Our teachers in Year 1 are Mrs O'Leary (Wellbeing Lead) and Miss Kelly.

Mrs Gorman supports us on Fridays

Phonics Screening Checks June 2022

The Year 1 phonics screening check is not a formal test, but a way for teachers to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonics skills to read words and that they are on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning.  To find out more about these tests, please click on the picture link.

Our Classroom

In Year 1 we aim for a smooth transition from the Early Years curriculum to Key Stage One curriculum.  Therefore the Year 1 classroom environments and outdoor provision allow for a balance between adult directed National Curriculum activities and opportunities for pupils to explore their learning independently through the mainly play based continuous provision. We have a number of areas of learning such as numeracy, writing, reading, phonics, small world areas both in our classrooms and outdoors.  

Please take a look around our classroom. 


Our Day 

Our timetable is: 8:50 - 9:15 Get set go and preteaching

9:15 - 9:50   Phonics

9:50 - 10:30    Literacy

10:30 - 10:45   Breaktime

10:45 - 11   Milk and fruit

11:00 - 12:00   Maths

12 - 12:30   Guided reading

12:30 - 1:30   Dinner time

1:30 - 3:00   Afternoon sessions

3:00 - 3:15   Story time and dismissal

Year 1 National Curriculum

The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which our teachers have developed exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills.  Please access the document below to learn more about what your child will be taught over the next year at St Mary's.

Year 1 Annual Curriculum Overview

Click to Download Year 1 Annual Curriculum Overview 2021-22 [pdf 115KB] Click to Download
Click to Download SMSC Curriculum Mapping - YEAR 1 [pdf 406KB] Click to Download

Year 1 Curriculum Newsletters 2021-22

Please select the relevant curriculum newsletter from the documents below. 

Click to Download Year 1 Summer 1 Curriculum Letter 2022 [pdf 183KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 1 Spring 2 Curriculum Letter 2022 [pdf 138KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 1 Spring 1 Curriculum Letter 2022 [pdf 142KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 1 Autumn 2 Curriculum Letter 2021 [pdf 145KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Year 1 Autumn 1 Curriculum Letter 2021 [pdf 136KB] Click to Download

Summer Term First Half Topic Resources

Please click on the links to access resources supporting Year 1 topic work. 

External Link Icon Plant Life Cycles
External Link Icon Weather and Climate
External Link Icon The Seasons
External Link Icon Nurturing Nurses: Florence Nightingale

Phonics Support

We have launched a new reading scheme to match with our phonics capabilities.  This means that we are sending home books similar to those the children have been doing in class that same week.  

The Read Write Inc book bag book is targeted at your child's reading ability - they are to read this book independently.  Please go over the green/red words at the beginning, to ensure they understand the vocabulary.  Ask them questions using the information at the back of the books or ask them to retell the story,

The Oxford Owl book is for shared reading with an adult.  This is to help your child with comprehension and fluency with the aim to be reading 90 words a minute by the end of Year 2.

Please click on the picture link to learn more about how phonics is taught at St Marys.

For additional information about phonics and letter formation, please download the documents below.

Click to Download Phonics Sounds - Read Write Inc [pdf 478KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Rhymes for Letter Formation - Read, Write Inc [pdf 197KB] Click to Download

Things to Remember


Monday for Miss Kelly's class - Gymnastics

Wednesday for Mrs O'Leary's class - Gymnastics

Reading books given out on Monday's and collected on Friday's due to current school COVID guidelines.

Spellings are to be given out each Friday and will be tested the following Friday. These spellings will be in accordance with your child's Phonics group and they will work on these throughout the week in lessons. If you could do so at home too. 

Knowledge organisers are handed out to the children at the start of each new Geography or History topic. If you could assist your child with learning these it will help them in class and continue their learning outside of school.