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Year 1 - Miss Tanner


Miss Tanner and Ms Tate


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



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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 Year 1 AT can get 100% attendance this year! We are aiming for 100% every week


November is the month for remembrance. 


Eternal rest,

Grant onto them,

O Lord 

And let perpetual light 

shine upon them.


May they Rest in peace. 


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Homework - 15.11.19


Subtraction using a number line






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Congratulations! If you are star of the week it means your teacher thinks you did superb work, showed excellent behaviour or were extra kind and helpful. Have fun writing about your weekend adventures with Bruce the moose.










September 2019

  • First day of autumn term: Wednesday 4th (please remember children are in winter uniforms)
  • Class liturgy: Thursday 26th at 10.10 in the big all. All are welcome to join us. 


October 2019

  • Open parents afternoon from 2:30-3:30pm: Tuesday 15th 
  • Staff INSET Day: Friday 18th (school closed for pupils)
  • Half Term break: Monday 21st - Friday 25th 
  • First day of autumn term 2: Monday 28th 


November 2019

  • Parents Evening: Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th 
  • Flu vaccines: Thursday 28th 


December 2019

  • Christmas boards: Friday 6th - come join us in the hall at 3.30 to see our Christmas artwork. 
  • KS1 Christmas Celebration: Tuesday 10th at St Mary's church at 6pm
  • Polling day - no school for children: Thursday 12th 
  • Reports go home: Friday 13th 
  • Christmas Fair: Friday 13th
  • Christmas lunch for children: Thursday 19th 
  • Autumn term ends: Friday 20th 2019 (Finish at 2pm) 
    Children start Spring term 1 on Monday 6th January 



My first day - Autumn term, Spring term, Summer term



These are great interactive websites to help children with their phonics, reading and maths. More links can be found further down our page under specific topic areas. 



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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.



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Spelling tests can be found in the back of your child’s homework book. It is important for children to have a sound understanding of these words, therefore, I encourage them to practise using these words in sentences to gain a better understanding of the spelling and meaning.

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.




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.



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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!


Logins can be found in the front of your child's homework book. Please copy this down so you can access to it at home.





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Children will have PE two times a week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure children have their PE kit, which can be left at school. Kits will go home every half term holiday to be washed.


It is great for children to practise getting changed on their own at home to help them change independently for PE.  

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Tuck shop will be available every Tuesday and Thursday at break time. Children can buy a piece of fruit for 20p. 



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In year 1 children are expected to:

  • sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly
  • begin to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
  • form capital letters
  • form digits 0-9
  • understand which letters belong to which handwriting 'families' (i.e. letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these



Take a look belong at the PDF file below 'Developing Handwriting' for ways to support your child at home.




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In summer term of Year 1 children will complete the Year 1 Phonics Screen. We will be preparing for this throughout the year, as children learn their sounds and how to read. Please look below to learn more about the phonics screen and the many ways 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 (break the word apart in separate sounds)
  • 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! 
  • Try your best smiley

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





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In addition to learning about the Church's liturgical year, we will focus on prayer and how this will help us to deepen our relationship with God.


We will continue studying the RE programme called 'Come and See,' looking particularly at the topics of FAMILIES, BELONGING and WAITING.



Special Faiths Week
We are learning about JUDAISM


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We have explored the different faith of Judaism.


Know and understand:

  • I can re-tell a bible story
  • I can understand different peoples faiths


Key Questions

  1. What makes a good leader?
  2. What leaders do you know in your life?


Key Vocabulary

synagogue, kippah, torrah, hunakkah, menorah



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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. 
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.





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NUMBER WORK: Children will be investigating PLACE VALUE within 20.
GEOMETRY: Recognise and name 2-D and 3-D shapes.



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. 

GEOMETRY: position and direction



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.
MEASUREMENT: money and time


Practice re-calling number bonds to

10 and 20 quickly.


We will also be 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.




Number song 1-20

Let's sing our numbers 1-20! How fast can you say them?

Number bonds to 10

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

Number bonds to 20

The song contains all the addition combinations that make 20.

The Counting by Twos Song ♫♪♫

The Counting by Fives Song ♫♪♫

Count 10-100 | Count by 10 Song |

Even and Odd numbers

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.



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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.



In science this term the children will be focusing on the topic of EVERYDAY MATERIALS.



In science this term the children will be focusing on the topic of PLANTS.


Current Topic: Seasons



Key questions:

  • What are the 4 different seasons?
  • What types of weather do you see in winter? spring? summer? autumn?
  • How can we measure weather?
  • Why does the sun set earlier in the winter?