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

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 a 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 a 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.

 

 

Our Learning - Autumn 2

Autumn 2

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.

 

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 different types of 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 read 'My friend the weather Monster' by Steve Smallman. We will learn how to use adjectives 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, the children will revise the Set 2 sounds and continue learning the Set 3 sounds. To find out more about phonics and the new scheme the school is using, please click here.

 

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 Science, our topic is Seasonal changes. Throughout the next seven 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 upon 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, the children will be learning all about gymnastics. The pupils will be exploring different ways in which to move. They will be working on their Agility, Balance and Co-Ordination skills through individual work and by learning to work as a team.

 

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

 

 

Our Learning - Spring 1

Spring 1

This half term we are learning remotely, but this is not stopping us from learning all the amazing facts about space and the first moon landing amongst all the other fantastic lessons that we share via our Teresa Class Google Classroom.

Our ‘live lessons’ begin at 9:15 with Phonics followed by reading and literacy lesson. Then at 11 o’clock, we have maths. After lunch, our afternoon learning starts at 1:20 and we finish our day listening to our class story.

 

 

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.

For R.E. spring home activities click here.

 

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 and try to find the aliens who have landed. Where could they be? We’ll design space buggies. 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 and investigate rockets.

 

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, the children will revise the Set 2 sounds and continue learning the Set 3 sounds. To find out more about phonics and the new scheme the school is using, please click here.

 

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 the 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.

 

Our Learning - Spring 2

SPRING 2

For the next two weeks (until 8th March), we are going to learn remotely, but this will not stop us from learning all the bewildering facts about PLANTS. We will share all the amazing learning via our Teresa Class Google Classroom.

Our ‘live lessons’ begin at 9:15 am with Phonics followed by reading and literacy lesson. Then at 11 o’clock, we have maths. After lunch, our afternoon learning starts at 1:20 pm and we finish our day listening to our class story at 2:30 pm.

  

Spring 2 Curriculum

 

Below is an outline of some of the exciting things your children will be learning this half term in Year 1.

 

In R.E. this half term your child will explore topics of special people, and why Jesus is special to us. As part of our preparation for Easter and Lent your child will learn how Eucharist keeps the memory of Jesus’ sacrifice alive and present in a special way.

 

This half-term we are going to be learning about the enchanted woodland!

 

This half term, we will be learning about woodland and all about trees. Throughout the project, we will find out how to recognise different plants and animals and create detailed, observational drawings of them. The tale of Little Red Riding Hood will inspire us to write our own stories with a woodland theme.

 

English

Writing

This half term, we will be utilising skills from the Talk for Writing approach to further enable the children to orally rehearse the key language they for writing. We will be beginning with the fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood. The children will learn the story orally with actions alongside lots of fun talking and drama activities to help them access the language they will need. We will then make some changes to the original text, such as characters or settings to make it our own and help the children write in the same style. Finally, the children will be given the opportunity to write a fairytale of their own allowing them to demonstrate the progress they have made. We believe that this approach will not only be very enjoyable for the children but also increase their confidence in generating ideas for stories and improve their sentence structure and spellings. Then, we will be writing letters. We will learn how to use adjectives to make our writing more interesting. The children will learn how to use simple conjunctions to link their ideas. Please continue to support your child’s reading and spelling, especially the high-frequency words.

 

In our daily reading and phonics sessions, the children will revise the Set 2 sounds and continue learning the Set 3 sounds. To find out more about phonics and the new scheme the school is using, please click here.

 

 

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 10 th 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 the 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 Plants. Throughout the next five weeks, we will be identifying and naming a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. We will identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees. Additionally, in the theme of The Enchanted Woodland, we are going to be looking at a variety of animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals that we could find in the woodland. 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 different plants and group them according to what they look like.

 

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 and DT this half term we will be working with natural materials. First, we will be learning about different plants and fruit we can eat. Then, we will design and make a yummy fruit salad. We will also look at natural artwork by Andy Goldsworthy and try to create our own natural artwork in his style.

 

In PE we will be focusing on performing dances using simple movement patterns.

 

In computing, we will be learning how to create an e-book. We will use the 2Create a story programme on Purple mash. We will add sound and animation to our e-book and share it with our friends.