Welcome to Owls!


A very warm welcome from the Year 1 team.


Class Teachers: Mrs Lucy Smith - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Mrs Katie Essex - Thursdays.

Teaching Assistants: Miss Charlie Fletcher Monday – Friday and Mrs Sara Morea – Daily Reading and Group Interventions


We hope that this will be a very happy and rewarding year for your children as they make the transition from Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1. Year 1 is an exciting new beginning for children, and their parents, and we support the children in developing a real love of learning. Our primary aim is to develop a safe and happy environment where your children will thrive. We value highly the importance in developing the vital skills of reading, writing and maths, alongside fostering personal and social wellbeing. The exciting topics we have chosen will hopefully inspire and engage your children both at home and school. We work very closely with the children’s previous teachers to ensure continuity, so that the children get the best start to life in Key Stage 1.

Our aim to is to invite all parents to become involved in school life and throughout the year we have planned different parents events, from ‘Meet the teacher’ meetings, a class assembly, a class mass, as well as parents evenings. Termly newsletters will also inform you in more detail about current topics and up and coming events.  

We encourage the Year 1 children to adopt new learning attributes and support all children to develop a growth mind set: to be determined, flexible, curious and brave by using as many practical resources as possible to support their learning and by verbalising their reasoning in every area of the curriculum.


A link to the Year 1 Curriculum can be viewed here.

Class Newsletters can be viewed here.

Learning this term will include;

Religious Education – We begin the term reflecting on the Ephipany and then we will continue with our theme of ‘Revelation’ and discuss the many ways that God revealed Himself to people. RE will continue to be taught each week through a combination of RE lessons, Collective Worship, Gospel Assemblies and Hymn practice. Gospel Values will continue to link throughout all areas of the children’s learning.

English – English will continue to be taught daily. This will include writing, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling), Guided Reading and Comprehension. Letters and Sounds will be taught daily in addition to this as we continue to prepare all Year 1 children for the Phonics Screening Test in May 2019. This term, along with other stories, we will be looking at ‘Whatever Next!’, ‘Man on the Moon’ and other stories related to ‘Space’.

Phonics – This term, we will continue to focus on  Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds, as well as consolidating Phase 3 and 4. We will send out some useful websites to be used at home later in the term.

Keywords and Reading Books – The children have made excellent progress in reading so far this year. Your support has been a vital part of this so thank you. Please continue to sign their reading record each time they read and make comments. Another huge thank you to Mrs Goodman-Slender for coming in to support with reading last term. If you would like to come in, please talk to us at the end of the day to discuss.

Mathematics – This term, we adopt our new Maths scheme – Power Maths - which is a new and exciting ‘can do’ mastery teaching programme for the whole school. Mathematics will continue to be taught daily. We will continue to concentrate on place value, x2, x5, x10 times tables, addition and subtraction, measure as well as lots of reasoning and problem solving.  Maths continues to be taught using as much of a practical approach as possible.

PE/Games – Children will continue to have two lessons of PE each week, one indoor and one outdoor - if the weather allows. Please ensure that children have their full St Mary’s PE kit all week. They will need trainers for outdoor PE sessions. Please check that all items of kit are clearly labelled.

Science, History/Geography, Music, PSHE, Computing and Art/DT will be also taught each week. We will be planning, designing and making rockets, planets and researching facts about the moon. Mrs Essex will be teaching the Science curriculum.

If you would like to speak to us, we will be outside every day at 3pm. Please do come and say hello!