Spectacular Sycamores and Positive Palms 2020

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Our teachers are:

Spectacular Sycamores – Miss Howard and Mrs Thackray

Positive Palms – Miss Goodhead and Mrs Torrance

Look at our classrooms!

See who our dojo masters and school council representatives are.

Our dojo masters are:

Positive Palms – Victoria and Andrei

Spectacular Sycamores – Oscar and Gabi

Our school councillors are:

Positive Palms – Jayden

Spectacular Sycamores – Harper

Below is how our topics will look this year:

During this term as part of Enchanted Woodland, we will look at the wildlife and plants that live and grow in the Great British Countryside. We will also look at what plants need to grow. We will also study our local area as part of our Geography.

Quality Text

For our writing, we are looking at ‘where the wild things are,’ by Maurice Sendrak.

Our Key text for Autumn 1 will be ‘Where the wild things are’. The children will use the Talk for writing approach to learn the story. They will learnt to make predictions about what is going to happen, use adjectives to describe the characters, create freeze frames based on what they have read and write their own story by changing the characters.



In Maths, we are looking at adding, subtracting and shape.

During this topic ‘Moon zoom’, the children will get the chance to investigate the seasons, build a moving car and even have a go at firing a rocket into space!

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This term, we will be reading the text Beegu by Alexis Deacon


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For our topic this term, we are becoming street detectives!

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This is our quality text, Meerkat mail. We will be following the ‘Talk for Writing’ teaching technique to write a journey story.

We will also create a non-fiction persuasive leaflet persuading someone to visit our City, Derby!


For our memorable experience both at home and in school, we looked around our area. Due to covid, we weren’t able to go out of school but we filmed pour teacher doing a short walk 🙂

During this term we will be focusing on Brazil and deforestation in the Amazon. In geography we will be using maps and looking at the physical and human features Brazil and England. In Art we will be designing and making a headdress for our Carnival. In Science we will be looking at animals and humans.

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For our quality text this term, we will look at the traditional tale ‘The three Bears,’ The Non-Fiction text is a Explanation text on “Why are poisonous frogs are disappearing?”.


During playtime someone had come into our classroom and split porridge all over the floor and pushed chairs on the floor. There were lots of clues left us to find: Golden blonde hair, small hand print, ring and red ribbons.


For our topic experience we had a Carnival in the afternoon, we wore our headdress we made and tried some Carnival foods from Brazil. We even got to practise our samba dancing!

In this topic, we will make lots of mess! We will also learn about Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole. We will take a look at the human body and in Art we will learn about Carl Warner.

Our focus for RE this term is ‘belonging’.


We will innovate and write our very own wishing tale based upon this classic story.


Oh no! Someone came into school and left a mess!


We had a fun-filled messy afternoon!

In Land Ahoy this term, We are looking at Christopher Columbus and Grace Darling. They will learning about his travels, this will link to our Geography where we are looking at maps and the different seas and oceans in the world. In Design and Technology, we will be designing, testing, modelling and evaluating boats. In Science we will be looking at Materials and different properties.

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Our Fiction Focus this term is “How the Tortoise broke its shell”. This is a warning story. We will also be doing an Information text on “Why is Christopher Columbus Famous?”.


During Storytime a map got delivered through our class window, the map was of our playground with seven red crosses. We went on a treasure hunt to search for the clues. Once we found all the clues we brought them inside and pieced the clues together. The clues made a broken tortoise shell!


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Throughout the year, we have experiences that will enhance our learning.

See below our important information you need to know:

In maths, we are looking at increasing our children’s fluency with basic skills. Have a go at this interactive game at home! https://www.topmarks.co.uk/addition/robot-addition

Here is a list of the spellings your child will need to learn by the end of year 1 and 2:

Our PE lessons happen on a Monday afternoon with Mr Holland. Please send your child to school wearing a PE kit. they will stay in their PE kit all day to limit belongings being brought into school.

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Here are some useful websites that you might want to visit to support your child’s learning.

Maths adding

Pure sounds guide for their phonics test and reading



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Firs Primary School
Raven Street
DE22 3WA
Telephone: 01332 346230
Fax: 01332 200782

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