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Welcome to Tiger Class!


Autumn Term 1


Tigers, welcome to your new class! I am really looking forward to a fun and exciting year with you all! Here is some information about what you will be getting up to this half term.



English this half term will be text led, focusing on the book ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers.

Throughout this unit, all children will:

  • Use some full stops and capital letters.
  • Plan simple sentences by saying out loud what the writing will be about.

Children who are working deeper will:

  • Use full stops with greater control.

Writing opportunities throughout this unit:

  • Character descriptions.
  • Diary entry.
  • Setting description.
  • Information poster.


Read, Write, Inc.

Phonics will take place daily, following the Read, Write, Inc. scheme. These lessons will incorporate learning phonics sounds, reading and spelling.

Our Maths focus this half term is place value to 10 and addition and subtraction. By the end of term the children will be able to:

  • Count to 10, forwards and backwards.
  • Count, read and write numbers to 10 in numerals and words.
  • Identify one more and one less than a given number.
  • Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations.
  • Use the language more than, less than, most, least and equal to.
  • Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10.
  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition, subtraction and equal signs.
  • Add and subtract one digit numbers to 10.
  • Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.


The topic for Autumn 1 is Everyday Materials. We will be investigating a variety of materials to decide what properties they have. We will be using vocabulary such as stretchy, squashy, hard, rough etc. The children will be working in their science groups and will be handling lots of different objects. Each science group will have a captain who will be in charge. The captain will change each half term.


Vocabulary for this half term - wood, plastic, glass, paper, water, metal, rock, rough, smooth, bendy, hard, soft

We will also be studying the ‘Seasons’ over the year as another science topic.

The vocabulary for this topic is - summer, autumn, winter, spring, sun, day, moon, night, light, dark.


We have a science star each week. Somebody who added something special to our lessons. 

our tiger science stars

our tiger science captains

In Geography, the children will be focusing on ‘Our School and the Local Area’. Throughout this topic, the children will:

  • Describe the local area using words and pictures.
  • Use simple fieldwork and observation skills to study their school.
  • Say what they like and dislike about the locality.
  • Name the physical and human features around school.
  • Draw a simple map with symbols to create a key.


In Art, we will start by exploring different shapes, line and patterns and will be using a variety of mediums including pencils, pastels and charcoal. We will also be looking at the artist Ian Fennelly and creating artwork inspired by him.

The religion we will be focusing on this term is Christianity. Our Big Question to investigate for Autumn 1 is, ‘How did God show his love for the world?’. We will be looking at the Christian story of creation. 

RE will be taught on a Thursday and they will need their wellies or other outdoor shoes (in a named bag please!) as we will be out on the field. 

The PSHE focus is ‘I can like myself the way I am’ and will be focused around the text ‘Elmer’ by David Mckee. The children will begin to understand the ways in which they are different and how to make their classroom welcoming to others.


In Computing, we will be focusing on E-Safety. This will include how to stay safe online, regarding our personal information and understanding who we can and cannot trust online.


Our first music topic is ‘Simple Rhythms’. The children will practise using their voice, hands and instruments to create simple rhythms.


PE will take place on Mondays and Fridays, this half term the children will be focusing on Gymnastics and Ball Skills. Please come into school on these days in your full PE kit. 


Mrs Gregg will be teaching the children on Thursday afternoons during my PPA.

Working alongside myself will be Mrs Knight on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Mrs Holden on Thursday and Mrs Hibbert on Friday.


Homework is a little different this year as it will all be set online and will not be returned to the class teacher. There will be weekly spellings linked to the Read, Write, Inc. sounds learnt in class. There will also be a maths activity to consolidate the learning from the week. This will be set online on a Thursday and can be found under the 'Homework' tab at the bottom of the class page. 


Reading books will be sent home each week. Please read these books more than once if possible to increase fluency. You will change these every Friday so please make sure your reading books are in school that day.

You can also read online at

Username: parkgateprimary 

Password: parkgate


Water bottles

Please ensure your child has a named water bottle in school each day.


If anyone has any questions they would like to ask me, please feel free to see me after school or arrange an appointment.


Many thanks,

Miss Morris