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St Peter-in-Chains RC Infant School

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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 - Beech

Welcome to Beech Class

Class teacher: Miss White





Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a nice relaxing summer and are ready for the exciting term ahead in Year 1.




This half term our topic is

Animal Allsorts


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






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.

The children will be learning about ‘Families’. We will be focusing on the love and care our families provide for us and how we are all part of God’s family. We will then be learning about ‘Belonging’. We will discuss how we ‘belong’ to certain groups and how we belong to God’s family through the sacrament of Baptism.




In our phonic sessions we will be recapping Phase 3 sounds and starting Phase 4 sounds. Please see the link below for more information and guidance on the Letters and Sounds programme we follow.





The children will be doing lots of reading as a class, in a group and individually. This half term they will be reading a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts about animals and answering questions about them. The children will continue to read lots of new words on sight and use their phonic knowledge to sound out new words. They will be encouraged 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 be constructing exciting sentences using adjectives and building up their use of punctuation. They will also be introduced to using conjunctions (joining words) to extend their sentences. The children will have opportunities to write creatively based on simple stories they have read in class using all the skills they have learnt so far (adding adjectives, conjunctions and using punctuation correctly).

Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

The children will learn how to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop. They will add adjectives to make their writing more interesting.



In Numeracy we will be ordering and recognising numbers to at least 20. We will be adding to and subtracting from 10 and we will be using all the language of addition and subtraction. We will also be looking at the value of two digit numbers by partitioning them into tens and ones.



In Science we will be classifying and grouping animals, including humans. We will be identifying and naming a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals and we will also be identifying and naming a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. The children will also be describing and comparing the structure of a variety of common animals.



In Art we will be learning about Sculpture. The children will make their own animal sculpture out of 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.



In PE the children will focus on dance. They will develop a variety of dance techniques and movements and perform dance sequences using streamers.


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. Talk is very important so please discuss these topics with your children at home. Each week the talk topic will be displayed on our classroom door.


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



The children will have music every week with Mrs Hoskins. They will learn how to use their voices creatively and expressively by singing a variety of topic related songs and they will have opportunities to play instruments musically.



We look forward to the last exciting half term ahead. Please do not hesitate to make an appointment after school to see me if you have any queries. no