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Year 1

Welcome to the Autumn Term 2021!

What a wonderful term the Year 1 children are having! Not only have they settled into their new classes, but they are learning so many different things now that they are in Year 1, including lots of vocabulary (we are working hard on this throughout school).  It is great to see them starting to use it in their sentence writing.  We have recently started our second Power of Reading class book – Rapunzel. She had left lots of her long, long hair in our classrooms, and as we followed it, inside and outside, we eventually came to a wrapped up copy of the story, illustrated in black, yellow and grey.  We have started painting our own pictures from the story in the same style – they look amazing!  Last half term we read ‘Egg Box Dragon’ and designed and made our own dragon models.  We also made story maps and wrote letters to the Egg Box Dragon, as our class dragons went missing!  Thankfully, Egg Box Dragon helped us to find them.  We also wrote invitations to a ball, which we held in the last week of the half term.  We carefully chopped vegetables and made sandwiches, which we then enjoyed at the ball.

We are learning so much more about numbers, exploring number bonds to 10 and using part, part whole models to help us add.  Recently we have been learning about number bonds and how to work them out systematically.  We really enjoyed finding out about ordinal numbers.  We had lots of races to see whose car/aeroplane came 1st, 2nd or 3rd.  In phonics we are building our knowledge of digraphs and trigraphs and this is helping us to read and write quicker.  It’s very exciting!  Please keep sharing books with your children and making time for them to look at their green dot reading book – just a few minutes each day.  Our expectation is that children will share a book 5 times a week at home and that this is then recorded in their Reading Diary.

We have been learning about some celebrations, including Diwali, Bonfire Night and Remembrance Day.  The children loved making Rangoli patterns and, creating firework pictures and finding out more about why we wear poppies and have 2 minutes of silence on the 11th day of the 11th month. The next thing we will be doing is practising our Nativity performance – alongside Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, there will be angels, donkeys, wise men and many other characters taking centre stage in our Year 1 performance of the Christmas story.  We are sure that you will love it!