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Year 1

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Aut 1 Newsletter


In Year One this half term we will be focusing our learning around the book “Pirates Love Underpants!” 

We will have a treasure hunt to find the  treasure that has been left by The Sad Pirate. He has left his favourite book safe in our classrooms and needs us to identify the book by searching the school for the letters that make up the title.



We will then continue our learning by focusing on descriptive writing, persuasive writing and invitations. In descriptive writing we will practise forming sentences and using adjectives. When learning about persuasion, we will learn why it is important to use adjectives to interest the reader. Finally we will be learning the features of an invitation and writing one to invite The Sad Pirate back to school for the pirate party.



In Maths we will be learning about:

· Number and place value— this will include ordering numbers and understanding the value of each number. Counting forwards and backwards. Learning about more and less than a number and how to represent numbers using objects such as cubes, numicon and dienes.

· Addition and subtraction—this will include representing and using number bonds and related subtraction facts. We will also be learning to add and subtract one digit numbers including zero.



Creative Curriculum

In Creative Curriculum our learning will be based on oceans and the seven seas! Shiver me timbers!



Pirates need to know where they are going so they use maps. We will be looking at maps and globes to find the location of seas and oceans and their names. We will also be investigating and describing the weather in different continents.



Pirates love to sing and so do we! We will be using our voices to creatively sing songs, chanting in rhyme and play tunes.


Art / DT

On the blue sea the pirates love going from island to island exploring and digging up treasure. In Year 1 we will be creating our own island using recycling materials. We will also learn why we need to recycle and how we can reduce pollution.


Other Subject


Our PSHE topic for this half term is ‘New Beginnings’. Children will be learning about changes, friendships, new environments and  routines .

Modern Foreign Language

Children will be beginning to learn French phrases, colours and  simple French songs.  


Our RE topic is called ‘Belonging’. Children will be thinking about different groups that they belong to and how belonging to groups such as William Bellamy Primary and our families can make us feel special and loved. 


In Science this half term we will be learning about “Ourselves and other animals”. Children will learn to identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense.