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St Francis of Assisi class


A warm welcome to Year 1.  


Teachers - Mrs Burrows and Mrs Draycott

Teaching assistant - Mrs Jones

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 RE units this term are Easter, Pentecost, Sharing Jesus' life and following Jesus today. We will develop the children's knowledge and understanding of the season of Easter as a celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. The children will learn that the coming of the Holy Spirit as a promised gift brought about change in the lives of the disciples. The children will then learn about Jesus choosing his disciples and what it means to be a disciple and belonging to the church today. 




In the Summer term, we start with multiplication and division. The children will develop their understanding of multiplication as repeated addition, and understanding the difference between equal and not equal groups. The unit then looks at division in the context of sharing and the children will solve simple word problems. We then move onto fractions and position and direction. The children will learn strategies to find halves and quarters and then move onto half and quarter turns. 




We will start this term by exploring fantasy stories. We will be focussing on writing sentences, using finger spaces, capital letters and full stops. We will then be reading and writing a variety of letters and postcards. The children will orally give instructions and use this to write their own instructions. The children's final piece of poetry will be based around nature.  



In History, we will be learning about what the seaside was like in the past.  We will be looking at a range of sources to find evidence about the past and asking our families about their experiences and bringing in a range of family pictures to discuss.



In Geography, we are studying the seasons and the weather.  We will be thinking about different types of weather and making our own instruments to measure rainfall and the wind.  We will role play forecasting the weather, as weather reporters, and write a script to explain what the weather is like.



In Art, we are studying Jeannie Baker an artist and author who creates beautiful books out of collage, using a range of materials.  The children will explore collaging and make a final piece of artwork detailing the seaside, in her style.



Design and Technology

In D.T., we are exploring puppets and learning about how different types of puppets work.  We will make and design our own puppets and use them to put on our own puppet show.




 In Science we are studying how trees change with the seasons and we will be looking at the different types of English trees.  We will then learn about plants and how they grow.



Music lessons will develop the children's understanding of pitch, rhythm, dynamics and tempo.  They will listen and respond to different types of music, sing and play the glockenspiel to a variety of songs.  The children will start to make their own compositions using tuned and untuned percussion.



For the Spring, 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 well being.


Information Technology.

In I.T. we will begin to learn about coding.  The children will learn how to code a simple programme.  They start to understand spreadsheets and how they work.  We will learn how to enter data and add values into the cells.
















 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.

Finger Aerobics

Useful Websites.

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