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St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Primary School

St Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Primary School

Year 1

Welcome to our Year 1 Class Page!

Teachers: Mrs Newson & Mrs Wilson

Welcome to Year One, where we love to learn new and exciting things! We always try our best in all that we do and are continuing to develop our independence skills. In our class we are working hard to develop important learning skills such as listening and thinking to help us build our phonic knowledge, reading, writing, spelling, and counting.

In Year 1, we are on the path to success! To help us we are trying hard to follow the secrets to success which are: to understand others, imagine, work hard, never give up, try new things, push ourselves and improve. We believe that if we can work at these, we can truly become the best that we can be.  

Most importantly however, everything we do we do with our school motto in mind; ‘To Live in Love’ and we follow St Therese’s ‘Little Ways’: to do the small things with great love. We enjoy gathering together in prayer each day to thank God for our many blessing and talents that we share in our class.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to speak to any one of our Year 1 team, we will be more than happy to help! 

Autumn Term

Memory Box

Our topic for this term in Year 1 is Memory Box. We will be focusing on the children's own memories from being a baby and learning to crawl to recalling their favourite toy or book. Also, recalling  memories of special occasions by looking at family photos and making a special memory box to keep their special things. This topic covers all areas of the curriculum and will emphasise how memories are so special to each individual  but also through learning we will make some new memories!

Year Group Expectations

These links provide information for parents and carers on the end of year expectations for children in our school.  The National Curriculum outlines these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress.




Useful Links 

Letters and Sounds is a website that has lots of games to practice phonic skills and has information about phonics for parents.

Phonics Play is a useful website for practicing phonics games. We use this in class so the children will be familiar with the game. 

BBC Bitesize has a range of games for Literacy and Maths. 


Homework & Reading 

In Key Stage 1, we send home a half termly ‘Homework Menu’ which is linked to our topic. It is up to you and your child how many tasks you wish to complete; maybe you want to do one in detail (as a large main course), or try a few if you’ve got a big appetite for homework (starters and dessert!). They can be handed in as and when you complete them over the course of the half term. They will be shared with the class and displayed as part of our topic work. 

Listening to stories with your child and regular support with their reading book is very important, thank you for your continued support. The children will be sent home a new book every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  On a Friday there will also be a piece of homework to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday, either a piece of English or Maths to consolidate what the children have learnt in school that week. 


Equipment for Year 1

Pupils will need...

Indoor and outdoor PE kit (see website for details). We have PE every Tuesday and Thursday.

Book bag with reading book and record. 

A clean, freshly filled water bottle.


Useful Videos

Here are some links to some songs we practise often in our class for you to try at home!