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Welcome back to our final half term of the year Class 1


This half term our new topic is called


We have yet another fun filled half term of learning. During this topic we will be learning about circuses old and new, circus acts and performers. During our first week back we will be joined by Mrs Bennett who is going to introduce us to some circus skills. 

We also have lots of other things to look forward to this half term including sports day and spending some time in our new class in preparation for next year. 


Our author of the year continues to be Julia Donaldson. Our artist of the year continues to be Henri Matisse.

We will continue to do work inspired by these throughout this topic.

These are the things we will be covering through the following areas of development .....


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be focusing on the Christian value of friendship and discussing what makes a good friend.  We will be discussing change and talking about any transition worries the children may have.  We will be working team building activities and discussing ways we can look out for and help others. We will continue to celebrate our differences. 

Communication, Language & Literacy

Our focus for this half term will be on the 'The Greatest Showman'. We will be using parts of the film to inspire our learning about the circus and circus performers. We will be focusing on Non-fiction writing, reading and writing facts and instructions.  We will be reading different stories and information books about the circus and discussing new words.  We will continue our work in phonics, recapping the phases 3 and 4 and  moving into Phase 5.   We will be learning new high frequency words, reading and how to write them and using them within our independent reading and writing.   

Mathematical Development

We will be using what we have learnt about numbers and will be applying this to solving problems.  We will be solving problems that involve adding, subtracting, doubling, halving and money. We will continue to look at number bonds.  We will be investigating and solving problems involving capacity, recapping o'clock times and using positional language.  

Physical Development

With sports day coming up we will be practising our running and athletic skills.  We will  be developing our hand-eye coordination using a range of different circus equipment. 

As we continue to learn different sounds during our phonics sessions we will be learning how to form the letters correctly that make these sounds using our school's chosen cursive style.   We will be providing lots of opportunities to practise and develop  cutting skills and coordination skills.   

Understanding of the world

As we begin a new half term, we will be learning about friendship as one of our Christian values.  We will be sharing stories from The Bible that demonstrate friendship and learn how this can relate to us and our own lives.  We will be learning about the history of the circus and comparing and discussing past and present circuses. We will continue to use the I Pads and our class computer to enhance our learning, using them to find extra information and images.  We will be continuing to learn how to use the lap tops and will be learning how to use different tools in word processing programmes. 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be using different materials and media to create 2D and 3D representations of all thing's circus.  We will be exploring shape and colour whilst adopting the style of Henri Matisse.  We will be exploring sounds and music patterns using different percussion instruments. We will be getting creative as we take on the role of circus performers and try to put on our very own show. 



Throughout the term we will also be focusing on individual targets in both Literacy and Maths.


We look forward to sharing some of the work we have done with you in our Class Collective Worship at the end of the term. 

Mrs Weston will work on  Mondays and Tuesdays .
Mrs Howell will work on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 
Mrs Heward will be on hand to support our learning throughout the week.

A typical day in Class 1:

8.50am  Doors open
9.00am  Registration 
9.05-9.25am  Phonics
9.25-10.20am Maths or Literacy
10.20-10.35am Playtime and Snack
10.35-10.45am Milk / Water / social learning
10.45 - 11.00am Show and Tell

11.00-12.00am Literacy or Maths

12.00 - 1.00pm Lunchtime
1.05-1.20 Assembly
1.20-2.40 Afternoon activities ( PE, Music, Science, Expressive Arts and Design, and Understanding the World)

2.45 Shared Reading

3.15 Home time


Learning Journeys

In school we document learning that we observe using written observations and photographs.  All Learning Journeys are shared with children and they can access them independently to revisit and share with friends. There will also be opportunities for parents to look through learning journeys too.

WOW vouchers

Thank you for all of the WOW vouchers we have received so far. The children have loved sharing their achievements with the rest of their class.  Please continue to help us to celebrate your child's development by sharing with us their 'WOW' moments that they have out of school. Have they done something new? Have they impressed you with something? Have they been trying really hard with something? Have they received a certificate or merit in one of their hobbies? Please fill in a WOW voucher so that we can read these out in class and share their learning and development.   WOW vouchers can be collected from the classroom and taken home to be filled in and returned so that we can share their WOW moments with the rest of the class.  All Wow vouchers are filed within the children's learning journeys.    


PE will be on Tuesdays (With Mrs Weston) and Wednesdays (With Mr Waldon) so please make sure all PE kits are in school on these days. 
Phonics and Maths Homework  will be given out on a Thursday and due in on a Monday.  Please place completed homework books into the homework box as you arrive at school. 

Please try to read regularly with your child at home and sign reading record books.  Reading books and library books will be changed once a week.

Please do feel free to come in and see us if you have any questions or concerns, or if you have any resources which you think might support our topic.

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