Y1 - Pheasants

Summer Term.

Curriculum Overview - Year 1 Summer Term 2016

Welcome back to the summer term! We can’t believe how fast time is flying!

We enjoyed learning about ‘Space’ last half term. For Science Week we did lots of space related experiments. Here is one that Mr Scarrett did with a bottle of coke and a packet of mentos.


We celebrated Easter with the help of St. Mary’s Church who created an ‘Easter Experience’ for our children. Groups of children went around a carousel of activies led by the helpers of the church which they really enjoyed.

We are looking forward to learning about ‘Under the Sea’ for the first half term. We will be writing recounts, riddles, information texts and stories. We will be doing lots of measure in maths. We are going to be decorating our classrooms with junk model sea creatures and learning about the environment that they live in.

Spring Term.

Curriculum Overview - Year 1 Spring Term 2016

Welcome back to school! We have had a great start to the term and Pheasants are settling in very well. Since being back the children have become a lot more independent and can now follow the routines of the class.

Our new topic this term is ‘Fire’. We introduced the topic by looking at dragons which also links to our writing.  The children used red, yellow and orange water colours to create a background and then they cut out a silhouette of a dragon to place in front. They look fantastic!


As many of you many have heard your children saying, we have been looking at the Great Fire of London. They have found this really exciting and have written some brilliant sentences. Our next project will be recreating Pudding Lane using boxes. It would be a great a help if you could bring some cereal boxes in to help us create an amazing display.

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In English we have followed on our ‘Fire’ topic by looking at dragons. We started by looking at ‘Tell me a dragon’. The children have been encouraged to use ‘Wow’ words to make their sentences more interesting and descriptive.

In Maths we have been focusing on number sense and additive reasoning. The children have started to apply their new knowledge and understanding to real life problems and are developing really well.

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Autumn Term.

To view the Curriculum Overview for the Autumn Term please click here.

In pheasants the children have started to become more independent with their learning and are now settling well into the routines and structure of Year 1. After a good half term, the children have now moved on to a more structured way of learning. There is a lot to fit into our day but the children are coping very well.

Last week we went off plan and learnt about Guy Fawkes as it linked with bonfire night. We had great fun learning the story, which many children had never heard. I was very impressed with some children who went home and researched the reasons for Guy Fawkes plan and gave us a different perspective of the story.

As part of Bonfire week the children created and performed Firework poems. The poems allowed the children to express themselves and deepen their knowledge of adjectives. Some poems are on the wall so feel free to have a read.

As the week came to an end we celebrated by making some firework cookies. The children showed creativity and great patients as we slowly got through 60 children. The children helped to measure the ingredients, mix and then enjoyed an afternoon of decorating.

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In Maths, we have been looking at 2D and 3D shape. The children are starting to make links between 3D shapes and shapes in the environment and are beginning to describe the shapes based on their properties. Ask your what shapes they can spot on the way home?


Christmas is quickly approaching, in year 1 we have chosen a song for the Christmas performance where the children will need to dress as sheep. We will be making masks in school so we ask that you could provide either a black or white t-shirt or long- sleeve top for them to wear for the performance.
As always, if there are any problems please feel free to come and see me.

Welcome back! We have had a great start to the year so far, the children have adapted to the changes really well and have continued with their fantastic behaviour.

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Things to remember
The children are not provided with water bottles so please can a water bottle be provided from home. It is not an issue if a bottle is forgotten as we have cups and water fountains around the school.

We have PE twice a week. Outdoor PE is on a Tuesday and indoor PE is on a Thursday. As the weather gets colder please can you provide some jogging bottoms for your child.

Reading Books
We have sent reading books home this week so you can all get busy enjoying your reading again. Within our class we have a reading beanstalk. Every time a child reads 3 times in a week they will move up the beanstalk and once they reach the castle they will receive a prize. Get busy reading!
I have had a brilliant week with Pheasants and we have a lot to look forward to over the next term learning about jungles around the world.
If you ever have any questions or worries please come and see me.