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St Francis of Assisi class


A warm welcome to Year 1.  Well done to all of the children in Year 1 who have settled in brilliantly and we are so proud of how well they are doing with their learning so far.  


Our Vehicle this term is

Terrific Transport

We have a very exciting vehicle for this term. The children will make their own vehicles and use them and toy vehicles to complete a range of school vehicle challenges.



We will start the Spring term with the unit of Christmas. Within this unit, we will understand the importance of the birth of Jesus and the impact it had on the people involved. We will then cover the units Jesus: teacher and healer, forgiveness and Lent. The children will take part in weekly class collective worships and will start to plan their own liturgies.



In the Spring term, we will progress from using a counting strategy to using known number bonds to derive answers to addition and subtraction up to 20. We will be able to use representations of ten frames and bead strings to explain different methods for adding numbers up to 20 and subtracting number up to 20. We will then move onto place value with numbers up to 50. We will order and compare numbers and confidently use the < and > signs. 




We will start this term by reading stories about Superheros. We will be focussing on writing sentences, using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. We will be looking at the text Traction Man by Mini Grey.



We will be linking this to our vehicle by researching and learning about flight.  The children will discover what led the Wright Brothers to invent the first flight of a motor operated airplane.  The children will discover what impact flight has made to our lives today.  And how flying machines have developed in the past 115 years.   The children will then learn about another pilot, Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly from London to Australia.  In our lessons we will look at evidence to find out about her successes and also investigate evidence to suggest reasons for her disappearance.



To learn about the seven continents.  The children will be finding out about the human and physical features of a different country each week, as they fly around the world visiting all of the seven continents.  The children will learn to sing a song about the continents and be able to find them on a map.  They will discover the location of the Wright Brothers first Flight and the path of Amy Johnson's flights and where her plane disappeared.  The children will then be going to Kenya on safari, they will compare the differences between life in England and life in Kenya. 



In our art lessons this term the children are working towards making their own bird sculptures, inspired by Columbian artist Diana Beltran Herrera.  The children will be looking closely at feathers and how they can use different techniques to draw them.


Design and Technology

The children are excited this term to make their own smoothies.  They will taste and learn about different fruit and vegetables.  How fruit and vegetables form part of a healthy diet.  The children will design, make, taste and then evaluate their own smoothies.



This term we are investigating materials.  We will develop our knowledge of the properties of materials, which objects are made from, by carrying out a range of experiments and practising sorting and classifying them. 



In music the children will be listening to different styles of music and sing a simple song, in different styles.  They will begin to play the glockenspiel developing their knowledge of pitch, tempo and rhythm. 



For the Spring term, our PE lessons will be on a Thursday and Friday. On these days, the children need to come into school wearing their school PE kits. Wearing the school PE kits on these days saves changing time and allows the children to benefit from a longer PE session which is so beneficial to their physical and mental wellbeing.














Home learning - Spellings (week 1)

'The Great Gallery' artwork created by Y1

Home learning - 23rd November

Home Learning 12th November 2020

Wednesday parents' evening code



Thursday parents' evening code

W.C. 21st September 2020 - Home Learning


Read a story from home, draw and label your favourite character.


 Please make sure reading books are brought into school every day.  Children will need to put them in the box in the classroom if they want them to be changed.  We will check reading books every Friday to ensure children are reading regularly at home as per the school policy.


Homework guidelines for Year 1


Maths Weekly

Spelling Weekly

English Weekly

Reading Daily

Other areas

(Half Termly)

Maths sheet or Online Maths task

(15 mins/week)

Given out Friday

Due in Wednesday

Spelling investigation

5-10 words

(15 mins/week)

Given out Friday

Test Thursday

Phonics sheet or Online activity

(15 mins/week)

Given out Friday

Due in Wednesday

10 minutes every day.

Reading books are changed, once the book has been read 2-3 times and the child is reading with fluency.


1hr 30 mins.


(Approx 15 mins/week).


Rule 1    Keep the learning positive and enjoyable.

Rule 2    Have a go!

Rule 3    Always try your best.

Rule 4    If there are big problems completing the homework, STOP and inform the teacher.

Year 1 Timetable

Finger Aerobics

Useful Websites.

This is a useful site to help with the sounds of graphemes.