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Welcome to Zebra Class Term 1

Hello and welcome back to Saint Edmunds school, we hope that you and your families have had a restful summer. We are both so excited for the new school year to start and welcome you into your new classroom. Our first topic this term will be ‘Marvellous me’, where we will be learning about ourselves and how amazing we all are!

In maths this term the children will be learning about place value (up to 20). This will include covering areas such as counting and sorting groups of objects, representing objects and numbers, recognising numbers as words, counting forwards and backwards, counting one more and one less, using more than, less than and equal to symbols, ordering numbers, ordering objects, ordinal numbers and lastly, the number line. If your child does some maths work at home, please bring it in, we would love to see it!

In talk for writing (English) this term we will be looking at the book ‘Dear Zoo’. This book is about a boy who writes a letter to the zoo asking for a pet. The zoo sends the boy several different animals but each animal is either to big, to small, to grumpy, to naughty, or to fierce (ask your child, I am sure they will tell you all about it!). Talk for Writing has had an outstanding impact on schools. Typically, schools have found that children initially double their rate of progress.
In science this term the children will be learning about the human body and our five senses. The topic also covers animal bodies and the variation of animal groups. 
Within DT this term the children will be learning about mechanisms. We will be looking at various pop up/moving books, finding out how the mechanisms work and how we can create our own. 
In geography this term the children will be looking at our local area, investigating maps and completing some fieldwork activities. Please ensure your children are equipped with a waterproof coat and some wellington boots. 
For further information regarding what we will be learning in Zebra class please click the PDF below named 'Year 1 curriculum overview'. 
Additionally, if you would like any further information on how to support your child at home, please let us know, We'd be more than happy to help.
 Miss James and Mrs Crabtree. 

Important Information


-Now that the winter months are upon us, please ensure your child has a waterproof coat and a pair of wellington boots that are labelled. Wellington boots can be left at school. 

- Please ensure all clothing is clearly labelled with your child’s name.

- Drinks bottles need to be in school EVERY day. These also must be labelled!

- Healthy snacks: We do provide a healthy snack each day but you can also send in one from home if you wish. We do ask that this is also healthy! No biscuits, crisps or sweets. Please also be mindful that we have a 'no nut policy'.   


The children will be given two reading books every Monday, one will be a book carefully matched to your child's current reading level and the other, a story which can be shared together. Please listen to your child read everyday and record this in their reading diary. Please try to share their book with them for at least 5-10 minutes, three times each week. Research shows that reading with your child at home has many benefits, including promoting self-confidence, developing important communication and literacy skills, and fostering a love of learning. Book will be changed every Monday.


PE will take place on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure that children wear their PE kit to school on these days. We will aim to teach PE outdside as long as the weather permits so please ensure that the children have appropriate clothing for this. Please can you ensure that your child/children wear appropraite footwear that they can fasten independently.



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