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Year 1 - Miss Gale

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy half term holiday! See you all on Monday 24th February!

Pancake Day

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January 2020

  • Children start Spring term 1 on Monday 6th January
  •  Wednesday 29th: Robin Hood Pantomime 


February 2020

  • HALF TERM - Monday 17th - Friday 21st 


March 2020

  • Thursday 5th - World Book Day (Chn can dress up as their favourite book character. If you have the book at home it would be great to bring it in). 
  • Monday 9th - Friday 13th - Art Week (theme TBA)
  • Thursday 12th March- Year 1 KG liturgy at 10.10am in the big hall. All are welcome :)
  • Wednesday 25th - Class trip to the Dulwich Picture Gallery 
  • Monday 30th - parents evening (siblings) 


April 2020

  • Wednesday 1st - parents evening 2
  • SPRING TERM ENDS - Friday 3rd (Finish at 2pm)
  • EASTER HOLIDAYS - Monday 6th - Friday 17th 
  • SUMMER TERM BEGINS - Monday 20th (children wear their summer uniforms)


May 2020

  • Friday 8th - May bank holiday (the school will be closed for all)
  • Friday 22nd - staff INSET day (school closed for pupils)
  • HALF TERM - Monday 25th – Friday 29th 


June 2020

  • Monday 8th - Phonics screening check commences this week

July 2020

  • Sports Day - TBA
  • Summer fair - TBA
  • SUMMER TERM ENDS - Friday 17th (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.




Half term homework - 14.02.20


Complete the worksheet on plural nouns. Add -s or -es


Please bring in yogurt pots as children will be sowing seeds in Science next term.


Spellings 1


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. 


          We are learning about
          Special People



Learning outcomes: 

Prior learning: how the parish family celebrates


Know and understand:

  • That there are special people in our lives who are there to help us
  • That on Sunday, in church, we meet people who do special jobs as we gather to celebrate the Good News of Jesus


Key Questions

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? 

4. What were special times for Jesus?


Key Vocabulary

Special people, greeters, Sunday, holy, Jesus, Presentation, church, community, temple, altar servers, Extraordinary ministers, readers, choir, cleaners, priest, collectors, musicians


Word of God

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen the salvation which you have made ready in the sight of the nations; a light of revelation for the Gentiles and glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:25-32)


Prayer and Reflection

Lord, you fulfilled the hope of Simeon who did not die

until he had been privileged to 

welcome the Messiah.

In Sacramental Celebrations we meet the Risen Christ. 

May he continue to give us life.




In our Humanities lessons we have been learning all about space exploration.


We have been learning about astronaut Neil Armstrong.









We have also been learning about another  famous astronaut Helen Sharman.



We even got to make our own rockets and blasted them off into space!


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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.