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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.

PE - will be on Tuesdays (Express Coaching) and Thursday (Dance) please can children to wear a weather appropriate PE kit to school as PE will either be outside or in the hall.

Star Stamps will be given for Phonics quiz results, reading at home and for lots of other achievements throughout the day.


Our Topic Theme


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


 Did Any Good Come From The Great Fire Of London?

To help us decide the answer to this question, Manta Rays will be locating Mansfield and London on a map, discussing the physical and human features of both places and learning about famous landmarks in London. We will be learning about the plague that happened before the Great Fire of London and we will learn all about how and where the fire started, how it stopped and  the different ways the fire changed London. 











When writing in Year One, we start to learn 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 traditional tale we will be reading and internalising stories such as:


The Gingerbread Man              


Vlad and the Great Fire of London.            



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


An Instruction text about How Bread Is Made  


Non chronological reports about The Great Fire of London.







Maths lessons during the first half term will have the focus of Addition and Subtraction within 20 and Manta Rays will be learning how to count, order, represent and understand numbers and their value, before moving on to Place Value upto 50. We will be using part, part whole, bar models and pictorial representations to help us understand number.





During the second half term, we will continue to work with place value within 50 and we also learn all about Measurement, looking at height, length, weight and volume.




Super Science lessons are all about:

Everyday Materials.


Manta Rays will be exploring what materials are, their uses and how some materials can be made into other things.

During our lessons we will look at various materials, explore how things feel when we touch them, what is the same and what is different about materials, which materials are bendy and stretchy and which materials are the best at getting wet.





Our Changing World.

Animal Antics and Sensing Seasons.


Our Science focus for Animal Antics will be to see which animals live around our school environment, how we can help them by making bird feeders and understand how snails change. 



During our Sensing Seasons lessons Manta Rays will be thinking about how the seasons change and how these changes affect us.    



Art and D.T.



Manta Rays will be looking at how houses were made in Tudor London and then will get busy designing their own version of a Tudor London house, after they have made them, they will then be safely recreating the Great Fire of London with their models.



As well as making model houses Manta Rays will also be creating a London Skyline silhouette, making bread and creating a portrait of Samuel Pepys.





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 maze to go along side our Vlad and the Flea writing and we will also be designing our own animation of the Great Fire of London.



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 Judaism and Friendships 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 Spring 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. We have Express Coaching on Tuesday and Dance on 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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