Our teacher is Mrs H. Kent

Mrs Wibberley will now be covering Class 1 on a Wednesday afternoon, whilst I am on my PPA, and will therefore dismiss the children on a Wednesday afternoon.

Our Class Link Governors are Rachel Swanwick and 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

Annual Curriculum Coverage Map 2020-21

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 St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2020-21 DRAFT.pdf [pdf 62KB] 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 picture link in the section below.

Additionally there is a document below to access information about the topics being studied by half term.

File icon: pdf Year 1 Autumn 1 St Mary's Curriculum Coverage Map 2020.pdf [pdf 60KB] Click to download

Topic Resources

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

External Link Icon What's so super about me?
External Link Icon The Human Body
External Link Icon The Senses
External Link Icon Changes in Living Memory
External Link Icon Toys in the past
External Link Icon The Seasons
External Link Icon Harvest


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.

Home Learning Autumn Term



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.

Phonics Screening Check - June 2021

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

Things to Remember

Children will need to bring their book bags every day.

In the Autumn Term the children will have PE on a Wednesday and a Friday. Please ensure that your child comes to school wearing an appropriate kit on these days. As far as possible, we will be doing PE outside. An outdoor kit consists of a white t-shirt, long black tracksuit bottoms or leggings, a long sleeved dark zip up/jumper (or just a school jumper/cardigan) and trainers. Outdoor PE cannot be done in pumps. Please ensure your child comes to school with a waterproof coat so that these can be worn if necessary.

Children will have a basket to keep their water bottle in. This can be taken home each evening.

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