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in the footsteps of Jesus'

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Welcome back to another school year!

My name is Miss Ropiak and I am the Year 1 teacher.

Year 1 is a very important year as the children are settling into a more structured environment.  We will be covering lots of exciting new topics this year (see separate folder Autumn )

Here are some of our weekly routines:

 PE usually takes place on Mondays and Thursdays, however, this can sometimes change depending on the weather and the hall timetable. Therefore, children should bring in their PE kit at the beginning of each half term and take it home at the end of each half term.

 Every Friday your child will be given a list of 10 new spelling words which they will then have to learn for the following Friday for when they have a spelling test.

Every morning the children read with an adult in a group setting, however, I would encourage you to read with your children for at least 10 minutes every night and sign their reading record please.

 Homework will be given out each Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday.

 I look forward to meeting you and working with you and your child this year!


Welcome back, Summer Term already! We are looking forward to this term as we have a lot of exciting things planned.

Below is information about the curriculum content your child will be studying during the summer term, as well as the day to day routines and procedures.


In Literacy this term we will start by looking at history topic of the Great Fire of London and we will write information text. We will then move on to stories by the same author, we will look at Oliver Jeffers. We will also be writing instructions for growing a plant. We will continue to learn where to use capital letters and full stops as well as other punctuation such as commas, question marks and exclamation marks. Please continue support your children in reading and spelling, especially the high frequency words.


In numeracy we will be looking at:

  • Mental Addition and Subtraction
  • Count in twos, fives and tens to the 10th multiple, forwards and backwards
  • Use arrays to support early multiplication and division
  • Finding and naming one half as one of two equal parts of an object or shape
  • Finding and naming one quarter as one of four equal parts of an object or shape
  • Tell the time to the hour and half past the hour
  • whole, half and quarter turns
  • Name and recognise 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • Recognise and know the value of different coins to £1 and notes (£5, £10, £20)
  • Weight and capacity (including kilograms and litres)


In RE our topics are:

Holidays – Pentecost – in this unit the children will learn that holidays are days to be happy. We will learn and understand that Pentecost is a holy day – the feast of the Holy Spirit.

Being sorry – Forgiveness – in this unit the children will learn that we have choices and that sometimes we choose well, and sometimes wrongly. They will learn that God helps us to choose well and teaches us how to be sorry. We will also learn that God always forgives us.

Neighbours - in this unit the children will learn the broader definition of the term neighbour. They understand that they are neighbours sharing God’s world. They learn that God loves everyone and wants to love each other, our neighbours, too.


In Science our topic is Plants. We will investigate the difference between deciduous and evergreen plants. We will learn about what plants need to stay alive and then grow our own plants. We will also learn how to conduct an experiment by exploring different conditions and how they affect a plants growth.


Linking to our topic, we will be looking at the history of the Great Fire of London. In geography our topic is ‘What will we see on our journey around the world?’ The children will take four different world journeys. We will start with our local area, and then we will look at coastal, rainforest, dry (desert) and world city locations.


In PE we are exploring how we can use our bodies to twist, turn and curl. In outdoor games we will focus on striking and aiming skills and preparing for Sports Day!


Our focus for Art this term is sculptures. We will looks at abstract sculptures, sculptures of people and natural sculptures. We will have a go at making a variety of sculptures out of clay and different art materials. And in DT we will look at how to be healthy and make a fruit smoothie.


In computing we are going to make our own stories and record our voices to make an e-book. In the second half of the term we will make a video. We will record ourselves making a healthy fruit salad.



  • P.E is every Monday and Thursday, as the weather is still cold, please make sure that you child have long joggers and P.E shoes.
  • Book bags need to be in school every day. If your child does not bring their old book back they will not be given a new one.