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St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School

Wisdom & Faith

Year 1 - Miss Tanner

We have 25 children in our class.
Our class TA is Ms Tate. 

Thank you to everyone who came to the KS1 Christmas Nativity. The children worked very hard over the last few weeks to prepare for this and did a wonderful retelling of the very first Christmas. Thank you to parents for providing such lovely costumes and helping children practise their narrator lines and solos. Well done Year 1 and Year 2 smiley





The children have been busy making beautiful wreaths for our christmas hoop display. It took a lot of concentration, as children used different coloured tissue paper to cover their wreath and then decorated it with small sequins and glitter. Key stage 1 classes also completed Nativity boards. Our class did the scene of shepherds coming from the field. We made sheep using cotton wool.


You can take a look at all of the wonderful work done throughout the school in the Main Hall.



Week: 10.12.18


  • This week is our KS1 Christmas Celebration at St Mary's Church. We will have a dress rehearsal for children and teachers Tuesday afternoon, and family and friends are invited to join us Tuesday evening at 6.30pm.


  • RE: We will continue our topic on Advent.
  • Our sound of the week is oo, ue, ew. Children are learning that different digraphs can make the same sounds. 
  • Maths: We will continue focusing on addition/subtraction, specifically being able to mentally hold a number in our head and count on or count backwards. We are also learning how to skip count in 2s, 5s and 10s. Check out our videos below in the Maths section of our page.
  • Science: We will continue our topic on animals, focusing on types of animals, what they eat and their habitats.  



It is important to be at school each day and on time so that we are all ready to learn! Let's see how many times we can get 100% attendance! We are aiming for 100% attendance every week



Congratulations to Aidan and Ava!

They were voted as our class representatives for the school council.



  • First day of Year 1 - Wednesday 5th September 



  • Cake sale - Wednesday 10th October at 3.30pm (main playground)
  • Open parents afternoon - Thursday 17th October at 2-3pm. Come check out our classroom and see all the super work we have been up to this term in Year 1.
  • October half term - Thursday 18th October (3.30pm) - Friday 26th October
  • Staff INSET (school closed for pupils) - Friday 19th October
  • Autumn term 2 begins - Monday 29th October


  • Class liturgy - Thursday 8th November at 10.10am (big hall). All are welcome!
  • Parents evening - Monday 12th November and Wednesday 14th November - your allocated time was sent home before October half term.



  • KS1 Christmas Nativity - Tuesday 11th December at 6.30pm (St Marys Church)
  • Christmas fair - Friday 14th December at 3.30 - 5.30pm (main playground)
  • End of term reports go home - Friday 14th December 
  • Christmas lunch and non-school uniform day (please bring donation to charity to wear your own clothes) - Thursday 20th December
  • Last day of term, please collect children at 2pm - Friday 21st December
  • Christmas holidays - Friday 21st December (2pm) - Friday 4th January

Our next spelling test will be on
Friday 14th December

We are learning how different digraphs make the same sound
- oo, ue, ew




Homework is set every Friday and is to be returned on the following Monday. As part of the weekly homework, your child will be given 8 words to practise reading and spelling. Your child will be tested on these 8 words as part of our weekly spelling test, the following Friday.

It is vital that you support and enable your child to do their work thoughtfully and neatly. I encourage children to complete their homework as independently as possible. Please ensure that your child develops a routine so that they remember to bring their work to school.



It is important that children are reading each evening at home. This could be your child reading to you or someone reading to them. This will help them with their phonics throughout the year by decoding words, blending sounds and reading fluidly. I also encourage children to read different types of texts that may be at home to broaden their vocabulary and enhance their understanding.


Reading records will go home daily along with one book. It is important that both the reading record and book ALWAYS remain in your child's red bag as they may be asked to read in school at any time. It is also important that you comment on your child's reading in order to liaise effectively between home and school. At St Mary’s we follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. As children progress in their reading and comprehension they will move up levels in the scheme.

Lexia Reading

Please encourage your child to use Lexia on a regular basis. This is a great interactive spelling and reading programme.


Find the link below.

Log in - first name and the first letter of your surname (eg Sarah Smith would be sarahs).

Password - read


Please encourage your child to use Mathletics on a regular basis. It is an exciting and fun way to learn new maths concepts. I will be assigning specific tasks for children to complete that relate to the concepts we cover in class. Let's see how many GOLD certificates we can get in Year 1!


You can find your child's login details and the Mathletics link below.


Children will have PE two times a week on Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure children have their PE kit, which can be left at school. Kits will go home every half term holiday to be washed. 

Tuck shop will be available every Tuesday and Thursday at break time. A piece of fruit will cost 20p. 



In Year 1 children will complete a phonics screening in summer term. This screening tests children on their ability to decode and read words accurately using the sounds they have learned in Reception and Year 1. Please look below for further detail on what the phonic screening will look like and how you can help your child at home throughout the year.


The phonics screening consists of a mix of 40 real words and pseudo words (also known as alien and nonsense words).



Confused by phonics?

This video gives you an idea of what the phonics screen is.

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English)

Listen to the 42 letter sounds of Jolly Phonics, spoken in British English. Each letter sound is clearly spoken twice, before an example word is given. Perfect for parents and children who aren't sure how to pronounce the letter sounds.

Read, Write, Inc. Phonics sounds - all the sounds your child needs to know!

Phonics Games





Our new RE topic is Advent. Advent is a time of waiting in joyful hope for Jesus. We are looking forward to Christmas and to the birthday of Jesus.


Key words: waiting, preparing, celebrate, wreath


Key questions to explore:

1. How do you feel when you are waiting for something you like?

2. What do you find difficult about waiting?

3. How can we prepare for Christmas?





Within English lessons the children will develop skills in the following areas:

SPEAKING AND LISTENING: The children will take part in a wide range of activities including ‘role-play’, ‘story time’, ‘poetry recital’ and ‘class discussions’ as well as activities incorporated in other curriculum areas.

READING: We will be studying fairytales, traditional tales and nursery rhymes including titles, events, predictions and understanding. We will also study poems, and non-fiction texts. The children will read individually, as a group and as a whole class each week.

WRITING: The children will be developing their handwriting skills, learning to spell words in everyday use and concentrating on writing stories and poems independently.

PHONICS: The children will continue to take part in daily phonics sessions using the RML phonics scheme.


NUMBER WORK: Children will be investigating PLACE VALUE within 20

GEOMETRY: We will be recognising names and simple properties of 2-D and 3-D shapes.

We are trying to recall all of our number bonds to 10 very quickly!



0 + 10 = 10                    6 + 4 = 10

1 + 9 = 10                     7 + 3 = 10

2 + 8 = 10                     8 + 2 = 10

3 + 7 = 10                     9 + 1 = 10

4 + 6 = 10                     10 + 0 = 10

      5 + 5 = 10


We are also learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s all the way to 100. Take a look at the videos below that you can sing at home to practise.


Maths Resources

Number bonds of 10 song

A super fun and funky dance tune about the number combinations of 10.

Number song 1-20

Let's sing our numbers 1-20! How fast can you say them?

The Counting by Twos Song ♫♪♫

The Counting by Fives Song ♫♪♫

Count 10-100 | Count by 10 Song |

Even Number Song

This song reviews the concepts of even numbers (and helps teach the fact that all even numbers can be 'split in half') - pause the video to ask students if the examples are even or odd.


In science this term the children will be focusing on the topics of SEASONAL CHANGES and ANIMALS (including humans). Within these topics they will be using many different scientific skills including working scientifically, observing, predicting, estimating, exploring, investigating and reviewing.

We made the 4 seasons with toilet rolls, cotton wool and paint.

We made the 4 seasons with toilet rolls, cotton wool and paint. 1
We made the 4 seasons with toilet rolls, cotton wool and paint. 2

Seasons Song