Autumn Term

This term our topic is Me and My Home, looking at the different types of houses we live in, and how they are different to those in the past. In Science we will observe the seasonal weather patterns of Autumn, and name the parts of our body and the associated senses. In Maths we will begin ‘Maths – No Problem!’, and count, order and compare numbers to 10, followed by addition and subtraction to 20, looking at shapes, positions and patterns later in the term. We have started learning our phonics using Read Write Inc. and are already making great progress! In English we will look at stories with familiar settings and repeating patterns using Peace At Last by Jill Murphy, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. In Art we will study Pablo Picasso and draw in his style, and in DT we will design and make a healthy snack. We will also make our own information books by labelling different types of houses. Our RE topic is God’s Great Plan, looking at the creation story, and in Advent it will be Mary Our Mother. We can’t wait!


We have really enjoyed investigating our senses in Science. We have done a listening quiz, a blindfolded obstacle course and a feely bag challenge! We have discovered how important our senses are to help us find out about the world around us.

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We have begun the season of Advent by making a beautiful wreath and writing Advent promises for our calendar. We have learnt about how Angel Gabriel visited Mary and made angels for our display. We are excited about Christmas!

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Thank you for all the amazing autumn homework projects following up our work in class on seasonal changes! They are all so individual and clearly a lot of time has been spent on them, well done! Thank you for posting them on the Class 1 Blog on Purple Mash so we can all share them together. It has been lovely to see the children commenting on each other’s work! We have stories, paintings, collages, fashion design and photos of lovely walks – superb!

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This week we have begun our English work using The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. We are enjoying doing all the Rocket Challenges to learn to sequence the story, and it is helping us to learn the days of the week and number words!

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Today we began our English work using Peace At Last by Jill Murphy. We enjoyed listening to the story and recreating all of the sounds that kept Mr. Bear awake, and began joining in with the repeated phrases. We have reinforced this learning through sequencing activities in our Rocket Challenges.

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Here are some of the practical activities we have been up to in Maths – No Problem! We have shown we can count, order and compare numbers to 10, great work!

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Today we began our Science work looking at our bodies and our senses. We investigated if everybody’s body was the same and through comparing discovered they were not! Then we drew round our bodies and labelled the different body parts using key vocabulary.


We have planned some lovely Collective Worships in Class 1 on the theme of God’s beautiful world. The children have enjoyed planning them as a class and are now beginning to be leaders and plan them independently.

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The first few weeks have been fantastic for our independent learning as we have worked hard to complete our Rocket Challenges. We have practised independent writing; painted and created collages; learnt how to log on to the computers and begun to learn how to log on to Lexia; constructed houses and vehicles; read a variety of books and recorded our favourite parts; made up new families in the role play area; practiced our ordering of numbers in words and numerals and learnt to play snakes and ladders and dominos; played phonics games; worked on our fine motor skills; practised labelling the parts of our body, and much much more!

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It has been our first week in Year 1 and we have had a wonderful time getting to know our new classroom and teachers! We have spent lots of time talking about how we feel returning to school and learning how we can stay safe from germs, including how to wash our hands properly using our new song, keeping our equipment clean, and how to show we care without hugging or touching each other. We had lots of fantastic ideas! We have got off to a great start learning independently using our Rocket Challenges, and everyone was a Challenge Champion filling up their rocket by choosing to learn in all areas of the classroom, well done! We also wrote our own class rules and learnt how to do whole-body monster listening – what a busy week!