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Watkin Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 4NP

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Our Lady's Catholic Academy

Together in faith, hope and love.

Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 class!

The Year 1 class is a vibrant, busy learning environment where all children are valued and a place where high expectations are embedded to ensure all pupils reach their maximum potential. Children will be working alongside Miss Wilton, Mrs Atton and Miss MacKirdy.

Children are expected to be as independent as possible by taking responsibility for; handing in homework, changing their independent reading book correctly, placing their toast money in the basket and taking care of their own P.E kit and school jumper. This will encourage and enable them to take responsibility for their own learning and the choices that they make as they move through the school and their day to day life.

Our daily routine consists of four or five lessons per day. We begin the morning with a prayer and the daily calendar so that the children know the structure of each day. The children then take part in a one hour English lesson, a twenty minute phonics lesson, a twenty minute SPAG (Spelling, grammar and punctuation) lesson and an hour of Maths however some mornings will also include; Guided reading, independent reading, Mass, Assembly, Music or handwriting. The afternoon lessons vary in: Topic, Computing, Science, PSHE, Religious Education and Physical Education.

It is a very busy classroom!




This term our topic is Globe Trotters'' we will be learning about the different continents of the world. The children will be asked to research each area of the world and share their new learning with the class. This will allow the children to consolidate their understanding and knowledge which in turn will enable them to write independently during the English lesson.



We are currently looking at instruction writing in English, such as 'How to trap a dragon' or 'How to make cup cakes'. Children are learning how to write sentences in the format of instructions. The children are taught how to write in different styles, learning many different techniques along the way.



Please could all children practise number bonds to 10 and then to 20. Children should be able to immediately recall two numbers that add up to 10 and then to 20 E.g. 7 + 3 =10, 8 + 2 = 10, 11 + 9 = 20, 2 + 18 =20.  Additionally by the end of the year children should be able to give the answer to any addition and subtraction sum to 20 mentally.


Reading and Handwriting

Please could you read every night for at least ten minutes.  Children are allowed to swap their independent reading book twice a week if they have read with an adult and their reading is fluent with a good understanding of the text. Please fill out the reading diary and share your comments with us - E.g. if your child is fluent with their book and can answer questions about the text so we can try to read with them to change it earlier than usual. Reading bags also need to bought into school every-day as the children are read with most days.

 Please ensure that the cursive handwriting script is used when your child is writing out the spellings they need to practise. The handwriting is improving however in year 1 we still need much more practise to ensure that the presentation of our work meets the expected end of Year 1 requirement. All of your help and support is always greatly appreciated.


Home learning

Home learning is given out on a Thursday and is asked to be given in the following Tuesday. The home learning normally extends what your child has been learning about during the week or they may be asked to complete a research project which will support their learning for the following week. The children enjoy sharing their new learning with you but it also has a huge impact on your child’s development.   

Children will be given spellings every Monday to be tested on the Friday of the same week. This helps the children to extend their writing and meet the expected requirement for year 1. Many of these words are not phonetically decoded and therefore the children will need to learn to both read and spell these words.


Toast money

Toast, crumpets, teacakes and juice are available to children for a morning snack. The maximum amount of money your child will need each day is 55p, this will allow them to buy a snack and a drink. Taking responsibility for their own money is part of the development in year 1 so we ask if parents can provide a secure purse every-day to ensure the money is safe and that any change given can be returned at the end of each day. Alternatively you can provide a healthy snack e.g. fruit for your child to eat during the morning break. To ensure we are following the healthy eating policy we try to deter from snacks such as crisps, chocolate and sweets. 


Physical education

This term is PE children will be learning net and wall games where the children will enjoy a variety of team building exercises! Children need a full P.E kit consisting of shorts, T-shirt and a pair of black pumps which adhere to the school uniform policy. Earrings and any other jewellery cannot be worn during the P.E session therefore it is greatly appreciated if parents could take earrings out before arriving to school, this will also ensure that jewellery is not lost.



Our trip this term is to Manchester Airport Runway Visitors Park which relates to our topic of 'Globe Trotters'. The children will enjoy an exciting day learning about how they can travel around the world and all the different parts of an air craft. Children will also get to watch the aeroplanes landing as well as role playing in the different jobs roles within the travel industry. We also have the fantastic opportunity to explore inside a real air craft!


Further details about the exciting things we are getting up to in year 1 can be found in the file below.

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