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Autumn 2 Term 2019 for Year 1

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletter – Autumn 2 2019


Welcome back after the half term break.  We hope you have had an enjoyable time with your families and are ready for the next half term.  This is an exciting half term with lots to learn.  The children will continue to try their very best including following the school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty.  They will also continue to earn dojo points.  Staffing in Year 1 is Mrs May (Class Teacher), Mrs Haji (Teaching Assistant), Miss Hussain, Mrs Matadar, Mrs Saleem and Mrs Solkar (Special Support Assistants).  Your child's homework grid will be given at the start of the half term and glued into their homework book.  Please encourage your child to complete the reading, spelling, times tables and topic homework. Homework is given out on a Friday and is expected to be completed and returned no later than the following Wednesday.  It is important that your child learns to read their spellings before attempting to copy them in their spelling book.  It is also vital that they learn their vocabulary as this is linked to the book they will be reading the following week in class.  P.E this half term will take place on a Wednesday afternoon as we have a gymnastics coach coming in.  Please ensure that your child has their earrings removed or covered by plasters from home on this day. The correct PE uniform must also be worn: Yellow PE shirt, black PE shorts or jogging bottoms and black pumps. Our topic this half term is 'Fire! Fire!'.



In English, we will be looking at the story 'Zog' by Julia Donaldson and identifying the repeating pattern and rhyming words.  The children are working hard at making their writing make sense and we will  continue to develop this.   We will then explore poems including performing and writing them.  Please continue to practise reading with your child at home as much as possible and encourage them to use their phonic knowledge whenever writing or reading unfamiliar words.



We will begin by creating patterns with numbers, shapes and objects and identifying odd and even numbers.  Next we will be looking at fractions (part of a whole) including finding ½ and ¼ of objects, shapes and quantities. Then we will be measuring, recording, comparing and describing capacities and volumes.  Later into the half term we will be recognising the value of coins and notes and will be looking at using language relating to time and dates.  During all work there will be a range of practical resources to support and engage the children’s learning. We continue to practise our 2x, 5x and 10x times tables which all year 1 children should be able to recall confidently and would appreciate if you could practise these with your child as much as possible at home.



Our Science topic is ‘Seasons, Weather and Trees' and we will be going on a local walk on the 6th November to look for signs of autumn.  We will also identify different types of trees including deciduous and evergreen varieties.  Please support your child to learn the facts on the knowledge organiser - you can find a copy below and also in their homework book.  In addition to this, we will continue to reinforce our learning about animals and the groups they belong to from last half term.



As our topic is 'Fire! Fire!', we will start with locating London on the map and compare how it looks now to how it was in the past.  The children will be learning all about the Great Fire of London and will look at Samuel Pepys diary account of the event. The design and technology aspect of the topic is to create a moving picture of the fire using different mechanisms and materials.  



During PSHE, children will be learning about how to lead a healthy lifestyle.


If you have any concerns, there will be opportunities for informal chats at the end of the school day, but if you would like a more formal meeting with any of the year 1 team, please arrange a suitable time at the office.  


Important dates for your diary: 

Friday 15th November - Children in Need - pupils donate a pound to charity and can buy a cake for 20p.

Tuesday 19th November - Year 1 Phonics meeting in the library at 8.50 am

Tuesday 17th December - Panto at King George's Hall

Wednesday 18th December - Christmas Production


I hope your child has a brilliant half term.