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Puffin class Autumn term 1

Welcome to Puffin Class! Our teachers are Mrs Hafford and Mrs Weston. Our Nursery Nurse is Mrs Goodman. 

Our topic for this half term is 'Our home' (with a history focus) for Year 1 and 'Dark' for Reception. .

Important information for all of Puffin class

We have outdoor PE on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Every week the children will bring home two reading books, their reading diary and their sound books. The sound books will have the sounds that they will be learning the following week so they can practise them at home as they learn them in school. These books will be changed on a Friday but the children need to bring their zip wallets, with reading books and diaries, into school everyday as they may read to an adult in school. We encourage all children to read daily at hometo an adult, where possible, as regular reading builds up fluency. The children also need to practise the words on their word cards and bookmarks daily too.

Everyday the children must bring in their water bottle filled with water only please.


We will read many different texts in our class. Here are a few of them that we will enjoy in the this half term:

Autumn 2 pictures of text to be taught


Fine motor control

Developing children's fine motor control is incredibly important and will help them in many aspects, including holding a pencil correctly for writing and drawing and fastening buttons and zips. Here are some photos of some of the activities we are doing in school and you may want to try some of these at home! These will be updated weekly. These include scissor control, lego building, using tweezers, using pegs (yes, get them hanging your washing out!!) and handling small beads.

Maths - Reception Autumn term

2020-21 overview

English - Reception Autumn term

The children have made an excellent start to their phonics lessons and have completed Phase 1 of Letters and Sounds. We are now working our way through Phase 2 which involves learning single grapheme phonemes. We are starting to blend CVC words to read them and segment words to write CVC words too. We have learnt to read some tricky words and we will now learn to write them too. Tricky words are tricky because they can't be sounded out. Children: Please practise these words on the bookmark with your reading book.

In addition to this, we will enjoy reading texts together and talking about the events and characters in them. We will also talk about if we like them or not and why. We will encourage mark making in different forms throughout our continuous provision. We will continue working on our letter formation.

Attached are the objectives the children will work through and the Early Learning Goal they will strive to achieve by the end of their Reception Year for Reading and Writing.

Talking and Thinking Floorbook - Reception Autumn term

Where possible, we like to follow the children's choice of learning. The children have learnt lots about themselves, their fmailies and the houses in which they live. This half term we will focus our learning on 'Dark'. We will be asking what the children know about the dark: what happens in the dark, who goes out in the dark, etc. We will then ask the children what they woud like to find out. Sometimes this takes the route of noctural animals, other times the children have been more interested in space. We will find out soon what we will learn this year!

Imagination Library books

This month children born in 2015 should have received the story Mr Big and children born in 2016, Mabel and the mountain. We hope you are enjoying reading these books. Here are some ideas to accompany the stories. We'd love to know if you try any of them out.


Maths - Year 1 Autumn

Each maths lesson will begin with Big Maths which teaches number work and mental recall of number facts. For our maths lessons we follow the White Rose scheme of work. The objectives that the children are aiming to achieve by the end of Year 1 are attached below.

Autumn long term plan capture(1)

English - Year 1 Autumn term

We have a daily English session, which incoporates writing and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar).  We also have a daily phonics lesson and guided reading once a week.

Please see below our texts and writing opportunities; these are subject to change. We also provide opportunities for reading and writing across the curriculum.


Science - Year 1 Autumn term

This half term we will finish off our learning about Our Body. We will then begin our learning about Everyday Materials then we will also study our second season of the year so far, Winter. Please see the knowledge organisers below which details our learning.

Theme- Year 1 Our home Autumn term

Through the theme 'Our home' this half term will be developing our History and DT skills.  Please see below for our knowledge organisers.

Homework - Year 1 Autumn 2

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