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Year 1

Hello and welcome to Class 3 and 4!

The teachers in Year 1 are Miss Harrison (Class 3) and Mrs Baggley (Class 4).  We are also supported by Mrs Rowe, Mrs Heiden and Mr Sheffield. Mrs Gibson is our Teaching Assistant who supports both classes. Mrs Sanderson and Mrs Henson also support us. 

Here is some key information about Year 1: 

  • Our P.E. days are Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure that P.E. kits remain in school and are only taken home for the half-term holidays. Anyone with ears pierced will either need to take their earrings out for the lesson or cover these with plasters/micropore tape, which are provided for by their family.  

  • Our Guided Reading day is Monday. Please make sure that your child has their school reading book and reading diary in each day.  

  • To support your child with their reading, please read their school book with them at least 4 times per week and either write a comment or the book title in their Reading Diary. 

  • Please send your child with a labelled water bottle each day. 

Last half-term our topic was ‘Why does it matter where food comes from?’ In Geography, we enjoyed learning about where our milk comes from and finding out why Devon has so many dairy farms. We compared the human and physical geographical features of the Devon landscape and discovered more about the journey milk goes on to get from the farm to our shops. In English, we linked our topic by reading Oliver’s Milkshake by Vivian French. During these lessons, we learnt about bossy verbs, adjectives and using ‘and’ which we then applied to our writing to produce a milkshake recipe and our very own version of the story. 

In Maths our topics were multiplication and division. We learnt how to solve multiplication problems using arrays and how to apply our new skills to word problems. We also learnt how to divide numbers into equal groups. We developed our confidence in using a range of strategies to complete multiplication and division questions, as well as building our understanding of the 2s, 5s and 10s times tables. 

In Summer 2, we will continue to learn about the topic ‘Why does it matter where food comes from?’ In Geography, we will be looking at where our bananas come from and the importance of buying Fairtrade. We will be using Google Earth images to analyse the physical and human aspects of Costa Rica and discussing why their climate is suited to banana growing. We will be learning about the journey bananas go on, getting from the tree to our homes. In English, we will be creating shape poems about rainforest animals using adjectives. We will then be reading The Umbrella by Jan Brett to inspire our poems. In Maths, we will be learning about fractions, money and time. We will be improving our knowledge of place value to 100, ordering numbers and spotting patterns. 

If you ever want to find out more about what we are learning across the curriculum, you can view all the details on the curriculum overview documents.  

Dates for your diary: 

6th June – Phonics Screening Week 

1st July – INSET Day 

6th July – KS1 Sports Day (am) 

21st July – Summer Fair 

27th July – Last day of term 

As always, if you have any questions please send us a message via Seesaw or come and see us.  

Many thanks,  

Miss Harrison, Mrs Baggley, Mrs Heiden & Mrs Rowe