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Seacole Class and Nightingale Class


Class Teacher in Seacole is Mrs Pearce and Mrs Townsend is the Teaching Assistant.

Class Teacher in Nightingale is Mrs Yendell and Mrs Elliott is the Teaching Assistant.

Autumn Term 2016


Our topic for this half term is ‘All about me’ followed by ‘Fire’ after the half term holiday. 


All about me


The children will be discussing and writing about themselves, their likes/dislikes and their families. They will listen to a variety of fiction and non - fiction texts and explore their features. The children will describe their families using labels, lists and captions and write short sentences about themselves. After listening to stories the children will discuss plot, main characters and their own experiences and feelings.

As part of our poetry topic, the children will be introduced to a variety of poems by selected poets on the theme of ‘family’. They will focus on interesting adjectives, and identify and create similes, to help them write poems about hearing and touch.



In numeracy sessions there is time for mental maths, independent/group and whole class work. The children will carry out activities to help support and develop their number, measures and shape knowledge.


History, Geography, Art, Design and technology

During this topic, the children will focus on pencil/sketching skills and learn about portraits, eventually leading to drawing a detailed self-portrait. The children will use clay to make a model of themselves and learn how to make a picture frame to keep special family photographs in.

The children will be discussing their local environment, features of a town and how to keep safe. This will involve; discussing houses and homes, and comparing Amersham in the past and present.

We will be taking the children on a visit around Amersham town, where they will be looking at the different features of a town and the shops and buildings in Amersham. As part of the topic, the children will be thinking about the childhood their grandparents had. We would love to welcome grandparents into the classroom to share their childhood memories about the toys they used to play with, their school life, the food they ate as a child and the holidays they went on. Please speak to your child’s class teacher to arrange a suitable date.


Religious Education

Belonging: The children will gain a better understanding of what it means to ‘belong’ to different groups. They will look the meaning of belonging to a religious community and how symbols can express and reinforce that sense of belonging.



Animals including humans: The children will name human body parts and senses and compare them with those of common animals. They will draw pictograms using data about differences between children, and collect, draw, label and identify minibeasts. 





The children will imagine what it was like to be in London in the time of the Great Fire (1666). They will write an imaginary recount about escaping from the fire, what would they save? The children will learn about Samuel Pepys and pretend they are a child from that time and write a diary.

Using inspiration from the Great Fire and where it started, the children will learn how to make bread before having a go at making their own. After talking and practising instructional language, they will write their own set of instructions.

As part of our poetry topic, the children will clap the rhythm of London’s Burning. They will make up a round with the rhythm of London’s Burning. The children will explore nursery rhymes and discuss their favourites. They will use their knowledge of pattern and rhyme when making up their own rhyming poems.


History, Geography, art, design and technology

We will start this topic by looking at a map of Great Britain and finding Amersham and London. We will look at pictures and compare the two places. We will then move onto looking at pictures of how London has changed over time. We will then think about The Great Fire of London through storytelling, drama, art, music and design and technology. We will be re-enacting the morning by baking bread and cakes using recipes from long ago. We will also be looking at fire fighting and how to keep safe. The fire brigade is always a popular subject for children to learn about and we are hoping to arrange a visit by our local fire fighters.



Celebrations: During this unit, the children will focus on the feeling of celebration expressed by gifts. They will learn about the birth of Jesus, as told in the bible, with a focus on the gifts given to him.



Materials: We will be investigating a range of building materials such as metal, glass, plastic, bricks and wood. We will be examining their properties, looking at their uses and exploring the reasons why certain materials are chosen for certain jobs. These investigations will include looking at materials that are waterproof and materials that will let light through.



This term we will be carrying out gymnastics and dance activities. P.E. is every Thursday so please make sure your child has his/her full P.E. kit in school at all times. 


Reading Records

The reading records are to be used solely for home reading. Every time you hear your child read, a short note should be entered in the book.


High frequency words

Your child will have a folder with the high frequency words in. The team will take time each week to sit with your child and look at the words they have been expected to practise at home throughout the week. We would like your child to be able to read the words without hesitation. We will highlight the words that we would like your child to look at for the week. When they are checked an adult will tick them to inform you which words they were confident at reading. New words will then be highlighted if necessary.

Please ensure your child has their folder in their book bag on a daily basis.


Contact books

Contact books are for correspondence from home to school or vice versa. These should be handed in every morning by the children and will be given back every afternoon. Please let your child know if they have a message in their contact book, so they can tell a member of the Year One team.



The children will be provided with a snack of fruit or vegetables at play time. The children can access water throughout the day, so please provide your child with a named water bottle to use in class.


Classroom help

We always welcome offers of help in the classroom, so if you would like to help, please write a message in the contact book. All helpers require a CRB check. Please speak to us for more details. 


Wish Tree – The large branch outside the Key Stage One entrance is no ordinary branch! It is our Wish Tree.  We will be attaching leaves to it, labelled with small resources we would love to have in school, but cannot easily budget for.  If you would like to donate any of the resources mentioned on the Wish Tree, we would be extremely grateful.  We are looking at ways of making our Pond area and raised flowerbeds more attractive to wildlife at the moment, in an effort to make the outdoor area an even more inspiring learning environment, so many of the items on the tree will help us with that.  Thank you in advance!