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Year 1 - Miss Tanner

Welcome back to our last term of Year 1! We have lots of exciting things coming up over the next few weeks so stay updated by visiting our class page.


Art Week: This week we have been learning about many different national animals. We have focused on the national animals of the UK and Canada, the lion and the beaver. Arty Party came to visit us on Thursday and we made lions out of clay. Take a look at some of our pictures below. 


Parents are invited on Friday the 8th of June to come see the art work children have completed this week. Our art boards will be on display at 3.30pm in the big hall. 


The Year 1 Phonics screening will commence the week of June 11th. Please look below for further detail on what the phonic screening will look like and how you can help your child at home.




Please continue to practise reading and Mathletics at home. Check out the new reading and spelling programme, Lexia Reading. A 'Read Write Inc' anchor chart has gone home to all children to help practise set 1, 2 and 3 phonics sounds. 

Reading Comprehension




The Year 1 phonics screen will take place in Summer term 2018. It will commence the week of June 11th. 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


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

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.

Below is an example of the 2017 phonic screening. Children will have a book of large cards where they will need to accurately read the words aloud. There are a combination of real words and what children know as alien words (not real). The alien words are identified with a picture.

Phonics Games

Lexia Reading

Please find below a link to Lexia - a spelling and reading programme.

Your log in is your first name and the first letter of your surname (eg Sarah Smith would be sarahs). Your password is read.

Our next spelling test will be on
Friday the 8th June.  

mixed sounds

paint    beaver    drawing    midnigh
haircut    proud    inspire   quick



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


We are SUPER EXCITED that we have been in the newsletter two times 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!

April 2018

  • Easter holiday is Friday March 30th - Sunday April 15th. Children will finish school at 2pm on Thursday March 29th 
  • Summer term begins on Monday April 16th


May 2018

  • St Mary's will be used as a polling station on Thursday 3rd May. There will be no classes for children.
  • 7th May is May bank holiday - no school
  • Our final Year 1 liturgy on Holidays and Holydays will be on Thursday 17th May. Please join us in the big hall at 10.10am.
  • The last day of Summer term 1 is Thursday 24th May. Children will return to school for Summer term 2 on Monday 4th June.

June 2018

  • Monday 4th June is the first day of Summer term 2
  • Art week is 4-8 June. This years topic is Animals. Come check out our Art board displayed in the main hall on Friday 8th June after school.
  • The Year 1 Phonics Screening will commence the week of 11th June.
  • Test week will commence Monday 18th June.
  • Class trip to the Wetland Centre on Tuesday 26th June.
  • Summer fair is on Saturday 30th June. 


July 2018

  • Sports day will be on Tuesday 10th July.
  • End of year reports go home on Friday 13th July.
  • The last day of term is Friday 20th July. Children are dismissed at 2pm.

Summer term 2018 - newest to oldest

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In this topic we will explore holidays as days to be happy. We will reveal about Pentecost; a holy day - the feast of the Holy Spirit. 

Have a think about the following questions:


  • Why are holidays different from ordinary days?
  • What makes holidays a happy time?
  • How does the Holy Spirit help guide us in our lives?

Past RE topics and liturgies


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. 



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 'Everyday Materials and their Properties'


What materials do you know?


Look at the objects around you... what material are tables made of? What material are windows made of? What material is lego made of?


Think of the properties of the materials. Is wood smooth or rough? Is rubber stiff or bendy? Is glass opaque or transparent? Is metal hard or soft?