St Mary's

Catholic Primary School

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Year One

Welcome to Year 1!

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In Year 1, we are proud to be determined, polite and hard working children who love to

learn! Miss Whitaker and Mrs Darbyshire are always here to help, and look forward to working with your child this year!


Year One is a very important year for your child, as they begin their journey into KS1. Through our creative and exciting curriculum, we will provide plenty of opportunities for your child to get 'hands on' in their learning, as well as develop the maturity and confidence to eventually access a more formal style of learning, ready for Year 2.


Phonics and reading are a very important part of your child's development in Year 1. We

read with your children as much as possible throughout the week so please make sure

your child brings their reading book and reading record to school every day.


Thank you,



What are we learning this term?


English - We are starting off our writing this term by reading the story 'Dogger'. We will be re-telling the story by sequencing short sentences that include capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. We will also be listening to the fantastic book ' The Jolly Christmas Postman' and then writing letters to Santa!


Maths - We will be learning how to add and subtract numbers within ten, shapes and pattern, ordinal numbers and number and place value up to 20.


Science - Our topic in Science this term is 'Seasons'. We will be observing the difference between Autumn and Winter, and observing what happens to plants, animals and the weather.


RE - We will be covering the following topics this term in RE: Belonging, Waiting, Judaism, and Special People.


Project - This term we are developing our History Skills by investigating 'How toys have changed over time'. We will be looking carefully at old fashioned toys, ordering toys chronologically and identifying the features of old and new toys.


DT - This term in DT we will be designing, making and evaluating our very own wooden toy. Thank you for your kind donations to our Year 1 bake sale last term where we raised enough money to buy all of the materials for this exciting project! We can't wait to show you our finished toys!


Your child will bring home spellings every Monday and will be tested on these every Friday.

Alongside spelling homework, Phonics homework will be sent home every Friday and will need to be brought back to school every Wednesday. The Phonics homework this term is aimed at helping to prepare your child for the Phonics Screening Check in June. Dojo points will be awarded to children who have completed their homework or children who excel in their spelling tests!


PE will take place every Tuesday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure that PE kits have your child's name written on the label and on the PE bag too.