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Termly Learning Focus


Dear Parents and Carers,

We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of your children. We cannot believe how quickly the first half term has gone, but we are already excited about the next term ahead. Here is an outline of what your child is learning about in the second half of the Autumn term in Year 1:

We will be learning many new things: In Literacy, we are beginning with writing our own list poem based on firework night. Later in the term, we will be going on a local woodland walk where we will be building mini dens for woodland creatures, collecting items of nature, minibeast and colour hunting and finally drinking hot chocolates. This experience will inspire writing a recount explaining everything we did. In Maths, we are continuing to develop our addition and subtraction skills within numbers to 10. We will be exploring 3D and 2D shapes, before revisiting and enhancing our understanding of number within numbers up to 20.

Across the rest of the curriculum, we are growing our learning in:



Art & Design




Plants (continued) Seasonal changes (Autumn) & Animals including humans

Geography: The United Kingdom (continued)

History: Christopher Columbus

In the Jungle

Creating Media – Digital Painting

Rhythm in the way we walk

Songs: voice


Christmas Songs: voice

Inside: Pilates



Fundamental Skills (jumping and skipping)

In addition, we will be visiting the Castle Theatre to watch this year’s pantomime, Sleeping Beauty and also St. Barnabas Church. More details will follow later in the term.

How can you help your child at home? This term, we would like you to identify and name the different trees. Can you spot any of these trees? (Oak tree, Silver Birch tree, Rowan tree, Spruce tree, Weeping Willow tree and Horse Chestnut tree.) What others trees can you find? Are they evergreen or deciduous?

Daily reading at home remains an important part of your child’s learning and is essential if your child is to progress across the curriculum. Reading journals must be in school every day so adults can use them to record when they read with the children and celebrate the children’s reading at home.

At the end of last term, we visited the school library and your child borrowed a library book. Every Monday afternoon, your child will visit the library so they have the opportunity to return their library book and select a new one to enjoy and share with you. Please ensure your child brings their library book back to school on a Monday so they are able to return it and borrow a new book for the week ahead.

Homework engagement will continue to be checked every Friday by an adult in their class. Homework this term will be Spelling Shed and Numbots where children should play a minimum of 3 games a week and Reading, practising 3 times a week. Your child’s login details can be located on the ‘My Login Details are’ page at the front of their reading journal.

P.E will continue to take place on a Thursday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor) afternoon this term for both classes. Children will need to wear their P.E kits to school on these days rather than school uniform. Please note these days may change but you will be given notice. PE kits consists of a pair of trainers/plimsolls, a white t-shirt, dark coloured shorts/jogging bottoms and a jumper. Children with long hair will be expected to tie it up for PE due to health and safety reasons and children with earrings should ensure that they are removed on PE days.

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If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask. 

Miss Mitchell and Mrs Coleman