Welcome to the start of the new academic year.  I hope you had an enjoyable summer break.  Our class teaching assistant is Miss Sedgewick .

Here is a brief outline of what your child will be learning about this term.  As part of the afternoon learning, the children will be encouraged to try a range of child led activities as part of their transition from the foundation stage.


In Mathematics, we will begin by looking at numbers and place value.  We will be looking at the value of different numbers and comparing them, sequences and how two digit numbers are formed.  We will also be looking at pattern and how different patterns are created. We will be doing daily counting exercises, with a focus on counting forwards and backwards in ones from any number, counting in twos and tens from zero. We will also be focusing on reasoning, which requires the children to explain how they know or found an answer using mathematical concepts they have been learning and problem solving, which will show their understanding of a concept in real terms.


In English, we will be looking at stories with predicable and repeating language, starting with The Little Red Hen.  We will be learning stories by heart and adding our own descriptive language to make the story more interesting.  We will then lead into writing the story using all this new language and also putting our punctuation in the correct places. We will have two daily phonics sessions, where your child will be revising sounds they have previously learnt in Reception and also learning brand new sounds to help with further reading and spelling in Year One.  We will also be learning different spelling rules within these phonics sessions. Your child will read in a group every day with an adult and our aim is to listen to your child read their home reading book once a week.  Our group sessions involve reading new texts and then practising these over three days and answering different types of questions about the book.  We will be training your child to change their own book when needed so please be patient if their book is not changed every day.


In Science, we will begin by looking at “Seasonal Changes” where the children will learn about what happens during each season of the year.  We will be focusing on weather, temperature, wind, environmental changed, rainfall and other aspects of seasonal changes.  We will start this unit whilst we move into Autumn, however we will pick up the unit at different points in the year as the seasons change so that the children can make observations about what is happening at different times of year.


Our theme is called “Where in the world do we live?” and we will be focusing on our place in the wider world.  We will be looking at what the countries of the U.K are called, the 7 continents and 5 oceans, different types of houses around the world and how people from around the world are different. I am happy for your child to do additional research and learning about this at home to bring in and share!


La Classe Rouge will have PE on Thursday afternoons this term we will be focusing on movement, balance and gymnastics.  It is essential that full PE kit is kept in school at all times as we are also likely to be taking part in the ‘Golden Mile’, where the children (and some teachers) will jog/run for 5 minutes in order to improve our general fitness and concentration. Our school policy is that earrings should be removed for PE lessons for health and safety reasons and tape cannot be put over new piercings.  If your child cannot remove their own earrings then this should be done before school to avoid the office needing to phone home.  Please ensure your child has a named PE kit and suitable plimsoles or trainers to be left in their locker for the term.