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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Our topic this half term is Brain Wave, we'll be learning how we can make connections across different subjects and activities, exploring this in the context of a jigsaw puzzle. We will also be exploring the 8 personal goals and how they can help us to become better learners.

We will also be learning how knowledge and skills work in partnership with each other to build our understanding of the world around us. Finally, we will be looking at different parts of the brain and how to wake up our brain and look after it.



In English Our class books will be ‘The Story Machine’ by Tom McLaughlin, ‘Ada Twist Scientist’ by Andrea Beaty and ‘If all the world were’ by Francis Lincoln. We will be exploring the use of capital letters at the start of our sentences and full stops at the end.  We will also be using our texts to explore a range of questions and to help us answers about questions posed to us. Finally, we will sequence events from our books to help us re tell the stories.



In maths we will start our topic exploring place value to 20, learning how to sort and count numbers and objects. We will also be looking at how to count forwards and within numbers to 20 and recognising one more and one less. We will move onto looking at how to recognise numbers as words and comparing groups of objects and numbers by using vocabulary such as greater than, less than and equal to.



In science we will be looking at the things we can do to make new connections or strengthen the existing connections within our brain.



Homework will be sent out on Friday to be returned to school each Wednesday for marking.  The ‘menu’ type homework allows children to choose which homework they would like to do each week based on what subjects interests them the most.  Please date the menu to show which homework has been completed each week.


Reading Records are to be in school every day whether your child has read or not, this is so we can record any comments that we may have during Guided Reading sessions. Reading books may be changed daily if the Reading Records have been signed by an adult to show a book has been read. All Reading Records are checked on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to ensure that children are reading regularly at home.  Online books can also be accessed on 'Collins E Books’ through the Active Learn website.

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