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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 everyone! I hope you all had a lovely relaxing half term break!




This half term our topic is

Weather Experts


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


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.

Our RE topics this term are Belonging, Judaism and Waiting. 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. We will then be studying Judaism and learning about significant leaders in the Jewish faith, such as Abraham and Moses. After Judaism our new topic will be about ‘Waiting’ which is linked to advent. They will be thinking of occasions they have waited for and they will learn that Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for Jesus’ birth.




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 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 using conjunctions (joining words) to extend their sentences. The children will have opportunities to write creatively during story writing sessions 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 use 'and' 'because' 'but' and 'so' to join words and clauses.

They will be learning how to punctuate sentences using a capital letter and a full stop, question mark or exclamation mark and add adjectives to make their writing more interesting.



The children will be recapping Phases 2, 3 and 4 and starting Phase 5 in the next few weeks. Please see the link below for more information and guidance on the Letters and Sounds programme followed. Spellings will start coming home this half term. 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.



We will be looking at the place value in numbers (eg 27 = 20 + 7), simple addition and subtraction problems and also our number bonds to both 10 and 20. We will also be looking at money and the properties of 2d and 3d shapes. The children will be encouraged to articulate the strategies they have used to work out their answers.



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.

The children will become ‘Weather Experts’. We will be observing changes across the 4 seasons and observing and describing weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.




In Art we will be looking at repeated patterns and printing our very own patterns by using different objects. We will also making Christmas cards and calendars by printing our designs from polystyrene tiles and finishing them off with a Christmas themed pattern.


The children will be learning about the function keys on a keyboard to create and edit their own work on a blank Word document. They will also add images to a document using clipart and add captions to an image by adding information in a text box. The children will then create their own multimedia presentation using 2Animate on Purple Mash.



The children will be developing their skills in gymnastics. We will be covering two units: Flight, Bouncing, Jumping and Landing and Points and Patches. The children will use their bodies to travel/ move in different ways on the floor as well as on the apparatus. They will practise how to jump and land off the apparatus safely and in a controlled way. They will also develop their coordination and balancing skills by practising how to balance on the smaller and bigger parts of their bodies.



Physical, Social, Health Education (PSHE)

This half term in PSHE we will be covering the following talk topics: Say no to Bullying and Solving Problems, 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.



The children will have a morning music session every Wednesday with an external music teacher named 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

Year 1 Curriculum Meeting