'We grow and learn together
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 1 Curriculum


Welcome back, its Summer Term already!
We have a lot of exciting things planned to look forward to this term.

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


We’ll look closely at ancient fossils and study reptiles to understand how dinosaurs lived and became extinct. We’ll learn about the great fossil hunter, Mary Anning, and follow in her footsteps, studying dinosaur teeth and bones to find out what dinosaurs liked to eat. We will also be learning dinosaur names, creating puzzling riddles, writing fact files and creating exciting dinosaur stories, this term. We’ll even be making model dinosaur eggs and designing a dinosaur’s habitat.


In Literacy this half term we will read and write stories about dinosaurs.

We will also be writing instructions on how to grow a plant. 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
  • Counting in twos, fives and tens to the 10th 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
  • Name and recognise 2-D and 3-D shapes
  • Recognise and know the value of different coins to £1 and notes (£5, £10, £20, £50)
  • Weight and capacity (kilograms and litres)


In RE our topics are:

Holidays – Pentecost – in this unit the children will learn that holidays are days of happiness. We will learn and understand that the holy day, Pentecost is the coming of the Holy Spirit.

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 Plants and Animals. We will investigate the difference between deciduous and evergreen plants. We will learn about what plants need to stay alive and then we will grow our own plants. We will also learn how to conduct an experiment by exploring different conditions and how they affect a plant’s growth. Additionally, we will learn how to classify animals into different groups. We will look closely at dinosaurs’ teeth and how they help palaeontologists classify them.


Linking to our topic, we will be looking at the history of dinosaurs and the famous Mary Anning. In geography we will look at Earth and its seven continents and label where the different fossils were found.


In PE we are practising Athletics and during outdoor games we will focus on striking and aiming skills in preparation for Sports Day!


In computing we are going to make our own stop-motion dinosaur stories and record sound effects to make an audio book.