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St Barnabas

& St Paul's Church of England Primary School

Class 1B

Welcome to Class 1B


Welcome to Class 1B! My name is Miss Patel and I am the class teacher. I love working in Year 1 where we are busy bees and work incredibly hard! This year we will have Miss Beare and Mr Miller-Crook working with us and helping us with our learning.


At St Barnabas and St Paul’s we endeavour to be the best for God that we can be, in all that we do, and this vision helps guide us through our school days. We always aim high, upholding high expectations and standards in everything we do. Year 1 is an exciting year as our pupils move from the Foundation Stage and settle into a busier timetable and lots of hard work!


During this transitional year, we aim to instil some of our school’s core values into our pupils, such as ‘perseverance’, ‘trust’ and ‘compassion’ as these will enable our children to develop into resilient, caring individuals who support their class mates. In turn, this creates a positive learning environment in which children are confident to tackle the challenges of Year 1. We have a lot of fun learning in our classroom, which is a bright and colourful learning environment, and we enjoy showing off all of our fantastic achievements and progress.


Here you will find out a little about what is going on in our class this term.


In English, we will be exploring ‘stories by the same author’ first, focusing particularly on Fiona Roberton stories. You might want to search for this author’s stories on YouTube or visit the local library to find her books! Following that, we will focus on ‘Non-Chronological Reports’, learning the features of this non-fiction genre and looking at examples, before writing our own non-fiction texts. In Autumn 2, we will explore 'stories with a repetitive theme', making it easy for our children to memorise concepts. Finally, we will explore the genre of poetry through our topic ‘Poems on a Theme’. In this unit, we will listen to a range of poems and the children will have the opportunity to explore language patterns and recite poetry by heart, as well as write using some of the features we have learned about. Please continue to work with your children to practise capital letters, full stops and finger-spaces. Additionally, please support them on their journey as they begin to adopt pre-cursive handwriting.


In Mathematics, we will begin by exploring ‘Number and Place Value’. Our initial focus will be sorting and counting objects, moving onto comparing and ordering in Autumn 1. We will then move onto 'Addition and Subtraction' in Autumn 2, developing our place value knowledge and then focusing on understanding shape. We will conduct lots of practical learning, as well as theoretical work, in order to practise and develop our skills further. Please continue to work on number concepts at home with your children, such as recognising, writing and counting numbers from 1 to 20 to help embed their learning.


In Religious Education we will be covering God and Creation, exploring the concept of God as a Creator. Following this, we will explore the topic of Harvest and think about ways in which this is celebrated. In Autumn 2, we will focus on the Christmas story by looking at the meaning of gifts and how Jesus was a gift sent to mankind. We will be reading Bible stories, taking part in class discussions and completing exciting activities. We hope to build upon the children’s understanding of Christianity and our school values.



In Science, we will explore ‘Seasonal Changes’, looking at all the seasons, as well as our topic of ‘Everyday Materials’. In these lessons, we will be exploring classification and properties of materials.

In Computing, our area of learning will be ‘Online Safety and Exploring Purple Mash’ in Autumn 1. We will be getting to know how to use the program and developing our awareness of E-Safety. In Autumn 2, we will explore this further by moving onto 'Pictograms and Lego Builders'. Please continue to support us by logging onto Purple Mash at home to ensure your child is familiar with their username and password details.


Our History lessons this term will focus on ‘Toys’. We will be comparing toys of past and present, as well as thinking about how play has changed over the years. In Autumn 2, we will move onto Geography where we will explore the topic of 'Weather', looking at what it is and how it affects our world.

Our Art topic this half term will be ‘Colour Creations’ in which we will develop our awareness of colour, alongside exploring the work of the artist Wassily Kandinsky. In Autumn 2, we will focus on Design and Technology where we will be exploring card making through the inspirational maker John Horsley - Sir Henry Cole.  

Our Music topics will be ‘Hey You’ and Rhythm in The Way We Walk and Banana Rap. We will begin by exploring Old School Hip Hop style music pieces and will then move onto Reggae music. In our Music lessons, we will take part in activities such as finding the pulse and appraising songs.

Our PSHE lessons will focus on ‘Being Me in My World’ through which we will develop our understanding of what makes us the person we are, as well as understanding the world around us. We will then move on to the topic of 'Celebrating Diifferences' in Autumn 2, appreciating and developing an awareness of different beliefs, cultures and people. 


Weekly homework will be sent out on a Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday. Homework activities can be found on the half termly homework grid that will be stuck in your child’s homework book as well as uploaded to Class Dojo. These tasks will include one piece of English, one piece of Maths and one piece of Topic homework per week. When completed, please ensure the homework grid is signed by a parent/guardian prior to its submission.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that children should arrive at school wearing the correct PE kit on their designated PE day (for us this is a Tuesday in Autumn 1 and Wednesdays in Autumn 2). This consists of a white t-shirt, black shorts/jogging bottoms/tracksuit bottoms, black pumps/trainers and their blue school jumper. Please ensure all jewellery is removed on this day. This half term we will be developing our skills in Target Games and Fundamentals. In Autumn 2, we will be exploring Gymnastics and Ball Skills.


Phonics is an integral part of our daily learning in Year 1 and underpins everything we do. Children will learn Set 3 sounds as part of the Read Write Inc program. Children will continue to develop their skills in segmenting and blending to read and write. Please continue to support your children in this area as Phonics is the key for children to unlock access to other areas of the curriculum. Below are links of phoneme articulation and websites where your children can practice blending for reading real and nonsense words.


Segmenting and blending practise:


How to pronounce sounds: Oxford Owl



Thank you for all your continued support and never-ending positivity!