Welcome to St Patrick!
We are a class of year 1 pupils.
Our teacher is Mrs Kotamo
Our class teaching assistants are Mrs Cooley and Mrs Toms.
Class Teacher's email- firstname.lastname@example.org
Below we have listed some helpful things about our class that we thought you might find useful to know.
We are using a curriculum for our non core subjects that has impacted well on children’s attainment and motivation nationwide. This curriculum is published by Cornerstones. Our curriculum is based on inspirational learning activities which take place in a classroom environment and allow children to learn in a way that motivates and interests them. Cornerstones will provide our children with a good level of challenge, giving them opportunities to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding across the full range of National Curriculum subjects. Year 1 will experience 3 Imaginative Learning Projects in a year. Each individual project is split into sections, which see children progress through four stages of learning: Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express. We are confident that our curriculum will instil in our children a curiosity and love of learning / school, that it will develop their levels of mental health and wellbeing and ultimately will provide opportunities for each of them to achieve their full potential.
Core Subject Priorities
Our school priorities this year are maths, writing and challenge.
Children will be given opportunities to complete a maths challenge each day during their maths lesson. The children are also able to do our weekly maths ‘chocolate challenge’.
Children will be given at least one designated writing session each week to develop this skill and their ability to write for long periods of time. Everyday children will have a handwriting lesson following the Letter-join whole school handwriting scheme, they can also login at home using the schools unique code practice at home.
Children are also encouraged to complete termly curriculum challenges.
This Term (1) our topic is called Childhood.
In the Childhood project, your child will learn words and phrases related to the passage of time such as then and now. They will explore artefacts to help them to understand childhood in the past and how childhood has changed over time. They will explore the six stages of life and explore timelines and family trees. Everyday life in the 1950s will be explored, including shopping, transport, family life and childhood. They will also learn about the significance of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 by studying photographs and online sources. The children will use maps to explore how places have changed over time and highlight any similarities or differences between childhood today and childhood in the 1950s. They will be given a Knowledge Organiser to help support their learning at home.
Our topic focus for this term...
Number - Place Value beginning with numbers to 10
The children will learn to count forwards and backwards, writing numbers to 10 in numerals and words and counting one more and one less.
The children have daily spelling tests in their Read Write Inc group but any extra support you can give them would be fantastic. The children also do a termly independent write.
Children may also wish to extend their learning beyond the knowledge organiser if they have a specific interest in the topic.
Please use the knowledge organiser as a starting point for any extra study. The information on these sheets should be easily recalled by the children once the topic is completed.
Other exciting games to play
St Patrick class are expected to follow the School’s Golden rules at all times and are encouraged and rewarded for being ‘green to go’.
The Golden Rules are:
- We respect and follow our school values.
- We work hard to achieve and shine brightly.
- We listen carefully and follow instructions.
- We are kind, gentle. inclusive and supportive.
- We look after property.
- We are safe and honest so everyone can enjoy school.
If, after a reminder, a child continues to break a rule, their name will be moved on our class traffic lights. Each colour (yellow, orange and red) has a number of possible consequences, such as loss of play time. If a child has to move their name, they given the opportunity to earn their way back to green by sticking to the golden rules and showing “green to go” behaviour.
We use ClassDojo in Saint Patrick class. During each day, children are rewarded with Dojos. Weekly Dojo winners pick a prize from the class prize box. Each term, the children choose a treat and work as a class to move their class star up to 9. This term they are working towards the class prize of golden time.
Homework for English and Maths will be sent home for each week on Fridays, it needs to be returned by the following Thursday. We would also like children to be practicing reading and writing the Year 1 common exception words.
We love a challenge in St Patrick’s class. Every lesson has a challenge and every piece of homework does too.
The homework challenge and the class chocolate challenge are optional but we encourage children to complete them.
Children are also given the chance to enter the termly curriculum challenge for the chance to win a reward.
PE takes place on a Wednesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school. Children may need jogging bottoms or shorts if we are outside as the weather changes. Children must be able to take out their earrings before the lesson and are responsible for looking after these. If your child is unable to remove their earrings, they must come to school with tape on their ears or you can show your child how to apply the tape themselves before the lesson.
Supporting learning at home
Where possible, we encourage children to learn at home through everyday experiences. Linking family days out to our theme is a brilliant way to do this and children love coming into school and telling the class what they’ve learnt.
Keep In Touch
We have an informal open door policy in key stage 1.
If you wish to speak to our teacher just catch her on the playground at the end of the school day after she has safely seen all of the children in the class out to their appropriate adult.
If after school is not convenient to you: phone up the school office and request that the teacher phones you back to arrange a more mutually convenient time.
Failing all of the above – write a note to the teacher asking to speak to them and get your child to pass it on.
If your child is registered with the school as having specific special learning needs, please look at the home learning links to meet their requirements attached to this link. Thank you.