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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 4 days and Mrs Smith; who is in class for 1 day each week.



                   Teaching Assistants.            





                                                      Mrs Buckley




                                       Mrs Marples



Manta Rays also have the super Mrs Buckley and Mrs Marples working with us as our Teaching Assistants.


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


 What's It Like To live In Mansfield?

To help us decide the answer to this question, Manta Rays will be learning about the physical and human features that can be found in and around Mansfield. We will be exploring maps of the United Kingdom and learning about the capital cities of the four nations. Manta Rays will also be studying Nottingham as our closest city and hopefully we will have a trip to Mansfield too.












In Year One, we will be learning lots of different writing techniques to help us write. Manta Rays will be starting to use Rainbow Grammar to help us form a range of simple, compound and complex sentences.

To help us write a range of sentences and a story we will be reading and internalising the story of:


     Where The Wild Things Are.             



Other stories we will be using to help us write will be, Can't You Sleep Little Bear? and Elmer.

As well as these fiction texts, we will also be learning about and writing our own Winter Poem in time for Christmas:











Maths lessons during the Autumn term will have the focus of  place value. Manta Rays will be learning about numbers with a place value of up to ten in the first half term and learning how we can add and subtract these numbers using abstract, concrete and pictorial representations.





During the second half term, we will continue to work with place value within 10 and we also learn all about  3D shape and learn to recognise, sort and name these shapes according to their properties.




Super Science lessons are all about:

Everyday Materials, Plants and Using Our Senses.


During our super Science lessons we will be exploring Everyday Materials and finding out what things are made of and how materials are classified according to their properties to see if they are plastic, wood, glass or metal.






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




Finally, in the Autumn term we will be looking at our 5 senses, learning what they are and how they help us decide the things we like to taste, smell and touch. 







Art and D.T.



Manta Rays will be creating a piece of art work inspired by the season of winter, we will be looking at colour, colour mixing and creating a beautiful scene of winter by painting both a background and a foreground.




As well as creating our own picture in art Manta Rays will be understanding mechanisms in DT and creating a device to help save Santa after he got stuck in the chimney.






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 understand algorithms and create our own avatar.




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 Christmas and Hannukah.










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 Autumn 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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