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Year 1

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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

The Great Gallery

We have a very exciting vehicle for this term. The children will be produced a personalised self portrait based on the artwork of Dan Genders, Frida Kahlo and Giuseppe Arcimboldo.



We will start Year 1 with the unit of Creation. Within this unit, we will learn about our class Saint - Saint Francis of Assisi. We will then cover the units family and celebrations, prayer and advent. The children will take part in weekly class collective worships and will start to plan their own liturgies.



We will be starting with counting and recognising numbers up to 10 and then finding one more and one less within 10. We will use part-whole models to show different ways we can partition  numbers up to 10 and will use the part-whole models to help write and compare number bonds. We will then move onto number bonds within 10 and 10. The children will be introduced to formal addition through the idea of 'count all' and 'count on'.



We will start this term by reading stories about friendship. We will be focussing on forming sentences, using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. We will be looking at the texts  The Cloudspotter by Tom McLaughlin and Imaginary Fred by Stephen Chbosky.



We will be linking this to our vehicle by researching and learning about toys from the past to allow us to compare them to the toys that we enjoy playing with today. The children will learn about toys that were played with in the past and what they were made from and compare them to modern day toys. Children will learn about toys from the past from video chats/interviews with their own grandparents/great grandparents.



To learn more about ourselves, in Geography ,we will be focussing on our local area. We will be studying local shops, facilities and landmarks. The children will then choose where they would like to showcase their artwork within the town. Children will name and identify Uttoxeter, capital cities and countries within the United Kingdom.



We will be producing our 'Great Gallery' in our Art lessons. We will be studying different artists and will be using their different techniques and styles to create our own self portrait for our 'Great Gallery'.


Design and Technology

We are identifying different pieces of playground equipment, looking at our favourites, and discussing how they work and the materials they are made from.  We will then be creating our own design,  to make our own model of playground equipment.



This half term we will be looking at ourselves, how we change as we grow older, beginning with an investigation using our baby photos.  We will label parts of our bodies and test out our senses.  We will then be looking at pets and how to care for them. 



We will be finding rhythm in various ways, starting with body percussion and clapping rhythms. We will develop our listening skills and moving to the pulse of the different types of music. 



For the autumn 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 - 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.