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Year 1 - Miss Gale

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Welcome children and parents to our Year 1 class page! I am Miss Gale, your child's class teacher and Mrs Ridoynauth is our wonderful teaching assistant. Please ensure you check this page frequently as it will include important information, dates, great resources and activities for children to do at home and all the fun things we are doing in the classroom!

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September 2019

  • First day of autumn term: Wednesday 4th September (please remember children are in winter uniforms)


October 2019

  • Staff INSET Day: Friday 18th October (school closed for pupils)
  • Half Term break: Monday 21st October - Friday 25th October


November 2019


  • Year 1 Miss Gale Class Liturgy: Thursday 7th November


December 2019

  • Autumn Term ends: Friday 20th December 2019 (Finish at 2pm)


As part of our Friday homework, children will be given 8 words 

to practise for the following Friday when they will complete their weekly spelling test. It is important for children to have a sound understanding of these words, therefore, I encourage children to practise using these words in sentences to have a better understanding of the spelling and meaning.

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Stay tuned to find out who our Year 1 class representatives will be!



Homework is set every Friday and is to be returned on the following Monday. The homework will alternate each week between english and maths. 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 (2 books will be given as children develop throughout the year)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.


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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!




Children will have PE two times a week on Thursday 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. Children can buy a piece of fruit for 20p. 

Confused by phonics?

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

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds (British English).mp4

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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, teachers and children who aren't sure how to pronounce the letter sounds.


Our first RE topic this year will be about FAMILY


Know and understand:

  • Family is the first place for growth and development
  • We are all part of God's family


Key Questions

  1. What does the word 'family' mean to you?
  2. What people are in your family?


Key Vocabulary

family, love, grow, kindness, welcome


Prayer and Reflection

Father, creator of all,

you ‘ordered the earth’ to bring forth life 
and crowned its goodness by

creating family life.

Teach us the beauty of human love,
show us the value of family life

and help us to live in peace 
with everyone. 


Remembrance Poppies

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We have been learning about the seasons. We created trees in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn.

We have been learning about the seasons. We created trees in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. 1
We have been learning about the seasons. We created trees in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. 2
We have been learning about the seasons. We created trees in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. 3
We have been learning about the seasons. We created trees in Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn. 4