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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 1 – Saint Joseph


(Updated April 2019)

Summer Term

We hope you had a lovely family time over Easter! We have enjoyed a little rest but are now focused on the term ahead and looking forward to the next phase of learning we have planned for your children.

The Year 1 Team

Mrs Green is the Class Teacher Tuesday to Friday and Mrs Collins teaches the class every Monday. Miss Arthur is our full time Teaching Assistant and Mrs Cross (HLTA) assists in class every morning.

Miss Murphy is a final year teaching student from UWE. She will be assisting and teaching lessons in Term 5, for her final teaching placement. Sadly, Miss Murphy leaves us on Friday 17th May. We wish her every success in her career.

If you are interested in volunteer work, hearing children read or helping to prepare resources or displays, we would welcome you to join our team!

Class information

Class information will be shared via letters, our class notice board and through texts, as needed. These are a few things we would like you to know about Year 1:

PE Kits

PE sessions are twice a week but labelled PE kits should be left in school in a named drawstring bag as timetables sometimes need to be altered. We will send them home at the end of term, unless they get dirty before then.


Homework will consist of daily reading, spellings, word pot/high frequency words and number bonds practice.

Children are encouraged to reread their books to build fluency and to talk about their reading to improve comprehension skills. Children may then go on to read their own books to help foster an enjoyment of reading. Please record this in your child’s yellow reading record book in the usual way.

Each term, we will also send home details of a longer homework project linked to our learning in class (this term we'll be inviting the children to research either North or South America, as part of our creative curriculum topic 'Whatever The Weather').

Please let Mrs Green, or one of the Year 1 team, know if you would like any support or advice regarding homework.


Your child's yellow reading record and school reading books will be collected in, checked and changed once a week (based on written comments in yellow books). Your child should bring their book bag to school every day (no rucksacks please) so that they can be heard regularly in school too. A formal 'book check' is made at the end of each short term but your child may also move book levels as part of our ongoing assessments.


In maths this term, we are learning addition and subtraction facts to twenty and counting in steps of twos, fives and tens to 100. We are also learning to recall doubles and halves within twenty. The children practise recall of these number facts regularly in class and are awarded bronze, silver and gold awards for their achievements. You are welcome to help us practise our number bonds every Friday morning from 8:55 to 9:10.

Outdoor Learning

We will be doing outdoor learning in some areas of the curriculum throughout the summer. Wellingtons can be stored on the pegs provided outside the classroom but, due to limited space, outdoor learning clothing should only be brought in as needed. A reminder will be sent out nearer the time.

Curriculum Overview (Summer Term)


We are learning to: read, write and order numbers to 100; add/subtract a two digit number and a single digit number; recall number bond pairs and corresponding subtraction facts to twenty; recall ‘doubles’ and ‘halves’ within twenty; count in steps of twos, fives and tens. Our learning will cover:

  • Multiplication & division
  • Capacity
  • Place value (within 100)
  • Money
  • Time
  • Known facts


  • Fiction (tale of fear/warning tale) - ‘Willy the Wizard’ by Anthony Browne
  • Nonfiction (recount/report) – 'Willy's Match Report'
  • Classic poetry – 'The Cupboard' by Walter De La Mare
  • Fiction (tale of defeating a monster) - ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’ by Judith Kerr
  • Nonfiction (instructions) – 'How To Prepare Tea For A Tiger'
  • Poetry – 'My Friend' by Emily Hearn

Each text will be sent home to practise and perform with our families using ‘Talk For writing’ actions.


‘Living In Habitats’

  • Habitats – Exploring plants and animals in both familiar and unfamiliar habitats
  • Food chains – Looking at how plants and animals depend on each other within a habitat


  • E-safety – Keeping safe online
  • Programming – Algorithms (planning, predicting, testing and debugging)
  • Simulations – Introduction to modelling (using computers to represent real or fantasy situations)

Creative Topic Work

(Includes Geography/Science/Art/DT)

‘Whatever The Weather’

This topic takes us around the world with Barnaby Bear. We will learn about contrasting places: where they are in the world; interesting facts and features; and compare their climates.

Our learning journey will take us through five different continents (with the opportunity to research North or South America through this term's creative project homework).


We will continue to use a variety of materials and techniques to produce artwork linked to our topic:

  • Famous artist - Leonardo Da Vinci (Mona Lisa)
  • African map collage
  • Hot and cold colours
  • Aboriginal paintings

Design Technology

Our DT projects will include:

  • Designing and making fruit kebabs
  • Designing and making snow shoes for Barnaby Bear


Charanga Music –

‘You’re Imagination’ &

‘Reflect, Rewind, Replay’

Learning about the interrelated dimensions of music through: games, singing, playing instruments, improvising.

We will also be practising and performing songs as part of the South Gloucestershire Infant Song Project 2019 – ‘Seaside Fun’.


Building our vocabulary:

  • Greetings
  • Colours
  • Numbers to 20
  • Days of the week
  • My family


 (Through weekly Jigsaw sessions and Key Stage assemblies)

Term 5 - ‘Relationships’

Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, and conflict resolution and communication skills.

Term 6 - ‘Changing Me’

Learning to understand and respect changes they see in themselves and others.

Includes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at change:

Children will identify the parts of the body that make boys different to girls, use the correct names for these and understand which parts are private.


We will continue to learn about Jesus and his teaching through the themes:


  • To know that we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Easter and reflect on what that means for us
  • Learn about the events following Jesus’s resurrection and how Jesus helped the disciples to understand He had risen


  • Explore the concept of a miracle
  • Explore stories of how Jesus used his great power to help people
  • Reflect upon how we can show our trust in Jesus


  • Games – Football; striking and fielding games (rules and teams)
  • Athletics - Track and field (Sports Day preparation)

Outdoor Learning

  • Communication and team building games
  • Signs of Summer
  • Mini habitats

If you have any questions about the curriculum, or just want to come in and see what we've been doing, do let us know. We are available most days after all of the children have been collected. Overviews of curriculum to be covered each term can also be found in the attachments below. Our class gallery is updated most weeks too, so please take a look.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Mrs Green

and the Year One Team