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Summer Term 2 2021

'What is living in the woods?'


Last half term the children really enjoyed working on the question “Are we nearly there yet?”  Highlights from the term included finding the Naughty Bus tracks in the classroom and the visit from some vintage cars and their owners.


This half term we will be exploring the question “What is living in the woods?”  We will be finding out about plants and animals which are native to our country.  We hope to make the most of our outdoor environment (whatever the weather!).  We will be planting a range of seeds and learning about the parts of plants and trees.


In our English lessons we will be exploring the story ‘Tidy’ by Emily Gravett.  We will be learning to recount the events of the story using time connectives (first, then, after that, finally).  We will then move on to write non-fiction texts about native animals and plants.  We will continue to do focused work on phonics, spelling and developing a joined handwriting script.


In maths, the children will be learning about fractions, and we will be doing further work on whole, half and quarter turns.  We are then moving on to explore time, money and capacity and solving problems.  We will be practicing our number facts up to 20 regularly to develop the children’s number fluency.


P.E will continue to take place on Tuesdays.






Summer Term 1 2021

'Are we nearly there yet?


Last half term the children made a good start getting back into the routines of school.  We had fun introducing an alien into the story of Goldilocks. We enjoyed experimenting with printing and collage in art using ideas from the illustrations in ‘Don’t Worry, Little Crab?’  Most of all we were able to spend time working and playing with our friends again.


This half term we will be exploring the question “Are we nearly there yet?” We will be studying transport in the past. We will get 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. The children will have a first-hand experience of exploring a modern car and we will learn about the history of transport via on-line museum experiences.


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, 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 continuing to work 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 solve one step problems involving addition and subtraction by calculating the answer using concrete objects and pictorial representations. We will be revising the place value of numbers to 50 and beyond.  Using the stories of ‘The Naughty Bus’ and ‘The Queen’s Handbag’ we will explore position, direction and movement, and use the vocabulary of a whole turn, half a turn and a quarter of a turn.


Our PE lessons will continue to be on Tuesdays.





Autumn Term 2 2020

'What can we find in the toy box?'


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 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 our ‘Tiger Tea Party’ to celebrate the end of the topic. 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 that children play with now, looking at the way they work and the materials they are made from. We will be using two stories as a focus for our reading and writing 'Traction Man' by Mini Grey and 'Lost in the Toy Museum' by David Lucas. We will also be enjoying a games morning in class, where the children will have the opportunity to experience toys old and new. As we get nearer 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 numbers up to 10.


Our PE day will continue to be on and Tuesdays.











Autumn Term 1 2020

'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 expectations of Year 1.


For the first couple of weeks we focused on the topic ‘How do I feel?’ We worked with the children through discussion, role-play and a range of activities and they were 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 called 'Would you invite a tiger to tea?' The children will be sorting animals and looking for similarities and differences.


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.


P.E will be every Tuesday afternoon. Please make sure your children come into school wearing their P.E kit. If your child has earrings these will need to be removed before school on P.E days.