Welcome to Year 1
Meet the team
Mrs. Scattergood - Class Teacher
Mrs. Massey - Teaching Assistant
Class Saint - St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis was born: 1182 in a small town called Assisi in Italy. Francis was born into a very rich family and, when he was nineteen years old, Francis went to battle; he was a brave knight. But, unfortunately, Francis was captured and taken prisoner. He was held prisoner in a dungeon for a year and was then set free.
Over the next few years Francis began to see visions from God that changed his life.. At first he thought that God had called him to fight but then he had another vision that told him to help the sick. Finally, when praying in a church, Francis heard God tell him to "repair my church, which is falling in ruins."
Francis gave all his money to the church. His father became very angry with him. Francis then left his father's home and took a vow of poverty.
Francis lived his life of poverty and preached to people about the life of Jesus Christ and people began to follow him. By 1209, he had around 11 followers. He had one basic rule which was "To follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps".
Francis was a devoted follower of the Catholic Church. He and his followers travelled to Rome to get the approval for their religious Order from the Pope. At first, the Pope was reluctant but then he eventually understood their vow of poverty and blessed the Order.
Francis was known for his love of nature and animals. There are many stories about Saint Francis and his preaching to animals. It is said that one day he was talking to some birds when they began to sing together. Then they flew into the sky and formed the sign of a cross.
It is also said that Francis could tame wild animals. One story tells of a vicious wolf in the town that was killing the people and the sheep. The people of the town were frightened and didn't know what to do. Francis went to the town to talk with the wolf. At first, the wolf growled at Francis and prepared to attack him. However, Francis made the sign of the cross and told the wolf not to hurt anyone else. The wolf then became tame and the town was safe.
Year 1 have chosen to ask Saint Francis to guide them this year, showing them how to be good stewards of God’s Creation and how to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
We will be thinking about the parables and miracles within the Bible which help us to understand how best to live our lives, especially during this season on Lent.
Remember… this is the special time when we think about our actions and how we can help others – it’s not just ‘a time to give up’ chocolate, it is ‘a time to take something on’ such as a virtue, honesty, gratefulness and generosity.
We will be continuing to enjoy stories, linked to our topic, written by our class author, Julia Donaldson amongst other authors
- We will continue to apply the basics of writing; letters and sounds – recognition and representation, handwriting – correctly formed and positioned, demarcated sentences – capital letters and end marks
- We will also be focusing upon the grammatical feature of adjectives – a word that describes a noun / pronoun
- We will also begin to look at rhyme, through storytelling, poetry and songs
We are lucky to be having Mr. Sigley next half term to help us with our PE lessons each Monday morning!
Please ensure that your correct PE kit is in school and available for these lessons.
- Daily Maths (little blue book, compulsory, focusing on the 4 operations)
- Foundation Subjects (pink books, compulsory, weekly)
- Home Reading (3 x weekly, please ensure that you sign the diary)
- Phonic Screening Practise which will be sent home after the parent meeting (Tuesday 12th March)
Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.
Please see the school website / Messenger for further information.