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Year 1

This term starts with the whole school topic…

 Year 1 Summer 2018 Letter

 Living Planet

Our whole school topic this term is Living Planet. Dolphin class are going to start by looking at how we stay healthy, then following those same ideas to think about how the planet stays healthy and what we can do to help that. Working to make Woolacombe a practice free school as well as focusing on reduce, reuse and recycle. In class we have a recycling centre role play for the children to sort different materials and then build their own junk modelling art projects. In the middle of term we will also have a Garden centre role play, where the children have asked to plant seeds, make flowers for a flower show, taste different vegetables and have a till with money.




To start the term we will be creating posters all about how we can stay Healthy. The children are going to learn about different foods, and how a balanced diet can make sure that your body has all the energy and nutrients that it needs. We are going to follow the metaphor of staying healthy but this time we will look at Woolacombe thinking of what we can do to make it more sustainable. All the children’s fantastic ideas will go into their own letters that we will send to our local MP. At the end of the term the class will be doing a Talk for Writing sequence focused around the book “I can save the Earth”. During this term we aim to consolidate our writing skills of using capital letters, full stops and phonetic spelling while challenging the children’s word choice and extended story writing.


This term we are focusing our Maths lessons around simple Maths facts, such as number bonds of 10, counting forwards and backwards from a number and counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. By doing this the class will have a really strong foundation for when we move onto addition, subtraction and place value. In our Maths lessons the class will also be encouraged to use any resources to support their learning, and we aim to move from using physical materials towards recording numbers and symbols in our books.




This year we will be looking at a number of scientific topics and within each of these look at scientific enquiry and thinking like a scientist.

The children will be looking at the human body and how to keep ourselves fit, healthy and happy. The class are then going to continue this strand but look at how we can keep Woolacombe healthy and what changes we can make to support that. As Spring is in full swing, we will also be taking part in lots of planting and growing.



The children will be taking part in a range of PE activities this term, starting with Kwik Cricket and Handball on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school, including: well-fitting trainers, black shorts, black or navy tracksuit trousers, a spare white T-shirt and a clean pair of socks. A plastic bag kept inside the PE bag is always useful too, for muddy trainers to be stored in! Extra carrier bags and rucksacks are not allowed in class due to a lack of space in the cloakroom.


   Home Learning

This year we’re going to focus on children’s maths facts such as: counting forwards and backwards from a number, counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s, and identifying number bonds. To support this the children will get a Maths pack at the start of the term with ideas for activities and some great resources.

As you know, children are expected to read at least 5 times a week, and to have this recorded daily in home school contact diaries. I will check diaries throughout the week to ensure that reading books are regularly changed and will also do a ‘book raffle’ every week. Your child’s name will be entered into the raffle to win a book provided they have 5 or more reads recorded by Friday morning.


Staff in Year 1

We are very lucky to have Michelle Gammon and Sally Anne Lee  as the class’s teaching assistants this year, they will both be running Talk Boost, Phonics and  FFT reading interventions to supports the children’s communication and language skills. Clare Russel will also be taking the class for Art and Music on a Wednesday afternoon. We’re also happy to say that Rachael Moore, who is a student teacher, is now back in class full time.


General Information

Please ensure that your child is in school ready to start learning, between 8.40 and 8.50, and that full school uniform is being worn (particularly black shoes).


If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our work this term, please do come and see us or contact us through the home school diary.


Thanks, Mr Abell