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 our first topic in Year 1 will be travelling 'Deep In The Hundred Acre Wood' to meet Winnie-the-Pooh and all of his friends. We will using A. A. Milne's original stories as our class books, with a particular focus on when Winnie-the-Pooh met some bees. This will help to inform our Literacy work when the children have a go at creating their own story maps to tell this story, and then experiment with creating their own stories by innovating their story maps. For our Non-Fiction writing we shall use the story of Winnie-the-Pooh discovering the North Pole as our inspiration, and the children shall be writing descriptions of their own favourite places.
The Winnie-the-Pooh stories will also link into our Science topic, which is 'Animals including Humans,' and our History topic, which is 'Toys.' We will also use E. H. Shepherd's illustrations from the 'Winnie-the-Pooh' books to give us inspiration when exploring sketching as an art form.
You may wish to explore the 'Winnie-the-Pooh' stories further at home with your child, either by purchasing the books or borrowing them from the library. Below is a picture showing the Pooh Bear library of the books available. There are also plenty of Disney stories about Winnie-the-Pooh and all of his friends, and there are also some lovely audiobook versions available as well, which are lovely for bedtime stories.
If you have any questions, thoughts or ideas about our topic this term please feel free to get in touch with me either via Class Dojo or via email at email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
Our first RE topic in Year 1 is 'Families.' For Christians the pattern and ideal of family life is found in the Scriptures. God is the loving parent of the human family and Jesus was born and lived in a human family. Everybody belongs in the family of God. It is in the family that Christians first experience the reality of church. In this topic we shall explore psalms and bible stories that will show us how God loves not only us but everyone.
Word of God
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. Above all clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.” (Colossians 3: 12-15)
You can find digital copies of our weekly newsletter in this section of our web page.