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Manta Rays Y1

Manta Rays' Staff.




   Mrs Cheetham           Mrs Smith 


Welcome to Team Manta Rays.

The Teachers working in Manta Rays are: Mrs Cheetham; who will be in class for 3.5 days and Mrs Smith; who is in class for 1.5 days each week.



                   Teaching Assistant.            


                                                      Mrs Brewer


Manta Rays also have the super Mrs Brewer working with us as our Teaching Assistant.


                    Let's go Team Manta Rays!




General Information.


Doors open 8:40 to 8:50 in the morning.

School finishes at 3:10 pm.

Book bags, Reading Records and water bottles are to be sent into school each morning and they will be sent home each night. Due to limited space in the cloakroom - no large bags please.

PE - will be on Tuesday and Thursday, please can children  wear a weather appropriate PE kit to school as PE will either be outside or in the hall.

Star Stamps will be given for reading at home, please encourage your child to read at least 3 times a week, star stamps will also be given for lots of other achievements throughout the day.

Keep your eyes on Seesaw as we will post lots of your child's amazing work in class on there too.




Our Topic Theme


During the Summer Term, in our Geography, History and Topic lessons, we will be exploring the topic question of:


 From Farm To Fork.

Where Does My Food Come From?

To help us decide the answer to this question, Manta Rays will be learning about the process it takes to get foods from their raw state to something that we can eat. We will be looking at the different countries certain food grow in- to help us understand that some foods can be local whilst others come from further afield. Manta Rays have an exciting trip planned to White Post Farm, so that we can see what it is like being a farmer, how crops grow and how animals are reared.












Already in Year One, we have learnt lots of different writing techniques to help us write. Manta Rays will be continuing to use Rainbow Grammar to help us form a range of simple, compound and complex sentences.

To help us write a story and a set of instructions we will be reading and internalising the story of:


The Tiger Who Came to Tea.            



As well as this fiction text, we will also be learning about and writing various text types such as:


An Instruction text about making the perfect sandwich for the tiger and a recount of the visit to White Post Farm.











Maths lessons during the first half term will have the focus of multiplication and division of 2s, 5s, 10s, fractions and geometry - describing movements. We will be understanding related number facts between multiplication and division and will be looking at wholes and the fractions of quarters and halves.





During the second half term, we will continue to work with place value within 100 and we also learn all about money and learn to recognise the value of certain notes and coins, we will look at Time, getting to know digital and analogue times and how to read these on a clock.




Super Science lessons are all about:

Plant Detectives.


Manta Rays will become plant detectives exploring what plants are, how and where they grow and how plants and trees can change over time.






Our Changing World.

 Sensing Seasons.



During our Sensing Seasons lessons Manta Rays will be thinking about how the seasons change and how these changes affect us, what we can see and hear that tells us the seasons change and how these changes affect plants and the weather around us.    



Art and D.T.



Manta Rays will be creating a piece of art work inspired by Giuseppe Arcimoldo, who made amazing portraits of people using fruits and vegetables for their facial features.




As well as creating our own portrait in art Manta Rays will be understanding why it is important to be healthy and we will be designing a healthy fruit salad in DT.





E safety is a top priority and Manta Rays will be learning how to keep themselves safe when using a computer or electronic device. We will learn how to log in and log out of websites, how to create pictures and documents and how to save these to work on at a later date. We will be using Scratch to help us make a video all about where food comes from.




Religious Education.


Our R.E lessons give Manta Rays the opportunity to explore religions and begin to understand what objects and symbols are used for the festivals, experiences and emotions of the religions and its people. We will be learning about weddings and other important celebrations this half term too.








Team Manta Ray will learn all about caring and responsibility, who our special people are and how they help us in our R.S.H.E lessons. We will embrace diversity and recognise the ways in which we are all different and understand what it is to be respectful, kind and use strategies to promote inclusion and kindness.




Music in the Summer Term is a time for the children to recognise the pulse of a song and understand it is the songs heartbeat. We will be using our voices, glockenspiels and recorders to develop our understanding of music.




Physical Education


 PE lessons will either be outside or in the hall on a Tuesday and Thursday.

Please can children wear weather appropriate PE kit to school on PE days.

 We are incredibly lucky to have coaches who teach us a variety of sports in Year One and we will be active throughout the week too.






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