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We’re going on bear hunt

This half term in Year 1 our topic is ‘We’re going on Bear Hunt’.

In English we will focus on building independence in writing and encouraging children to use correct letter formation, word banks and spelling using their phonics. Most writing activities will be based around stories relating to bears. We will also develop the children’s reading skills by using their phonic knowledge.

In Maths we will be focusing on numbers up to 10. During this term the children will be learning how to count forwards and backwards, comparing numbers using the =, > and < symbols and solving addition sums. Throughout the children will be challenged with maths problems to check their understanding.

In Science will be learning about our five senses. We will be investigating and using our outdoor area regularly as part of our science lessons. We also have a ‘seasons’ table in each classroom which we encourage the children to add to.

Our topic focus this term is History. We will be looking at the history of toys. Throughout we will be comparing old and new toys and we will be asking our grandparents what they played with when they were young.

We are an active school and we regularly have active/movement times throughout the school day. Our PE lessons this term will focus on athletics and dance.

In Art we will be working on the children’s fine motor skills and to be able to follow a plan. We will use bears as a stimulus and the outdoor area as part of our Earth Art.


Year 1 is a time of great change for children. Throughout we will encourage the children to become confident and independent learners; and reflect about our school values throughout the school year.  We will use ‘ClassDojo’ as a method to let you know what has been happening in the class and any ways in which you can help your child at home. Please continue to record your reading at home in your home/school diaries.


If at any time you are concerned about your child, please message via ClassDojo.



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