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Year 1 - Miss Tanner



Unfortunately, the Year 1 performance of the 3 Little Pigs will not take place due to a bereavement in Miss Vasylenko's family. 


  • LAST DAY OF YEAR 1: Friday July 19th at 2pm

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


Art Week 2019



The children explored the topic ‘Natural World,’ focusing on plants and pond animals. We learned about the parts of a plant and looked closer at sunflowers. On Wednesday we had a class trip to the London Wetland Centre where we saw lots of different plants and pond animals. We went pond dipping and investigated a variety of pond animals, what they look like and what they eat. Arty Party visited us on Thursday to make paper mache sunflower seeds. We painted the stripes using black and white paint. Take a look at our pictures below :) 



Sports Day

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




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) 
  • Lenten charity week - commencing 8th April (wear your own trainers on Tuesday 9th April with a donation of £2).
  • 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


May 2019

  • Easter holidays - Monday 15th April - Friday 26th April 
  • Children return for summer term on Monday 29th April
  • May Bank Holiday: Monday 6th May
  • School photos: Friday 17th May
  • Science week (Our World): Monday 20th May - Wednesday 22nd May
  • Last day of summer term 1: Wednesday 22nd May
  • Polling day (school is closed for children): Thursday 23rd May
  • Staff INSET (school is closed for children): Friday 24th May
  • Summer half term: Monday 27th May - Friday 31st May

June 2019

  • First day of summer term 2: Monday 3rd June
  • Year 1 phonics screen: commencing the week of 10th June (Year 1 AT will complete their phonics screen on Thursday 13th June).
  • Class liturgy: Thursday 20th June
  • Whole school photo: Wednesday 26th June

July 2019

  • Art Week: Week of 1st July - 5th July
  • Sports Day (Clapham Common): Tuesday 2nd July
  • Year 1 class trip to the Wetland Centre: Wednesday 3rd July
  • Summer Fair: Saturday 6th July
  • Venn Street Market (produce children have grown will be available to buy): Saturday 13th July
  • Last day of school! Friday 19th July - Children are dismissed at 2pm.


We made yummy Easter treats.

We had such fun on our class trip to the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Children participated in a workshop, creating their own landscape drawing, inspired by some of the beautiful paintings in the gallery. They then used watercoloured pencils and pastels to bring their pictures to life. These special art tools gave their landscape a painted finish. 

We have put all of our yogurt pots to use by sowing our seeds for the Clapham Leaf Project. Year 1 have sowed Poached Egg Flowers. Over the following weeks we will water our plants and watch them grow. Stay tuned to see how they turn out!

Image result for world book day


Thursday 7th March - We had lots of fun celebrating World Book Day! We wrote  about our book characters, had a special visit from illustrator Judi Abbot, drop and read with the Year 3’s and designed our own bookmarks. 
March 6th we celebrated Ash Wednesday, marking the first day of Lent. We talked about how we can make Lenten promises and try to stick to these promises for Lent, lasting 40 days. Each day we will ask the important question, how can I be better?

Ash Wednesday

Children had fun celebrating Pancake Day! We made adjective pancakes in English and played an addition pancake game in maths. We enjoyed some tasty pancakes with chocolate sauce and syrup. 



Congratulations to our Year 1 class representatives!



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. 





The Year 1 phonics screen will commence the week of Monday 10th June. Our class will complete theirs on Thursday 13th June. Please look below to learn more about the phonics screen and how you can help your child at home. The phonics screen consists of a mix of 40 real and pseudo words (alien words) that children need to read correctly.


Tips to help practice

  • Look at the word carefully
  • Decode the word using your phonics knowledge
  • Don't forget to blend the sounds together to say the whole word without any pauses
  • Pronounce sounds and words clearly
  • Use a confident and loud speaker voice
  • Don't rush! 
  • Do your best smiley

Phonics Stations


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 topic is:
Being Sorry

Know and understand:

  • We have choice - sometimes we choose well, and sometimes wrongly
  • God helps us to choose well and to be sorry. God forgives us.


Key Questions

  1. What good choices have you made? How did you feel?
  2. What wrong choices have you made? How did you feel?


Key Vocabulary

choice, happy, sad, disappointed, sorry, forgive, rules, wrong, right, feeling, love, Peace be with you

We have been learning:

Holidays and Holy Days


Know and understand:

  • Holidays as days to be happy
  • Pentecost; a holy day - the feast of the Holy Spirit


Key Questions

  1. How do I use holiday times to relax and do something different?
  2. How does the Holy Spirit help and guide us in our lives?


Key Vocabulary

holiday, holyday, help, Ascension, Pentecost, promise, Holy Spirit, guide, Resurrection, alleluia



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 continue to read, write and interpret mathematical
statements involving addition, subtraction and equals signs. We will revisit PLACE VALUE
(to 100), ensuring children understand what each digit represents in a given number. We will start
multiplication and division, reinforcing multiples of 2. We will learn about FRACTIONS.
GEOMETRY: position and direction
MEASUREMENT: money and time




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.

Practice re-calling number bonds to 10 and 20 quickly.



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 to 10

A super fun and funky dance tune about the number combinations of 10.

Number bonds to 20

The Friends of 20 is a fun sing along song for children about The Friends of 20. The song contains all the addition combinations that make 20.

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.

Seasons Song