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Autumn 2019 – Beenham 100!


In Mai class we teach through a play-based curriculum for our Foundation children with the Year 1 curriculum taught alongside. We use a topic-based approach which is based on the children’s interests.

This half term, our topic celebrates the 100th anniversary of The Victory Hall and looks closely at where we live and who lives there.


We will begin by looking at ourselves and our own history. The children will explore their own lives and the history of their families. We will also be finding out the local area through use of maps and aerial photography including the use of drones.


Year 1 learning

English- Reading

This term, we will have some wonderful texts to inspire our learning including - ‘My Mum’ by Anthony Brown, ‘The Mog series’ by Judith Kerr and ‘Rosie’s Walk’ by Pat Hutchins

We will also use poems, rhyming texts and non-fiction texts.

Daily guided reading will continue throughout Year 1 focussing on individual reading targets.

As we gain more confidence and fluency in our reading we will continue to practise a wide range of reading strategies to develop our reading further.

We will continue to focus on these three questions when reading


  • Does it look right?

  • Does it sound right

  • Does it make sense?


 English - Writing

​This term the children will begin to look at simple narratives. They will retell stories that they know and sequence events in order.

We will continue to practise

  • Correct letter formation of all letters of the alphabet

  • Leaving spaces between words.

  • Building up our spelling bank of common exception words


English - Sight words and spellingsWe will continue to practise sight words to help us gain fluency in our reading. When sight words are recognised with confidence we will write and spell the same words to help with fluency in writing.

Sight words and spellings should be practised at home on a daily basis. ​


English - Phonics

Phonics will be taught to all children daily. Phonics tasks will be differentiated to ensure children are taught to their own ability.


This term, we will be focussing on:

  • Place Value - Counting to twenty and beyond, forwards and backwards also counting in multiples of twos, tens and begin to count in fives.  We will be reading and writing numbers to 20 in numerals and words. We will identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including the number line and use the language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least. When given a number, we will learn to identify one more or one less.

  • Addition and Subtraction - Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts (within 10) Add and subtract one-digit numbers (to 10), including zero. Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs..




This term we will be encouraged to ask and respond to simple questions about the past. We will be finding out how life was different in the past and using photographs, artifacts and stories to compare life now and then.

We will have the opportunity to talk to local residents who have lived in the area and can tell us about Beenham in the past.



Through stories and photos and technology, the children will learn about mapping and aerial photography.



In art and design, we will be using clay to produce a whole school ceramic mural. We will also be doing lots of portrait painting of ourselves and members of our family.



As well as programming the Bee Bots to find a route around a model village, the children will also experience how drones work and how they can be used to take aerial photos and film of our school.


Foundation Stage learning


Communication and Language

This term, the children will be learning about how to listen and take turns. Through circle time and oral language sessions the children will be encouraged to speak to small groups and the whole class about their own experiences, feelings and opinions.



The children will be developing their early reading and writing skills through lots of play based literacy games. The focus for writing this term will be to correctly write their names using a capital letter at the beginning.



In the first few weeks of school, children will begin to learn their sounds. Once a few sounds have been learnt they will be begin to learn how to blend sounds together to form words.


Explanations of phonics and games can be found at;



http://www.familylearning.org.uk/ on the side bar there is a link to phonics games.


http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ some free games others subscription based.


http://www.ictgames.com/ literacy and maths games


Number - Counting to 10 forwards and backwards from any given number. Number recognition to 5 then 10.

Counting objects one to one, knowing that the final count is the total number counted.

Begin to use a number line to 10 to count on and back.

Shape Space and Measure

We will explore length, mass and capacity through play in both the sand and water trays and using playdough.


Online maths games can be found at;










Understanding the world and Expressive Arts and Design

The children will be experiencing many different methods of painting, printing and 3D work.

General class information



P.E kit should be in school every day to ensure they are available if necessary. P.E lessons will generally be on a Thursday.

Home Learning

Home learning tasks will be given out on a Tuesday and should be handed in on the following Monday.

All children in the class should read at home for 5 to 10 minutes on a daily basis.

All children will be given new high frequency words or spellings to learn each week. These should be practised every day.


​Forest School

We will aim to visit the woods every Wednesday morning during the Autumn half term. Children need to wear old, play clothes on these days and welly boots or trainers are also required.



We welcome your support in the classroom so please let me know if you would like to help out in our class regularly, or as an occasional helper. We would love to have you.