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Manor Court CommunityPrimary School and Pre-School



Miss Whitehouse and Miss Clarke


Welcome to Dragonflies! We hope you had a lovely holiday. Dragonflies is taught by Miss Whitehouse with support from the amazing Miss Clarke. We are looking forward to a happy and productive year! 

In Dragonflies, we will expect fantastic behaviour, an enthusiastic attitude to learning and wonderful friendships. Over the first few weeks, we will be helping children in their transition into Year 1 from Early Years. We will continue to use a carousel system and adapt to the childrens’ needs as they settle into a more formal way of learning. 

In English, children will continue to have daily phonics sessions which will support them in their reading, spelling and writing. They will continue to practise and develop neat letter formation. Through our English lessons, we will explore a range of writing genres. Children will be taught to write narratives, letters, character descriptions and much more. We will be focusing on a range of high-quality books, starting off the year with Five Bears: A Tale of Friendship by Catherine Rayner. Children will be taught the Year 1 grammar objectives, including punctuating sentences and joining clauses with ‘and’. We will also focus on spelling rules and plurals. In Guided Reading sessions, children will have the chance to develop and discuss their understanding of a range of texts. 

In Maths, we will focus on Number and Place Value. Children will learn to count, read and write numbers in numerals and words. We will also build on their learning of addition, subtraction and interpreting mathematical statements. There will be daily practise of counting in 2s, 5s and 10s to support children in their timetables in Year 2. 

In Science this term, we will be learning about Animals. Children will learn to identify and name a variety of common animals and compare their structures. We will also learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We will look also look at Humans, naming body parts and our senses.  

We will do History in the first half term. Our Enquiry question will be: How has Chard changed? Children will be comparing Chard now and in the past. After half term, we will focus on Geography and our local area. 

Children will also have RE, PSHE, PE, Art, DT, Computing and Music lessons throughout the term. PE will be on a Friday. 

If you need to contact us, this can be done via the Year 1 parents email which is checked regularly. Email us at: 

We look forward to working with all of our Year 1 families! 

Miss Whitehouse