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St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School

We follow Jesus every day in all we do and all we say

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St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School

We follow Jesus every day in all we do and all we say

Year 1 - Ash

Welcome to Ash Class

Class teacher:Miss Marshall


Welcome to Year 1.

I hope you all had a lovely summer and are looking forward to the exciting year ahead.


Religious Education

Religious Education is central to all that we do and Collective worship and celebration are an essential part of this. Please pray with your children at home and help them learn the school prayers and the Our Father.

There is a mass to celebrate the beginning of the new school year on 29th September at 9.15am. Please come and join us.

Our RE topics this term are Families and Belonging. In ‘Families’ the children will be focusing on the love and care our families provide for us and how we are all part of God’s family.  In ‘Belonging’  the children will discuss how we all  ‘belong’ to certain groups and how we are all part of God’s family through the sacrament of Baptism.


This half term our topic is

‘Animals Allsorts’

This is a cross curricular theme and will be explored through all areas of learning.




The children will be doing lots of reading as a class, in a group and individually. They will be reading a variety of texts both fiction and non fiction. They will be learning to read lots of new words on sight and use their phonic knowledge to sound out new words. They will be encourged to develop their comprehension skills by retelling / discussing texts they have read, predicting what might happen in a story and begin to make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.



The children will learn how to write sentences by saying out loud what they are going to write about and then writing them down. They will then sequence sentences to form short narratives and be able to read them aloud.


Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

The children will learn how to leave space between words.

They will learn how to use 'and' to join words and clauses.


The children will be learning how to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark. They will also be taught how to use capital letters for names of people.


In phonics the children will be recapping Phases 2, 3 and 4 and starting Phase 5. Please see the link below for more information and guidance on the Letters and Sounds programme followed.



In mathematics the children will be learning to count read, write and order numbers to 20 forwards and backwards fluently and confidently. They will be working on addition and subtraction to 10 and using language associated with addition and subtraction. They will begin to recognise place value in numbers.



In science the children will be developing their scientific skills by asking questions, observing closely, carrying out tests, identifying and classifying  and gathering and recording data.

They will be taught to identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals (including humans). They will also learn which animals are carnivores, omnivores and herbivores.



In Art the children will be learning about Sculpture. The children will make their own animal sculpture out of plasticine and clay and will use different tools to add marks and texture to the surface. The children will also be studying the work of a famous animal sculptor named Nick Mackman.



In Computing the children will be using different software to produce representations of real or imaginary situations. They will dress Bo Bear for different weather conditions, use a paint program to create a representation of a real animal picture and comment on what is imaginary and what is real in an adventure game.



As the hall is out of use the children will be playing games in the playground and developing their game and ball skills including



This half term in PSHE we will be covering the following talk topics: New Beginnings and Being a Good Learner, as well as other topics chosen by the class. The ability to talk clearly and fluently is the key to success in all areas of learning, so please discuss these topics with your children. The talk topic for the week will be displayed on our classroom door.




I look forward to an exciting year ahead with your children. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment after school to see me if you have any queries.