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Year 1- Lighthouse Class

Welcome to Lighthouse Class!

Thank you for visiting our class page! Please take a look at what we are learning about this term!

This term, our Topic is 'How do countries in different parts of the world compare?'

In English, our class text is Meerkat Mail. We will be immersing ourselves in the text using art and drama activities. We will then be learning about newspaper articles and writing our own newspaper article about the amazing adventure that Sunny the meerkat goes on.

Here are some photos of Lighthouse Class reading out their non-fiction texts last term.

In Maths, we will be building on our knowledge of place value with numbers up to 100. We will be partitioning numbers into tens and ones, using Base 10 equipment and pictorial representations. Later on in the term, we will be learning about money and time.

Lighthouse Class' array buildings from Term 5

Lighthouse Class finding half of an amount using cubes

In Art, we are focusing on pattern. So far, we have looked at patterned cloth from Africa and have emulated some of the symbolism and repeating patterns to create our own patterns. We will also be creating repeating patterns and creating patterns using nature as inspiration. 

In DT, we will be continuing to focus on structures, this time designing a habitat or den for Sunny the meerkat to stay in.

Take a look at some of the landmarks we made last term!

In RE, we are learning the Universal Church and how we can be a good neighbour to others.

In Project, we are taking inspiration from our class text, Meerkat Mail and will be learning all about where Sunny the meerkat is from: the Kalahari desert in southern Africa. We will be finding the Kalahari desert, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana in the atlas and on Google Maps. We will also be making comparisons between the wildlife and scenery there and here.


Lighthouse Class have been enjoying using the atlases!


Please continue to read with your child as often as possible. Your child has two books at a time: a book at their phonics level, and a book they have chosen to read for pleasure. This second book can be above your child's reading level. Please enjoy reading the book with them, as they have chosen this for a reason and we want to encourage a love of reading. Your child does need to read the phonics book more than once, as they need to become more familiar with the words so that they do not need to sound out the same words every time they read them. Don't feel as though you need to read the whole book in one go - they can read it in small chunks. Do make sure you ask questions about what is going on in the book, to check that your child understands what they have read.


If your child also has access to an e-book. Whenever your child gets a new Reading Practice book in school, it will be added to their e-book account so they can also practise it at home and build up their fluency in reading. If you have lost your log in details for this, please let us know and we can get some more to you.



Please choose at least one activity from the homework grid per week. 

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