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Into The Woods Topic Web 1

Dear Parents and Carers,


Over the next few weeks, our work in Year 1 will be focused around the topic of ‘Into The Woods’. We will explore many different aspects of the forest, woodland environments and share stories with woodland settings. During this topic we will be covering many areas of the curriculum, particularly Geography and Science.


In English we will be retelling the story ‘Shrek’ by acting out scenes, creating  story maps and writing our own versions of the story.


In Geography children will be learning about environments and habitats which link to our Science work about minibeasts.


In Science we will be learning about living things- minibeasts specifically. We will be thinking of scientific questions relating to minibeasts which we will then answer by researching. We will also be learning why it is important to care for animals such as insects.


In Physical Education children will be continuing to learn gymnastics as well as practising other important physical skills such as running and dodging.


We will also be participating in Forest School style learning, spending time outdoors using nature to help us with our learning in English, Geography and Science.


Activities to do at home

Continuing the learning from school at home is also very important and helps our children progress even further. So we will also provide a home learning activities in which we will send homework weekly to build on the learning in school. This will help to reinforce the learning that takes place at school.


Year 1 P.E.

Please note that Year 1 P.E. sessions will take place every Friday for all Year 1 children.  Please ensure that your child wears the correct P.E. uniform which consists of black shorts/ tracksuit bottoms and a plain white t-shirt. Please note that football shirts cannot be worn. Suitable black footwear should also be provided.

Your child will also take part in Gymnastics on a Monday for half the Spring term. Glenroy class and half of Karmala class will take part in Gymnastics until the February half term. After the February half term, Rawalpindi and the other half of Karmala class will take part in Gymnastics.


Phonics books

Your child will be issued with a new reading book and a story book at the end of each week. Please ensure that these books are returned by the following Wednesday at the latest.  It is important that you take time to listen to your child read, and support them as they need it.


Parental Engagement

We will continue to invite parents in on Monday morning to help their child write sentences about their weekend. We would also like to begin a parental engagement session on Friday afternoons at 2.50pm where you will have the opportunity to come in and read to your child or listen to your child read. This will begin on Friday 25th January.


Reading books

Please also remember that the children are welcome to take library books from the Year 1 classrooms to read at home. Please don’t forget to return these to school.


Year 1 Clubs

Year 1 clubs continue to be each Thursday and the clubs available are:

ICT with Luke

Sports club with Helen

Creative club with Scott


Each class will be assigned to a particular club weekly and during the course of the  spring term they will rotate so children experience all 3 clubs. Children will need to be picked up at 4.15pm.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


Kind regards,

Year 1 Team