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in the footsteps of Jesus'

St Joseph's RC Primary School

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Teresa Class 


Welcome back to another school year!

My name is Miss Ropiak and together with Sam and Evgeni we are looking forward to working with your child.

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 the Yearly Overview).


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!




Summer 2 Curriculum

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

We’ll visit Buckingham Palace online. Using maps and research, we’ll locate Buckingham Palace, understand compass directions, plan routes around London and learn about the countries of the United Kingdom. Our research will take us back in time to the Great Fire of London and to famous London landmarks, as well as giving us an understanding of what it’s like to live in a big city. We’ll Skype a school in a city far away, write adventure stories, take a virtual trip to London Zoo.

In Literacy this half term we will read and write stories about London.
We will also be writing recounts, labels, captions, adventure stories, instructions, and
emails. 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 to support your child’s reading and spelling, especially the high frequency words.

In numeracy we will be looking at:

  • Mental Addition and Subtraction Sequencing and directions
  • Counting in twos, fives and tens to the 10 th 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

In RE our topics are:
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 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 The Great Fire of London and we will find out and list what materials the buildings were made from in 1666 and why. Then we will explain why these materials helped the fire to spread so quickly.

Linking to our topic, we will be looking at the history of the Great Fire of London and in
geography we will look at a variety of maps and plans of London to appreciate its size,
layout, and physical and human features. We will read labels and use simple keys to identify landmarks such as: stations, harbours, parks, markets, factories, schools and churches.

In PE we are practising outdoor games with the focus on striking and aiming skills in
preparation for Sports Day!

In computing we are going to search the Internet for digital images and create and debug programs.