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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

'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!'

We have a very exciting vehicle for this term. The children will make their own puppets for a seaside puppet show and explore castles and their 



We will start the Summer term with the unit of Easter. Within this unit, we will understand the season of Easter as a celebration of the Ressurrection of Jesus.. We will then cover the units Pentecost, Sharing Jesus' life and following Jesus today. The children will take part in weekly class collective worships and will start to plan their own liturgies.



In the Summer term, the children will develop their understanding of multiplication as repeated addition, understanding the difference between equal and not equal groups. . We will then move onto the concept of division in the context of sharing equally. Children will share a given number of objects equally across a given number of groups to find out how many there are in each group. We will then move onto fractions, position and direction, number up to 100, time and money.



We will start this term by reading stories about the seaside. We will be focussing on writing sentences, using finger spaces, capital letters, full stops and using conjunctions to extend our sentences. We will be looking at the text The Whales' Song by Dyan Sheldon.



We will be linking this to our vehicle by researching and learning about what the seasides were like 100 years ago and comparing to seasides today.  The children will create a mime video acting out scenes from the seaside 100 years ago. 



We are travelling to Australia to learn all about their geographical landscape and comparing it to the UK. 



This term we will be exploring the art work of Jeannie Baker, who is known for her collage work.  We will be investigating the materials she uses in her work and we will be experimenting with our own collage work.  We will be working towards designing a seascape collage.


Design and Technology

The children are excited this term to make their own puppets to use in the seaside show.  We will role play with different types of puppets and learn about the famous puppeteer Jim Henson. 



This term we are looking at 'Seasonal changes'. We will be learning about key features associated with the  different seasons and observing the weather. We will then move onto learning and growing plants. 



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 Summer 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.