Home Page

St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future


Meet the Team


· Miss Rawlings, Class Teacher

· Miss Cotton, Class Teacher

· Miss Hayes, Teaching Assistant

· Miss Molloy, Teaching Assistant

· Mrs Adelekan, Teaching Assistant

· Mrs Worley, Reading Support

· Miss McPhillips, Trainee Teacher


All Year 1 staff make it their mission to facilitate a smooth transition from Early Years to Key Stage 1. To ease the children into the Year 1 curriculum, elements from the Early Years learning environment is incorporated into the Autumn term. The use of continuous provision to support teaching in English, Phonics, Mathematics, RE, Science and Humanities enhances the children’s understanding and encourages the children to explore and take ownership of their new environment. We work hard to ensure the year 1 learning environment is a welcoming, vibrant and accessible space for all which fosters creativity and the love of learning.



RE is taught through The Way, The Truth and The Light 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. The children will also be learning to appreciate and reflect on their personal relationship with God through weekly Collective Worship and Christian meditation sessions. 



Year 1 follows on with the Jolly Phonics scheme used throughout Early Years. The children participate within 20-minute discrete daily phonics sessions each week which incorporate fun and engaging phonics activities. Each session provides opportunities to revise taught sounds, introduce new sounds as well as practice reading and writing words and sentences. At the end of the year, each child will be sitting a phonics screening which involves reading 40 words, 20 of which will be pseudo words thus requires the children to rely on their knowledge of blending. Parents can support their children at home through daily reading and going through ‘speed sounds’ found at the beginning of each of their reading books. We will also host parental phonics workshops which all parents are welcome to attend to observe how phonics is taught at school and adopt any techniques or strategies to use with their child at home.




Our English curriculum is supported through deliverance following 'The Power of Reading' which is about teaching Literacy through using high quality books and creative teaching approaches (such as art and drama).  This approach aims to engage and motivate children in their literacy learning. It also enables children to deepen their understanding of texts and provides a meaningful context for writing. Children are supported and encouraged to discuss a wide range of reading materials such as fiction, non-fiction and poetry. They learn to take apart a text and appreciate its individual features as well as talk about and listen to others’ opinions and thoughts. The children immerse their selves in their learning using drama, props art and outdoor learning to access different texts and retell well-known and new stories all which are high quality texts. The development and progression of their spoken language is vital for their development in their writing. The children are encouraged to verbally plan their sentences and discuss what they are going to write with their teachers and peers whilst being supported to write for a range of purposes. As well as this, the children’s writing is supported and developed with the skills taught within their weekly grammar and punctuation sessions. They are also enabled to become independent learners, reading their own work and checking to make sure their writing makes sense.


In Year 1 the children are introduced to the Collin's handwriting scheme which is used across the whole school.  The children are taught to form letters with a clear lead in stroke and finishing the letter with a clear lead out stroke.



In Maths the children follow the White Rose Maths scheme. The children will learn to appreciate and understand the fundamentals of maths and develop their understanding of number facts. An emphasis is placed upon number and place value. We use a range of manipulatives with support and challenge the children’s mathematical understanding. The scheme reinforces addition and subtraction, as well as introducing basic multiplication and division. When introducing any new concept Year 1 relies upon a highly effective CPA (Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract) approach. The children’s understanding of any mathematical concept is scaffolded by these three crucial steps. It is first demonstrated through physical and concrete resources such as everyday objects which the children can manoeuvre . The same concept is then represented through visuals until the children are confident to use numbers and symbols. The children also apply this within reasoning and problem-solving activities to solidify and master their mathematical understanding.


Extra Learning

Finally, the children are given an opportunity to experience a wealth of different learning through a range of practical and real-life experiences. They will be carrying out fieldwork around the school and the city they live in to develop their understanding of place knowledge. They hope to make contact with their local Parish community through charitable cake sales and carol performances. The children will be engaging in their half term topics through a variety of school trips, memorable experience days and workshops. 


Home Help

In Year One the children are expected to complete ether a piece of written maths homework of a written RE homework as well as their weekly spellings. This is sent home on a Friday and is expected back on the following Wednesday. Spelling books are sent home on the Friday for parents to see how their child did and the book is to be returned on the Monday.


Each week the children will be given a new list of spellings. These are stuck into their homework books and are given out with the rest of their homework on a Friday. The test is the following Friday. Their spellings will involve words containing the focus sound that week, a tricky word and a challenge word.


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. Book changing days are Tuesday and Friday. Any children who manage to read everyday are celebrated and receive read of the week certificates.


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. Have a look at some of the resources we have on our website.