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Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Year 1 – Saint Joseph


(Updated Autumn 2018)

The Year 1 Team

Mrs Green is the class teacher Tuesday to Friday and Mrs Collins will teach the class every Monday. Miss Arthur is our full time teaching assistant. .

Miss Murphy is a final year teaching student from UWE. She will be teaching some lessons throughout Term 2 and returning in Term 4 for her final teaching placement.

If you are interested in volunteer work, hearing children read or helping to prepare resources or displays, we would welcome you to join our team!

Class information

I am sure your child will have lots to tell you about their new class, but here are a few things you may not have been told yet:

PE Kits

PE sessions are twice a week but labelled PE kits should be left in school in a named drawstring bag as timetables sometimes need to be altered. We will send them home at the end of term, unless they get dirty before then.


Homework will consist of daily reading, spellings, word pot/high frequency words and number bonds practice.

Children are encouraged to reread their books to build fluency and to talk about their reading to improve comprehension skills. Children may then go on to read their own books to help foster an enjoyment of reading. Please record this in your child’s yellow reading record book in the usual way.

Each term, we will also send home details of a longer homework project linked to our learning in class.

Please let Mrs Green, or one of the Year 1 team, know if you would like any support or advice regarding homework.


Your child's yellow reading record and school reading books will be collected in, checked and changed once a week (based on written comments in yellow books). Your child should bring their book bag to school every day (no rucksacks please) so that they can be heard regularly in school too. A formal 'book check' is made at the end of each short term but your child may also move book levels as part of our ongoing assessments.


In maths this term, we will focus on number formation, learning addition and subtraction facts to ten and counting in steps of ones and tens to 100. The children practise recall of these number facts daily in class and are awarded bronze, silver and gold awards for their achievements. 

Outdoor Learning

We will be doing outdoor learning  throughout the year. Wellingtons can be stored on the pegs provided outside the classroom but, due to limited space, outdoor learning clothing should only be brought in as needed. A reminder will be sent out nearer the time.

Curriculum Overview (Autumn Term)


We are learning to: recall number bond pairs to 10; work out corresponding subtraction facts; recall ‘doubles’ to at least 10; count on or back in ones, twos and tens.

Our learning will cover:

  • Shape
  • Place value
  • Calculation
  • Measure
  • Data handling
  • Known facts


  • Tale of quest - ‘Mr Gumpy’s Outing’ by Jon Burningham
  • Non chronological report - ‘Chickens’
  • Nonsense Poetry - ‘Ning Nang Nong’ by Spike Milligan
  • Finding Tale - ‘This Is Not My Hat’ by Jon Klassen
  • Discussion text – ‘Should the little fish have taken the hat?’
  • Patterned poetry – ‘Winter Walk’ by Wendy Larmont


‘Everyday Materials’

  • Identifying common materials
  • Describing the properties of materials
  • Explaining why some materials suit certain uses
  • Testing the properties of materials



  • Keeping safe online

Impact of Technology

  • Recognise common uses of technology at school and at home

Creative Topic Work

 ‘Time Travellers’

 In Term 1, we will learn about similarities and differences between toys today and toys in the past and the concepts of ‘old’ and ‘new’. The children will be encouraged to think about the changes in their own lives and in those of their family or adults around them.

 In Term 2, we will look at similarities and differences between homes today and homes in the past. Features of buildings, household objects and stories about home life will enable children to develop criteria to distinguish old from new, and to learn about life at a time beyond living memory.


‘Paintings Of Children’

  • Sketching, drawing and painting
  • Primary and secondary colours
  • Famous artists - e.g. William Hogarth and Pieter Bruegel

Design Technology

‘Toys’ – Cutting, sticking and joining

  • Sock puppets/hobby horses
  • Thaumatropes


Christmas crafts


Charanga Music – ‘Hey You!’

  • Listening and appraising
  • Musical activities
  • Performing and sharing


KS1 Nativity

  • Learning and performing songs


Building our vocabulary:

  • Greetings
  • Numbers to 10
  • Colours


PSHE - Jigsaw

(In combination with weekly SEAL assemblies and Forest school)

‘Being Me In My World’

  • Feeling special and safe
  • Belonging to my class
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Rewards and feeling proud
  • Consequences
  • Owning our learning charter

‘Celebrating Difference’

  • Boys and girls (stereotypes)
  • Why does bullying happen?
  • Standing up for myself and others
  • Making a new friend
  • Celebrating differences and still being friends


 ‘God’s Great Plan’

  • Exploring the wonders of God’s world
  • The creation story
  • Reflecting on the knowledge that God made us because he loves us
  • Understanding our responsibility to look after God’s world
  • Learning about God’s promise and hope

 ‘Mary, Mother of God’

  • Learning that Mary is our Mother too and reflecting on how she looks after us
  • Sequencing the events of the Christmas story
  • Preparing to celebrate Jesus’s birthday


  • Parachute Games & Team building
  • Fundamentals - Running, jumping, hopping and landing
  • Dance – Toys
  • Ball skills and games – throwing, catching and aiming

Outdoor Learning

  • Communication and team building games
  • Signs of Autumn
  • Nature art
  • Cross curricular outdoor learning

If you have any questions about the curriculum, or just want to come in and see what we've been doing, do let us know. We are available most days after all of the children have been collected. Overviews of curriculum to be covered each term can also be found in the attachments below. Our class gallery is updated most weeks too, so please take a look.

I look forward to meeting with you soon.

Mrs Green

and the Year 1 Team