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St Joseph the Worker

Catholic Primary School

Year 1

Class One have had a busy start to the Spring Term. We began the term thinking all about Winter and snow. We enjoying reading snow poems and writing our own. The children loved playing in the artificial snow as well as watching a few flakes of real snow falling!

Our snowy theme continued as we learned about polar animals. We read non-fiction books and stories such as ‘Rainbow Bear’ to help us to write fantastic animal booklets. We also learned about the brave explorer Shackleton’s historic journey to Antarctica, and we wondered what being a Polar Explorer would be like. We investigated the different materials that a Polar Explorer might wear in the Antarctic. In Art, we weaved materials to make superb bobble hats!

In our class assembly, we remembered and shared all the adventures we have had since the start of Year One. The children loved making up parts of the songs that they performed, as well as practising their Indian dancing! The children put on a fantastic show and were thrilled to be able to share more of their learning with their families.

After half term, we will be reading Traditional Tales, such as the Three Little Pigs, Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as new twists on old classics. We are looking forward to our Traditional Tales workshop in March with Marcus Dilly.

Traditional Tales will be the theme for our learning in other subjects and we will be growing our own “beanstalks”; using computers to design houses for the Three Little Pigs; investigating the best building materials for the Pigs’ houses; and exploring different uses for everyday objects inspired by The Smartest Giant in Town.

  1. Geography, we will be learning about our local area. We will go on short walks to discover more about the area around our school, and to help us make maps and models of our local buildings.

We are continuing to learn alternative spellings and pronunciations for some of our Phonics sounds, and have been practising reading real and nonsense words. Please encourage your child to play some of our favourite Phonics games: Buried Treasure and Picnic on Pluto on

One of the skills we are learning in Maths is counting in groups. We have been learning different songs to help us count in 2s, 5s and 10s: we love the counting in 2s “Dancing 2s” song from Jack Hartmann! Sing along with your child at home and then challenge your child to apply their counting in 2s by playing the game below.