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Welcome to Year 1 St Francis

Our Class Saint

St Francis was born into a wealthy family and originally wanted to be a soldier. On his way to join the army, he was sent a mesage from God who told him to devote his life to The Church. His feast day is on the 4th October and he is the Patron Saint of animals, merchants and ecology. 

"Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love." - St Francis of Assisi

Our Class Value

Year 1's class value is 'Peace'.  This value is celebrated in October. 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

Our Teachers

Class Teacher: MIss Peters

Year 1 Documents

Year 1 Newsletter and Timetable - Autumn Term

Year 1 Learning


In English we have been practising our handwriting and spellings in our sentences.  We have also been using a word search for our key spellings.

We  have written a story about:  "What would you do if your favourite toy came alive?"  We have also written about our trip to the Bethnal Green Toy Museum.

We practise our weekly spelling words using print handwriting.

We have also written a book review on Naughty Amelia Jane by Enid Blyton and we explained what the story was about, who were the characters in the book and what our favourite part was.

Learning Challenge

How are our toys different from the past?:
The children have been looking at toys - past and present - as part of their Learning Challenge this term. They were visited by Classroom Adventures who helped them to make their own wooden toys based on popular toy designs from the past.   We also visited Bethnal Green Toy Museum and took part in a workshop on toys past and present.   We looked at how toys move and dicussed how toys have changed over the past.  We sorted vocabulary and toys into old, oldest, past, new, today and p;resent. 


Adding and calculating:
In maths we have been learning how to add and write the calculation.  We used counters to help find numbers to 10 and wrote our calculations on white boards.

We used number lines to help us with our addition and subtraction.

We like doing number bond challenges.

We use a number square to help us add 10 more to a number.

We are looking at number problems and the words associated with addition and subtraction to help us work out the calculation.

ICT integrated with maths, science and speaking and listening

As part of Science week we used The Talking Tins to record our voices.  We looked for 2D and 3D shapes in the environment to describe properties of the shapes and the material the object was made from.

In Year 1 we have been looking at Rules.  Our Big question was:  "What are God's Rules for living?"

We looked at the importance of rules for the road, school, rules in our homes.  We then discussed our 10 top rules of the classroom.  

We know that God gave Moses the 10 Commandments which are our Rules for living.

We are looking at another religion - Islam with our big question:  "What is it like to be a Muslim?"

We know that some religions have similarities and differences.  We know that all major religions have:   A special Holy Book, prayer:  we need to think when they pray, where they pray, how they pray and who they pray to.  Special buildings for worship, special clothes to identify their religion, a symbol, special foods or fasting times and special festivals and celebrations.

We have looked at the parts of a mosque.

ICT Integrated with RE

We used our knowledge of The Nativity to illustrate our Christmas cards.  We used a drawing programme on the net books to create our design of the main characters in the story.


In Science we have been looking at materials and our Big question:  "What are materials?"

We have identified materials such as wood, plastic, glass, fabric, metal and grouped them into their categories, and we used adjectives to describe how these objects feel.

We have sorted bricks from rocks and water from glass.

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