Welcome to Year 1!

In Year 1, our class is a safe, fun and encouraging learning environment. 

Our Year 1 teacher is Miss Swanson and our Teaching Assistants are Miss Wood and Miss Stott (in the morning).




We would like parents to read with your child every day and sign their reading record every day. You can do this either on Class Dojo or in their book folder. 


Books are changed every Monday. You will get a photocopy of the book your child is reading in phonics lessons and a Book Bag book to read. If the Book Bag Book is lost or damaged, you may be asked to pay to replace it. 



In Year 1 we use Numbots for our Maths Homework. It allows children to practise counting, addition and subtraction. We ask children to use Numbots for at least 20 minutes a day. Children have been given a username and password so they can use it at home. 





At the moment, Year 1 children are not given spellings. 


Learning Logs

Learning log tasks will be set every 2 weeks. This is an activity related to our class topic, which is set on Class Dojo. On the Friday they are handed in, we have a Learning Log Gallery, where the children vote for their favourite. The winner's work will be displayed in the hall and they will win a prize! You can choose to respond on Class Dojo or in a Learning Log book. 




At the moment, we are doing PE outside on two afternoons. Your child should come into school in their PE kit on their PE days, which are Wednesday and Thursday this half term.

Autumn 1

This half term our topic is Enchanted Woodland! We are going to our local woods to look for wildlife and complete a wilderness scavenger hunt. We will then be using the things we collect in Art and Geography lessons.


Can you see any patterns in nature, e.g. on leaves? Can you follow a map around where you live? Could you draw a map of your house or your favourite park? How does your local park look different throughout the year? How could you make your garden more wildlife friendly? How could we attract more insects to our school field?

At the end of the topic, we will be doing a Global Investigation where we will try to answer the question:

How wildlife friendly is our school?

We will look at our playground and school field to see how what insects, birds or other animals we can see. We will plan how we can make our school better for wildlife and then put our plans into action!


Throughout Year 1, we will be looking at many different types of writing from stories to instructions. We link our writing to the book that we are reading in Phonics. We will focus on making sure the children remember the basics of sentence writing including capital letters, finger spaces, full stops, using their phonics and checking it makes sense. 

Here are the Year 1 List of Tricky Words that children should be able to read and spell by the end of the year.

Trick words


This year we have started following Power Maths. The children get their own workbooks and it focuses on 'Mastering' skills in Maths to be more confident in applying them.




Here are a few links with interactive education games that could support your child's learning this half term:









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At St Mary's, we now follow the Read Write Inc Phonics Scheme. Children will be assessed every half term and placed into a group that suits their ability. Every phonics lesson starts with learning or revising a sound, and then reading a book which uses sounds they already know.


In Year 1, we are sent a special challenge from the aliens called the 'Phonics Screening Test'! We are given a list of real words and a list of made-up words and we have to sound them out so that we can read them.

Before we get the challenge, we will be practicing our Set 1, 2 and 3 sounds; as well as segmenting and blending words.


Here are some websites to help you get ready for the aliens!




This half term in Science, we will be looking at Plants.

Below is a Knowledge Organiser showing what we will be learning this half term and some key vocabulary.