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Our teachers in Year 1 are Miss Carr and Miss Fox.

Learning Support: Mrs Ellis, Mrs Millington, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Moxon.


Year 1 Gallery

Please click on the picture link to see what we having been doing in Year 1.

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.

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.

Read Write Inc Ruth Miskin Training for Parents - YouTube

Speed Sound Set List:

The speed sound list will show you which set of sounds your child is working on. You will know which set they are on through looking at your child's spellings. Then you can see which sounds they are learning next and assist on these. 
Speed Sound Chart:
A Speed Sound Chart which will show you all of the sounds and ‘Special Friends’ that your child is learning how to read.
Letter formation Rhymes
The letter formation rhymes will help when writing letters to ensure they are correctly formed.
Progression of Red Words
The Red words progression document will assist learning red words that are suited to your child's reading book band.

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 Progression of Red Words through the Storybooks [pdf 401KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Speed Sound Chart [pdf 282KB] Click to Download
Click to Download Letter Formation Rhymes [pdf 2MB] Click to Download
Click to Download Progression of Red Words through the Storybooks [pdf 401KB] Click to Download
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

Summer Term Second Half Topic Resources

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

Barcelona and Manchester

Physical Education

PE - Summer Term Second Half

PE will be taught indoors and and outdoors.

Indoor P.E kit: plain white t-shirt, plain black shorts and pumps.

Outdoor P.E kit: Plain white t-shirt. plain black /blue track suite pants and trainers.

This half term, we will be learning about Athletics so you may need both indoor and outdoor wear.

Miss Fox’s P.E: Monday PM

Miss Carr’s P.E: Thursday PM


 In year 1 we send home 2 reading books a week. One of these books will be your child’s phonics book. This book is read daily with your child in their phonics lesson and you will find that their fluency will increase as they read this book more and more. The other book is a book bag book. This book is suited to your child’s phonics ability and is to be read by themselves independently at home. At the front of both of these books are the Green/Red words. Please go over these first with your child to ensure that they are fluent and also that they understand the meaning of any tricky vocabulary. This will ensure that when they read the story they can read fluently and comprehend the text so help promote their love of reading.
On a Friday we also have a spelling test and give out the next set of spellings. Each phonics group will have a different set of spellings as these will be sounds that are covered by that group in that week’s learning.

Phonics Screening Checks 

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.