Year 1 - Otters

Welcome back, Otters!


This term, we have lots of fun things planned and we have lots to learn. Our PE lessons will be on a Monday and a Thursday, so, you can come to school in your PE kit on these days. After half term, we will have some Gymnastic coaches coming to school to teach us, we will then have an opportunity to visit their gymnasium. 


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, continuing to focus on using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We are going to move on from fairy tales now and begin to explore losing 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. Once we have had a go at writing the story, we will change the story so that the character loses something different!


We will continue to work really hard with our phonics and we will have lots of opportunities to 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 continue to follow a scheme called 'White Rose Maths'. We will start by exploring shape. We will learn to recognise and name 2D and 3D shapes.  I wonder what shapes you can see in your home... 


This term, in Science, we will be learning all about plants. We will become Scientists and will explore our surroundings for wild plants. We will do some outdoor learning to use natural resources to create the structures of a tree. We will continue to learn about the four seasons by revisiting the area of the field that we went to in Autumn, I wonder what differences we will see when we look in Winter?


In RE, we are going to be exploring Islam. We will have opportunities to compare the creation story from both Christianity and Islam.  We will learn about the Quran and the importance of this book within Islam.


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 local area 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 how Gainsborough's high street has changed. We will be going on a trip to the Heritage Centre in Gainsborough to interact with a model high street from the past. 


In our Relationship and Health Education lessons this term, we are going to learning about how to we can care for ourselves and one another. 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 new year!


Miss Cassell, Miss Page and Mrs Beaumont smiley