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.
For the second half of the Advent Term we shall be taking a magical flight of adventure and daring with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the Darling children as we set 'Off to Neverland!'
We shall use J. M Barrie's classic tale to develop our Literacy skills through sending postcards from Neverland, writing a character description of the terrible Captain Hook and creating our very own fantasy tales based on Peter Pan's adventures. We shall also explore our new Geography topic of 'Maps and Plans' through the tale of Peter Pan. We shall be looking at how maps and plans are created and used by people, and we shall also be having a go at using maps ourselves to locate things and places.
Our Science work for this half term will look at Seasonal Change, with a particular focus on the change from summer to autumn, and autumn to winter.
There are many different versions of 'Peter Pan' available from printed books, audiobooks and film adaptations. In class we shall be using the Ladybird Classic version as our main book for this topic, whilst dipping into other versions (such as the Disney version) so that the children can see how the story has evolved and been adapted over time. Please feel free to explore the story of 'Peter Pan' at home with your child using any version of the story 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.
Our final topic of the Advent Term is all about 'Waiting.' During Advent we wait, as Christians, for the joyful coming of Jesus Christ. Advent is a time when we appreciate the love in our lives and prepare to celebrate love becoming a reality in the person of Jesus. Christians at Christmas celebrate the gift of Jesus, given by God as a sign and expression of God’s love. Giving and receiving reflects the truth that all life is given by God and life is given meaning through the gift of Jesus.
Word of God
“This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven. Dear friends, if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another. No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us.” (1 John 4: 10-12)
You can access the 'Life to the Full' parent portal by clicking on the link
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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.