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Autumn 1 2020

 

Welcome back everyone! This term our topic is called 'What Makes Beeston Brilliant?' In writing we will be creating a treasure map and then writing instructions about how to find the gold. We are then hoping to visit Wollaton Hall and Deer Park as a mini-experience, which we will then write a recount about. Finally, as winter draws in and Halloween grows closer, we will be reading the terrifying story of Funnybones and re-writing it with a Beeston-themed twist.

 

In reading we are currently using decodable books which run along side our daily phonics lessons. Children will also have a different reading book sent home with them. As well as reading the text, children are encouraged to answer comprehension questions about what is happening in the story too.

Spring term 2020

 

Our new topic is called 'Would a penguin wear a jumper?'. This topic is predominantly science based, initially focused on materials, then moving on to animals. Whilst we investigate materials in science, we will be reading The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and writing a diary from the wolf's point of view about what happened on that fateful day. 

When we move onto animals in science, we will be reading extracts from a lovely non-fiction book called An Anthology of Intriguing Animals in English. We will also be learning about how to write an effective non-fiction text ourselves using the information we learn in science.

After half-term, we will continue to study animals whilst reading Meerkat Mail and Alan's Big Scary Teeth. Rodney and Derek may also be paying us a visit!

Autumn term 2019 - Reading and writing

 

Our topic this term is 'What makes me incredible?'. Our first class text is Elmer. We will be working on our decoding and comprehension in reading. In writing, we will be sending a letter to him. We are working hard on writing sentences with correct letter formation, capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. All of our class texts will look at themes such as friendships, kindness and being unique! 

Summer term 2019 -  Reading and Writing

 

This term, our topic is Enchanted Woodland. We began the term by investigating the key features of poetry, and then worked on gathering our own summertime themed vocabulary to use in our own poem. We are now looking forward to writing up our own descriptive poems. We have learned to answer retrieval and inference questions based on a lovely poem called 'In Woods Dark and Deep' which the children have also learned, rehearsed and performed.

 

In the weeks to come, I am excited to introduce the children to our new class text, 'The Magic and Mystery of Trees' by Jen Green, which is the first non-fiction text we have used to base our reading and writing on since January! We will be looking at the layout of an information text and re-capping our Year 1 grammar knowledge such as use of capital letters, full stops, prefixes, suffixes and conjunctions before creating our own non-chronological report about plants.