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Year 1 Class Staff


Mrs J Scattergood

and Mrs P Massey



Welcome back to school for our Summer 2 term! We hope that you have had a lovely half term break and that you have been enjoying the sunny weather! We can’t believe that it is the last half term of the academic year and we have saved the best topic until the last; it’s ‘The Seaside’! We will be looking at the seaside through all of our subjects, from seaside poems in English to exploring the seaside in the past in History, beach huts in Art and seasons in science! We’re looking forward to fine-tuning your child’s basic skills in reading writing and numbers too, in readiness for Year 2!

Please remember to let the office know if you have any queries or information that you would like us to know and we will do our best to answer you as soon as possible!

Class Saint

Y1 have chosen St John Bosco as their Class Saint.

This special day is celebrated on 31st January





 Autumn 1 in Y1

The Virtues & Values this half term are

 ‘Curious & Active’.

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

Autumn 2 in Y1

We will be continuing to think about Families and celebrations through November

From 1st December we will be focusing our thoughts on the message of Advent, preparing ourselves for the celebration of Christmas, the birth of our Saviour, Jesus.

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

Spring 2 in Y1

We will be thinking about the parables and miracles within the Bible which help us to understand how best to live our lives, especially during this season on Lent.

 Remember… this is the special time when we think about our actions and how we can help others – it’s not just ‘a time to give up’ chocolate,  it is ‘a time to take something on’ such as a virtue, honesty, gratefulness and generosity.

Summer 1 in Y1

We will be looking back, in retrospect, to Easter and then on to Pentecost. On reflection, we will try to understand what this all means for us.

The Virtues & Values this half term Summer 2 are ‘Compassionate and Loving’

This half term we are going to be thinking about Sharing Jesus’ life and Following Jesus today.

We will be thinking about the special people who followed Jesus, His disciples. We will then move on to think about the things that we do and can do in our life to make sure that we are also following and sharing in Jesus’ life too



Science Topic


What’s best for the job?’

We will be finishing off our Everyday Material unit and then focusing in on the changes that occur during each season and what it means to our life such as growing, holidays, clothes etc.


History Topic


Building on what we learnt last half term in Geography about the coast, we will be learning all about the seaside in the past and the important role it played in the lives of people. We will look at differences and similarities, what we could see then and what we can see now.

Does the fun of being chased by the waves ever change



ART Topic


We will be revisiting primary and secondary colours whilst looking closely at beach hut designs and we will be looking at a range of seaside art by artists such as Turner and Walter Sickett.

We will be forming an opinion about their work and then having a go ourselves!








We will be recapping all of the units that we have covered this year to ensure that everything learnt has been retained by the children. We will be using the computers to draw, write up and retrieve information, not forgetting to mention the importance of staying safe online!





Class Text


Summer 2

During this half term Y1 will be listening to lots of summertime stories and learning some very funny poems.

Summer 1

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr


We will be exploring our topic

’On Safari!’

To link with this we will be thinking about the animals that live in Africa. We will, once again, be thinking of non-fiction style writing, leading to poetry, using adjectives and rhyme to enhance our learning.

Spring 2

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

We will be exploring our topic ‘On the move!’

For this, we will be reading a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books by different authors during Story Time and during Literacy lessons (when we are all back in school).

Spring 1

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

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 1 

Stickman Julia Donaldson

We will be exploring our topic

Once upon a time’. To help us understand the meaning of beginnings and the importance of ourselves and our families 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.

Autumn 2

'Elmer The Patchwork Elephant' by David McKee

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!

Homework/Reading Expectations


                       Reading – Please continue to listen to your child read up to 3 x a week,

please continue to sign the diary too!

We are ‘blown away’ with the reading progress of all of the children since September – a huge thank-you to all parents for working hard with your child at home!

Spellings – we will continue to hand out grouped spellings every Monday in readiness for a dictation quiz every Friday.

Daily Maths – we will continue to set daily maths homework, as a word document, on Purple Mash. This will be a set of questions relating to the 4 operations of + - x ÷, please upload when complete

Creative - we will continue to set a piece of creative homework on Purple Mash.

This will be focused on any of the foundation subjects, or RE, all matched to classroom learning. Please upload when complete.

AM – we will continue to send home the weekly skills checks, stage appropriate.

Please chose a question/couple of questions to go through with your child to support them next time round.

Phonics – we will be sending home a phonic sheet which has real and pseudo words on it to help them with the National Phonics Screening test which will carried out in-house this year but will most probably resume next year; we just want the children to be as prepared as possible for this!


Particular focus this term

In Summer 2

 literacy focus

We will be listening to lots of summertime stories and learning some very funny poems.

We will be thinking about sequencing stories, pattern of rhyme and, as always, focusing on capital letters, end marks, sense and beautifully written letters.



We will be revisiting the letters & sounds that we have learnt so far.

We will continue to learn about applying all sounds, and alternative sounds, in words when we write and read. Our weekly spelling quiz will help us to understand how the letters work together.


In Maths Summer 2


We will continue to revise our basic skills and to apply the four operations +  -  x  ÷ in simple number sentences and more complex worded problems. We will look at measurement too;

cm  m  g  kg.


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



The children need to come to school in their PE kits on TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY as they will be having outdoor PE sessions with Port Value and myself on those days.

We will be focusing on multi-skills and practising the sports day race favourites!

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




We will be having great 1 hour music lessons with Mrs. Amison every other Wednesday. Get ready to listen for the rhythm and the beat!

Class Diary- trips, assemblies etc.

Summer 2

Nature Reserve Trip

Thursday 24th June PM

Mother's Day Liturgy 2021