Year 1 St Faustina Class Page

Welcome to St Faustina’s Class Page.  Miss Ralph is the Class Teacher and Mrs Dwyer is the Teaching Assistant.

Our Curriculum for this half-term is:

MTP Spring 1 Healthy living Yr1 Final


PE is on a Wednesday and children require full PE kit (t-shirt, shorts and pumps/trainers).  Children are not permitted to wear school uniform or school shoes for PE.  Earrings must be removed or covered before coming to school.

Spelling tests will now take place on a Monday and will be done within the children’s phonics groups.  Please ensure spelling books are in school on a Monday.  Spelling books with new spellings will be sent home on a Monday.

Children will be reading in a guided reading group once a week with the class teacher.  The day of the reading group may vary due to teaching capacity so children’s books will not be changed on a set day, although it will be weekly.  Therefore it is important that their book bag, book and home reading record are bought into school every day.

Spring 1 Healthy Living

Welcome back to school and I hope you all had a lovely break.  This will be a very busy but exciting half term and I know the children will learn a lot!  Please take a look at the Medium Term Plan on the website to see what Year 1 will be learning about in the first half of the Spring term.

This week we have been on the imitation phase in our English lessons and the children have read the book ‘A piece of cake’ by Gill Murphy. This has then allowed us to focus on a character description of Mrs Large. Using the story map below your child will be able to retell the character description…


A quick reminder that we would like the children to complete a project about our topic.  We would like the children to create a model version of the ‘Human Body’.  Please encourage children to  label the bones and add some interesting facts to engage the reader.

Please ensure homework is in school by Friday 8th February 2019.


What a busy half term the children have had…


Using the Talk for Writing sequence of learning the children have been able to write two non-fiction reports.

The first being ‘The life of Guy Fawkes’, children completed story maps, acted the report out in front of the class and even had the opportunity to write how we celebrate bonfire night now. The second report was based on advent and the traditions that Christmas brings. Once again children completed a story map but instead of writing they became news reporters to present their work.

We have just started looking at our new text ‘The Tin Forest’, this text will allow us to look at setting descriptions which we will then use to create our own.


Well done to all the children that have moved up book bands! I can’t wait to see what next term brings.


We have some great mathematicians in Year 1! Following the White Rose Scheme of work, the children have been able to;

-Represent and use number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10.

-Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (-) and equals (=) signs.

-Add and subtract one-digit numbers to 10, including zero.

-Solve one step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects and pictorial representations and missing number problems.


This term the children have focused on 3 units;

Families and Celebrations –  Children have been able to discuss the different celebrations that they have been involved at home or in school but also to identify celebrations as an important part of family life.  They understand that Mass is an important celebration for God’s family and can discuss and the different words, actions and gestures that take place. Watch this space the children will soon be leading Mass!

Prayer – Children understand that prayer is a special way of spending time with God and can all describe ways in which we pray.

Advent- This unit was designed to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of Christmas as a celebration of the birth of Jesus. The unit has also developed the children’s understanding of the importance of the birth of Jesus through the events that happened before and after, and the impact it had on the people involved.

Please find below some useful websites to help your child;




I would just like to thank you all for the support that you have given your child over this last term.


Weeks 1-4

The children have all settled in really well to Year 1 and are producing some fantastic work.  We have been very busy in English learning the story of The Three Little Pigs.  The children have written a retell of their story and as they know it so well they have also been able to innovate (change) their story and invent (create) a new story of their own.  In maths we have focused on the crucial topic of place value and developing the children’s understanding of number.

In History we have been learning about the important historical event of the Great Fire of London.  We have been colour mixing in art which will allow the children to create their own Great Fire of London picture.  Ask your child to tell you all about it.

Our RE lessons have focused on the story of Creation and the children have created their own psalm, drew some beautiful art work for our RE display and ordered the events of the creation story.

Weeks 5-7

What a busy couple of weeks we have had! The children have been amazing and they have all been working really hard. A big thank you to all parents/carers for ensuring book bags have been in school every day, it is essential when doing guided reading that the children have their book bags in school so that we can review the book and issue a new one.

Books have also been allocated to every child on bug club. Please put a message in the home school diary if you need your child’s bug club log in.

During our English lessons, we have been learning a new story called The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. The children have been able to retell the story, innovate the story and invent their own stories which we have compiled to create a ‘St Faustina Traditional Story Collection’. Our Maths lessons have required the children to complete activities looking at number bonds to 10 and 20 they have been creating bar models, number sentences and missing number questions using their knowledge of number bonds.

We have carried out an experiment in science whereby the children had to test a range of materials to see which would be the most suitable to use to make a roof for a house for The Three Little Pigs. The experiment provoked lots of discussion among the children using scientific vocabulary.

The children have heard the story of The Wedding Feast at Cana in RE.  The children have been able to retell the story using role play.

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