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Koalas - Year 1

Welcome to Koalas!



Picture 1 Our class teacher is Mrs Booth.
Picture 2 Our class teaching assistant is Mrs Haining.



Our learning this half term is based around the topic Food, Glorious Food.  We will have a visit from a chocolate company and we will design, make and evaluate our very own chocolate bar!



In English we will start by reading the story Supertato, Run Veggies, Run and design a wanted poster to help recapture The Evil Pea.  We will then read lots of 'Tasty Poems' about food before planning and writing our own poem.  Following our visit from the chocolate company, we will watch the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to give us inspiration to write our own story about a chocolate factory.



  This half term we will be counting, reading and writing numbers to 10, and using these in addition and subtraction number sentences to 10.  We will talk about the names and properties of 2D shapes and go on to discuss recognising and recreating patterns.






In Science we will identify, name and label the basic parts of the human body, and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.  We will talk about what our body needs to stay healthy, and which foods can help us to do this.



In History we will be looking at the life of Mr Cadbury.  In Art we will be developing our pencil skills and use these to draw portraits.  We will design and make a chocolate bar in Design Technology.  In Music we will follow the Hey You! section  of the Charanga scheme where we will listen to and appraise HipHop music.  Our Computing skills will be used throughout the half term in many of our other subjects, and we will also be learning how to access and use the Paint Program. Our RE topic of Myself links with our Jigsaw theme this half term which is 'Being Me in my World' and we will talk about settling into Koala Class, and how we all belong and feel special and safe.  We will be talking about the British Value of Democracy and what that means, and put it into practice by voting for School Councillors, Eco Warriors and Playground Pals to represent Koala Class. 



We are at the allotment on Friday 27th September.




We have P.E. on Wednesday and Friday.  The children will be learning how to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination.  They will also perform dances using simple movements using the story of Handa's Surprise.  Children will need a white or green round neck t-shirt, shorts and plimsolls or trainers.  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 given out on Friday.  Children should bring it back by the following Wednesday.  They will get a sticker on their homework chart, and a stamp on their Bear Hunt sheet.



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.  Our Open Door day is Thursday.  We encourage parents and carers to come into school at 2.55 and share a library book with your child.




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