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Year 1 - Mr McDermott

Welcome to Year 1 Mr McDermott's class

This page will be used as a reminder of important dates throughout the year as well as a host of other information.





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


  • Art Week: 1st-5th July 

Children will explore the topic of the 'Natural World.' Year 1 will be focusing on how plants grow and different pond animals. Arty Party will be visiting us on Thursday 4th July. Please join us in the big hall Friday the 5th at 3.30pm to see all the exciting things children have been up to during the week smiley


  • Sports Day (Clapham Common): Tuesday 2nd July

Foundation Stage and Key Stage One events begin at 10.15am. KS2 will join us to have lunch all together at 12.15pm. If you are not attending, please ensure your child has a packed lunch. Infants are allowed to be dismissed at 12.15pm after being signed out by a parent/guardian. Key Stage Two events begin at 12.45pm. All activities take place in the area near the tennis courts and bowling green, Clapham Common West Side, SW4 9AN


  • Year 1 class trip to the Wetland Centre: Wednesday 3rd July

Please ensure children have a healthy packed lunch, summer hats and suncream applied before arriving at school. 


  • Summer Fair: Saturday 6th July 11am - 3pm

Come join us in the big playground for a day full of fun activities, good food and exciting prizes!


  • Venn Street Market (produce children have grown will be available to buy): Saturday 13th July

Class Photo


Homework is given out once a week, on a Friday and is   to be returned on Mondays. Children will alternate each week between an Maths and English activity. Each Friday your child will also be given a list of 8 words to read and spell and a spelling test will take place on the following Friday. It is vital that you support and enable your child to do their work thoughtfully and neatly. Please ensure that they develop a routine so that they remember to bring their work to school. Please provide a note if your child has not completed their homework.

January 2019

  • First day of Spring term - Monday 7th January 


February 2019

  • February half term - Monday 18th February - Friday 22nd February
  • Pantomime - Thursday 7th February


March 2019

  • Year 1 Mr McDermott's class liturgy- 14th March (10:10 main hall)
  • Year 1 trip to Dulwich Picture Gallery - Wednesday 20th March


April 2019

  • 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 14th June

Mixed Sounds







Lexia Reading

Please find below a link to Lexia - a spelling and reading programme.

Your log in is your first name and the first letter of your surname (eg Sarah Smith would be sarahs).

Your password is read.

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



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!



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                      Mr McDermott's Mathletics Gold champions





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


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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).





Read, Write, Inc. Phonics sounds - all the sounds your child needs to know!

Reading and comprehension

Phonics Screening Resources

Phonics Sound Mats

Letter Formation and Sounds

Phonics Games





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
If you are confused by how phonics screen will work, please click on the link below to watch a short video.

Religious Education

                 The current topic in RE is Reconciliation: Being Sorry                                      

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Class Prayers


Prayer before lunch


Bless us O Lord as we sit together

Bless the food we eat today

Bless the hands that made the food

Bless us O Lord



Prayer at the end of the day


God our Father we come to say

Thank you for your love today

Thank you for my family and all the friends you give to me

Guard me in the dark of night and in the morning send your light

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