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Year 1

Welcome Back!

We hope you had a lovely half term. Welcome back to Autumn Term 2.

This term we are learning lots about our local area in geography, how it compares to the past in history and looking at our world through the eyes of the alien Beegu in English! We hope the children enjoy the adventures we have planned through their learning!

English and Reading
This half term, our core book is ‘Beegu’ by Alexis Deacon, a fabulously illustrated book, all about an alien coming to earth and not understanding his surroundings or being understood!
The children have begun the term looking at the classroom in tatters, destroyed by an alien spaceship during half term! They have made predictions about the book based on the evidence we have investigated.
During the term, the children will focus on exploring the character Beegu, firstly by describing his appearance then by describing his feelings. We will move onto writing diary entries.
In English, there will be a great deal of focus on communication, speaking and listening which will lead into phonetically plausible captions and meaningful sentence writing. The children will also take part in daily phonics sessions which revise and teach the sounds you hear in words, and to read and spell common exception words to support reading and spelling.
We will be leading up to creating a video all about our school and local area – celebrating all the things we love about school and living in our community.

Maths
This term we will be focusing on addition, subtraction and problem solving, we will learn about place value for numbers up to 20, applying all our skills and knowledge from last autumn 1. Children will review and consolidate their skills of counting on and back, comparing amounts, and exploring addition and subtraction through identifying part and whole numbers. Children will learn to work systematically to combine parts to make a whole, and find missing parts by partitioning numbers and subtracting from the whole. There will be a greater focus on using the correct mathematical vocabulary and consolidation of basic skills to enable depth of learning and mastery of key mathematical concepts.

Science
In science we will be exploring the topic of Living Things. We will work in identifying living and non-living things by exploring what living things have in common. We will compare the difference between household pets and wild animals, looking closely at features of animals including body-parts which can help us to classify animals in the animal kingdom.

Geography/History
In geography we will explore the local area around our school, and explore features of a town and the city we live in. We will learn simple mapping skills also.
In history we will be looking at images of Croydon in the past and present, exploring chronology and beginning to create timelines. We will be asking questions exploring a variety of sources of information to seek answers.

Art/Design Technology
In Art we will be making observational drawings of flats and buildings, comparing paintings of buildings and creating textured cardboard canvases of buildings on colour washed backgrounds to represent our city.

PE
We will continue to have two PE sessions each week, consisting of an indoor and an outdoor session each week. Indoor PE is to take place on Monday mornings with a specialist PE Coach for Gymnastics.  Weather permitting, outdoor PE will take place on Wednesday afternoons. We will continue to focus on effectively following rules and working collaboratively through team games.

Useful Information

PE Kit
Children will have PE every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name. PE Kits should consist of a white T-shirt and Black shorts/jogging bottoms and black trainers or plimsolls. 

Reading Records and Passports
Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary, books and reading passport. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in EVERY DAY the same as the reading passport. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box.

Water Bottles/Clothing
Please continue to bring in named water bottle for your child, as our fountains are still out of use.
Please also ensure that all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled.

Homework/Spellings/Arithmetic
Homework is to be taken home each Friday, and returned the following Monday.

Diary Dates

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November – Parent consultations

Friday 4th December 2020 – INSET day-school closed to children

Friday 18th December 2020 – Last day of  autumn term

Monday 4th January 2021- First day of spring term