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Spring Term 2 2020

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



Last half term the children really loved learning about deserts, especially the visit from Sunny the Meerkat, and the Polar Regions. They enjoyed the map work and were especially keen to learn about the animals that lived in these areas. They have been working hard on their class assemblies and we are looking forward to 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 and 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.  We will be exploring moving books and learning the skills needed to make simple moving mechanisms and sliders in order to create our own moving pictures. 


English this half term will begin with descriptive writing to consolidate our understanding of plurals and tenses (-ed and –ing endings). 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 practice and use number bonds to 10 and 20.  The children will be introduced to simple problems involving multiplication and division using concrete objects and pictures.  The children will also learn to compare and weigh a range of objects.


Towards to the end of the half term the children will be finding out about the change of season from winter to spring.  We hope to visit Cock Robin Wood in the last week of the half-term, to observe the changes we have discussed with the children.  Nearer the time we will be looking for some volunteers to help with this.


PE lessons remain on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Please ensure all children have appropriate named kit in school and that any jewellery (earrings, necklaces) are removed on these days.


Many thanks as always for your ongoing support.







Spring Term 1 2020

'Why can't 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 puppets or peg dolls.


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. 

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.


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


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 continue to be Monday and Tuesday. Please ensure that children have a named P.E shirt, shorts and pumps and earrings are removed on these days.


Thank you as always for your ongoing support.





Autumn Term 2 2019

'What can we 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 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 ‘Animal Encounters’. We have enjoyed seeing all the super learning you have completed in their 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 they 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 nearer to Christmas we will be designing and making our own 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 Mondays and Tuesdays.





Autumn Term 1 2019


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


For the first couple of weeks we will focus on the topic ‘How do I feel?’ We will be working with the children through discussion, role-play and a range of activities to be able to identify and talk about the different feelings we have and how this impacts on our learning.


Our learning challenge for the rest of 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 through a first-hand experience when some visitors come to school on Friday 11th October.


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 Wednesday 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 Monday and Tuesday 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.