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Year 1

Autumn Term - Literacy

This term we have absolutely loved our class text 'Out and About: A First Book of Poems' by Shirley Hughes. We have enjoyed so many poems from this book, looking at all the different seasons but with a particular focus on autumn. The poem 'wind' was one of our favourites - we considered what we like or dislike about the wind, enjoyed dancing to some music related to the wind and enjoyed lots of the lovely language within this poem. We wrote our own poems using the theme of autumn and really thought carefully about our senses when composing our poems. 

Autumn Term - Maths

We started this term by focussing on numbers to 20. We worked hard on our careful counting and looked at how we could represent groups of objects in different ways. We drew pictures and used different resources (such as Numicon, counters and cubes) to show amounts of objects. Next, we practised our number formation. We learnt some funny rhymes to help us remember the correct formations and tried hard to keep our numbers neat! We enjoyed playing different games to practise counting forwards and backwards and to find one more/one less than a number to 20. We even started to compare numbers using the greater than/less than signs! 


During our first half-term, we have also explored 2D and 3D shapes. We have been working hard to recognise, name and begin to describe the shapes. We finished our first half-term with a week of financial literacy. We thought about what money is, why we need it and how it can be earned. We concentrated on recognising and understanding the value of different coins. 


Finally, we have also been using our maths skills to do some super problem solving!

Autumn Term - Science

We have been lucky enough to enjoy two units of science this term - seasons and plants. During our learning all about the 4 different seasons, we considered our own birthday and thought about what the weather is usually like and what season it is in. We learned about the changes to trees and the leaves and thought carefully about the weather. We enjoyed being scientists, observing the weather on a daily basis. Plants was a really fun topic - we learned about the main parts of a plant and the difference between wild plants and garden plants. We loved spending time in our own school garden, identifying some of the plants in there. 


Autumn Term - Other

We had a fantastic time during our outdoor learning afternoons in Year 1! We were resilient and worked together to build twig towers, bug homes and complete scavenger hunts. We have been developing our dance skills in our indoor PE sessions and have been practising some of the fundamental movement skills during our outdoor PE lessons. We explored colour mixing during our art lessons and made some fabulous moving pictures during D&T.