Year 1 - Otters

Welcome back, Otters!


This year, we have lots of fun things planned and we have lots to learn. There have been a few changes this year with our uniform- we are back to our original school uniform with a new,  very smart PE kit. This includes a t-shirt in your house colour- you are all going to look fabulous on PE days! Our PE lessons will be on a Monday and a Thursday, so, you can come to school in your new PE kit on these days.


Please remember that you all need plimsolls in school so that we can play and learn outside as much as possible, knowing that we can change our shoes when we return inside. 


In English, we are going to be working on our writing skills, focussing on using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. At the start of the term, we will do this by learning to retell traditional tales. Once we can retell the story orally, we will then learn how to write small parts of the story using a text map to help us. 


In Year One, we will be doing lots of phonics practise! As well as our daily Read Write Inc. lesson each morning, we will also be practising and applying our phonetic knowledge throughout the school day. Each week, you will take home a reading book that matches your Phonics group and you will be able to wow your grown ups at home with your super reading!


In Maths, we will follow a scheme called 'White Rose Maths' and this will allow us to explore numbers to 10 in great detail this half term. Once we are confident in recognising amounts within 10 and how to represent them, we will move into numbers to 20. We will also be learning to recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes. I wonder what shapes you can see in your home... 


This term, in Science, we will be learning about everyday materials and what they might be best used for. We will become Scientists and will test which materials are best suited for specific jobs. For example, what material do you think would be best to use for a fish bowl?


In RE, we will begin to explore Christianity and learn about the Bible. We will learn about some of Jesus' miracles and perhaps we will even have a go at performing some of our own miracles! After half term, we will then move on to find out all about significant celebrations within Christianity, such as Advent and Christmas.


It is important to us at St George's that you have a strong understanding about where our school is located and what you might find in the surrounding area. In Geography, we will be exploring our wonderful school and we will go on a local walk to find out what is nearby! What do you think we might find?


After half term, in History, we will be learning about the significance of Guy Fawkes and why each year, on the 5th of November, we remember him. We will also be planning a Remembrance assembly to share with the rest of the school and we will be inviting some real life soldiers to join us for this important day of remembrance. 


In our Relationship and Health Education lessons this term, we are going to learning about how to be a good friend. Within these lessons, we will also explore just how important it is to be a good, kind friend. There are lots of brilliant examples of kind friendships in Otter Class!


Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch with a member of the otter class team. You can either speak to one of us at the end of the day, or arrange an appointment through the office. 


Here's to a brilliant school year!


Miss Cassell, Miss Page and Mrs Beaumont smiley