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Halls (Year 1)

Welcome to Halls Class

The teachers in Year 1 Halls Class are Mrs Snowden, Mrs Barnard and Miss Jukes. We will help you with anything you need to know or any queries you may have - we are happy to help. 

Term 5

This term our enquiry question is 'Why do we love being beside the seaside?' We will revise countries / capital cities in the UK and compare Chippenham with places by the seaside, identifying similarities and differences and naming physical (natural) and human features.  Alongside this learning, in Science we will be learning about a wide range of animals and grouping them according to different criteria e.g. mammals, birds, fish or pet, farm and wild animals.  On Mondays and Fridays, we will continue with PE lessons - please make sure you wear PE kits on these days.  Please refer to the Curriculum Map for Term 5 for more details, and of course the knowledge organisers for Geography and Science enquiry learning.  In English, our writing will be based upon a non-fiction travel journal and the story 'Grandad's Island'. We will continue with daily reading and phonics - continuing Phase 5 learning - preparing for the national phonics screening test in June.

Our class is named after the author Smriti Halls. Smriti Halls is an award-winning, critically acclaimed children’s author. With a cast of characters as varied as mischievous monsters and disgruntled geese, she explores relationship and identity; the personal and the political; how it feels to be in your own skin — and in someone else’s. Her books, often fast-paced and funny or lyrical and tender, are always full of hope and heart and speak to the child in all of us.  Several of her books have been nominated and shortlisted for national awards. 

In Halls Class, we love to read and ensure that all children have exposure to a wealth of engaging books from different authors. Books can take you any place that you can imagine and even to places that you can't! They give you a wonderful insight into other cultures, experiences, people and places without even leaving your seat. We encourage children to value and understand others and gain a greater understanding of the world around them through their wide reading experiences.

PE will take place on Monday and Friday throughout the year.  On these days, children are asked to wear their school PE kits to school (plain black jogging bottoms / leggings / shorts, school polo top and school jumper with trainers or daps).  I would advise that you also bring a carrier bag of spare clothes (underwear, change of trousers / skirt) in case of any accidents - we can keep this in school on your child's peg. 

If you have any questions, please ask one of our team!

Kind regards Mrs Snowden