Year One

Welcome to Year One’s class page.

In our classroom we aim to have a positive and supportive learning environment. We learn through a stimulating and exciting curriculum living out the Gospel Values.

Each half term we have a new topic that leads us to support the different areas.

Our Topics

Autumn Term 1 – Wonderful me!

Autumn Term 2 – Toys, Old and New

Spring Term 1 – Castles

Spring Term 2 – Hot and Cold Places

Summer Term 1 – The UK

Summer Term 2 – Seasides in the past


The children will be working on Phase 4 and Phase 5 phonics in Year 1, with a recap of sounds from Phase 3 that was taught in foundation stage. Each week the children will be taught new Phase 5 sounds following Letters and Sounds.

At the end of the year the children will take part in a phonics screening test which will assess their reading of the phonics sounds.

Below are the sound mats showing the different phonemes in Phase 3 and Phase 5.

To help your child at home you can access the Phonics Play website which has some brilliant games to play.


In Year One we are lucky to have a Bee Active session each week. This is a fun sports and physical session that we all look forward to.

Meet Barnaby Bear.

In Year 1 we have a class mascot called Barnaby Bear. He can see the fabulous work we do all week and watches us being kind friends. Then he chooses a child to go home with each weekend. His special diary goes with Barnaby Bear and the class look forward to finding out about his adventures, through photos and writing. We enjoy finding out what Barnaby has done each week.

Home Reading.

Reading helps children with their knowledge, understanding and language. The children are taught to read in school however it is important that you encourage your child to read at home daily and listen to them read a couple of pages of their book.

Please can parents also sign the yellow diaries so the children can be rewarded for their efforts.


Each week children will receive 10 spellings following our phonics and also from the Year 1&2 National Curriculum, these are practised in class and at home. Please help your child to practise their spellings as they will be tested each Wednesday.


What we are learning during the Spring Term.

This half term we will be learning all about Hot and Cold Places, we will look at the features and animals that live there and what they need to live. We will learn about the Polar regions and compare it to countries near the Equator. We will be reading and retelling fairy stories focusing on The Snow Queen. Our role play area is the Ice Castle from The Snow Queen. In Science we are looking at materials and their properties. In Art we will draw and paint in the style of Paul Klee.

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Parents – please keep checking our webpage as new information will be updated and photos of work that the children produce will be put up regularly for you to see.