Welcome back to school to all of our Year 1 children and parents! The children have made a fantastic start to the new school year and are becoming familiar with their new classrooms, teachers and routines.
Our topic this half term is called, ‘Beginning with the Church.’ We are focusing on the three Sacraments of Initiation, particularly Baptism and Holy Communion. After half term, we will start our new unit called ‘From Advent to Christmas.’
Our children are enjoying the current text that we are covering in English called ‘Beegu’ which is part of our Power of Reading topic. The children will be writing postcards and letters in role as characters from the story. We will study the lovely story ‘Dogger’ over the next few weeks as well as, ‘Where the Wild Things are.’ We will also be learning about poetry and studying stories from other cultures as part of Black History Week.
In Maths, we began the year by learning about numbers up to and beyond 100, ordering them and understanding about more than and less than. We should be able to tell you that when we look at more than, the number is usually bigger!
We will also be learning about addition, remembering the signs we use for our maths sentences and trying to make connections in our work. Subtraction will follow and by the end of the autumn term, we’ll be number bond King and Queens.
Geography, History and Art.
Our topic in Geography is ‘Up, Up and Away’ which will teach the children all about the United Kingdom and includes looking at aerial views of the landscape. After half term we will be learning about famous people from the past, LS Lowry and Bruegel the Elder. We will produce some impressive artwork in the style of these artists.
Our first Science topic this term is, ‘Animals Including Humans’ where the children will learn about the human body and the five senses. We will also study other types of animals. We are beginning to explore the months and seasons of the year in our topic, ‘Seasonal Change’ all about the weather, this will continue throughout Year 1 as we observe how it changes across the four seasons.
Each week we have an Achievement Assembly and a Gospel Assembly for the children. KS1 class assemblies will commence in the Spring Term.
At St Michael and St Martin’s School we have extremely high standards for behaviour that we expect the children to demonstrate at all times, both in class and whilst playing in the playground.
The children in Year 1 are all aware of our school and class rules. On the first day in Year 1, we all contributed in order to write our ‘Golden Rules’. We know that by following the rules our school will be a happy place to learn.
Working together with parents and guardians plays a large part in ensuring there are good relationships and standards of behaviour in school.