Welcome to Year One - "St Francis of Assisi"
Class Teacher: Mrs Martin
Welcome to Year One
A very warm welcome to Year One; thank you for taking the time to visit our page we are so happy to see you here. In Year One, we work together as the hands of Christ to support our spiritual and educational journey in growing and supporting each other throughout our learning. We support our children to thrive throughout the school day with plenty of opportunity to explore and learn through unique experiences, whilst also encouraging children to grow in faith. Check out our resources to see how you can support your child's spiritual journey.
Please take your time to look through our page to see what we have been doing so far this year and keep an eye on exciting things to come!
Throughout this term, children will explore 'materials' in Science, conducting lots of experiments to investigate the properties and uses of manmade and natural materials! They will take part in an exciting bare foot walk, learning more about the textures and properties of the materials in depth. We will learn more about our local heritage and the things that make Stoke-on-Trent great through our 'Living and Working in Meir' topic; allowing the children to understand how their local area has changed over time. Josiah Wedgwood will drive the children's creativity through our History topic, with Clarice Cliff being the focus within our Art unit. Sewing skills will form the base of our DT project, where children will also test their acting and performance skills when putting their hand made puppets to the test in our Year 1 puppet show! Our learning will be extended through a range of exciting experiences and visits, keep your eyes peeled for our exciting RAF day and your invitation to our family potters creation day.
Now the children have a deep understanding of our local area, we will begin to explore the United Kingdom and it's countries and capital cities. History will look at transport throughout History with a visit to the transport museum to engage children in the many ways transport has changed over time. Our artist focus for this term will be John Constable, allowing the children to experiment through the media of paint with varying tones and textures. At this stage, the children have a wonderful understanding of transport and the engineering industry, allowing them to become experts through the medium of levers and sliders within DT. In Science they will learn all about the human body and animals, talking about habitat and diet and ending with an experiment to create their own animal poo!
There is so much to learn from being outside! During the summer term the children will use our outdoor areas to study the weather and seasons and how these have an effect on plants. Watch out for the Year 1 Climate Change Protest! We will continue our learning of the weather by focusing on careers, and how jobs can be affected by the changing weather. Our new love of the outdoors will be explored through studying Georgia O'Keefe and her abstract flower drawings. To end a very exciting year, keep an eye out for your Royal Tea Party invitation to secure our learning of Queen Elizabeth II and cooking within DT.
Year 1 Class Timetable
Our new exciting PE curriculum will take place every Thursday with our expert coaches from ASM! Don't forget to wear your PE kit (black/navy joggers/shorts/school logo shirt) to school on Thursday's which can be purchased from Trutex suppliers. Wear your school shoes and blue jumper.
In the Autumn Term our focus will be 'Dance and Gymnastics' so please provide indoor pumps for this term that can be kept in school or sent in each Thursday. Spring PE will take place outdoors as they learn 'Invasion' games and Summer PE will be outdoors for 'Athletes' and 'Bat and Ball' games so please provide trainers then.
Earrings must be removed for PE. If your child is unable to take them out themselves, please ensure they are removed in the morning before school otherwise they will be unable to take part.
In addition to our dedicated PE day at St Augustine's we are passionate about the Arts and work alongside professional musicians from the City Music Service to enable all of our children to take part in orchestral performances. The children in Year 1 will be learning as a choir and taking part in 'Songbirds' with Mrs Atherton at 1pm on Tuesday. The Year 1 Songbirds Choir will perform at Victoria Hall at the end of the school year!
Homework and Reading
Spelling and Phonics homework is set on Monday on Purple Mash. Please contact us on Dojo's if you need reminding of your username or password. Children are expected to return the homework by the following Monday.
To enable children to make rapid progress in reading, please read at least 3 times weekly at home and record your child's progress on class Dojo messenger. Books will be changed each Friday.
All children can attend our school from 8am to 4pm through a range of free and paid activities. All activities need to be booked via ParentPay to ensure accurate registers and to secure a place. Blue clubs below are paid.
|Rise 'n' Shine Breakfast Club 8a.m - 8.45am||Extended School 3pm - 4pm|
|Thursday||Golf||Core Skills: Phonics|
|Friday||Iron (wo)man||Care Club|
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