a simple scale. They will be carrying out number calculations using all four operations and solving one step word problems.


P.E this term will be on Mondays and Tuesdays.




Spring Term 2 2018

'What do aliens think of life on planet Earth?'


Last half term the children really loved leaning about deserts and the Polar Regions. They enjoyed the map work and were especially keen to learn about the animals that lived in these areas. They worked hard on the class assembly and everyone had fun performing in front of the parents and grandparents.


This half term within the theme “What do Aliens think of life on planet Earth?” we will be studying materials. We will be naming common materials, describing their properties and learning about their suitability to be used for various objects. We hope to carry out some scientific investigations based on materials and to find a local construction worker to invite into the classroom to tell us about the materials used for building.


English this half term will begin with creating questions to ask a visiting alien. The children will be learning to spell familiar words and use basic punctuation within the context of recounts and stories.


In Maths we will be counting to at least 100, forwards and backwards and counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10. We will continue to practise and use number bonds to 10 and 20. The children will be introduced to fractions (halves and quarters) of shapes and amounts. This will lead to work on division. The children will learn about the concept of division through sharing. They will solve simple division and multiplication problems by using a range of apparatus and creating their own pictorial representations.


P.E. this half-term will be on Mondays and Wednesdays.






Spring Term 1 - 2018

'Can Meerkats live in the North Pole?'


We had a very successful autumn term learning about toys from the past and the children especially enjoyed making their own toys in DT.


This half term’s work will pose the question “Can meerkats live in the North Pole?” The work will be based on the book “Meerkat Mail” in the which Sunny the meerkat embarks on his travels. We will be learning about hot deserts and Polar Regions.

In our Maths lessons we will be learning to recognise odd and even numbers and ordinal numbers (first, second, third etc.) We will also be introducing the concept of place value with tens and ones, and recognising the value of each number in a two digit number. We will also continue to carry out number operations.


English work will cover a wide range of different writing styles including stories, letter and postcard writing and non-fiction writing. The children will also be taking part in their own research using books and the internet.

The Year 1 pupils are now becoming more confident readers and are beginning to use their phonic skills to decode new words. They have been developing comprehension skills and building their fluency.


We shall incorporate the science topic into the project, as we will be exploring how animals adapt to their environments. We will be identifying a range of animals that live in polar and hot desert regions and making comparisons between the temperatures, weather and landscapes.


Our DT topic will be linked to science. We will be learning about the importance of healthy eating and designing a healthy snack for an explorer.


In Art we will be looking at the work of famous artists and discussing the way they use colour. We will be learning how to mix colours and make tints and tones.


PE this half-term will be on Mondays and Wednesdays.






Autumn Term 2 - 2017

'Are our toys more fun than the toys that Grandma and Grandad played with?'


We hope that everybody enjoyed the half term holiday. If you were lucky enough to have had visits out and about it would be great if you could write an article for the Bawnmore Bugle.


The children have now settled into the routines of Year 1. It can be quite a change from Reception but the children are now coming into school confidently. They enjoyed their first ‘Learning Challenge’, which was a science theme comparing humans with animals. They especially liked the visit from Zoolab.


For the second half of the Autumn term the main unit of work for English is based on stories with familiar settings. We will be turning a corner of the classroom into a role play-area where the children can recreate familiar stories and continue to practise storytelling techniques. We will be working to improve reading by developing comprehension skills.


In maths we will be learning to use a range of equipment and apparatus to represent numbers and carry out simple number operations. We will be applying our knowledge of number to a range of situations. The children will continue to develop their mathematical thinking by using an investigative approach to explore number.


We have just begun our history based ‘learning challenge’ looking at toys from the past. The children will have opportunities to handle artefacts and compare toys from the past with the toys they play with now. We will be sorting and discussing the features of toys from the past and present and creating a toy museum in our classroom which we hope you will visit.


We will also be naming materials and exploring their properties. We will be considering why materials are chosen for their purpose and carrying out investigations. We will compare the different materials used in old and new toys.


In our design and technology sessions we will be exploring simple toys, and the children will have the chance of designing and making a very simple toy, just in time for Christmas!




Autumn Term 1 - 2017

'Why are humans not like tigers?'

Welcome back to the new school year.


The children have settled well and are becoming familiar with the routines and rising to the challenge of the Year 1 expectations.

Our learning challenge this term is a science based topic based on animals. The children will be sorting living and non-living and considering the features that constitute a living being. They will be learning about the features and habitats of common living creatures including humans. We are planning to introduce the children to a few more unusual animals when ‘Zoo Lab’ visit school.


English learning will include non-fiction writing and reading and writing stories based in familiar settings. We will be developing oracy skills through role-play and Philosophy for Children. In writing, we will be encouraging the children to use a capital letter and full stop in their sentences and leave clear spaces between words. The children will continue to build their knowledge of phonics, concentrating on different spellings of the same sounds and spellings that can represent alternative sounds.


Our Maths learning will include ordering and writing numbers and completing number operations using addition, subtraction and equals signs. We will be exploring mathematical language and making pictorial representations of number problems. The children will be practising number patterns of 2 and will be continuing to identify 3D and 2D shapes and learning to use the language of position, direction and movement.


P.E. this half-term will be on Monday and Thursday.


















Shared Learning - Autumn 1 -2016