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Year 1 - Miss Tanner




Congratulations children for completing Year 1. I am so proud of all of your hard work this year. Wishing everyone a happy and safe summer holiday. See you in September smiley



  • Thank you for all of the gifts and cards from children and parents. I am very appreciative of the kind words and generosity. 


  • Thank you to everyone who came to watch the year 1 performance of The Little Red Hen. The children worked very hard to practise their lines, actions and songs. I am so pleased with their great effort and they should be very proud of their final performances, which were outstanding. Well done! 


  • Thank you to everyone that came to watch sports day. The children had lots of fun partaking in different activities and showed great teamwork. 

The Little Red Hen

Class Trip

We had lots of fun on our class trip to the London Wetland Centre where we learned more on our science topic about plants and growing and living things in our environment. We learned about pond dipping and caught lots of interesting pond animals and investigated more about them. Take a look at our photos below smiley

Congratulations to Year 1 children on completing the Phonics screening. You have all worked very hard this year learning your sounds and I am so proud of everyone! 


Results for the phonics screening will be included in your child's report at the end of the year.




Art Week 2018

We learned about many different national animals. We focused on the national animals of the UK and Canada, the lion and the beaver. Arty Party came to visit us on and we made lions out of clay. Take a look at some of our pictures below. 


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




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.

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 6th July.  

red words


said        some        once        there

friend        school        house        today



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!

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Our final RE topic is Neighbours


In this topic we will explore what it means to be a good neighbour.



“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” - Matthew 22:37-40


Have a think about the following questions:


  • What makes a good neighbour?
  • How can you be a loving neighbour to others?

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?