St John's Church of England Academy

I Will Shine

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Year 1

                                                                Welcome to Year 1


Year 1 have had a fantastic start to the year! They have made a great transition from Reception into year 1 and are already completing amazing curriculum learning. We have lots to look forward to over the year and Miss McGee and Mrs Palmer are excited to continue this learning journey with the children.

Autumn 1


In “Coventry, St John’s and Me”, year 1 will be learning about History, Geography, Art and DT. To start our topic we met Brit Scott, who is a designer and she designed our school logo. The children asked lots of great questions and were very excited to meet her. In Art we will be learning all about colour mixing, creating our own “I Will Shine” logo, and creating our own Picasso self-portraits. In History, the children will be learning about their family history as well as our local history, including how our school has changed over the years! In geography we will be learning about our local area of Allesley Park and other key Coventry landmarks, including Coventry Cathedral. We will also be doing Design Technology, where we will learn about different fruits and vegetables, before finally making a fruit salad!


In English the children have started the year writing about “The Big Bad Wolf”, after reading the story “Little Red Riding Hood”. They have written amazing Wanted Posters, which we will display in the classroom and other places around the school. Throughout the Autumn term we will also be doing writing based around our school, using the text “Dogger” for writing and creating our own fireworks poems!


In Maths the children have been learning about number and place value, and they have made a great start! They have shown great teamwork in different activities and challenged themselves to achieve more. We will move onto addition and subtraction later in the term.

In science we have started to learn about the four seasons. We have been learning about Autumn and the features of Autumn. The children have enjoyed going on an Autumn walk and are looking forward to learning more about the seasons. Later in the term we will also be learning about Animals, including humans.