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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future


Year 1 hope to enjoy a great year filled with varied and exciting learning opportunities.


The Year 1 team are:

  • Miss Manley Class Teacher
  • Mrs Newman, Class Teacher
  • Miss Pugh, Trainee Teacher
  • Ms O'Regan, Teaching Assistant
  • Mrs Worley, Reading Support


Having completed a successful transition from Reception, the Year 1 children continue to achieve successful learning in Literacy, Phonics, Mathematics, RE, Science and Topic.


In Year 1 the children have been taught a brand new handwriting style, forming letters with a clear lead in stoke and finishing the letter with a clear lead out stroke.


Year 1 follow both the Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar scheme. They will complete a phonics test at the end of the year to determine their understanding of the sounds they have been taught. Parents can help at home by going through the ‘Speed Sounds’ at the front of their child’s reading book.


In Literacy the children follow the New Curriculum. They learn to take apart a text and discuss the plot, the characters and the setting. They use this learning to write their own stories and are encouraged to use drama and props to retell these stories to the class. They are introduced to a wealth of writing, both fiction and non-fiction; they learn about the features of non-fiction writing and use this to write their own. The children learn to appreciate poetry through a variety of different poets, discussing the use of rhyme and rhythm. They are encouraged to form their own opinions and express these ideas during turn-taking discussions. They are also enabled to become independent learners, reading their own work and checking to make sure their writing makes sense.


In Maths the children follow the New Curriculum. The children will learn to appreciate and understand the fundamentals of maths and develop their understanding of number facts. The scheme reinforces addition and subtraction, as well as introducing basic multiplication and division. The children use physical resources to practice and reinforce their understanding of mathematical concepts; they then apply this in mental maths and problem solving. The children will also complete maths investigations, using real-life examples to bring maths to life in the classroom.


RE is taught through the Come and See scheme, which is consistent throughout the school. The scheme aims to deliver a rich learning experience for the children which will deepen their knowledge and develop their understanding key theological ideas and their application to life. Ample opportunities will be offered for children to apply and use their knowledge and skills in order to deepen their understanding of religious truths. Engagement with their own and others’ beliefs and values will help to develop good attitudes and dispositions so that children are instilled with a love of learning. Engagement with difficult questions of meaning and purpose which everyone has to face will enable them to think creatively about their own questions of meaning and purpose. Finally, the scheme will offer children a sense of self-worth through their experience of belonging to a caring community and an awareness of the demands of religious commitment in everyday life.


Finally, the children are given an opportunity to experience a wealth of different learning through their Science and Topic learning. The children will use practical and real-life experiences to enhance their learning – for example planting and caring for their own plants. They will carry out investigations and record the results, further developing their Literacy skills.


Home Help


In Year One the children are expected to complete one piece of homework a week. This is sent home on a Monday and is expected back on Friday of the same week.


Each week the children will be given a new list of spellings. These are stuck into their spellings book on a Monday and should be practised every day until the spelling test on the Friday. The spellings will usually correlate to that week’s phonics learning and parents can help by encouraging children to practise their spellings daily.


Reading books are sent home every day. Children are expected to read daily and parents should record when their child has read their reading book. Reading books cannot be changed until the child has read their book both at home and in school.


In Year 1 there is a particular emphasis placed on children’s phonic learning. Parents can help by reading through the sounds and words sent home on a regular basis, ensuring children decode both the real and alien words.