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Poles Apart

This half term in Year 1 our topic is called ‘Poles Apart’.

In English the children will first be learning how to research facts about penguins in books and on the internet.  Using these facts, the children will go on to write information sheets to develop their grammar and language.  They will also continue to try hard to remember to use their capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in the correct places in their writing.  The children will continue to learn their phonic letter sounds and digraphs and try applying these in their writing as well as developing their reading skills.

In Maths we will be focusing on numbers up to 20. During this term the children will be learning how to count forwards and backwards, comparing numbers using the =, > and < symbols and using fact families to solve addition and subtraction sums. We will also be looking at the properties of shape. Throughout the children will be challenged with maths problems to check their understanding.

In Science will be learning about animals from the Arctic and Antarctic. We will be classifying and sorting them into different groups. Our investigations this term will be investigating the properties of ice.

Our topic focus this term is Geography. The children will be using globes, atlases and maps to locate the UK in relation to the Arctic and Antarctic; as part of this we will be comparing the climate with the UK. Our key geographical vocabulary includes the equator, North and South Poles.


In RE we will be looking at special places. We will be discussing our local church and looking at the different features in side it. They will also be thinking about special events such Remembrance Day as well as preparing for celebrations at Christmas.


We are an active school and we regularly have active/movement times throughout the school day. Our PE lessons this term will focus on hockey, basketball and dance. In class we will be discussing our health and well-being and how sleeping helps with this.


In Art we will be working on the children’s fine motor skills and to be able to follow a plan. We will use penguins as a stimulus and looking at hot and cold colours.


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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