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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!




In Numeracy this term we will be counting and ordering numbers up to 100.  We are learning to add and take away single digit numbers mentally. We will be looking at money and making amounts of it using different coins and we will be learning how to measure the length of different objects. We will also revise doubling and halving and we will apply all the skills to solve word problems.

In Literacy, we will be writing stories from other cultures. We will be reading the story ‘Handa’s Surprise’ by Eileen Browne. We will also learn about poetry. This term we will carry on focusing on using full stops and capital letters correctly. We will also include adjectives and time words to make our writing more interesting.

In our daily phonics sessions, we will revise the Phase 5 sounds that help us to read and write new words. This term 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 preparing for the Phonics screening.

In RE we will be learning about special people and looking at the importance of a priest and Mass.

In Science our topic is ‘Materials’ and we will learn how to group different materials according to their properties.

In Geography we will be learning about where do different animals live.
In History we will look at changes within living memory.

In Music, we will explore different sounds, beat and pitch. We will create different sounds, beat and pitch using a variety of different instruments.

In PE we are practising throwing and catching and we will also learn dance.

In Computing, we are learning about collecting pictures of different animals and creating a PowerPoint presentation using the Chromebook and Google slides.