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Summer 1 2022

Are we nearly there yet?


Last half term the children made excellent progress, and we are seeing some fantastic independent work. We had fun learning about Beegu the alien and introducing her to life on Planet Earth. We also loved getting out in the sunshine and enjoying our outdoor classroom!  


This half term we will be exploring the question “Are we nearly there yet?” We will be studying transport in the past and having 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 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. We will be re-telling and reinventing stories and will be using our non-fiction writing skills to create posters about the United Kingdom. We will be using the range of punctuation we have been learning about throughout the year and we will continue 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 and two-step problems within multiplication, division and fractions. We will be using a range of pictures and representations, as well as getting outside to use our concrete resources!  


Our PE lessons will continue to be on Monday and Tuesday, so please ensure that your child comes to school wearing their PE uniform.  




Spring 2 2022

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


We had a very successful half term learning about hot and cold places, and how animals adapt to different climates. The children especially loved freeing arctic animals who were trapped in ice!

The pupils are improving their fluency within reading and becoming increasingly confident in developing comprehension skills. We have had fantastic discussions surrounding books and the children are able to put themselves into a character’s shoes. This term, we will be continuing with ‘Floppy’s Phonics’, consolidating previous sounds, and focussing on split digraphs.


This half term’s topic will pose the question “What do aliens think of life on Planet Earth?” The work will based on the book ‘Beegu’ in which Beegu the alien crash lands on Earth and has to adapt to her new environment. We will use supporting texts to encourage discussion and comparison.


Our Maths lessons,will focus on measurement, specifically length, height, weight and volume. The children will be given opportunities to practise these skills practically, with lots of fun activities and hands-on experiences.


In English, we will cover a variety of different text types, including narratives, free-verse poetry, instructions and information texts. The children will also be adding their Spring Collection to their Anthology of Seasonal Poetry.


In Science, we will be investigating and observing common plants, identifying a range of different materials and their properties, and making comparisons between the seasons. We will finish the term with a DT project in which the children will make a healthy meal using their new knowledge of plants!


Our Art lessons this term will be spent looking at the work of a variety of artists, such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Dennis Wojtkiewicz. We will be using a combination of media and sketches to create a still-life art project.


Our P.E days this term will continue to be Mondays and Tuesdays. Please ensure that children come in wearing an appropriate and warm PE uniform and earrings are removed on these days.


Please remember to hand in your child’s Shared Learning book each Monday, to be marked and celebrated in school, or on the Monday before the half term.




Spring 1 2022

'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 the Warwickshire Heritage Toy Workshop and making their own sock puppets.


The children are now becoming more confident readers and are more adept at using their phonic skills to decode new words. They have been developing comprehension skills and building their fluency.  This term, we will be starting ‘Floppy’s Phonics’ Level 5, learning alternative graphemes for sounds we already know as well as split digraphs.


This half term’s topic 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 consolidating the concept of place value with tens and ones and recognising the value of each digit in a two digit number to 50.


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


In science, 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, designers and crafts people and discussing the way they use colour and different techniques for printing and collage. 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 Mondays and Tuesdays. Please ensure that children come in wearing an appropriate and warm school PE uniform and earrings are removed on these days.


Thank you as always for your ongoing support.







Autumn 2 2021

'What can we find in the toy box?'


We hope that everyone enjoyed the half term holiday. If you  had any 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 highlights of the term were the ‘Animal Encounter' and  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 and on Purple Mash. 


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 alongside the toys they 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 called ‘Traction Man is Here!’ 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 days will continue to be on Mondays and Tuesdays.  





Autumn Term 1 2021

'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. 


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 half term is a science based topic focusing on animals. The children will be sorting animals and looking for similarities and differences.  


English learning will include reading and writing stories based in familiar settings, as well as some information text writing. We will be working on 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. 


Home readers will need to be handed in on Mondays and will be given back out by Wednesday each week. We ask that parents please record the date and title of the book each week, when writing a comment in the reading diary. 



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