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Welcome to

St. Michael & St. Martin

Catholic Primary School

Learning our faith, living our faith, loving our faith

Year 1


Welcome to Year 1

Our Teachers are:

Mrs Ward (1W)

Ms Coleman (1C)


Our Teaching Assistants are:

Ms Reddy and Mrs Bowman


Welcome back to school to all of our Year 1 children and parents! The children have come back enthusiastic and ready to learn for the Spring term.


Religious Education

Our topic this half term is called ‘Being a Sacramental People’. We will begin to explore where we find God now.


After half term the focus is on ‘Lent to Easter’. The children will become familiar with how the Church celebrates Easter, as well as recall some of the key dates and events that happen during this period.



The children will explore information texts and the key features to help them understand non-fiction books. We will also be reading ‘Where the Wild Things Are’, which will help to open up their imagination. The children will be encouraged to use adjectives and expanded nouns in their writing for description. After half term our power of reading texts are called ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and ‘The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark’. The children will look at a variety of poetry genres, as well as learning and reciting poems off by heart.



In Maths, we began the year by consolidating their understanding of numbers 0-10. We will now focus on their numbers to 50, whereby they will be reading and writing them in numbers and words, recognising their value using tens and ones, ordering numbers and comparing numbers. They will apply the methods learnt for addition and subtraction with larger numbers and become confident with solving word problems. The children will need to continue practising their times tables as they will be counting in multiples of 2, 5 and 10 and applying this knowledge to solve problems. Measurement, including length, height, weight and volume will also be explored this term.



Our Science topic is ‘Plants’ and ‘Seasonal Changes’. The children will be able to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including deciduous and evergreen trees. They will observe how plants grow over time and identify the parts of the plant as it is growing. The basic structure of plants and trees will also be taught. The children must observe changes across the 4 seasons and describe the types of weather associated with the seasons.



Our Geography topic is ‘Seasonal Changes and Weather’ which also correlates with our topic in Science. The children will identify seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom and the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator and the North and South Poles.



Our topic in History is ‘The Great Fire of London. The children will discuss the event and place it in chronological order with other events studied. We will focus on Samuel Pepys and look at why it was so hard to put the fire oout.



Each week we have an Achievement Assembly and a Gospel Assembly for the children. KS1 class assemblies will commence in the Spring Term.



At St Michael and St Martins School we have extremely high standards for behaviour that we expect the children to demonstrate at all times, both in class and whilst playing in the playground.

The children in Year 1 are all aware of our school and class rules. On the first day in Year 1, we all contributed in writing our ‘Golden Rules’. We know that by following the rules our school will be a happy place to learn.

Working together with parents and guardians plays a large part in ensuring there are good relationships and standards of behaviour in school.


General Reminders

  • Bookbags are sent home every day with class books and their scheme books are changed every Tuesday and Friday. On the other days, the children will take home a free choice book. Please ensure that your child’s book bag is in school each day and that their reading records are signed for scheme Books each week. Please do not sign for free choice books.
  • RE Homework is set every Friday and must be completed by the following Thursday. 
  • PE takes place every Tuesday morning. Please ensure that your child comes to school in full PE kit in school on this day. All items of uniform must also be named.
  • Please ensure that your child brings in a named bottle of water every day.

Thank you for your continuing support.