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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 Rafique and I am the class teacher. I love working in Year 1 where we are busy bees and work super hard! This year we will have Miss Desai and Mrs Harrison working with us and helping us with our learning. At St Barnabas and St Paul’s we endeavour to ‘Be the best for God you can be’ and this 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 busy new 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 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 to show 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 Literacy, we will firstly be exploring ‘Dinosaurs’. We are going to read Harry & the Dinosaurs and lots of different dinosaur texts. Our activities will work towards us creating our own dinosaur adventure story. We will then move onto study Poetry at the end of Autumn 1, before going on to look at Traditional Tales during Autumn 2. In this unit, we will read stories such as Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. Finally, at the end of Autumn 2, we will look at Recounts, writing about trips that we have been on.


In Mathematics we will be recapping prior learning and practising our skills in Number. Any practice at home with your child recalling numbers from 0 – 20 and their number formation would be greatly appreciated to embed learning that takes place in school. We will progress on to consider Place Value and simple Addition and Subtraction as the term continues.


In Religious Education we will be covering three topics this term, the first of which is ‘God and Creation’. Following this, we will be going on to look at the Christian festivals of ‘Harvest’ and ‘Christmas’. 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.

Our History lessons this term will focus on ‘Aspiring Individuals’ where we will learn about Christopher Columbus, Neil Armstrong, Helen Keller and Amelia Earhart. Following this, our Geography sessions will focus on the topic of ‘The Weather’, during which we will learn about different kinds of weather and how these change through the year. In Science, our topic this term is ‘Materials’. In these lessons, we will be exploring different materials, their properties and their uses in detail. In Computing, we are following the theme ‘We are treasure hunters’ in Autumn 1 and will be using programmable toys. Then, in Autumn 2, our theme will be ‘We are TV Chefs’, during which we will be filming our very own recipes! Our Art and DT topics will be ‘Colour Creations’ and ‘Crafty Cards’, where we will explore the work of artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and John Horsley. In our French lessons, we will learn French phrases for a variety of topics including birthdays, foods, numbers and emotions. Our Music topic will be exploring ‘Old school Hip Hop’ in Autumn 1 and ‘Reggae’ in Autumn 2. Our PSHCE lessons will focus on ‘Families and Relationships’ in Autumn 1 and ‘Respecting Ourselves and Others’ in Autumn 2. Finally, in P.E we will be covering Dance and Yoga in Autumn 1, before moving onto Ball Skills and Gymnastics in Autumn 2.


Homework will be sent home on a Friday and collected throughout the week. Children can also bring a water bottle to school every day. 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). This consists of a white t-shirt, black shorts/jogging bottoms/tracksuit bottoms, black pumps/trainers and their blue school jumper.


Very soon, we will be organising our meet the teacher via zoom. Please look out for a text/letter regarding this.