Year 1


Our teacher is Miss T. Phillps.  Mrs Meadham will also be covering Class 1 on a Wednesday whilst I am on my PPA and ECT.

Our teaching assistant is Mrs M Wibberley.


Our Class Link Governor is Ryan Selby

Our Classroom

We will be following the National Curriculum. Learning is topic based, as in Reception. We aim to provide as many enrichment opportunities as possible with new Art and computing 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, however where necessary, time will be spent ensuring that objectives from the ‘Early Learning Goals’ have been achieved.

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, Phonics area, Role play area, Construction area, investigation area and a Finger Gym (to develop fine motor skills). Learning through play will be a very important part of our day, and we will be gradually be eased into more formal learning as the year goes on, so that we stay motivated and eager learners.

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, Computing, 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.

Curriculum Coverage Maps

Please click on the link below to view the Year 1 curriculum at St Mary's for 2022-23. 

Please Note:  These maybe subject to change, as necessary to fulfil the ongoing needs of the curriculum. 

Click to Download Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2022-23 [pdf 29KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 1 Curriculum Overview Art, Design, Music, Computing and PE 2022-23 [pdf 78KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 1 Autumn Term Curriculum Coverage Map 2022 [pdf 60KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 1 Spring Term Curriculum Coverage Map 2023 [pdf 59KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 1 Summer Term Curriculum Coverage Map 2023 [pdf 59KB] Click to Download

Year 1 Newsletters 

Please select a document from our half termly newsletters below. 

Click to Download Year 1 Autumn 1 Newsletter 2022 [pdf 145KB] Click to Download
Click to Download How can I help my child read at home [pdf 413KB] Click to Download

Topic Resources Autumn Term First Half

Our learning challenge question this half term is ‘What is so super about me?

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

Autumn Term First Half Knowledge Organiser

Please select the document below.

Click to Download Y1 Autumn 1 Transition and Superheroes Knowledge Organiser [pdf 207KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Y1 Ongoing - Seasonal Changes Knowledge Organiser [pdf 120KB] Click to Download

Year 1 Treasury of Texts

As a school we want to promote reading for pleasure and enthuse your child about reading.  We have chosen a range of texts, from a variety of authors, with an excellent record of accomplishment in writing high quality children's books.  Please click on the picture link to find out more about the scheme or select the document below to see our Year 1 booklist.

Click to Download Year 1 Booklist [pdf 124KB] Click to Download


We are rewarded through Team Points for the right attitude to learning, effort and behaviour. Our behaviour is monitored through the SCARF principles – Safe, Caring, Achieving, Respectful and Friendly.  In class one we have a visual behaviour system in place in which supports the children to make good choices with their behaviour and attitude to learning.

Each day someone will be awarded the Daily Scarf Award. 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 scarf award badge, receive a certificate and are treated like a VIP the following day!


Home Learning Autumn Term First Half

Reading Books

Please continue to read every night with your child, even if it is for five minutes and write this in their reading record. It really does have an impact, not just on their reading, but on other curriculum areas and their concentration levels.

Please remember any book you read at home with your child can be written in their reading record not just their school reading books. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.  Children love to be read to and studies show that those children who are read to regularly, thrive in terms of vocabulary, sentence structure and confidence.



We will continue to have our spelling tests on Thursdays.

Please ensure your child brings their folder to school on this day so the new words can be added and you can see how they performed.

Book Bags and Reading

Every Wednesday each child will be given a new home reading book (a decodable book, which correlates directly to the level of book the children read in school each week). We encourage your child to re-read this book (at least three times) to help support their fluency and expression (over-learning).

We ask that home reading books are brought back into school on a Monday, so that new books can be organised and sent out on a Wednesday.

Additional to this, we encourage lots and lots of reading for pleasure! Read, read, read! Read favourite books with your children, read new and exciting books that you have never seen before!  Read to your children, and let them enjoy and listen to a what good reader sounds like – you are the best teacher!

Reading records will be given out for you to record any additional reading that you do at home with your children to promote their love of reading, and to record any story telling time too.

Teachers will endeavour to check reading records as regularly as possible, however if you have a concern regarding the book your child is reading (as a home reading book) please come and speak to me at the end of the day/arrange a meeting via the office.

Please read with/to your child every night, this is imperative for both their letter/sound recognition to strengthen, thus improving their overall reading and also their writing!



Autumn Term First Half

This half term the children will be taught ‘Multi-skills’. Lessons will take place on a Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing an appropriate outdoor kit on these days, as where ever possible PE will be taught outside (weather dependent).

Monday’s session will be taught by an external agency ‘Sports Development’ and by Mrs Meadham on a Wednesday this half term.

Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing an appropriate kit on these days.

Phonics - Read, Write Inc

The children have been assessed and grouped according to their phonics knowledge and skills. Small group RWI sessions will go ahead every day for 45 mins. RWI phonics will be streamed throughout the whole of Key Stage 1. As a school we feel that it is vital for the children to develop and secure their phonics knowledge and understanding, which will inevitably lead to competence and confidence with their basic reading and writing skills. We believe that our streamed approach will help to target and accelerate the children’s progress.

As part of our whole school approach to promote reading and support the children’s love of reading, in Class 1 we will be following a programme called ‘Talk through stories’ derived by the creator of RWI Ruth Miskin. The aim of this will be to extend and deepen children’s vocabulary so that they can understand the books they will one day be able to read for themselves. We will also use these books to create a range of speaking and listening, and writing opportunities.


Phonics Screening Check

Please click on the picture link for more information about the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check.

End of Year Expectations

Please select a document from the list below.

Click to Download Year 1 Mathematics Expectations [pdf 60KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 1 Reading Expectations [pdf 59KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 1 Writing Expectations [pdf 71KB] Click to Download