Welcome to Class 1P
Welcome to Class 1P! My name is Mrs Lewis 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 Hussain working with us to help 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 Spring term.
In English, we will be exploring ‘classic stories’ first, focusing on ‘The Enormous Turnip’. You might want to search for this story on YouTube or visit the local library to find a book! Following that, we will focus on ‘Instructions’, learning the features of this non-fiction genre and looking at examples, before writing our own set of instructions. We will then focus on Traditional Rhymes and will then end the term with a focus on recount writing, allowing our children to write about events in school they have experienced.
Please continue to work with your children to practise capital letters, full stops and finger-spaces. Additionally, please support them on their journey to use pre-cursive handwriting.
In Mathematics, we will embed our understanding of ‘Addition and Subtraction’ and look at numbers further to 20. We will work on worded problems and reasoning questions to ensure children can reason mathematically. We will then work towards numbers within 50, focusing on higher numbers to ensure children are aware of applying their knowledge to different areas.
In Spring 1, we will incorporate learning multiplication facts of 2, 5 and 10. 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, and use Times Table Rockstars as an aid to learning multiplication facts fluently. We will then focus on measurement focusing on length and height of everyday objects and will then focus on weight and volume in order to ensure children are aware of everyday life.
In Religious Education we will be look at the importance of Jesus and how he was special. We will then move into Spring 2 and focus on the importance of Easter to Christians. 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 ‘Animals including Humans, looking at the classification of animals and looking at humans including their senses.
In Computing, our area of learning will be ‘Animated Story Books and ‘Coding’. We will continue to visit e-safety objectives every lesson so that children are continually aware of E-Safety. 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 ‘Home’. We will be comparing homes in past and present, as well as thinking historically about different eras. In Spring 2, we will move onto Geography where we will explore the topic of 'School and its surrounding environment ' in Blackburn.
Our Art topic will focus on an artist called Tanya Russell, a well-known art sculptor. By the end of this unit, children will be expected to create a sculpture of a small animal out of clay. In Spring 2, we will focus on Design and Technology where we will be exploring making further.
Our Music topics will be ‘In the Groove’ and ‘Round and Round (Bossa Nova)’. We will begin by exploring Blues, Baroque, Latin, Bhangra, Folk and Funk style music pieces and will then move onto Bosa Nova music. In our Music lessons, we will take part in activities such as finding the pulse and will move onto composition.
Our PSHE lessons will focus on ‘Dreams and Goals’ through which we will develop our understanding of our hopes, dreams and how we see our achievements. We will then move on to the topic of ‘Healthy Me’ in Spring 2, ensuring the children are aware of being and keeping safe and healthy.
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 on a Wednesday in Spring 1). 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. In Spring 1, we will be developing our skills in Dancing and Team Building. In Spring 2, we will be exploring Invasion as well as Sending and Receiving.
Phonics is an integral part of our daily learning in Year 1 and underpins everything we do. Children will continue learn Set 3 sounds as part of the Read Write Inc program. Children will also 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: https://www.phonicsbloom.com/
How to pronounce sounds: Oxford Owl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCI2mu7URBc
Thank you for all your continued support and never-ending positivity!