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Year 1

Year 1 had a fabulous time at Peak Wildlife Park today! We loved the cheeky lemurs and the amazing Humboldt penguins. We even got to join them for their lunch time. We are now all inspired to be 'penguin protectors'!

24/09/21 KS1 Had lots of fun celebrating European Day of Languages at our French picnic!

22/09/21 Gardening Club have been planting pansies!

 

Dates to remember:

 

Tuesday: Homework due

Wednesday and Thursday: PE 

Fridays: Homework set

 

Our School day starts at 8:45 am.

Home time is 3:25 pm.

 

Please make sure your child reads at home for 5-10 minutes every night. We politely request children bring their book bag and diary to school every day. Thank you for your support!

 

Don't hesitate to get in touch!


I am available via email: martindawson@st-marys-leek.staffs.sch.uk

 

 

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

 

Our class saint is St Francis of Assisi. He is the patron saint of animals.

 

Our class virtue is faith-filled and hopeful.

 

This term, we will be covering the following units:

  • Creation
  • Families and celebrations
  • Prayer
  • Advent
  • Christmas

 

Children will participate in regular Collective Worship in class. They will also celebrate Mass with Fr Martin at school.

 

We warmly welcome all children and families to come along to our wonderful Family Masses, held monthly at St Mary's Catholic Church.

 

READ, WRITE, INC.

 

In Year 1, children have a daily English lesson that is tailored to their learning needs. This enables children to develop their phonic knowledge, fluency, comprehension skills and writing ability. For more information about Read, Write, Inc. please click here.

 

Most importantly, we seek to foster a love for reading through Shared Story sessions and a dedicated reading area. So far this term, our favourite stories include:

 

  • Kitchen Disco (Clare Foges)
  • Press Here (Hervé Tullet)
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (Mo Willems)
  • The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog (Mo Willems)

 

POWER MATHS

 

In Year 1, children have a daily Maths lesson that focuses on developing mastery for all. This means we will develop our reasoning skills and mathematical vocabulary to solve problems in lots of different ways. We constantly revisit prior learning to boost our fluency and confidence.

 

This term, we will become masters of:

  • Place value within 10
  • Addition and subtraction within 10
  • Shape
  • Place value within 20

 

For more information about Power Maths, please click here.

 

 

This term, our Curriculum Vehicle is... 

 

Penguin Protectors!

 

We will be learning about penguins' diet, habitat and the problems they face. We will even get to meet some real life penguins! We aim to raise money to help the penguins by selling our own adorable themed crafts at the Christmas Fayre. 

 

Here's a little info about what we'll be doing in class:

 

ART & DESIGN

 

This term, our focus artist is Henri Matisse. We will explore the visual elements of colour and shape. We will practise our cutting and sticking skills to create wonderful cut-out collages.

 

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

 

Our focus this term is on sliders and levers. We will develop our understanding of technical knowledge to create our own penguin-inspired crafts to sell at the Christmas Fayre.

 

COMPUTING

 

This term, our focus will be Online Safety. We will also learn to use technology to record our work.

 

MUSIC

 

This term, we will explore Hip-Hop. We will be focusing on the musical elements of pulse and rhythm.

 

We will be learning to perform a rap of our very own and even how to play the glockenspiel!

 

GEOGRAPHY

 

This term, we will develop our map skills. We will use a bird's eye view and keys to make maps of our classroom, school and local area.

 

We will explore different physical and human features of Leek, focusing on our wonderful high street.

 

HISTORY

 

This term, we will learn about our local history.

 

We will learn about what Leek was like in the 1950s. We will focus on change and comparing what life was like for children in Leek then and now.

 

RELATIONSHIP & HEALTH EDUCATION

 

Our focus this term is Created and Loved by God

 

Rooted in the teaching that we are created by God out of love and for love, we will develop our understanding of the importance of valuing ourselves as the basis for personal relationships.

 

We will also explore how we can take care of our planet and protect the penguins.

 

SCIENCE

 

Our focus this term will be Animals Including Humans. We will explore our different senses and learn about how to group different animals. We will focus on penguins' diet, habitat and how their bodies help them do penguin-tastic things!

 

We will also focus on the changing seasons throughout the year. We will start by learning about autumn.

Year 1 and Year 2 Curriculum and Expectations

Below you will find the expectations for Year 1 and Year 2 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This year the year 2 will be following the government's End of Key Stage 1 interim curriculum. The government guidance can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. This document provides detail of the specific expectations for the end of year 2 statutory tests and expectations.

The document for year 1 which can be downloaded below identifies Year 1 expectations. In this document we have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parent’s evening during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .

·         Your child is on track to deepen the end of year national expectations.

Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.

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