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Welcome to Year 1 - Mr Ashton's Class 2020-21


Autumn 2020

During Autumn 2 the children have started their first Write Stuff unit in Year 1. We have looked at the story of Little Red Riding Hood and used the FANTASTIC symbols to use the familiar story and change it to create our own. We have looked at capital letters, full stops, finger spaces, adjectives and speech for characters. In Maths the children have looked at methods to work out addition and subtraction calculations. During history we have looked at old and new toys, which resulted in the children created their own future toy. In Science the children really enjoyed learning about animals and their characteristics. The children had a fantastic day at the classroom zoo and learnt lots of new information about carnivores, herbivores, mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles. We have continued our SEAL time to make sure the children have social and emotional support. 

Year 1 have had a book focus during each week of the first half term. These varieties of books have been crucial to our English lessons. We have looked at popular texts such as The Gruffalo, Zog, Whatever Next and Harry and the Dinosaurs. We have also looked at Non-Fiction texts related to Autumn and Space.

During our English lessons we have become more independent and are working in bigger groups. We have been focusing on finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. Towards the end of half term we also described our rockets using adjectives, wrote postcards to the moon and wrote lists when making potions. On top of all of this we have been retelling stories and increasing the quantity of our writing from Reception.

In Maths we have started our Singapore Maths learning. The children have been writing numbers to 20, ordering numbers from smallest to greatest, adding two numbers together using a number line and focusing on learning number bonds to 10.  

The children have really enjoyed their foundation topic lessons this half term. Science and Geography have linked together by looking at the weather and seasons. The children were very good at identifying the different seasons and how the weather changes. We also did some amazing experiments by making our own tornadoes and rain gauges. In R.E we have been learning about the celebration of Diwali. We have some fantastic drawers in Year 1 and they made Mehndi and Rangoli patterns to show how people celebrate Diwali.

Most of all, due to such a strange year it was important that we first of all focused on the children’s social and emotional well-being. We have done this by looking at PSHE stories, circle time, having social groups and generally looking after each other. The children have settled back into Year 1 well after a very strange year and we are focusing on becoming more independent as a class. They are enjoying the different topics that we have been learning about and are increasing the quantity of their work. As a class we have really enjoyed being back together as a class, supporting each other and getting back into our school routine.

Welcome back to school everybody! We are all very glad to be back. If you have any questions please feel free to ask via Dojo. For the first few weeks, we will be settling back into school and ensuring the children are feeling well socially and emotionally. Once the children are settled, we will then begin our Year 1 curriculum.

Here is a picture of your teacher and your new classroom! You can see the entrance, your pegs, the carpet area, the toilets and your playground for when you are in Year 1!

Year 1 Notice Board