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Welcome to Class 1!


I am very pleased to welcome you and your child to Class 1, and to our class webpage. On this webpage you will be able to keep up to date with all of the different things that we have been learning about , keep up to date with any special events that are happening, access copies of the homework, and also find digital copies of our newsletter. This is an exciting time for you and your child as they move from the EYFS curriculum on to the National Curriculum. We will ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible...and most of all make sure that your child still has lots of fun whilst developing and learning new skills as they go through the year. You can click on the link below to access a parent handbook explaining the Year 1 curriculum.

I hope that this will be another fun and exciting year at St. Peter's for you and your child. You can click on the link below to find out about all of the things we will be looking at this year in our long term plan.



Year 1 Long Term Plan 2018 - 2019

           Our Current Topic                

We begin our Summer (Pentecost) term in the Lake District exploring 'The Tale of Beatrix Potter.' Our work during this topic will give us the opportunity to explore the famous tales which have been enthralling children and adults alike for over 126 years. However, we shall also be exploring lesser known aspects of Beatrix Potter's life, such as her work in conservation, farming and her study of natural sciences. Her study of the natural sciences in regards to plants, flowers and trees will help to inform our own science work, which will focus around plants and growing, including doing some planting of our own. By thinking about Beatrix's passion to conserve the countryside and nature we shall be looking at what we can do to help protect nature and our planet for future generations. 

Beatrix Potter's delicate paintings and sketches will provide the backdrop for our own exploration of watercolours in creating landscape art, and in the illustration of our own little tales inspired by the characters of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Tom Kitten, Pigling Bland and more.

For a more in-depth look at our work on this topic please click on the link below for our medium term plan.


Here you will find our half termly homework challenge grids. Each week choose a different activity from the grid to complete. Homework books should be returned to school on a Wednesday and will be sent home again each Friday.

Remember you also need to practice your new spellings each week (sent home on a Monday) and read at least 3 times a week at home.

'The Tale of Beatrix Potter' Homework Task - Summer Term 1

Watch this clip from the Royal Ballet of 'The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher.' Choreograph your own dance inspired by what you have watched (you could use this music or music of your own choice).

"Step In Time" from MARY POPPINS on Broadway for 'Let's Go Fly A Kite!' Homework Grid.

Watch this piece of the Broadway production of ‘Mary Poppins.’ Respond to this section of the show in any way you wish. You may want to create your own choreography for this music or you may wish to create a picture or write a story based on what you have seen.
Email your dance if this how you choose to respond to Mr. Wright so we can watch them in class

Arthurian Music for Homework Task

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Here is the video of Arthurian music for the medieval folk dance task on this half term's homework grid.




We will continue to use the Read Write Inc. phonics programme that the children became familiar with in their Reception year. As they continue to work through the programme they will be encountering new sounds as well as consolidating the sounds they have already learnt. This will enable them to become confident readers and writers. Phonics is only one part of our literacy though. This year the children will also be exploring different types of texts and experimenting with different styles of writing. At St. Peter's we follow Talk4Writing. This is a powerful scheme in helping children become confident writers as it enables children to imitate the language they need for a particular topic orally, before reading and analysing it and then writing their own version. The children began to explore Talk4Writing in Reception so it is something that they are familiar with.




Children will be read with at least once a week in school. As it is extremely important that children practise the skills they learn in school, we expect them to read at home with an adult at LEAST 3 times a week...if not every day. Please log down in your child's reading diary when you read with them. As part of your reading routine at home it is recommended that you practise the common exception words also.





We use a Mastery Approach to teaching maths. This means that all children are working on the same topic and are expected to make progress in each lesson. If a child has reached mastery they will have a deep, secure and fluent understanding of the subject, which they can reason with and apply to a range of situations. We make sure that children get the support they need or are challenged by using quick intervention  or deeper understanding. They also get the opportunity to practise and consolidate skills they have learned during the maths lessons, through practical, hands-on based activities throughout each day.




Our topic to conclude second half of the Spring (Lent) term is the 'Growing' topic, with a focus on Lent. Lent is the season when Christians practise both giving and giving-up, to identify with the self-offering of Jesus which is remembered in the Liturgy of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil).



Word of God

“For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick, and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’  And the king will answer them, ‘Truly, I tell you, as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”

Matthew 25:35-40

Year 1 Weekly Newsletter

You can find digital copies of our weekly newsletter in this section of our web page.

Year 1 World Book Day 2019

Year 1 World Book Day 2019 1

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