Welcome to Year 1


Hello and welcome to year 1. Our teachers are Mrs Meadham who teaches on a Monday and Mrs Barker who teaches Tuesday to Friday.  They are supported by Mrs Wibberly in the mornings and Mrs Barlow teaches during planning time.

In Class 1 we pride ourselves in following St Mary’s Golden Ways; Take care of yourself, Take care of others and Take care of your school.

Our Class Link Governors are Kelly Wike and Ian Coburn.


Year 1 Classroom

There are 29 children in our class.

We will be following the New National Curriculum. Learning is topic based, as it was in Reception. We aim to provide as many enrichment opportunities as possible with new Art and ICT opportunities as well as trips and focus weeks.

Transition from the Early learning Goals to the National Curriculum will be closely monitored.

Year 1 will build on the successful principles and approaches encapsulated in Reception but will challenge at a year 1 National Curriculum Level.

Children will learn through adult lead, adult initiated and child initiated challenges. Free play is called ‘challenge time’ where children have set tasks to complete through independent exploration.

We have a Mathematics area, Writing area, Reading corner, Role play area, Construction area, Small world are and a Finger Gym (to develop fine motor skills). Learning through play will still be an important part of our day but we will be gradually eased into more formal learning as the year goes on, so that we stay motivated and eager learners.


Year 1 Newsletters

Please select a document from our half termly newsletters below.


File icon: pdf Y1 Autumn 1 Newsletter 2017 [pdf 468KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf How can I help my child read at home [pdf 413KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Y1 Spring 1 Newsletter 2018 [pdf 407KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Y1 Spring 2 Newsletter 2018 [pdf 54KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Y1 Summer 1 Newsletter 2018 [pdf 430KB] Click to download

Our Day

In the morning we focus on English and Mathematics. We learn to read and write through the Read Write Inc. phonics programme and develop or mathematical knowledge through practical games, activities and problem solving.

In the afternoon we learn through challenges, focusing on Science, ICT, DT, History and Geography, Art and Music depending on our half termly topic. We also develop our spiritual social and emotional skills through RE and PSHCE.


Year 1 Curriculum Coverage Map

Please download the document below.

File icon: pdf Year 1 St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2017-2018 [pdf 259KB] Click to download

Year 1 Topic Overviews for Each Half Term

At different times of the year depending on what the topic is, you may find different role play areas such as a weather station or toy shop.

We always start our topic off with a question to explore, find out what we know and then find out what we want to know about the topic.

To access topic resources to support our learning in class please click on the link below.

Additionally there is a link below to access the topics being studied by half term.


File icon: pdf Y1 Autumn 1 Topic Overview 2017 [pdf 49KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Y1 Autumn 2 Topic Overview 2017 [pdf 57KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Y1 Spring 1 Topic Overview 2018 [pdf 212KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Y1 Summer 1 Topic Overview 2018 [pdf 58KB] Click to download

Topic Resources Summer 1 and 2 - Should we move our school to the seaside?

Please click on the picture link to access resources to support your topic work this half term.


We are rewarded through Team Points for the right attitude to learning, effort and behaviour. Our behaviour is monitored through the traffic light system.

Each day someone will be awarded The Star of the day! This is someone who has stood out in some way, either by the work they have completed, the effort they have put into their work, how they have behaved or how they have treated other people. They get to wear our special star badge and are treated like a VIP the following day!


Home Learning

Home learning in Year 1 is designed to consolidate your child’s learning and be an opportunity for you to have fun at home. It builds the foundation for doing work at home on a regular basis to prepare for Home Learning further up the school. Home learning will be given out towards the end of the second week back.

Please may I encourage you to speak to me if you have any queries, concerns or questions about Home Learning. If Home Learning is not completed on three occasions then a letter will be sent home to parents.


In due course, children will have spellings sent home to practice, with a weekly spelling check.

Please also sign and return the Home School Agreement to confirm you support St Mary’s approach to home learning.


Please refer to our 'How can I help my child read at home' guide for parents in the Class Newsletter section at the top of this page.

For detailed information about your child's Home Learning Tasks this half term please click on the picture link.

End of Year Expectations

Please select a document from the list below.

File icon: pdf St Mary's English Writing Expectations Year 1 2017-2018 [pdf 103KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf St Mary's Reading Expectations Year 1 2017-2018 [pdf 145KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf St Mary's Mathematics Expectations Year 1 2017-2018 [pdf 177KB] Click to download


In the Autumn Term the children will have P.E. on a Monday with Mrs Kearney and Tuesday with Mrs Kipling.  Please bring an indoor and outdoor suitable clothes in school colours) in one PE bag, which can be mixed and matched depending on the weather. Please make sure all clothing is FULLY LABELLED with your child’s name.