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Spring Term 2 2019

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


We are looking forward to sharing some of our learning from the learning challenge “Why can’t a meerkat live at the North Pole” in our class assemblies: 1R on Tuesday 5th March and 1H on Wednesday 6th March at 9.05am.


We are beginning this half term by reading and listening to traditional stories and will be using the story “The Enormous Turnip” as our focus. We are looking forward to our 'World Book' dressing-up day on Thursday 7th March.


We will start working on our next learning challenge on March 11th and the question is “What do Aliens think of life on planet Earth?” 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 create some models from a range of materials.


Our English work will be based on a range of texts with an alien theme including 'But Martin' by June Counsel, 'You Choose in Space' by Nick Sharratt and Pippa Goodhart and 'Alien Tea on Planet Zum Zee' by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees. We will be continuing to focus on using phonics to read real and alien words and spelling the common exception words in our spelling steps.


As we get near to Easter we will be returning to our work about the seasons and we will hopefully be able to get out in the local area to look for signs of Spring.


In Maths we will be counting to 50 forwards and backwards, and exploring the place value of these numbers to help us read and write them. Towards the end of the term we will be learning to count in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s to enable us to begin to learn about early multiplication and division by counting in groups.


Our PE days will continue to be on Wednesday and Friday.





Spring Term 1 2019

'Why can't Meerkats live in the North Pole?'



This half term’s work will pose the question “ Why can’t meerkats live in the North Pole?” The work will be based on the book “Meerkat Mail” in which Sunny the meerkat embarks on his travels. We will compare the desert setting of Meerkat mail with the polar setting of the book "Lost and Found" in which a boy finds a penguin at his door. The children 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.


In our Maths lessons we will be learning to recognise odd and even numbers. 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 to 50. We will also continue to carry out number operations with numbers to 20, adding and subtracting one and two digit numbers.


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.


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. We shall investigate ice and carry out experiments recording what happens.


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 for weather pictures.


Our P.E days this term will be Wednesday and Friday. Please ensure that children have a named P.E shirt, shorts and pumps and that earrings are removed.



Autumn 2 2018

'What can you find in the toy box?


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


The children have now settled into the routines of Year 1. It can be quite a change from Reception to Year 1 but the children are now coming into school confidently. They enjoyed their first ‘Learning Challenge’, “Would you invite a tiger to tea?” They have found out lots of information about animals and the highlight of the term was the visit from Zoolab. We have enjoyed seeing all the super learning you have completed in the homework books.


For the second half of the Autumn term our learning challenge will be “What can we find in the toy box?” We will be investigating a range of toys from the past and the toys we play with now, looking at the way they work and the materials they are made from. On Monday 19th November we will be taking part in a toys and games workshop in the classroom run by Warwickshire Heritage Trust.


We will be using two stories as a focus for our reading and writing called 'Traction Man' by Mini Grey and 'Lost in the Toy Museum' by David Lucas.


As we get near to Christmas we will be designing and making some toys and puppets.


In maths we will be learning to identify and name common 2D and 3D shapes. This will involve sorting and making some shapes and building with them to experience their properties and help us to remember their names.


Later this half term we will be counting, reading and writing numbers to 20 helping to lay a firm foundation for our understanding of place value. As the term finishes we will be looking at different coins and their denominational value. We shall continue to learn our addition and subtraction facts for six.


Our PE days will continue to be on Thursdays and Fridays.














Autumn 1 2018

'Would you invite a tiger to tea?'



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 animals and looking for similarities and differences. We are planning to introduce the children to a few more unusual animals when ‘Zoo lab’ visit school on 1st October 2018.


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 vocabulary development. 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 identifying 3D and 2D shapes and learning to use the language to describe them.


Each week parents or carers are invited to come and learn alongside their children on Tuesday morning 8.40 until 8.55. We will have activities ready on the table for you to share together.


Home readers will need to be in on Monday and will be given back out by Wednesday.


P.E will be on a Thursday and Friday afternoon. Please make sure your children have a named P.E kit in school including pumps. If your child has earrings these will need to be removed before school on P.E days as they cannot participate with earrings in.