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 many 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 I will upload onto Google Classroom phonics sounds and words for your child to learn how to spell. The children should practise spelling words with these sounds as they will have spelling practise every day in their morning RWI session. 

Every morning the children read with an adult in a group setting. As a school, we encourage you to read with your child for at least 15 minutes every night and sign their reading record.

Homework will be 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.


Our first project for the year in Autumn term is called ‘Superheroes’ and is all about exploring the power of good deeds. Children will develop their control, balance and travelling skills and understand the importance of teamwork.




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 story by Paul Linnet and Sue Hendra ‘Supertato’. 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 Superhero story of their own, allowing them to demonstrate their progress. We believe that this approach will be very enjoyable for the children and increase their confidence in generating ideas for stories and improve their sentence structure and spelling. Then, we will be writing instructions on how to make a salad.

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 basic parts of the human body. We will identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense. We are going to be working scientifically to explore different foods using different senses and classify them into groups.

During History this half term, we will be learning about the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements. We will compare the lives of Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.

In DT this half term, we will be identifying fruits and vegetables that the children are familiar with before finding out what the most popular fruits and vegetables in the class are. The children will gather data to create a pictogram showing who likes which fruits and vegetables best. Finally, a practical lesson will teach the children how different fruits and vegetables need to be prepared before they can be eaten, such as through washing, peeling or grating. The children will then get the chance to try some of these preparations for themselves through a variety of fun activities.


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 coordination 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 PSHE, we will learn to identify special people, what makes them special and how they should be treated.



Our Learning -  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 'Handa's surprise' by Eileen Browne. 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 practising target games. The pupils will be learning how to throw different objects at different targets. The children will learn how to move safely in a confined space avoiding others and practise sending an object into a space or a target. 


In computing, we will be learning to search the internet safely by using safe search engines. We will be focussing on 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.