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St John's Church of England Primary School

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Year 1/2

Autumn Term 2019

What a great start the children have made to life in Year 1/2! Not only have they begun to gel together in their new class teams, but there is also a growing determination to rise to personal challenges. It looks like our first half term promises to bring lots of great learning.

 In maths, we have revisited our counting skills and will be using our developing knowledge of place value to compare and order numbers and to solve addition and subtraction problems.

Our English work began with a mystery to solve. Whose suitcase had been delivered to Key Stage 1? The tusk cleaner and selfies aroused our suspicions that an elephant was on his travels, and the discovery of David Walliams’ book ‘The Slightly Annoying Elephant’ confirmed them. We are now planning our own versions of the story. Watch out for sneaky snakes, cheeky monkeys and terrifying T-Rexs lurking at your doors. It has been a pleasure to see the range of adjectives the children are beginning to use and to see how vigilant they are becoming about sentence punctuation.

 Our animal theme will continue into our science learning this half term as we explore a range of living things and discover what they need to survive. As we approach Healthy Schools Week beginning 1st October, we will discover the importance of exercise and a balanced diet. We will use our knowledge to design and make our own healthy snacks. Look out for the photos appearing in our gallery – I’m not sure we’ll be able to resist eating our tasty treats before home time!

Health through history will be the focus of our learning following Healthy Schools Week, as we travel back in time to see the impact Florence Nightingale had on the survival of wounded soldiers in the Crimean war. How did the Lady with the Lamp transform nursing?

In RE this half term, we will look at stories from the Bible, using drama to re-enact them and to gain a better understanding of the thoughts, feelings and motives of the characters involved. We will explore several parables, thinking about the messages that Jesus was giving.

PE will be on Thursdays this term, with the experts from Stockport County training us in multi-skills. Please leave PE kits in school so we can be sure the children have full kit for their sessions.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Key Stage One Team