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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.
We begin the second half of our Summer (Pentecost) term with a short journey from the Earth to the moon. This is a mini-topic which will last for 2 weeks, culminating with our whole school 'Space Week.' In the first week we shall have a specific focus on the moon and the Apollo 11 landing from 1969. The children will examine the historical aspect of space exploration on our lives, and using the moon landing will create a newspaper report as part of their Literacy work. In the second week the children will be involved in lots of hands-on space based learning opportunities including a planetarium and space-related science experiments. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to come and ask me. 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.
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.
We begin a new topic based on the theme of reconciliation - 'Being Sorry.' Networks of friendships and relationships enable human beings to live together. When a child's power to trust, reach out and make friends is diminished, they may suffer the effects for a lifetime. Both children and adults have to discover their ability to reach out and repair what has been damaged. If human beings are to live together in relationships , there is always the need for reconciliation. Christians believe that in Jesus Christ the world has been reconciled to God. Through, and in Christ, every human being is offered the power to reach out in forgiveness and peace, to receive and to offer reconciliation.
Word of God
St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, wrote:
“But now in Christ Jesus, you that used to be so far apart from us have been brought very close, by the blood of Christ. For he is the peace between us, and has made the two into one and broken down the barrier which used to keep them apart, actually destroying in his own person the hostility caused by the rules and decrees of the Law.”
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