Stuart Wright - Class Teacher
Zoe Oliver - Class LSA (am) Rebecca White - Class LSA (pm)
I am very pleased to welcome you and your child to Class 1, and to our class web page. On this web page 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 a 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 are starting the Lent Term by going 'Into The Woods' to meet up with some of our favourite fairytale characters. We will begin by focusing on Cinderella, although we shall encounter other characters along the way!
We shall use the Cinderella tale to develop our Literacy skills by writing reports about the Royal Ball, conjuring our own fairy godmother spells and creating our very own fantasy tales based on Cinderella's adventures.
Our work on the Royal Ball shall feed into our new History topic of 'Kings & Queens.' We shall be looking at how Kings and Queens are crowned, how they rule and also how they celebrate special occasions. Alongside looking at fairytale monarchs, we will be taking a close look at some real life monarchs including Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Victoria, and a monarch with a very famous local connection - Richard III.
Our Science work for this half term will look at Everyday Materials. We will explore the properties and features of different everyday objects and the materials that they are made from. We shall also be carrying out experiments on different everyday materials to see if they are suitable materials to be used for specific purposes.
There are many different versions of 'Cinderella' available from printed books, audiobooks and film adaptations. In class we shall be looking at different versions of the story so that the children can see how the story has evolved and been adapted over time. Please feel free to explore the story of 'Cinderella' (along with any other fairytales) at home with your child using any version of the stories that you may have, including film versions and audiobooks.
Here you will find our half termly homework challenge grids. Each week choose a different activity from the grid to complete. The gold box on your homework grid is related to your knowledge organisers and should be looked at every week. Due to the current Covid-19 precautions homework books do NOT need returning to school. For the time being please get your child to complete their homework in their homework book, then take a photograph of your child's completed homework task and post it into their online journal on Class Dojo
Remember you also need to complete your maths challenge sheet and read at least 3 times a week at home as well.
Word of God
“Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen the salvation which you have made ready in the sight of the nations; a light of revelation for the Gentiles and glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:25-32)
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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 practice 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 practice 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 practice and consolidate skills they have learned during the Maths lessons, through practical, hands-on based activities throughout each day. We follow the White Rose Maths scheme. which allows lots of opportunity for your children to really dig deep into mathematical concepts and build upon what they learnt in Reception. We also supplement and enhance your child's Maths learning with other hands-on experiences which helps them to consolidate what they have been learning about.
This year we shall be making use of knowledge organisers. The knowledge organiser will highlight key facts, vocabulary or concepts that the children will need to know. We shall look at these knowledge organisers in school with the children, but there is also a digital copy of them here on the website for you as well, so that you can share them at home and chat about them. These are the knowledge organisers for our current topic. You will also find knowledge organisers for Literacy, Reading, Maths and RE further down this page in the relevant areas. The Literacy and Reading knowledge organisers cover these areas for the whole of Year 1, whilst the RE knowledge organiser will change for each RE topic that we do. If you have any questions please get in touch either via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via Class Dojo.
You can find digital copies of our weekly newsletter in this section of our web page.
In PE we have been working out with Mickey Mouse and Goofy and learning to Mousercise. This has been lots of fun and we have enjoyed doing all of the different exercises. Here we are sharing the different exercises and the music for the routine so that you can continue to Mousercise and get fit at home.