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St Mary’s Roman Catholic Primary School

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Year 1 - Miss Tanner

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



Wishing everyone a relaxed and safe half term holiday. I look forward to seeing you all Monday the 25th February, refreshed and eager to learn!


Please remember if you child is interested in one of the clubs being offered next term, the slips must be returned Monday 25th February as names will be drawn out of a hat on this day.

- Sports Club (Tuesday)
- Art club (Thursday)
- Sewing club (Thursday)










We could use your help!


In Design Technology (DT) children will be using a range of materials to research, design and make a rocket.

If each child could bring in one empty paper towel roll (if they can bring in more than one - great!) in the next couple of weeks so they can start this project after half term.



Each child will have the opportunity to sow a seed in the class. We will discuss as a class what seeds we are going to sow. We are asking each child to bring in an empty yoghurt/custard pot (if they can bring in more than one - great!) in the next couple of weeks so they can sow their seed after half term. 



Children enjoyed watching the wonderful pantomime of Cinderella. It was a humorous show full of exciting acting, dancing and singing. 

Some children in Year 1 participated in the Moving Matters KS1 Multisports Festival hosted by La Retraite School. The children completed a variety of multi skills activities such as: target throw- ing, basketball dribbling, tennis ball control, speed, agility and dance moves. They had a great time and really enjoyed the active learning. They showed wonderful team work, superb behaviour and represented St Mary’s

extremely well. 

The children enjoyed having our school rabbit Mimi come join us this week for our science lesson. We have been learning about animals, their habitats and what they eat. We did a fact file on rabbits learning about their different habitats and what they need to survive. 


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Week: 25.02.19



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 our Year 1 class representatives for the school council!


January 2019

  • First day of Spring term - Monday 7th January 


February 2019

  • Information meeting for parents school results 2018 - Monday 4th February at 3pm in the Main Hall.
  • Pantomime - Thursday 7th February
  • Last day of Spring term 1 - Friday 15th February at 3.30pm
  • February half term - Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February


March 2019

  • Year 1 trip to Dulwich Picture Gallery - Wednesday 20th March


April 2019

  • Parents evening - Monday 1st April and Wednesday 3rd April - reports will be given at your meeting
  • Class liturgy - Thursday 4th April at 10.10am (Big Hall) 
  • Last day of spring term, please collect children at 2pm - Friday 12th April
  • Easter holidays - Monday 15th April - Friday 26th April 
  • Children return for summer term on Monday 29th April


Our next spelling test will be on
Friday 1st March

ou - shout it out 










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 note that Lexia does not work in Internet Explorer, please try another browser such as Google Chrome or Safari instead.


Congratulations to our gold certificate winners this term, Jayden and Georgia-Rose. Well done for your 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 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 Special People. We will explore the special people in our families, community and the parish family. We will know and understand that there are special people in our lives who are there to help us and that on Sunday, in church, we meet people who do special jobs as we gather to celebrate the Good News of Jesus. 


Key words: family, community, parish

Roles in the parish family: altar servers, greeters, readers, choir, cleaners, priest, collectors, musicians 


Key questions to explore:

1. What makes a person special?

2. Who are the special people in our families and why?

3. Who are the people who have special roles in our parish family?





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 50 and multiples of 2, 5 and 10. 

MEASUREMENT: We will be measuring length, height, weight and volume. 




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