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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 - Beech

Welcome to Beech Class

Class teacher: Miss White



I hope you all had a lovely relaxing break and are looking forward to another exciting half term 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.

In RE the three topics that will be taught this term; Being Sorry and Neighbours. In our Being Sorry topic we will be thinking about how God helps us to choose well and express sorrow for wrong choices. We will also be retelling and dramatizing biblical stories about Levi and Zacchaeus. We will then be focussing on Neighbours and how everyone is our neighbour and loved by God.




This half term our topic is

Barnaby Bear Visits the UK


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



As readers, 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 non-fiction texts 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.



As writers we will be writing exciting stories about adventures in the United Kingdom. We will also be writing reports and information texts about the UK.


Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

We will continue doing lots of work on using interesting vocabulary (adjectives) and also adding conjunctions (e.g. and, so, because) in our work to extend our sentences. We will also be looking at using some different openers in our writing to add effect and sequence our ideas.
We will continue to us full stops and will use different punctuation such as speech marks (“”) explanation marks (!) and question marks (?).



We will be continuing with Phase 5 and the children will continue to apply what they have learnt in Phases 2-4. Phase 5 will be looking at different ways of spelling the same sound (eg. ay in day and ai in snail) as well as different ways of pronouncing the same spelling of sounds (eg. ie in fried and ie in thief). Please keep practising the sounds that are sent home.

Spelling books will be handed out every Monday and should be returned on the Friday for the spelling quiz. Please practise the sounds listed in your child’s spelling book.



As mathematicians we will be consolidating our knowledge of addition and subtraction, as well as place value. We will be applying what we know to solve more abstract problems and solve addition sums of 2 digit numbers.



As geographers we will be learning all about the four countries in the UK and their capital cities. We will also be learning about the differences between a city and a town.


Art and Design

As artists and designers we will be designing and making our own moveable Barnaby Bear model. We will decorate him using a range of materials.



As computer experts we will begin learning about handling data. We will be producing charts and graphs using computer programmes.



As athletes we will be focussing on developing our skipping and bat and ball skills. We will also develop our partner work and work together to skilfully cooperate in team games.



Physical, Social, Health Education (PSHE)

This half term in PSHE we will be covering the following talk topics: Sad Feelings and Helping Others. The children will also discuss topics chosen as a 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.



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

Beech Class made a great effort for Book Character Day! Can you guess who they came dressed as?

We really enjoyed our trip to the beautiful Kew Gardens. We saw so many pretty flowers and plants!

Beech Class had so much fun celebrating Sports Relief!! They had the whole school up dancing to the official Sports Relief song in their assembly and we walked over a mile in the afternoon!

Beech Class went back to 1899 as Victorian school children where they were taught by Mr Wilberforce...

Beech Class enjoyed the Chinese dance workshop to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Father Sean taught us all about the special people who help in the Parish.