St Joseph's Rotherhithe

Teresa Class 

 

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.  I am looking forward to getting to know your child and working with them so that we have a very exciting and productive year. I hope that your child enjoys the new challenges and approaches to learning that Year 1 has to offer!

We will be covering lots of exciting new topics this year.


Here are some of our weekly routines:

 PE usually takes place on Monday and Thursday, 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, as a school we encourage you to read with your children for at least 10 minutes every night and sign their reading record.

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!

 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to come and see me after school. I
am always happy to see you!
Thank you again for your continued support.

 

Our learning - Autumn 1

 

AUTUMN 1

This half-term we are going to be learning about DINOSAURS!

We’ll look closely at ancient fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs lived and became extinct. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth and bones to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. We will also be learning dinosaur names, creating puzzling riddles, writing fact files and creating exciting dinosaur stories, this term. We’ll even be making model dinosaur
eggs and designing a dinosaur’s habitat.

In Numeracy this half-term we will be counting and ordering numbers up to 100.  We are learning to add and take away one digit numbers using a number line and a hundred square. We will be looking at money and making amounts using different coins.

In Literacy this half term we will read and write stories about dinosaurs. We will be focusing on using full stops and capital letters correctly. We will also include adjectives and time words to make our writing more interesting. Please continue to support your child’s reading and spelling, especially the high frequency words.

In our daily phonics sessions we will learn the Phase 5 sounds that help us to read and write new words. We will cover the following sounds:  ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au, ey, a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e. We will also be revising all Phase 2 and 3 sounds and continue to practise letter formation.

In RE we are looking at the importance of our families and the symbols of Baptism.


In Science our topic is Plants and Animals. We will investigate the difference between deciduous and evergreen plants. We will learn about what plants need to stay alive and then we will grow our own plants. We will also learn how to conduct an experiment by exploring different conditions and how they affect a plant’s growth. Additionally, we will learn how to classify animals into different groups. We will look closely at dinosaurs’ teeth and how they help palaeontologists classify them.

Linking to our topic, we will be looking at the history of dinosaurs and the famous Mary Anning.

In geography we will look at Earth and its seven continents and label where the different fossils were found.

In PE we are practising throwing and catching and we will also develop our skills in Gymnastics.

In computing we are going to make an audio book.

In Art the children will be using clay to make dinosaurs sculptures.

In Music we will explore different sound sources and create different sounds using a variety of different instruments.

 

Our Learning - Autumn 2

 

This half-term we are going to be learning about SPACE! 


We’ll travel through space to learn about the Solar System. We’ll investigate an alien crash site, write an incident report and try to find the aliens who have landed. Where could they be? We’ll design spaceships, space buggies and space-related toys. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space. Floor robots will be programmed to move around an alien landscape, and we will compose space sounds and dances. We’ll also explore satellite images, investigate rockets and use ICT to communicate our ideas and present our work.


In Numeracy this half-term we will be counting and ordering numbers up to 100. We’ll learn the value of each digit which will help us with addition and subtraction. We will be looking at money and making amounts using different coins. We will be learning how to measure the length and the weight of objects.


In Literacy this half term we will read and write stories about the moon. We will be focusing on using full stops and capital letters correctly. We will also include adjectives and time words to make our writing more interesting. Please continue to support your child’s reading and spelling, especially the high frequency words.


In our daily phonics sessions we will revise the Phase 3 and 5 sounds that help us to read and write words. We will cover the following sounds:  ay, ou, ie, ea, oy, ir, ue, aw, wh, ph, ew, oe, au, ey, a-e, e-e, i-e, o-e, u-e. We will continue practising correct letter formation.

In RE we will look at the symbols of Baptism. Then we will learn about Advent as a time to look forward to Christmas. At home you can discuss with your child how your family welcomes visitors to your home and find out about some Christian symbols for Advent.

In Science our topic is Everyday Materials. Your child will learn how to distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made. This will link to our topic ‘Moon Zoom!’ and what material a moon buggy should be made out. We will group and classify materials according to their properties.


Linking to our topic, we will be looking at the history of first moon landing.

In geography we will look at Earth’s satellites images.

In PE we will develop our dancing skills and how astronauts move on the moon.

In computing we are going to programme robots and learn about algorithms.

In D&T the children will design and make space buggies.

In Music we will be learning songs for our nativity performance.

 

Our Learning - Spring 1

  

 

Welcome back and a happy New Year! I hope you had a relaxing Christmas and New Year.


Below is an outline of some of the exciting things your children will be learning this half term.


In R.E. we will be learning about our local church and community. We will talk about
families and people who have special roles. We will talk about special people in our lives who are there to help. We will also talk about how on Sunday the parish family gathers for the Eucharist (Mass), Jesus’ special meal.

Home Activities For RE


This half-term we are going to be learning about splendid skies!


We’ll take a walk outdoors to find out about different types of weather and to look for signs of the seasons. We’ll study TV weather reports, make weather symbols and learn about the life and work of Sir Francis Beaufort. Creative opportunities will allow us to explore weather in works of art, make season trees and create seasonal music! We’ll compose weather poems and write postcards describing the weather in different places. Our thinking skills will come in handy when we experiment with thermometers, investigate the effects of the Sun and compare weather around the world.


In Literacy this half term, our English focus will be looking at non-fiction writing. We will learn what recounts are and how to write one. We will be continuing with capital letters and full stops and re-reading our work to check it makes sense. We will then be looking at adventure stories that describe different types of weather. We will learn how to use adjective to make our writing more interesting. Please continue to support your child’s reading and spelling, especially the high frequency words.


In numeracy, we will be looking at:
*Mental Addition and Subtraction
*Solve missing number problems for addition and subtraction
*Counting in twos, fives and tens to the 10th multiple, forwards and backwards
*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 3-D shapes
*Describe position, direction and movement of objects and people, including left/
right, forwards/backwards
*Recognise and know the value of all different coins and solve simple problems in the context of money
*Order the days of the week and months of the year


In Science, our topic is Seasonal changes. Throughout the next six weeks, we will be observing the changes across the four seasons: discussing the weather, temperature, seasonal activities and appropriate clothing. In addition to this, we will be investigating shadows and how sunlight can impact upon the length. Finally, we will be looking at how during the season of winter the length of sunlight changes compared to summer and how this impacts up on trees and leaves.


Linking to our topic, we will be learning about the life and work of Sir Francis Beaufort. During Geography this half term, we will be naming and locating the seven continents and five oceans. In addition, we will be identifying seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK. Finally, we will be locating hot and cold areas in the world and looking at climate, landscape and the plant and animals that live there.


In Art; we will be looking at, talking about and comparing weather-themed paintings by significant artists. The children will look for clues to identify the seasons shown in the different paintings. Finally, they will make paintings and drawings of the weather outside or imaginative weather scenarios.


In PE, will be continuing to work on our dance skills. We will be practising and performing our own dances about the weather. Children will continue to use their catching and throwing skills to send an object with increased confidence. We will build on skills to return a variety of different sized balls. We will also extend our co-ordination for hitting, participate in simple sending and receiving games and learn how to score points.


In computing, we will be learning to search the internet safely through using safe search engines. We will be focussing how to type in key words in order to retrieve the relevant information. In this unit, we will be searching for images, videos and information related to the great outdoors.

 Class diary

Our senses

Mary Anning

God's love

Cathedral Trip

Halves

Alien Crash