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 takes place on Tuesday. Therefore, children should come to school in their PE kit on that day.

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 15 minutes every night and sign their reading record.

Homework will set through Google Classroom each Friday and should be submitted 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



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


This half-term we are going to be learning about paws, claws and whiskers!

We are going to discover that animals come in all shapes and sizes! We will study animal artwork, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints. Famous animal fables will make us laugh, and we will have fun reading them aloud. We will spot similarities and differences between animals, look at different habitats around the world and investigate camouflage.

In Literacy this half term, will be writing stories with familiar settings. Our topic focus is Stories with familiar setting. We will be reading ‘The Tiger who came to tea’ by Judith Kerr. We will then plan and write our own stories with a familiar setting. We will continue to focus on using capital letters, full stops and joint handwriting. After this we will be writing our own information booklets about animals. We will be thinking of our own questions and researching information about animals to add to our booklet.
Please continue to support your child’s reading and spelling, especially the high frequency words.


Please continue to support your child’s reading and spelling, especially the high frequency words.

In our daily phonics sessions, we will learn the Set 2 and Set 3 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.



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 Science, our topic is Animals including humans. Throughout the next six weeks, we will be looking at a variety of animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. We will find out and describe how animals look different to one another and look at whether they are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. We are going to be working scientifically to compare animals to describe how to identify them and group them according to what they eat.

During Geography this half term, we will be naming and locating the seven continents and five oceans. We will be using geographical vocabulary to refer to key physical and human features. We will use our investigation skills to ask simple geographical where, what and who questions about our environment and carry out observations.

In Art this half term we will be learning how to sketch and draw animals related to our topic ‘Paws, claws and whiskers’. We will be thinking about drawing animals from hot and cold climates and then using our sketches to create collage of our animal drawings. We will think about how to shade and add colour in different ways to our drawings and collages.

In PE we will be focusing on the unit ‘Send and return’. Children will continue to use their throwing and catching 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 about e-safety and how to sort items using a range of criteria. We will use 2Do It Yourself programme on Purple mash.


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