Our teacher is Mrs H. Kent

Mrs Wibberley continues to support in Class 1, and now does so on a full time basis. Mrs Wibberley also covers the class during my PPA time (Wednesday pm), with support from Mrs Rawsthorne.

Our Class Link Governor is Ryan Selby

Our Classroom

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, 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, Role play area, Construction and Loose Parts area, a Small World 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, 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 Newsletters 

Please select a document from our half termly newsletters below. 

File icon: pdf How can I help my child read at home.pdf [pdf 413KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 Autumn 1 Newsletter 2020.pdf [pdf 105KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 Autumn 2 Newsletter 2020.pdf [pdf 125KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 Summer 1 Newsletter 2021.pdf [pdf 129KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 Summer 2 Newsletter 2021.pdf [pdf 124KB] Click to download

Curriculum Coverage Maps

Please click on the link below to view the Year 1 curriculum at St Mary's for 2020-21. 

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

File icon: pdf Year 1 Autumn Term St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2020.pdf [pdf 57KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 Spring Term St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2021.pdf [pdf 45KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 Summer Term St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2021.pdf [pdf 45KB] Click to download

Topic Resources - Summer Term Second Half

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

External Link Icon The Seasons - Summer
External Link Icon Contrasting Localities
External Link Icon Antarctica
External Link Icon Australia
External Link Icon Weather and Climate

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.

File icon: pdf Year 1 Booklist.pdf [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.

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!

Purple Mash

Please can I encourage you to sign up for/install Purple Mash at home. It is through this that we deliver the computing curriculum in year 1 and we will have increasing projects to complete on the site. The more your child practices at home the more fluent they become. I am also encouraging the use of a keyboard and mouse as well as touch screen and track pad to ensure your child becomes computer literate. Your child can access Purple Mash from home on a laptop, desktop or a tablet. Purple Mash is a safe environment that does not require any downloading or allow interaction with people online and children cannot make any financial transactions. We will be encouraging the children to continue their learning at home and Purple Mash is a great resource for this. Your child will be taught how to use Purple Mash in school and will be able to use it without supervision, but you may want to take a few minutes to explore it yourself so that you can help them with their work. Please click on the picture link to login to Purple Mash.

Note:  You have already had your child’s username and password - please let me know if you need this again.

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Home Learning Summer Term


Now that the children are fully involved in the phonics scheme and are progressing well, I therefore feel that it is time to introduce weekly spellings. Every Friday the children will receive 10 spellings to learn for a test the following Friday (so that they have a week to learn them). I will upload the spellings test on Google Classroom every Friday as well, so that you can access them online too. The spellings will consist of six decodable words with a known sound/spelling pattern, and four common exception words. Please take the time to practice your child’s spellings with them ready for their test on Friday. I will upload further details of this on Google Classroom this week.


Mad Minutes

The ‘mad minutes’ tests will continue to go ahead every Friday as usual. I will continue to upload new tests on Google Classroom, as and when nesseccary. Please contact me if you need to know which test your child will need next.

Book Bags and Reading

Once the children have been assessed and grouped accordingly, they will be given a reading book to take home that matches their ability. I will send out additional information about reading books once assessments have been finalised.

In the meantime, I will be giving out reading records, which will contain the 100 High Frequency Words and the Year 1 Common Exception Words, stuck into the inside pages, these are words which you appear frequently when we are reading and writing. You can practise reading these words on sight with your children at home. Please ensure your child brings their book bag to school everyday, and that any ‘old’ items are removed from them. Please check your child’s book bag each evening, e.g. for ‘bump notes’, etc.

Things to Remember - Summer Term Second Half

This half term the children will continue to have a PE lesson on a Tuesday afternoon (taught by myself). This sessions will continue to focus on:

Gymnastic movements:

  • Developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities

As the ‘Fresh’ programme has now come to an end for Year 1, instead the children will be having their second PE lesson on a Friday morning again taught by myself. The focus of Friday’s session will be:

Basic Movements and team games (Athletics):

  • Master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending


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

Phonics Screening Check - June 2021 - Cancelled due to COVID19

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.

File icon: pdf St Mary's English Writing Expectations Year 1.pdf [pdf 98KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf St Mary's Reading Expectations Year 1.pdf [pdf 145KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 Mathematics Book Expectations 2019-20.pdf [pdf 90KB] Click to download