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Year 1 - Miss Tanner


I wear a little poppy,

As red as red can be.

To show that I remember,

Those who fought for me.




 Spelling words for Friday the 24th of November.


We will be learning about suffixes - letters that are added to the end of a word and change the meaning of a word. 


  • I encourage all children to be using Mathletics at home. Login details can be found below. I have assigned specific tasks relating to what we are learning in class. 


We are SUPER EXCITED that we have been in the newsletter one time for 100% attendance! We are aiming for 100% attendance every week! It is important to be at school each day and on time so that we are all ready to learn!


Congratulations to Alexander and Jessica on being our Yr 1 class reps!

September 2017

  • Please join us for our first class liturgy on Thursday 28th September. It will begin at 10.10am in the Hall.

October 2017

  • Open afternoon for parents on 11th of October from 2-3pm.
  • Half term holiday is Friday 20th October - 29th October. Children will return to school on Monday 30th October


November 2017

  • Parents evening will be Monday the 6th of November and Wednesday the 8th of November.
  • PSA is hosting a BINGO night on Thursday the 16th of November from 7:30-10pm in the main hall. Entry is £5 per adult and older children are welcome to attend for free. There will also be a bar for adults. Entry includes a free drink and all bingo games. Please bring a dish of food to share. I hope to see many of you there!
  • The travelling book fair will take place on Wednesday the 15th of November to Tuesday the 21st of November from 3:30-4pm in the main hall.


December 2017

  • The Key Stage 1 Christmas Celebration will take place on Wednesday 13th December at 6.30pm at St Mary's Church.
  • The Christmas fair will take place on Friday the 15th of December from 3.30 to 5.30pm. There will be BBQ, mulled wine, mince pies, disco, Santa's Grotto and more! Save the date. 


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Our special faiths week topic is JUDAISM

We will be focusing on Judaism this week. We will be learning about the signs and symbols which are traditional in Jewish religion.



Do you know?

  • What the Jewish book is called?
  • What is a menorah? How many candles are on it?
  • What is Hannukkah? How long does it last?
  • What is the language of the Jewish faith?
  • What is the popular symbol of Judaism?

We learned about Hanukkah - the Jewish Festival of Lights. Hanukkah lasts for 8 days, and each day a new candle is lit on the menorah. The special helper candle used to light the other candles is called the shamash. 


We made handprint menorahs!



Past topics/liturgies


We all belong to a family.
We all belong to the St Mary's community.
We all belong to year 1 Miss Tanner's class.
We all belong to the family of God.


Have a think about the following questions:

  • What does it mean to belong to something?
  • What group or club do you belong to? What do you do in the group?
  • How does it feel to belong to a group?
  • What helps people feel that they belong?


We also learned about Baptism and how when you are baptised you become a part of God's family. We have learned about the different symbols of baptism.


Have a think about the following questions:

  • What is baptism? What does it mean when you are baptised?
  • What does the candle represent? What does the water represent? What does the oil represent? What does the white gown represent? What does the cross represent?

Thank you to all the families and friends that came to our class liturgy on FAMILIES. The children did wonderful and I am so proud of them all for their hard work. 


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 children's login details and the Mathletics link below.


Homework is given out once a week, on a Friday and is to be returned on Mondays. Children will alternate each week between an Maths and English activity. Each Friday your child will also be given a list of 8 words to read and spell and a spelling test will take place on the following Friday. It is vital that you support and enable your child to do their work thoughtfully and neatly. Please ensure that they develop a routine so that they remember to bring their work to school. Please provide a note if your child has not completed their homework.



Please ensure you are reading with your child each evening. This will help them with their phonics and blending sounds together into words. 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. We follow the Oxford Reading Tree scheme at St Mary's. As children progress in their reading and comprehension they will be moved up through the scheme.

Questions to ask when reading with your child


Children will have PE two times a week on Tuesday and Thursday. 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. 




The Year 1 phonics screen will take place in Summer term 2018. The children will read 40 words and will need to correctly sound out a certain percentage to pass. We will be practising lots in school, although reading every evening is vital in helping the children become more confident with their sounds and blending


Confused by phonics?

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

In Year 1 children are on Phase 5 sounds.

Phonics Games



In English we are following the RML reading scheme. We are working hard to learn all our sounds to help us with our reading and writing.  We love using our Fred fingers to help us sound out words. Remember to use Fred fingers and Fred talk when learning any new word. In year 1 we are trying to blend our sounds together into words.

What are nouns?

What are adjectives? Why do we use adjectives in our writing?

Can you make a sentence using an adjective and a noun?


The Noun Song

Try to make a sentence using 3 different nouns - a person, a place and a thing.

Adjectives Song

Adjectives are describing words and they describe nouns. They give us important information about a nouns size, shape, age, colour, or material.

It is a big table (the noun is table and the adjective is big).
The chair was yellow (the noun is chair and the adjective is yellow).
The little boy was lost (the noun is boy and the adjective is little).



We are trying hard to learn by heart our number bonds to 10. We are practicing our numbers 1-20 and 1 less and 1 more than a given number. We will also be focusing on counting in twos, fives and tens.  We know that basic number skills will help us develop our understanding and enable us to apply it when solving number problems.  Always remember to practise forming numbers correctly.


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 |

In Science this term we will be learning about 'Animals (Including Humans)' and 'Seasonal Changes.'


How many animals can you think of?

What are the 6 groups of animals? (e.g., insects, birds, ...)

What type of animals are humans?