Half Term 2

Well done to all of the children, they have settled into Year One really well and have been working really hard. They were really excited to join in with the story of ‘The Big Bad Bogey’ and wrote about his adventures. We have also been doing lots of learning about the 100 year anniversary of World War One, drawing poppies for our art display and competition. The children worked exceptionally hard writing World War One poems – well done to Mason who won runner up in the competition!


This half term we will continue learning about sentence structures and using our pictorial targets to help us to write them. We will be exploring non fiction and creating fact sheets about dinosaurs using ‘Book Creator’ on the ipads. We will also be writing our own dinosaur adventure stories and performing them using ‘Green Screen’. We will finish the term by writing some festive poems.

The children will be learning to spell common exception words and learning to use the sounds they need in their writing.

Please remember to continue using Reading Eggs at home and to read regularly and learn your spellings.

Reading books will be changed twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays. We will also send home Reading For Enjoyment books every Friday. It is important that children learn to re-read books to build fluency and good expression – well done to everyone who has been reading at home.

Reading Morning takes place on a Wednesday morning from 8.50-9.20am. This is an opportunity for parents and carers to join us in our shared read, please feel free to come along.


Here are the objectives for the next half term:
Revise bonds to 5, 6 and 10; find pairs which make 7; use addition facts for 5, 6 and 10 to solve subtractions; use number facts for 5, 6 and 10 to solve word problems
Describe position and direction using common words (including half turns); compare lengths and heights; estimate, compare and measure lengths using uniform non-standard and standard units
Add 1, 2 and 3 by counting on; subtract 1, 2, 3 or more by counting back; begin to add three small numbers by spotting bonds to 10 or doubles (1-6)
Compare and order numbers to 20; recognise coins and know values (up to £2); begin to make amounts in pence; understand teen numbers are 10 and some 1s





Here are our objectives for Types of Animals:

In this unit children will observe and recognise some simple characteristics of animals. They will learn that animals are similar to each other in some ways and different in other ways. They will begin to start grouping animals by the key features of their appearance.

This unit provides an opportunity for children to complete an offsite visit to a local zoo, farm or aquarium where they can experience live animals first hand. This needs to be arranged in advance of starting the unit and would be ideally placed in the mid-point of the unit after children have had some experience of identifying characteristics of animals. This is an enhancement opportunity and the unit can be completed successfully without a visit but children should have the opportunity to explore and observe animals at first hand in their school grounds.

They will work towards creating a plan of a zoo environment incorporating different types of animals in their design.

Working scientifically, children will have the opportunity of observing and classifying animals in the local environment and beyond. They will classify animals that are mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians or fish using simple observable features. They will record data, with help, in charts and tables and use these to answer questions.


We have also started to learn about seasons and have been investigating Autumn:

In this unit children will learn that there are four seasons, the names for these seasons and that there are differences between them. They will identify and design weather symbols for the different types of weather they are likely to experience across the seasons.

Working scientifically, children will make observations and measurements over time throughout the seasons including day length, temperature, rain/snow fall, wind strength, cloud conditions and the accompanying changes to plants and animals in their local environment. They will describe and record their findings and compare them across the seasons.





Our topic is Amazing Animals. We will be learning about where in the world animals live and where dinosaur fossils were discovered. We will learn about the passing of time and when dinosaurs roamed Earth. We will be learning to draw animals in various styles and using a variety of media. We will be learning about Mary Anning and David Attenborough. We will be using clay to make a model of a dinosaur.


Our learning this term is about answering the questions: Who are Christians and what do they believe?


Using Book Creator App to create dinosaur fact sheets.

Developing our performance skills using green screen.

Developing key skills such as logging in and out of reading eggs.

Learning about E-Safety and using online websites as well as programming using the Daisy Dino app.

Using graphics and text to support our work about dinosaurs.



This half term we will be learning to develop our dance skills including performing and evaluating basic routines and will be developing our gymnastic skills. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school  everyday, with each item labelled with their name.


Our theme for this half term is Celebrating Difference. We will discuss similarities and differences between ourselves and what makes a good friend.


We use songs on  regular basis to help us when learning Maths and grammar concepts. Ask your child to sing some for you!

We will be practising songs for our Christmas performance.



We received some fantastic homework last half term – well done and keep up the good work! Homework will be issued on Fridays and must be returned by the following Wednesday.

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