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Koalas - Year 1



Our learning this half term is based around the topic 'Over and Under the Ocean'. 



In English we will start with the book At the Beach, Postcards from Crabby Spit and then write our own postcard. Later on we shall read Dougal's Deep-Sea Diary and use this to write our own diary entry before using Poems about the seaside to inspire us to write our own seaside poem.



This half term we will be learning about time, fractions, and shape.  We will learn different strategies to help us with multiplication and division calculations.   We will apply our learning in problem solving lessons. 






In Science we will learn about Animals including Humans.  We will be learning how to identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles birds and mammals sort and group different animals based on the type of animals they are, and whether they are a carnivore, herbivore or omnivore.  We will also be finding out about animal lifecycles by observing caterpillars and butterflies in the classroom. 



In History  we will be learning about Grace Darling who was a lighthouse keepers daughter.  She risked her life to rescue people from a shipwreck.   The children will be designing, making and evaluating their own lighthouse in Design Technology.  In music we will be following the Charanga Music Scheme. The children will learn to sing different styles of music and discuss how it makes them feel. Our Computing skills will be used throughout the half term in many of our other subjects, and we will also be learning how to programme Beebots.  Our RHSE theme this half term is Changing Me.  The children will be talking about how peoples life changes when they get older and discussing their feelings about moving classes. In RE we will be focusing on the topic of Believing.  We will encourage the children to talk about their own beliefs.



We are going Pond Dipping at Vicar Water on Friday 18th June weather permitting.  Children can come in their school uniform with trainers and they will need weather appropriate clothing (coat/sunhat) 




We have P.E. on  Monday (Sports) and Wednesday (Games).  The Sport will focus on practicing our skills ready for our class sports afternoon.   In Games, they will focus on striking and fielding as they learn to play rounders. Children will need to come to school in their PE kit on these days.  Children will need a white or green round neck t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls or trainers.  They can also come in joggers.  Long hair will need to be tied back.  If possible, earrings should be taken out.  If this is not possible, they should be covered with plasters or micro-pore tape.




Homework will be posted on Seesaw every Friday.  This may sometimes a link to an activity on Education City or similar.  The children need to complete this by the following Wednesday and they will receive a stamp on their Bear Hunt Sheet for all completed homework.



We expect children to read every night at home, and this to be recorded in the children's reading diary.  Children will get stickers in their diary when they have reached 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 175 and 200 nights worth of reading, along with a small reward.  The number of reads your child has achieved will also be recorded on a chart which will be displayed in the classroom window. 



Planting sunflowers

Christmas Party

Father Christmas

Glow in the dark Dodgeball!

Remembrance Day Poppy Painting

Welcome to Koala Class!

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Happy Harvest!

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Parents Grid Summer 1