St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Primary School

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Pupils  »  Year 1

Summer I Term 2017

We have used the text of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ to write the story using the story mountain. We designed picture story boards, word mats and created adjective strings to describe the foods the caterpillar ate. The children have also focused on using exclamation marks within their writing for emphasis.


The children’s assembly this have term was on growing and wow they really demonstrated how much they have grown and developed this year.


In Mathematics we have focused upon money, identifying the British coins and notes, talking about the changes in our currency with a new £5 note and a new £1 coin. We have learnt how to add with money and to use our knowledge of tens and ones to support this. We looked at measuring using rules and capacity work, reading the scales on our measuring jugs and cylinders.


In RE we have focused on the topic of ‘Resurrection’ looking at the feelings of people at Easter time and how Catholic people celebrate and remember this time. We also designed acrostic prayers for Easter time and displayed them above our worship area in class.


In Science, we carried out experiments to check how our seeds would grow and the things they would need. They also grew cress, spring onions and carrot seeds. We are working on developing our outdoor gardening area too.


In Art and Design, we made place mats for the Hungry Caterpillar using our weaving skills.


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Spring II Term 2017

 

We have used the text of ‘The Three Little Pigs’ to focus on using verbs and adverbs in our writing work. We have written story beginnings, story middles and the story ending. For our assessed writing piece, the children wrote their own stories – come into class and read them – WOW AMAZING!
 

As part of our writing journey, the children have focused upon suffix (word endings) to make plural words, by adding s and es to a root word. We have also written using the prefix un and busily made compound words.


The children in RE focused on ‘Following Jesus’ reflecting on the bible story of Catch of the Fish and thinking about how Catholic people follow Jesus today. We have designed Lent posters and crosses. The children really enjoyed making Lent candles that they will bring home this week.


We visited the library on Dewsbury Road and the children really enjoyed choosing our book collection for class. The children are very eager to take their own families to the library now and read many new books!


In Mathematics we have learned skills for describing fractions and sharing into equal parts. The children focused on division for the first time and were very successful at dividing objects and sharing equally. We also returned to time to begin measuring with seconds and minutes. We are becoming great thinkers and problem solvers – and in our final week we focused on solving word and picture based problems as a team.


The children made puppets using joining techniques with split pins for our focus story and they will bring home their wolf or pig at the end of half term. We also made lots of delicious goodies for our ‘Good Shepherd’ fundraising, making £158, with the help of year 5. Thank you to all parents and families who helped with this.


I hope all the families enjoyed visiting to observe and help with phonics teaching these past weeks. I know the children were very proud to show you their great learning achievements.


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Spring I Term 2017

 

We have used the text of ‘Handa’s Surprise’ to focus on nouns and adjectives, improving our descriptive writing. We have designed our own fruit poem. The children made a group recount of our visit to Abbey House Museum.


As part of our writing journey, the children have focused upon suffix (word endings) and can now write the ing suffix for key words. Next half term we will look at plurals (adding s) and ed endings.


The children took Barnaby Bear home and he had lots of adventures on his magic flying carpet. Thank you to families for writing in his book all about their adventures. He visited some very interesting countries and ate lots of delicious snacks!


The children in RE focused on families and celebrations, using the focus story of ‘The Presentation in the Temple’. We hosted collective worship for our school assembly and selected hymns. We looked at the celebration of Baptism and the signs and symbols important to this.


We visited the library on Dewsbury Road and the children really enjoyed choosing our book collection for class. The children are very eager to take their own families to the library now and read many new books!


In Mathematics we have learned skills for finding the difference and the RUCSAC method for problem solving. We have focused on place value skills, addition and subtraction and time. We will return to the topic of time after looking at fractions next half term.


At the beginning of the half term the children made new individual targets ‘goals’, and we will review these and look at how much our ‘year 1 brain’ has grown and developed, celebrating our success and looking at the new challenges we face in the next half term.


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Autumn II Term 2016


We have used the text of ‘Owl Babies’ and to write sentences using inverted commas and to write stories.  The children have really enjoyed writing and playing with this text and are now using connective language verbally and within their writing experiences.  They are becoming more confident to use capital letters for names and to use exclamation marks in their writing.

This week we have written invitations to Advent Assembly, letters to a very important person in a red suit and our own invitations to a party.
 
The children in year 1 and 2 performed at Advent Assembly, the story of the Shepherds and Angels, what super singing and well done for speaking so clearly.



In Mathematics we have learned new skills for subtraction.  The children have worked very hard to master using a number line for single and double digit number subtractions.  We have also focused on some simple word problems for subtraction.  Our shape skills we really tested during our Investigation Week – come into class and see our displays all about maths.

We made cards for church and take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year!

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Autumn I Term 2016


We have used the text of ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ and written our own lists, captions, and stories.  The children have really enjoyed writing and playing with this text and are now beginning to use connective language verbally and within their writing experiences.

This week we have written our own prayers and turned these into prayer lanterns, which you can see displayed in our class worship area. The children collected a range of autumn objects for our Collective Worship table and we completed our first whole school assembly this half term, on the theme of Creation .



We use our school library each Thursday and the children really enjoy borrowing books.  They have taken great care of these new books – well done Year One.

In Mathematics we have learned new skills including using numicon mathematics equipment.  The children have worked on increasing their knowledge of number and place value.  More recently we have worked very hard to read, write and perform addition skills, using numbers to 20.  Each week have a problem solving lesson and the children’s level of reasoning and understanding has greatly improved.

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Welcome to year 1, we are looking forward to working together so you can grow enormous brains!  You will be working with Mrs Deighton, Mrs B Bray, Miss S Berry, Mrs K Smith, and Mrs I Smith.