St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic
Primary School

Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 class page. The class teacher is Mrs Fuller


PE is on Wednesday afternoons - please remember to bring PE kits to school on a Wednesday. Please can your child leave their PE kit at school unless they need to take it home for a wash.

Mondays are covered by Mrs Workman.

The teaching assistant working in Year 1 is Mrs Andrews.


 Please ensure your child has their book bag in school every day. They will have 3 books in their book bag

1 - Guided reading book - this book will be a new text for you to read with your child and will be changed weekly

2 - Read Write Inc book - this book is one that is really familiar to your child and will be changed when your child has finished reading it in their  RWI group.

3 - Library or class book - this is a book chosen by your child, if is a book for you to share with your child and will be changed weekly.

Please aim to read at least 5 times a week with your child and record this in their reading record. You can record any book your child reads, it does not need to be one of the books that is in their book bag, it could be one of their favourite books from home.


As well as reading your child will have weekly spellings and maths to complete. The maths will be linked to our number clubs which we will complete in class, this is an opportunity for your child to develop their basic addition and subtraction skills.  

 Phonics Screening 

In Year 1 your child will be assessed on their ability to segment and blend using the phonics that have been taught in school. They will need to read a range of both real and pseudo (alien) words.

 Our topics for the year are: 

Term 1 - What makes me, me?

Term 2 - Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night?

Terms 3 - What's in the toy box?

Term 4 - Monarch for a day.

Term 5 - Handa's surprise

Term 6 - What makes Bristol special?


 Term One - What makes me, me?

 In this topic we will learn more about each other's families and who we live with. We will learn about different kinds of animals, their habitats and their diets. We will also learn more about our bodies and our senses. As Geographers we will learn how to use a map to find the 4 countries and capitals of the United Kingdom. In Art we will be building up our sketching skills, drawing self-portraits. With Mrs Workman we will junk model, working on our construction skills. 

 Term 2 - Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night?

 In this topic we will explore Bonfire Night and how and why we might celebrate it. As Historians we will explore sources from the past to help us with our learning. We will develop our Art skills and use colour mixing to create Bonfire-themed art work. 

 Term 3 - What’s in the toy box?

In this topic we will explore the book What’s in the Toy Box through drama and role play. We will develop our history skills by looking at toys in the past and how they have changed over time. In Science we will look at materials and the properties of materials.

 Term 4 - Monarch for a day.

In this topic we will explore what being a monarch is like. We will explore a few of our significant British monarchs. Our class text will be The Queen’s Hat.

 Term 5 - Handa’s Surprise

This term our class text will be Handa’s Surprise. We will learn a makaton version of Handa’s Surprise. We will also develop our map skills learning how to use a key and making our own ‘Journey to School’ maps. We will explore Fishponds and contrast it with an area in Kenya, exploring physical features. 

 Term 6 - What makes Bristol special?

We will explore what makes Bristol so special. We will investigate Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his contributions to Bristol: the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain eventually creating our Bristol fact files.

Year 1 2021-2022



Our learning in Term 2




Our Learning in Term 3






Our Learning in Term 4





Resilience - we started this term with a challenge to test our resilience. We worked in pairs to try standing up whilst our arms were linked together.


In maths we used cubes to learn about making groups. How many groups of 2 can you see?

How many groups of 3?

We used 2D shapes to make our own pictures and also had a go at copying some examples.


We also challenged ourselves to make 3D shapes using only lolly sticks and blu tack.


And in art we created a tree showing the four seasons.