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Autumn 2

We had a fantastic first half term  and we are very impressed with how well the children have settled and are progressing in Year One.

They have really impressed us with their effort and hard work they put into their learning.


We have a new challenge curriculum topic this half term called 'Sparks Will Fly'

Our challenge question is - How can we tell stories of fire?


Our topic this half term is based on ‘The Great Fire of London’.


We will use the book ‘Vlad and the Great fire of London’ story by Kate Cunningham to inspire our writing, focusing on

Sentence structure using a range of punctuation, adjectives and forming our letters in the correct direction.     


This topic has a History & Geography focus where we will discover the past events and the impact that the fire had on London. We will explore the United Kingdom & maps of the world, identify and name materials, take part in scientific investigations and research our local fire station. In our Art & Design lessons we will be assessing our understanding of colour & texture by blending colours together to create a variety of pictures related to fire.

In Maths we will be learning to add and subtract numbers to 20, multiply and divide numbers and solve word problems The children will be encouraged to reason and explain their ideas using their mathematical knowledge.

Challenge Curriculum Autumn Half term 1

English - First half term

Class story - "While we can't hug" by Eoin McLaughlin

We are writing a short narrative in the style of 'While we can't hug' by Eoin McLaughlin.

We have been learning to write full sentences by using our phonics knowledge to hear and write sounds in words. We have began to focus on description using adjectives.


Each week, the children will be set spellings on a Friday. There will be 2 groups of spellings which they will need to practice. Group one focuses on the Year 1 Common Exception words and group two focuses on Year 2 Common Exception words. Please support your child with their spellings at home in preparation for their test on Fridays.

Maths- Autumn term:

Half Term 1:

Place Value - recognising, counting and writing numbers to 10. Children will be learning to write numbers to 10 in numerals and words, complete missing number tracks, identifying one more and one less and order numbers from smallest to greatest & greatest to smallest.


Addition and Subtraction using number to 10.- Children will use a range of strategies to help them solve calculations including numicon, number lines, objects and mental strategies. Children will begin with making number bonds and represent them using a part, part whole model.  Children will then move on to solving calculations and be encouraged to represent them in different ways.