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Our first Autumn Term topic is

The Bear Necessities

Hook Question

Do you know a bear who is named after a railway station?

During this topic we will be learning all about famous story book bears and also real bears. We will work together as a Year One team, to organise a special picnic for our own teddy bears. We will all have different jobs to do to help make it a success.

 

 

We will be using these exciting texts to support our learning this half term.

You may have some of them at home.

 

 

 

Have a look at the curriculum planner below to find out more information about our learning this half term.

Phonics

 

In school we do phonics every day based on the Letters and Sounds scheme. We get our planning from the Phonics Play website and we enjoy playing the games on there. 

We use the videos on Espresso to help us with new learning. Espresso at home logins have been sent home on a letter. Please ask us if you need it again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://youtu.be/vL5-xOY33oQ

 

Phonics: A Parent's Guide for Letters and Sounds

Handwriting

 

In school we follow the Penpals for Handwriting scheme. We believe handwriting is the foundation for learning as it allows us to express ourselves on paper, gives us confidence and allows us to have pride in our work.

The letters are split into 4 different families. We have the curly caterpillars, the long ladders (sometimes called long legged giraffes), the one arm robots and the zig zag monsters. At first, it is important that we learn to form the letters in each family correctly and learn how to position them on the line. We spend a lot of time working on this in Year 1. Once this is secure we will then move on to learning some basic joins.

 

Useful English links (Phonics and Early Reading)

Big Maths

We usually do Big Maths every week. It's a really great way to help us learn our basic number facts and recall them at speed. It is a challenge but we are not scared by challenges in Year 1 and we enjoy trying to beat our scores every week. You may choose to practise your big maths learn it facts at home. See below for some practise sheets and timers.

Big Maths Song

Big Maths 20 second timer

Big Maths 30 second timer

Big Maths 60 second timer

Useful Maths and Science links
Mindfulness and Keeping Active
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