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Year 1


Mrs J Scattergood

supported by Mrs Massey and Miss Hardy


Curriculum Information – Year One 


Welcome back to St. Mary’s; we are looking forward to working with you and your children! Year 1 is a very important next step in your child’s early learning journey. We always stress that this is the year to practise and learn new things; we aren’t expected to ‘know’ everything already, we never ever ‘go wrong’ we simply practise our basic skills, through fun tasks, until we can almost do them in our sleep!


The basic skills are formation of letters and numbers, served by a secure writing style, an understanding of the ‘value’ of numbers and the patterns within the number system and all of the PSHE and RSE Virtues and Values, put into daily practise. We are always there to listen and I would like to invite you to make an appointment, either on the telephone or in person, via the office should you wish to discuss any matter arising during your child’s time with us in Year 1!


Many thanks, in advance, for your support

Yours in Learning Mrs. Scattergood & Mrs. Massey.


Class Saint

Y1 have chosen St Francis of Assisi as their Class Saint.

This special day is celebrated on 4th October.

This will be celebrated in school week on Thursday 14th October at 9.15am 







spring 1 in Y1


Following on from our Advent focus we will be looking at the wonderful Christmas Story, focusing upon The Holy Family, the visitors to the stable and the best Christmas present of all, Our Lord, Jesus Christ!




 Autumn 1 in Y1


The Virtues & Values this half term are

‘Eloquent and Truthful’.


We are going to be listening to & sequencing the story of Creation; we will be giving thanks for all that God has created for us.


Science Topic

spring 1



‘How does your garden grow?’

We will be completing observations, data collection and tasks to help us further understand about the features of plants and trees and the important part played by the weather linked to the seasons.

  • Identify and describe the basic structure of a variety of common flowering plants, including trees
  • Identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees.

I observe changes in the seasons / know how they are different.




spring 1



Is it the same all around the world?

We will be learning about our world, finding out about what it might be like to live in hot and cold climates; we will be looking closely at Africa and the Polar Regions.

  • know some of the main things that are in hot & cold places.
  • know what clothes I would wear in hot and cold places.

know where the equator, North and South Pole on an atlas and globe




DT Topic



How can we shelter from a storm?

We will be thinking about shelter and linking it to our Geography unit. We will learn about different types of shelter, materials used for specific purposes.

  • use their own ideas to design something & describe how their own idea works
  • explain to someone else how they want to make their product and make a simple plan before making 
  • choose appropriate resources and tools
  • make their own model stronger            
  • describe how something works

explain what works well & not so well in the model that they have made






Which computer skills do I need to…?

We will be building on the basic skills learnt last half term and discussing how and why we need to keep our personal details safe online!

  • Use technology purposefully to manipulate & retrieve       
  • Use technology safely & respectfully        

Keep personal information private






Class Text

Spring 1


We will be exploring our topic ‘Polar Adventures!’ and thinking about life in the South, and North Pole. We will be focusing upon the story ‘Lost & Found’ written by Oliver Jeffers along with other popular texts such as ‘The Snow Queen’ and ‘The Snail & The Whale’, a classic written by our class author, Julia Donaldson.


Autumn 2


We will be exploring our topic ‘Celebrate with a BANG!’ by thinking about the message of Elmer which tells us that we are all to celebrate being different and that the best way to be is to be ourselves!


Autumn 1




We will be exploring our topic

Once upon a time’.

To help us to understand the meaning of beginnings, the importance of our families and how & why we need to keep ourselves healthy to enable us to grow, we are going to be listening to, and working with, a range of texts. Stick Man is just one of these books, written by our class author Julia Donaldson and ‘Eat your Peas’ is a funny book written by Kes Gray.


Homework/Reading Expectations


Daily Maths (little blue book focusing on the 4 operations)

Spellings (handed out on Monday, quiz as a dictation on Friday)

Foundation Subjects (purple books, compulsory, weekly)

Home Reading (3 x weekly, please ensure that you sign the diary)



Particular focus this term

Spring 1 

 literacy focus


We will be continuing to enjoy stories, linked to our topic, written by our class author, Julia Donaldson amongst other authors

  • We will continue to apply the basics of writing; letters and sounds – recognition and representation, handwriting – correctly formed and positioned, demarcated sentences – capital letters and end marks.
  • We will also be focusing upon the grammatical feature of adjectives – a word that describes a noun / pronoun.
  • We will also begin to look at rhyme, through storytelling, poetry and songs.



Spring 1



We will continue to look closely at number, the value, the position within the number system, the representation and the recognition. We will be re-affirming the children’s understanding of (+ and =) and building on this by introducing (-), whilst working with the number bonds to 10 and to 20.

To supplement our wider ‘maths’ understanding we will be looking shapes, 2D and 3D shapes and also taking a close look at time, o’clock and half past, paying attention to the size of our hands, long and short, and the accuracy of where they’re pointing on our clock



This term we will be continuing to follow the Ten:Ten ‘Life to the Full’ programme for RSE; we have all REALLY enjoyed learning this so far!

You can log into the parent portal to access information about the programme your children will be following, access the resources and suggestions for further activities at home.

Username:  st-mary-st6

Password:   vision24-st6






We are very lucky to be having Mr. Sigley next half term to help us with our PE lessons. He will be focusing on our Gymnastic and multi-skills every Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your correct PE kit is in school and available for these lessons


Remember… NO leggings or cycling shorts; please wear the correct PE shorts or tracksuit bottoms




We will be taking turns to sing & play using echoes and call & response. We will identify echoes and repetition in the music that we hear and also move to the music to show the pulse. Using stick notation we will develop the concept of rhythm using crotchet notes & rests. We will create rhythms in response to wintery pictures, sequencing them to create a group performance.







Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

Autumn 1


A selection of photos from some of our special times in Y1 during autumn term