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.
Our topic for this term, will take us on a journey of fairy tale magic and danger as we venture 'Into The Woods.' This topic will last for the whole of the Lent term, however for this first half we shall have a focus on Cinderella and the Royal Ball.
Using the story of Cinderella as their inspiration, the children will be creating their own 'Rags to Riches' tales for their fiction writing. Their non-fiction writing, meanwhile, will use the Royal Ball as its basis when the children have a go at producing some persuasive writing, persuading us to visit the ball.
Keeping the Royal Ball in mind, our history topic for this half term will be looking at Kings and Queens throughout history. We shall be examining some of the most influential monarchs in British history, and looking at what it was that made them so memorable. The children will also be able to put themselves into the role of monarch and devise their own laws with which to rule their kingdom.
Our Science for this term will be all about different everyday materials. The children will have the opportunity to examine the properties of different everyday materials and think about how these materials could be used.
For a more in-depth look at our work on this topic please click on the link below for our medium term plan. You will also find a medium term overview of the vocabulary that we will be focusing on this half term.
You might also wish to share some traditional tales and fairy tales together at home.
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 they shall also be bringing a copy of them home to share with you so that you can talk about them together. I'm also going to put a digital copy of them here on the website for you as well. 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 come and speak to me.
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. Homework books should be returned to school on a Wednesday and will be sent home again each Friday.
Remember you also need to complete your maths challenge sheet and read at least 3 times a week at home as well.
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 use 'Maths No Problem' which features the children above. 'Maths No Problem' 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.
Our current RE topic is 'Special People.' The experience of community is an essential and enjoyable part of life for people of every age and faith. The cycle of a year and the span of a lifetime contain occasions for regular celebrations as well as unexpected surprises, when people want to celebrate with family, friends and communities. The Church’s celebrations are community occasions. On Sundays, the parish family gathers together. It is a time to remember how much there is to celebrate; a time to say thank you; a time to know that God’s love is offered and made visible here and now in Jesus and in people. Sacraments are more formal special moments: signs of ‘God-with-us’, who journeys with his people; signs of strength and blessing for life.
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.”
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