Curriculum Overview 2021-22
Summer 2, Week 3 - Refugee Week
This week, we have been reading ‘The Day War Came’ by Nicola Davies. It is a moving, poetic narrative, with child-friendly illustrations. In the book, we follow the heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful journey of a little girl who is forced to become a refugee.
Through guided reading, we discussed how the girl’s emotions drastically changed within the first six pages of the book. This led us to a circle time where we discussed how people can display emotions in different ways.
As we continued to read the story, the young girl lost her home. We discussed what the word “home” means to us. We had some wonderful suggestions such as “it is a place where we are safe and protected” and “my home is where all my family and the people I love are.” Eliza made the profound statement “a house is bricks but your home is your heart.” We then began to think in more detail about Human Rights and made posters to explain to Reception class what they are.
We are looking forward to continuing to read, and work on, this text next week.
Summer 2 - Week 2 - Art Week
We had an exciting week learning about Claude Monet as part of Art Week. Claude Monet was born in Paris in 1840 and was the founder of the Impressionist movement of painting. He was particularly focused on painting nature in the way he could see it.
On Tuesday, during Outdoor Day, we had the opportunity to paint in the style of Monet’s ‘The Four Trees’. We used different techniques to apply the paint, including using cotton buds and paintbrushes.
Later in the week, we painted pictures based on ‘The Japanese Footbridge’. We used a colour wash to paint the background and painted a bridge on half of the page. When we folded our paper over, we were left with a printed image on the other half of the page (just like the reflection of the bridge in the water!) We completed our work by adding tissue paper trees and reeds.
We finished our week by creating a collage in the style of Monet’s’The Water Lilies’. We painted lilies on pieces of paper and cut them out into different shapes and sizes. We then applied these to a colour washed piece of paper to build up our picture.
Outdoor Learning- Wild and Common Plants
Summer 2 - Week 1 - The Queen’s Jubilee
This week, we focused on the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. In our guided reading session, we read a non-fiction text about the Queen’s life; from when she was born up to her coronation. We learnt lots of interesting vocabulary such as coronation, crown, throne, heir and jubilee.
We then learnt about the Queen’s family and labelled a picture of them standing with her at Buckingham Palace. In our Art lesson, we made portraits of the Queen in the style of a postage stamp, paying particular attention to her crown.
On Thursday, we celebrated the Jubilee with a whole school picnic and, although the weather was wet, we enjoyed ourselves.
Homework due 06.06.22
During the half term holiday, we are asking you to create a project for the Commonwealth celebrations.
Our class country is...
We would like you to create a personal project that is inspired by our class country. You might decide to sculpt, paint, draw, research, cook, design etc...
This is down to you.
Please return your projects to your class teacher on the Monday of the first week back of Summer term 2. We are so excited to see what you have got up to... Maybe even have a taste of it if you are feeling generous!
Phonics Screening Check Information
How can I help my child’s reading at home?
Sharing books together
Reading phonetically decodable books at home is very useful for developing children’s phonic skills.
- Before your child starts reading, look at the cover and title together. Encourage them to think about what the book might be about to get them engaged and in the right frame of mind to read.
- Talk about the book as you read, recapping and asking questions as you go to check your child’s understanding of what they’re reading.
- Point to the words as your child reads, encouraging them to try every word to the very end (children learning to read often neglect suffixes).
- If they’re struggling with a word, help to break it down into individual sounds, then blend the sounds together. Breaking words down into syllables can also help. With longer or compound words, support children to identify elements of the word they might know or find easier to decode, for instance, rain/ing, kind/est, foot/ball. Cover up part of the word and encourage children to read it in smaller chunks.
- If your child is still struggling, it’s OK to tell them the word.
- Finally, don’t forget that praise is really motivating for children as they read.
Make practice fun!
Here are some quick, fun games you can play at home using the focus phonemes in your child’s reading books. These will all help to increase confidence reading and blending sounds.
- Write down all the phonemes on separate pieces of paper and get your child to practise reading them quickly, one after the other. Mix up the order to make sure your child isn’t reciting them!
- Stick up different phonemes around a room and ask your child to hop to one phoneme, skip to one and jump to another as you call them out.
- Get your child to write as many words which include the focus phonemes as they can in 30 seconds. Make it easier or harder by giving them more or less time.
- Choose six phonemes and give each one a number. Roll a dice and ask your child to say the phoneme that the dice lands on.
Summer 1, Week 4 - Trails
In our Geography this week, we began to look at trails around our school. We had a map of the school and, using clear directions and language, navigated around it and took photographs.
Summer 1, Week 3 - Botanical Gardens
Music- Adding sound effects to a story
Maths- finding pairs to make 5
Summer 1, Week 2 - Vocations
Our big question this week was ‘What has God called us to be?’ We thought about the gifts and talents that God has given us and how we can use them to be the best we can be. On Wednesday, we had Takeover Day where we were able to take over the jobs of some staff in school. We had to write an application for the job and explain why we would be a suitable candidate.
Summer 1, Week 1
We welcomed the children back to school from their Easter break this week. It was wonderful to hear about their break and all of the exciting things that they got up to!
It is also a time of celebration for the Church as begin the season of Easter. We read the story of the women finding the empty tomb and the impact this had on the disciples. We then looked at the Paschal candle and the important symbols shown on it.
Spring 2 Week 5
This week, we have been learning about Holy Week in preparation for next week. We began with Palm Sunday, where we re-enacted Jesus returning from the desert and people throwing palms and cloaks on the ground for him. We then learnt how people changed the way they felt about Jesus and became angry at him.
We role played the Last Supper, with crackers and fruit juice, and repeated the words Jesus said, relating them to the prayer Father Denis says at Church. We learnt about the importance of the Stations of the Cross and how some of the stations can help us to live our own lives. We made our own versions of the stations through artwork and sculpture.
Spring 2, Week 3- STEM week
The children have had such a busy and exciting week this week, as we took part in STEM week. We were tasked with opening our own ‘Yoghurt Cafe’ to celebrate British produce. We thought up lots of different names for our cafe and decided on “The Yummy Yoghurt Factory”. We then designed our own logos using 2D shapes so that our cafe would be recognisable.
After that, we learnt about where the ingredients for our yoghurts come from such as milk coming from a cow and fruits and vegetables being grown from seeds. We observed a wide range of seeds closely with a magnifying glass and used scientific vocabulary to describe them. We decided to make a fact book about where food comes from to share with our Reception children.
On Wednesday, we learnt about the importance of a healthy, balanced diet and what foods are the best to include in our diet. Mrs Naylor was pleased to hear that you can still have chocolate…in moderation! We designed our Fruit Yoghurt dishes to prepare ourselves for when we made them.
On Thursday, we learnt two techniques for cutting fruit- the bridge technique and the claw technique. After washing our hands, we then used these techniques to safely chop the fruits we wanted to include in our yoghurts. The best part of the week was when we tasted our own yoghurt dishes! Some of us really enjoyed them but others found the yoghurt too sour. Well done everybody for trying something new!
Spring 2, Week 2- Outdoor Day, Mass
The children led a wonderful Mass on Wednesday for Year 2 and 3, with prayers they had written themselves and hymns chosen by the class. All of the children acted with great respect and reverence and their singing was sensational.
We also enjoyed working outdoors on Tuesday where we worked like explorers.
Outdoor Learning- Natural Art
Outdoor Learning- Signs of Spring
Spring 2-Week 1
The children have returned from their break with a fantastic attitude and are ready to learn. Our new Gospel values are Intentional and Prophetic, and we will be looking for children who are living values.
This week, we have been reading different types of poetry including instruction poetry, shape poetry and descriptive poetry. On Tuesday we celebrated Shrove Tuesday and learnt about why people make pancakes. We also tasted some pancakes and used our senses to describe them and with the vocabulary we generated a descriptive poem. On Wednesday, we received the ashes as a sign that Christ is in our thoughts.
Artwork inspired by the book Leaf by Sandra Dieckmann
Spring 1 Week 6-Safer Internet and Mental Health
We started off the week by coming into school in pyjamas to raise money for a mental health charity: Forward Thinking Birmingham. We also celebrated Safer Internet Day and looked at ways to stay safe online. The children answered questions and created posters. We also explored how to take an effective photograph using the iPads.
Spring 1 Week 5
This week, we have continued our learning about space. The children have been thinking about questions they would ask Neil Armstrong and have been using question marks in their writing. We looked at the safety features in place when Neil Armstrong went to the moon and ordered the events. In computing, the children used the iPads and gave instructions to help a rocket get to the different planets.
Spring 1, Week 4- Topic Launch and Outdoor Day
This week, we launched our Explorers topic. We had such fun making papier-mâché planets, junk model rockets, space art with chalks and pastels and so much more! Check out the photographs in the gallery.
On Tuesday, we spent the day in our Forest School. We finished our work on ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by making homes for the wild things using natural materials. After we had built them, we had great fun having a ‘wild rumpus’ and dancing to our own music.
Design and Technology- Sock Puppets
Spring 1, Week 1
The children have returned to school with enthusiasm and have worked so wonderfully this week. We started off the week by sharing what we had done in the Christmas break and the children did a piece of writing all about it. In Mathematics, we have been focusing on 2D shapes and how we can use them to make block patterns. We explored the properties of some common shapes and how they can be put together to make a picture. We had some fantastic pictures ranging from a cat to a turtle! On Thursday, we were so excited to see snow. We went outside to investigate how many snowflakes we could catch on our tongues. This led to some interesting questions which we will try and answer next week. Some of the questions included: “Why does snow look white?”, “Does it only snow in winter?” We had an assembly about The Epiphany and watched a video about ‘The Christmas Story’ and then we created our own crowns. We used different shapes and paint to create a repeating pattern. Take a look at the pictures below to see our fantastic work.
Autumn 2, Week 4 - Outdoor Learning
We had a wonderful time during our Outdoor Day on Tuesday, despite the cold. We spent time in the forest school, where we built shelters and worked as part of a team. We were challenged to make the shelter as small as possible…and the results were amazing! We then started to look at the different types of trees in the forest and noticed that some still had their leaves on. This led us to identifying the evergreen and deciduous trees on the school grounds. The best part of the day was when we got to play in the fallen leaves and throw them at Mr Worthington and Miss Westwood!
Autumn 2, Week 3 - One Kind Word
This week, we celebrated Anti Bullying Week and focused on the theme of ‘One Kind Word’. On Monday, we dressed in odd socks to celebrate our differences and originality. After this, we discussed the meaning of what bullying is, how to spot it and, more importantly, how to stop it! With the theme of ‘One Kind Word’ in our minds, we wrote secret messages about each other, saying kind things, and shared them out on Friday.
Each day this week, we thought of a kind word to add to our Word Wall and tried to use it in our writing and when speaking to one another. Our English lessons have involved us looking at The Tiger Who Came to Tea in greater depth. We found evidence in the text that told us about the tiger’s character (we know he is polite because he says “Excuse me”) and considered solutions to different problems in the story.
In History, we made a toy museum containing modern toys and those from the past. This led us to the question ‘how do we know these toys are old?’ We answered this question by comparing what materials new and old toys are made from and the way that they look.
Autumn 2, Week 2
We would like to thank all of the parents, grandparents and carers, who attended our open afternoon on Monday. It was wonderful to see how proud the children were to show you their classroom and their work.
This week, we have been reading ‘The Tiger who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr. We made predictions based on the front cover, used our imagination to answer ‘what if’ questions (what if Sophie had of closed the door?) and explored the author’s use of repetition for effect. The book was written in 1968, so we used this as an opportunity to compare changes between then and now. We compared a picture of Kings Heath high street from the 60s to one taken last week and were amazed by how much has changed! This then led us to think about other things that have changed over time, particularly toys.
In Mathematics, we have been exploring how to use a part-part-whole model to represent a number. We know that two (or more) parts put together make a whole.
Autumn 2, Week 1
The children have returned to school with enthusiasm and have all worked so hard, during another busy week. On Monday and Tuesday, we celebrated All Saints’ Day and All Souls Day. We learnt the significance and importance of these special days and held a prayer service to remember the loved ones we have lost.
This week was ‘Coding Week’ and the children have been working on the IPads and engaging in a range of coding activities. Some of our coding activities didn’t even need a computer! We solved coding puzzles by giving instructions to each other and found treasure on a map.
On Tuesday, we had a special visitor called Laura, also known as ‘The Animal Lady’. The children got to meet lots of animals, including an owl, a lizard, a snake, a honey bear, a hissing cockroach and many more! We were so excited and enjoyed writing all about the session and our favourite animals.
The children have also discussed COP26 and the impact climate change is having on the world. We made a class pledge where we will try to walk to school more, pick up litter and recycle where possible. Through Geography, we explored weather symbols and suitable clothing for different types of weather.
As it is Bonfire Night this Friday, we discussed the importance of keeping safe at this time of year. We also created some firework artwork using pastels and chalks. We enjoyed selecting different bright colours for our work.
Take a look at the pictures of our exciting week below.
Autumn 1, Week 7
We have had an unbe-leaf-able week! We have noticed lots of changes around our school grounds; leaves have changed colour, leaves have started falling off trees, the weather has changed and the days are getting shorter. It must mean that Autumn is here!
We have spent lots of time outside this week, collecting leaves and twigs, making art projects in the style of Andy Goldsworthy and recording the weather. Can you see any signs of Autumn when at home?
Autumn 1, Week 6
This Week we have been looking at signs of Autumn. The children looked at the changing colour of the leaves.
We had lots of fun making split pin dogs as part of our learning on our class text ‘Dogger’. The children followed instructions and worked really hard to put the parts together. The children were really proud of their work.
On Wednesday, we celebrated St. Edward’s feast day. We went to church and the children sang and read fantastically! We also drew pictures of St. Edward in our Art sketchbooks.
Design and Technology
Autumn 1, Week 5
On Monday, we had an African Dance Workshop. The children learnt a dance routine and had lots of fun. At the end of our routine we shouted ‘jambo’. ‘Jambo’ is a Swahili greeting.
We started our new class text ‘Dogger’ and have been discussing our favourite toys as part of our History topic ‘Toys through Time’. The children created lost posters to help Dave find Dogger.
We have also been outside on a ‘Senses Walk’. The children shared what they could see, smell, hear and touch when exploring our school grounds.
Week beginning 27th September
What a busy week we have had in Year 1! We learnt about St Thérèse of Lisieux and how she dreamed of being a missionary. She understood that very few of us are called to make big and radical gestures, but that through small, loving actions we too can deliver God’s love to the world. We thought of little ways we can be kind and loving to others- ask us about our ‘little ways’.
We we’re also lucky to have Mrs Scott come and visit us to help us make self portraits. We learnt about what makes a good portrait, saw some famous examples and then created our own masterpieces.
Despite the rain, we were still able to have our PE lesson with Coach James this week. We practiced our skills of “look and avoid” when moving around a space.
Week beginning 13th September
In phonics this week, we have been revising how to read, and spell, words with double consonant endings. Can you use these words in a sentence?
Next week, we will re-cap reading and spelling words that start with adjacent consonants.
In Mathematics, we have been counting groups of objects. We did this carefully, making sure we only counted each object once.
Week Beginning 6th September
What a fantastic first week back to school we have had! I have been so proud of each and every child for settling in to the class routines and their attitude to learning.
This week, we have been focusing on our mission statement ’Jesus is at the Heart of all that we do”, and how we can apply this to what we do in school. The children thought of some wonderful ways to show this. We have also made our own class rules which we have all agreed to try and follow.
In English, we have been reading ‘Ruby’s Worry’ and written letters to Ruby to suggest ways in which she can become less worried. A lot of our letters suggested she use her Safeguarding Hand and speak to a teacher or adult in the school. In Maths, our focus has been on sorting and counting objects into groups. We started our new topic, ‘Marvellous Me,’ by labelling the parts of the body in Science and drawing self portraits in Art.
Welcome to Class 1PW. We are a class of 28 children working with Mr Worthington and Mrs Naylor. So we can get to know each other a little better, I have put together a little something for you to read.
Dear Year 1 children and parents,
I am so happy to welcome you all back to school after such as difficult year. I feel really lucky to have you all in my class again, and cannot wait to learn new things together. I have written this letter so that you can get to know me better.
My name is Mr Worthington, I have been a teacher here at St. Edward’s since I started my teaching career; 10 years ago this September. I have taught in many year groups including Reception, Year 1, and Year 4. I lead Science across the school and it is a subject I am passionate about. I studied Chemistry at University and even worked in a laboratory when I graduated, where I wore a lab coat and goggles!
I grew up in Dudley and moved to Birmingham over 15 years ago. The children in my class will often hear me talk about my family and I particularly like to share stories about my two dogs, Rupert and Henry, who are always getting up to mischief! In my spare time, I enjoy reading (especially Harry Potter and comic books) and playing Mario Kart. People often say I am a very happy person but also quite forgetful; lots of children I have taught know this and always help me with jobs in the classroom.
We have many ways to communicate here at school, but currently the most efficient way would be to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am checking this daily and will try to respond to you as quickly as I can.
As the children are now Year 1, we are encouraging them to try and be a bit more independent and to think about what they can do themselves to prepare for the school day. To help get the children into routine to start with please could you help us by checking that your child always has the correct school uniform, a drinks bottle and their reading bag in every day.
Our current PE day is on a Thursday, and the children can come into school in PE kit for the day. Please remember no earrings should be worn for health and safety reasons and a white round neck t-shirt with the school badge and plain blue or black shorts/ tracksuit bottoms should be worn.
The children have settled in extremely well; from the first day they have come in with big smiles and full of stories and things to tell me, it really does make me smile!
Currently, we are re-establishing routines and reminding the children of the rules which will help us to learn and keep everyone safe all at the same time, they are so eager to please and have already earned lots of track it light points!
We have currently studying two books; ‘Ruby’s Worry’ and ‘My Friend the Monster', which the children have loved. These books have provided us with a wonderful opportunity to discuss our feelings and emotions. The children have produced some wonderful artwork about things that make them happy and made ‘safeguarding hands’ where they have identified five people in school who the can talk to if they are worried.
Our topic ‘Marvellous Me’ has really interested the children and they have enjoyed learning about the different parts of the body and carrying out investigations around their senses. We had fun trying to guess what was in the mystery box without using our sense of sight!
Academic Year 2020/21
Music Week - Stand By Me
Design & Technology- Thursday 1st July
Today we applied the skills we have been developing to make our sock puppets. We referred to our original design, adapting it where necessary and selected our resources. We are really proud of our creations.
Computing wb 21st June
1PW have enjoyed using the netbooks this week to create artwork. We practiced logging on to the netbook and used our BGfL log in and password to access paint. We worked with a partner and created some brilliant work. We then saved our masterpieces to share with each other on Mr Worthington’s whiteboard.
Science Week 21st - 25th June
We had an exciting start to our week when we had a virtual assembly from a group of STEM ambassadors. They explained what they do in their job, how Science helps them to do their job and what they like the most about it. One of the ambassadors had even made cars for a James Bond film- wow!
On Tuesday, we made Chromatography Butterflies. We drew patterns on filter paper with felt tip pens and placed them in water. Just look at what happened…
This week, we are reading Biscuit Bear by Mini Grey. We had great fun on Monday when we made our own biscuits to eat whilst we listened to the story. We are going to write a recipe card so that people can make biscuits too!
Vocations Week 14th to 18th June
This week, we have been thinking about the vocations that people are called by God to do. We explored different jobs people may have and the role that God is calling us to do.
On Friday, we enjoyed VIP day, where we dressed up as somebody important. Who would you dress up as?
This week, we have been practicing our cutting skills, using a template to mark out the shape of our material. Some of the material was quite difficult to cut, but we persevered and felt very proud of ourselves. We are looking forward to applying this skills when we make sock puppets.
We have been reading ‘Previously’ by Allan Ahlberg. The book is written in an unusual style…all of the events are told backwards! Some of our favourite Traditional Tale characters are featured in the book and we have enjoyed retelling different stories in reverse. Take a look at our story maps.
Art Week 14th June - 18th June
This week, 1PW have been studying the work of Claude Monet. We researched information about where he was born (in France, which is our class Euro team!) and looked carefully at some of his paintings.
Below are some pictures of us creating some art work. Check back soon to see our work.
Maths Week 7th June - 11th June
World Bee Day- 20th May
Year 1 was a hive of activity today as we celebrated World Bee Day. Thank you to Mr Duffy for his fantastic talk about the importance of bees. There was an excited buzz in the classroom for the rest of the day. Ask your child for some interesting bee facts 🐝
Music wb 17.05.21
This week, we have been learning how to play untuned percussion instruments following a beat. We explored a range of instruments and made some fantastic music. Miss Poole even played her ukulele to help us keep time.
We enjoyed working outdoors this week, especially when it rained and we got muddy! We went on a plant hunt to identify some wild plants as part of our Science topic. Can you name any of the plants we found?
Even though we have finished our Yucky Worms book, we were still excited to find so many because of the rain. Did you know that worms come to the surface when it rains so they can breathe? They don’t have ears but can feel the vibrations in the soil from the rain.
Mental Health Awareness Week- 10th- 14th May
The theme for this years Mental Health Awareness Week is 'Nature'. We spent lots of time this week connecting with Nature by:
- sitting quietly in the classroom and listening to bird song;
- going on a plant hunt in our Science lesson;
- sitting in the mud and chatting with our friends during our Outdoor Learning session;
- mindfulness colouring with a natural theme;
- making natural artwork.
At the end of the week we reflected on what we had done:
"I really liked being able to hear the singing birds. It made me feel calm and happy inside." S.M.
"There was so much mud outside but I really liked it. It was all squelchy and sticky." S.S.
"My favourite way of being calm was the 'Palm Breathing', it was tickly on my hand." S.L
This half term, our P.E lessons are every Monday and Tuesday. We are completing lessons outside. Your child can wear:
- Jogging bottoms (blue)
- P.E. shorts
- School P.E t-shirt
- School cardigan or jumper
We have our Outdoor Learning Session every Wednesday afternoon.
As we can never predict what the weather will be like from day to day we ask you to try, where possible, to supply the following, a waterproof coat and trousers, wellington or walking boots, a long sleeved top, long trousers and a warm jumper.
Please ensure all clothes sent in are old as there is a strong possibility of the children getting muddy! If the children could please come to school wearing their school uniform, they will then get changed before our outdoor lesson.