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This term our topic is ‘The world and space’ Our text for the term is ‘The man on the Moon’. This is a fiction book which is centered around space and will introduce our topic fantastically. For more information on our topic, please see the topic webhere.

As part of our topic we will be learning about significant events and people from the past that have made an impact on the world today. Children will be learning about the first animals in space, the first man on the moon, the first women on the moon and how they got there. Children will be learning about where it is in relation to the earth. We will briefly look at the planets so children have an understanding of the solar system. We will also be looking at the rockets that go into space. From this, children will be designing and making their own rocket. Children will think about the materials that are best for a rocket and decide what they are going to use. Children will make the rocket over a couple of weeks before testing their rocket to see how far their rocket can fly. We will use our understanding of measurement to measure the distance each rocket travels.

As part of English we will be looking at the story ‘Man on the moon’. Fisrt, we will spend some time getting to know the story. Children will read it, answer questions about it, act it out and respond to the text with letters and diary entries. Children will be retelling the story before writing it themselves. They will be innovating the story so that they make the story their own. We will continue to focus on using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and using conjunctions such as ‘and’ and ‘because’ to join their ideas. Children will be encouraged to use fantastic adjectives.

In Maths, we will begin the term by looking at weight and volume. Children will be comparing, describing and solving practical problems around weight and volume. Following this, children will be weighing objects themselves using cubes as a unit and applying their understanding of comparing with what they measure. Children will be measuring volume with cups before moving on to milliliters and liters. Children will be solving a range of addition and subtraction problems with these areas of measure using the methods they know. The latter part of the term we will be revisiting addition and subtraction looking at missing number problems such as 7 = ___ - 9. Children will also be solving word problems around these operations too. If you have a chance to practise the 2, 5 and 10 x table at home with your child this would be great for their learning in school.

I will continue to send spellings home every Friday so please help your children learn them! These are a mix of key words that children should know by the end of Year One and some words using their phonics. I will be checking them the following Friday. Please continue to practise these at home!

Please make sure you read with your children every day. By the end of Year One children should be reading at a level 18 (Turquoise), to reach this children need to be reading regularly at home. Unfortunately there isn’t enough time in the day to read with every child every day during school time, so it is really important that you read with them at home! Being a strong reader supports them in all of their subjects and gives a great foundation for their learning!

If you feel you are able to spare an hour a week and would like to support some of our children with their reading, then we are always looking for reading volunteers, please let me know if you are interested!

Your children will also get homework every Friday, this will alternate between literacy and maths each week, please return it by Wednesday so I can have a look before they get sent home again!

We are going to be doing outside P.E this term. This will happen on a THURSDAY afternoon so please make sure your children have trainers in their P.E kit!

If you have any questions or concerns then I am always available at the end of the day!

Miss Mortished


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