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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