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Mrs O’Brien



Mrs Spencer

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Mrs Drinkwater

Teaching Assistant

Autumn 1

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Autumn Term 2021

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Our topic for this first half term has been Meerkat Mail.

We have gathered our own ideas about meerkats, read and gathered information about meerkats, learned new vocabulary, read ‘Meerkat mail’ and made our own story maps and story books. Wow! what a busy half term!

Year 1 Mathematics

We have been using concrete equipment to help us to visualise our mathematics learning.

Look at some work we have been doing so far!

Our topic for this first half term has been Meerkat Mail.

We have gathered our own ideas about meerkats, read and gathered information about meerkats, learned new vocabulary, read ‘Meerkat mail’ and made our own story maps and story books. Wow! what a busy half term!

Autumn Term 2021

The Great Fire of London

This half term our topic is ‘Fire Fire!’

We will be learning about fire safety, Bonfire Night, the Great fire of London and lots more.


We had our first ever school trip to a Fire Museum called ‘Fireground’.

Year 1 had the best time!. The children have learned so much about the Great Fire of London that they could answer lots of questions from the museum staff. A very proud moment!

Year 1 learned about why we have firefighters, fire engines and fire stations today. We looked at old fire engines and new ones and compared them. The children even got the chance to use a hand squirt, similar to one that was used in the past.

Look at our awesome pictures from the day.

A Planet full of Plastic

Mrs O’Brien has been collecting some of her rubbish to show what could be thrown away into a bin.

We organised it into different groups of the same materials and talked about their properties. We then made our own recycling centre and organised the rubbish into the correct sections.

We now recycle scrap materials from our classroom too.

Which Materials dissolve in water?

The children have been exploring which materials dissolve when put in water.

We used: salt, sugar cubes, sand, plastic and soap.

From our experiments, we discovered:

Salt and sugar cubes dissolve fast.

Soap dissolves slowly and it turned the water white.

Sand and plastic do not dissolve. Sand sinks to the bottom of the water and plastic floated on top.

The materials that dissolved have broken in to tiny particles that we cannot see. They are still in the water but we cannot always see it.

This is going to make us think about materials that are put in our oceans.

The Highway Rat

We have been reading the story ‘The Highway Rat’ by Julia Donaldson.

Can you believe that the Highway Rat came into our class and ate the jam tarts that

Mrs O’Brien had bought?

We made some wanted posters to see if we could catch him.

Home Learning

Wanted posters by:

Alex, Bella, Elsie, Maisie, Thomas and Violet


We made some traps to try and catch him.

But our traps were too good for the sneaky Highway Rat and we managed to catch him!

Look what has hatched!

Look at the amazing egg that has hatched this week! We guessed what was inside but did you guess that it was a dinosaur?

Some children in class decided to name it ‘Tiny’ as it is such a small dinosaur.

Dinosaur Home learning

Look at the amazing work that you have been completing at home.

In order: Toby, Violet, Stanley, Thomas, Seda, Lewis, Maisie, Isabella, Isabella, Elsie, Benjamin, Bella, Bear, Alex, Abigail

Body Parts

We drew around Elijah and found the correct words to match the body parts.

Me in a Bag

Mrs O’Brien had a bag with lots of objects in to show the children things she liked to do.

The children then drew their own pictures of things they liked.


Homework is on Seesaw which is available to access every Friday

Please complete the work before the following Tuesday.


Dinosaurs Including Growth and Green Fingers

Look at this speckled egg Mrs Young has found whilst walking in a forest. It was entangled in the roots of a tree that had blown over in the strong winds we have had lately. We are investigating what kind of egg it might be as it is hundreds of thousands of years old.

Which animal do you think it might be from?

Dinosaur Explorers

We have been using the dinosaur hide to stay safe whist hunting for dinosaurs.

Our own dinosaurs

We have read the book ‘Flip Flap Dinosaurs’ where you can mix and match the top part or bottom part of a dinosaur.

Our new dinosaur creations are amazing!

Look at Arthur’s ‘Flyasaurus’ which is part T.Rex and part pterodactyl.

Winter including Arctic and Antarctic animals

Meet the Meerkats!

Following on from the Arctic and Antarctic animals, we have been researching animals from a different climate.

Meerkat Mail

Sunny the Meerkat is fed up of his family and his home. He wants to find somewhere new to live. He visits his relatives in different environments and realises there is no place like home!

We have research all about meerkats: what they like to eat, who their predators are and where they live. We made our own non-fiction books about meerkats which also includes a contents page.

Our new vocabulary:

humid, desert,  scorching, mob, mail, note, environment, blazing, arid, grainy, perching, hind legs

Ice experiments

The children predicted how we could melt ice quickly. We chose:

Warm water – warm water in a spray bottle

Warm air – using our warm breath

Salt – sprinkle salt on the ice

Guess which melted the ice the quickest?

Looking at different environments

During the first part of the Spring Term, Year One will be looking at different environments and animals. We will be exploring the Polar Regions, observing winter weather and using new vocabulary words to describe environments and animals. We will read the books ‘How the Bear lost his tail’ and ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers.


The children are still going to be bringing home 2 reading books a week. Please read with your child for 10-15 minutes (without distraction) each night. Remember to discuss the book: talk about any words they are unsure of and ask questions to show their understanding. We are working hard on fluency and understanding within class at the moment.

Please ensure the children are practicing the phonics sounds (laminated cards in reading bags) at home to help with their reading and writing.

Year 1 are trying so hard with their pre-cursive letter formation but keep practicing as every little helps!

This term we will be looking at reading and writing words containing –s, -es, -ing, -ed, -er, and -est.

We will also be investigating what a ‘Successful Sentence’ looks like using capital letters in the correct place, the correct punctuation, phase 3 and 5 phonics and checking writing for sense.


The up and coming Maths chapters this term are: Addition and Subtraction to 20, Shapes and Patterns, Length and Height, Numbers to 40 (looking at place value including tens and units/ones) and Addition and Subtraction word problems. We are still working very practically using lots of equipment to help the children to visualise processes. Some skills you can help your child with are: number bonds to 5 and 10 (4+1=5 or 3+7+10), counting forwards and backwards from any number up to 100 and counting in 2’s. 5’s and 10’s.

Don’t forget to practice NumBots!

Links to learning:

Downloadable Resources

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During the school closure, the Government is providing vouchers for families of children who are eligible for Free School Meals.  To check if you are eligible, please visit Lancashire’s Free School Meals web page by clicking on the link button below.

If you think you meet the criteria, fill in the online form and let Mrs Fox know by emailing her, info@worsthorne.lancs.sch.uk