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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 'Around the world in 80 days'.  We will have a visit from a theatre company where we will learn about the dramatic events surrounding the Great Fire of London.



In English we will read Katie in London and follow a girl called Katie as she has an amazing adventure led by an unusual tour guide! We will think about where we would visit in London on our own adventure and write a postcard home. We will then read Vlad and the great fire of London, a story written from the point of view of Vlad the flea, living on his rat friend Boxton! We will use this to help us to write a Fact Sheet about the Great Fire of London. We will then move around the world to China.  We will learn about how Chinese New Year is celebrated, and we will take part in a Chinses dance workshop. We will write a recount of our amazing dancing experience. 



This half term we will be counting, reading and writing numbers to 50.  We will learn different strategies to help us use these in addition and subtraction number sentences to 20. We will also learn about Time, Fractions and Length and mass.






In Science we will identify, name and describe the properties of a variety of everyday materials including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock.  We will then use these skills to investigate which material would make keep an egg safe as it travelled down a ramp.



In Geography we will focus on London and China and to understand geographical similarities and differences in two contrasting areas.  We will also learn to name, locate and identify characteristics of the four countries and capitals of the United Kingdom. use basic geographical skills to refer to key physical features and key human features.  Our History focus will be The Great Fire of London.  We will focus on Chinese Art in Art and Design.  In Music we will be following the Charanga Music Scheme - Rhythm in the way we walk and The Banana Rap.  Our Computing skills will be used throughout the half term in many of our other subjects, and we will also be learning about coding. In RE we will be looking at symbols and to understand the day to day lives and practices of various religions. Our Jigsaw theme this half term is 'Dreams and Goals' and we will be talking about the British Value of Rule of Law and what that means. 






We have P.E. on Wednesday and Friday.  The children will be learning to master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching as they take part in various games and taking part in Gymnastics.  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.




Chocolate Day!

We wore yellow for Mental Health Awareness Week

We wore yellow for Mental Health Awareness Week 1

Teddy Bears Picnic

Teddy Bears Picnic 1

Parents Grid Spring 1