Our teacher is Mrs H. Kent

Our teaching assistant is Mrs M Wibberley

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 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.

Year 1 Newsletters 

Please select a document from our half termly newsletters below. 

File icon: pdf Year 1 Autumn 1 Newsletter 2021 [pdf 84KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf How can I help my child read at home [pdf 413KB] Click to download

Curriculum Coverage Maps

Please click on the link below to view the Year 1 curriculum at St Mary's for 2021-22. 

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

File icon: pdf Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2021-22 [pdf 29KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 1 Autumn Term Curriculum Coverage Map 2021 [pdf 32KB] Click to download

Topic Resources - Autumn Term First Half

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

External Link Icon Superheroes
External Link Icon Ourselves
External Link Icon Parts of the Human Body
External Link Icon The Senses
External Link Icon Harvest

Autumn Term First Half Knowledge Organiser

Please select the document below.

File icon: pdf Y1 Autumn 1 Superheroes Knowledge Organiser [pdf 206KB] 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.

File icon: pdf 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!

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Home Learning Autumn Term First Half

During the first half of the term there will be an emphasis on basic, fundamental skills.

These are non-negotiable elements that focus on reading or being read to, sound recognition (phonics) and number facts (doubles/halves/number bonds to 10) practice on a daily basis.

Numbots is great for this. Contact the office if you need your child’s details again.

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!


Things to Remember -  Autumn Term First Half

PE is on a Monday (Sport’s Development) and a Wednesday (Mrs Wibberley). Please ensure that your child comes to school dressed in their PE kits (see newsletter for more details of this) on these days.

Please continue to bring in your child’s book bag everyday so that any correspondence can be passed on to you from school. We do not allow backpacks in place of book bags.

Please ensure that all your child’s clothing, their water bottle and book bag is clearly labelled with their name. We have a lot of jumpers/cardigans left at the end of the day without names on.

Phonics Screening Check - June 2022 

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