Year 1 | St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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 This mailbox will be monitored by Year 1 staff for any school work related queries.

Class Teacher: Mrs Simmons

Teaching Assistant: Miss Lawrie


Phonics / Reading

 Please click the link below to learn more about our new phonics scheme Early reading | Court Farm Primary School.

This half term we will be working through Year 1 Autumn 1 where we will do the Phase 3/4 review before beginning new teaching with Phase 5. You can view this on the document through the Little Wandle websit For parents | Letters and Sounds.

The decodable books that children read with an adult in class, will be set online through the Collins Big Cat website. The texts that they are reading in school, can be accessed online through a phone, tablet or computer so that they can read at home. Click here to go to the Collins Big Cat ebooks website. If you need another copy of your child's log in details for the website, please ask the Year 1 staff.

If you are unable to access the books online, or would still like your child to have a physical copy of the book then it can be arranged that they are sent home, however, they must be returned in pristine condition and on time to allow other groups to conduct reading sessions in school.

Home readers and Big Cat ECollins books will be set on

Home readers must be returned the following .

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure.

The home reader is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters, explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun! 

Please write a comment in your child's reading record to let us know how they read and if they enjoyed the book. 



Year 1 will continue working on the Mastering Number programme this academic year. 

Children will explore the relationships between numbers and patterns to help build their confidence with number. The short sessions are engaging and often use clips from the popular show Numberblocks.

The videos can be accessed through YouTube and are a fun and useful tool to support learning in maths at home. 

We follow White Rose Maths and our first focus in the Autumn  term will be Place Value within 10, before we move on to Addition and Subtraction within 10 then Geometry. Click here to check out the scheme of learning.




We have a very exciting term ahead with lots of fun learning opportunities. We use Curriculum Maestro 

Our first topic is called Childhood. This project teaches children about everyday life and families today, including comparisons with childhood in the 1950s, using artefacts and a range of different sources.

Click here to check our knowledge organiser.



We have PE on and

Please ensure your child has a white polo shirt, black shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms and black pumps/trainers.


Set on due on

Could book bags please be brought in on a Thursday with homework and home readers, to allow new homework and books to be sent out.

The Collins Big Cat books that link to our Little Wandle phonics scheme will also be set online each week. 



Spelling tests take place every

 Spellings will be sent home each week. They are based on the phonics teaching that has taken place that week. 

Please practice these and the common exception words below with your child.

 You can find the Autumn 1 spelling lists at the bottom of the page.


Useful websites Online support for parents to familiarise yourself with our new phonics scheme. Use your child's login to access lots of ebooks. Games to support children's learning.  - Lots of maths games for all ages. Phonics and reading games. Full of videos and activities to support learning in all subjects. Quizzes, shows, games, puzzles, singalongs and story times. Useful website to find out facts about animals, science, history and geography. Lots of mathematical games and brainteasers. 

Year 1 Autumn 1 spelling lists