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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 smiley


This year, your Teachers and TAs are:

1S - Mrs Smith and Mrs Watras.

1D - Mrs Davies and  Mrs Hubbard

1O - Mrs Obende, Mrs Lochowska (Monday & Tuesday) and Mrs Cantwell (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)



In Year 1 we will usually set homework every Friday, (linked to our learning), and expect it to be handed in by the following Wednesday. 


We want the children to develop a love of reading as it supports your child's imagination, creativity and learning across the whole curriculum. Therefore, reading for up 10 minutes each evening, for up to 5 evenings per week, will be expected as part of your child's weekly homework.


Children in Year 1 will bring home two books - one for enjoyment which is intended to be shared with their family (changed on a Friday) and a book which will allow them to practise their phonics skills. Please ensure you listen to your child read, as well as reading to them, ask them questions about the book and sign their Reading Record.


There is a continued daily focus on phonics. In June 2020 your child will take part in the Government Phonics Screening Check.


Thank you for your support


The Year One Team

Year 1 Attitudes and Dispositions

Year 1 Spelling List
the come are your go push
a some were they so pull
do one was be by full 
to once is he my house
today ask his me here our
of  friend has she there  
said school I we where  
says put you no love  


Our learning week beginning 10th February 2020

In English the children will be planning Traction Man's next adventure (Who? What? When? Where?) and then writing about it. The focus will be correctly punctuated sentences, using adjectives and conjunctions in our writing.


During our Maths lessons we will be revisiting the areas we have covered this half term.


In RE we will continue with our topic of Special Meals.The children will learn about the Preparation of the Gifts of bread and wine at Mass. We will also read and discuss the story of the Last Supper from Luke's Gospel. 


In Science/DT the children will test their boats for Traction Man to see if they float and are waterproof.



In PE the children will continue to learn how to carry the apparatus safely and sensibly. They will explore travelling around and on a variety of apparatus, learning to land safely.


This week is Safer Internet Day 11th February 2020 and this will be a focus for us.








1S Liturgy on Special People February 2020

Visit from an Altar Server

In our RE lessons we have been learning about Special People at home, in school and at church. A past pupil came to visit us and tell us about his role as an Altar Server at St Thomas'. He explained his training, how he helps Father Brian and Father Paul, his duties and what he wears. We were very interested in learning about being an Altar Server.

Visit from an Altar Server 31.1.2020

Reading Workshop 12th December 2019

We were pleased to welcome over 40 parents and grandparents to our Reading Workshop across the Year 1. Parents watched a short presentation explaining the expectations of the National Curriculum, Reading we do on a daily basis at St Thomas' and what they can do at home to support their child. We read a short book followed by parents having the opportunity to work with their children to complete activities around the story. The children were delighted to work with their parents to find out facts about reindeer, play board games, complete a quiz and sequence events in the story. Thank you for your support and your positive feedback.

Reading Workshop December 2019

Essex Wildlife Trust visit on the 8.11.19

1S Liturgy on Families

Science Sense Detectives Investigation