St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Year 1

 Term 1


We started the term thinking about how much we have grown and talked about the past, the present and the future. Dee, an elderly visitor came in and told us all about the toys she used to play with when she was young. Some of them were over 70 years old!

We loved reading The Snail and the Whale and writing our own versions of the story.

In science we had fun blindfolding each other and seeing if we could guess different objects using our sense of smell or our sense of touch.

In RE we went outdoors and created lovely pictures using things from nature.

In maths, you can see some of us ordering numbers from 11 to 20.

Term 2

Starry Night

Year 1 really enjoyed our Starry Night topic from last term and you saw, at the Art Exhibition, our wonderful creations! By selling our framed “Starry night” pictures, we have been able to save some money towards buying some beanbags for our reading area.

The children really enjoyed painting in the style of Vin Gogh and we really couldn’t tell the difference between the original and those painted in year one! We have some talented artists!

In maths we focussed on number and shape. You can see in the pictures the children making pictures from 2d shapes and identifying them. Year one also made 3d shapes using plasticene.

In English the children loved interviewing each other as characters from “Emily Brown and The Thing.”

Term 3

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Year 1 really enjoyed learning all about animals and by the end of the term many of the class were experts and knew all there is to know about Meerkats.

The children can now tell you about herbivores and carnivores and different features of animals. They can tell you all about why birds have wings and beaks and what helps a fish live in the sea.

In maths we focussed on number, fractions, position and direction and telling the time.  You can see in the pictures the children were beginning to grasp telling the time to the hour and half past the hour.  

The children created some lovely puppets. They started by practising their sewing skills and went on to demonstrate their skills with their animal puppets.

In English the children loved “Meerkat Mail” and enjoyed hearing Sunny the Meerkat’s travelling adventures.

Term 4

Wonderful Water!

Year one really enjoyed learning all about plants! By the end of the term all the children knew that plants needed light and water in order to grow! We hope your sunflowers and broad beans are continuing to grow well at home!

The children can now tell you about Monet. The children used lots of different art materials to produce incredible pictures and paintings based on Monet’s Waterlily garden”.

In maths we focussed on length, weight and capacity. The children enjoyed the practical aspect of this area of maths. We also recapped our number bonds and we are trying hard to know these instantly!

In English the children loved the adventures of Lila in “Lila and the secret of rain.” We created some wonderful stories! We also enjoyed dressing up as our favourite characters for World book day!

Term 5

The pictures show the children in Year one really enjoyed learning all about materials! They explored different everyday items and discussed what each one felt like and what it was made of. The children went on to learn why certain items are made of certain materials. For example, windows are made of glass so that we can see through them.

The children also made lots of progress with their understanding of number. They are really growing in confidence using numbers up to 100. To support this learning, the children used Dienes Apparatus (as seen in the photos) to make numbers using tens and ones.

In English, we focussed on Beegu, a visitor to Earth from space. In the photo you can see the children beginning to use simple debating skills by using a “conscience alley” and deciding on whether the child in the story was right to tell the teacher that there was an alien (Beegu) in their playground.