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The Divine Mercy

Roman Catholic Primary School

‘with Jesus in our hearts and the Children at the centre, we welcome and reach out to our diverse community in the Christian Spirit’

Year 1- Our Learning 2021-22

Welcome to year 1- 


The children have settled in well to their new classes and are already working really hard!  Our topic this half term in 'Wonderful Me'.  We will be learning about 'self portraits', our local area, local heroes and much more.  Please see our topic overview for more information.  We look forward to working together this half term and making this half term fun, exciting and engaing for our year 1 pupils.  



Autumn 2

Merry Christmas!

we hope you have a lovely Christmas with friends and family. Your children have worked super hard this half term and deserve a well-earned rest. Thank you for your continued support and hard work this half term.  

The children are enjoying a fun-filled final week, performing their Christmas Nativity, having their Christmas party and they may even get a special visitor with gifts at the end of the week!

Have a look below to find out what we have been learning about this half term. 


Religious Education

We have continued to develop our understanding of our Catholic faith and have learned how Advent is a time of waiting.  We found out how God sent Angel Gabriel to Mary to tell her that she would have a baby and that he would be the son of God. We learned how Mary had to wait for the birth of baby Jesus. We have had fun making Advent wreaths and Advent calendars. We also made Christingles with year 4 which was great fun. 

We have also worked hard practicing our part in the school Nativity which is now on the school website for you to watch. 


This half term children have been learning about everyday materials.  They looked at naming materials, understanding properties, and sorting them.  Children took part in experiments to test different objects' properties.  They looked at objects to see if they were bendy or not bendy, opaque, or transparent and they tested to see which material would be best for an umbrella.  Ask your child if they can tell you what different objects around the house are made from.  


The children have had lots of fun working on their D.T. project this half term. They looked at different materials and described them. They then designed an outfit for an elf, choosing appropriate materials and using a variety of skills. Once their fantastic outfits were complete, the children evaluated them and looked at how they could improve them. 


In English, the children have been learning about how to describe a character. They learned the story “How Tiger learned not to be greedy” and focussed on the description of the tiger.  In addition, the children learned about how to write instructions by learning the text "How to trap a tiger". The children have worked really hard and created some great instructions using; time conjunctions, command words, what you need, and some adjectives.  



In music, we have been learning about the beat/pulse and rhythms in songs. We have been getting the instruments out and playing the beat and rhythms on them. We learned that the beat in music stays the same but the rhythm changes. The beat/pulse can be fast or slow depending on the song. We have enjoyed learning some Christmas songs too. 

Autumn 1


This half term children have settled in well into their new class and routines.  Children have learnt lots already and have been on a local walk and are looking forward to showing our work on local heroes to year 2 in our art gallery this week.  Here are some of the things we have been learning about in Autumn term.



Our first topic in English was recounts.  Children learnt what a recount is and learnt the recount of ‘Charlie’s Walk’.  They then went on their own walk around the school and created their own recount from this including time conjunctions and focusing on sounding out, full stops and capital letters.  Their second topic was traditional tales, children learnt the story of the ‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ using a story map.  After that, children came up with their own story about the 'Three Fluffy Cats'.  



This half term children have been looking at numbers to 10, number bonds to 5, representing numbers, comparing and finding one more and less.  Children have also made a great start making number bonds to ten and making up their own number stories.  Children have engaged in lots of different practical activities to support their understanding of number. 



In Geography, we went on a walk around our local area. We looked at the different buildings and discussed what we liked and what we did not like about the area. We also talked about the weather and looked for signs of Autumn and linked this to our Science topic. 



This half term we learnt how to draw self portraits.  We learnt about an artist called Paplo Picasso.  Children learnt how to use colours to show mood, show movement and use different drawing equipment.  We also created our own a start portrait. 


In music, we have been learning about the beat/pulse and rhythms in songs.  We’ve learned that the beat in music stays the same but the rhythm changes. The beat/pulse can be fast or slow depending on the song. We listened to some music produced by the Manchester band "Oasis" and discussed what instruments we could hear in it. 


In RHE we learned about the importance of valuing ourselves and why we are special. We learned the similarities and differences between people, including our bodies and the things they enable us to do. We have also explored the importance of being healthy and staying clean. 




In RE children have learnt about families, how all families are different and about how it feels to be part of God’s family.  Children are now learning about ‘Belonging’ they have discussed different groups they belong to and how they feel being part of a group.  They listened to the story of Jesus and the children, where he welcomes and blesses the children around them into God’s family.  



Children have been practising and learning phase 2 and 3 phonics in lessons and through a variety of activities.  All children have their own reading book linked to their phonics level.  Year 1 have already listened to a wide range of stories including Fiction, Non-Fiction and poems around seasons.  Here are some of our stories we have heard at read aloud time.