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Welcome to Miss Ellis' class. This Autumn we will be learning...

What is good about change?

 During the first half of the Autumn term, we have chosen to focus on several aspects of change.  Firstly we will look at the changes we have all experienced withing living memory. On their return to school they will immediately experienced change moving from Foundation Stage to their new Year 1 classroom. The children will be encouraged to use the vocabulary of past and present and will be invited to bring in objects from home that they can place on a time line. We shall continue the discussion we started in transition week before the Summer break to talk about the changes in seasons and weather and how this makes the area around the school look different. We will also look at changes to our bodies during exercise, setting ourselves targets on how we can get better at completing physical tasks.

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Literacy

 The story of 'The Little Red Hen,' will help to stimulate our writing this term. The children will be exposed to text through Talk for Writing. The children will revisit Language in Colour identifying different parts of a sentence and in particular look at adjectives. Once they have internalised this story we shall then start writing sentences.  During topic lessons, children will apply their learning to  adding labels and captions to their pictures.

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Numeracy

The children are taught maths daily through investigations and ‘CLIC’ sessions (Counting, Learn-Its, It’s Nothing New and Calculation). Using these approaches, the children develop a strong understanding of rote number facts, as well as learning to apply their knowledge to solving a variety of problems in real life contexts.

This term we will be consolidating the children’s knowledge of number bonds of 10 so they are well equipped to transfer this knowledge to number bonds of 20. The children will at all times apply their number skills to real life problems in various contexts such as money, mass and length.  ‘Beat That’ tests will be sent home fortnightly to ensure these number facts are secure.

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Science

We shall start the term discussing the fact that animals including humans have offspring. As we are looking at the story of 'The Little Red Hen' in Literacy we are hoping to have a visit from a hen which we will observe and discuss the life cycle of a hen starting with an egg.

We shall also explore and discuss the differences between things that are living and things that have never been alive. Ms Ellis will be bringing in her doughnut tree to promote lots of philosophical discussion. 

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