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St Columba’s is a Catholic school with Christ’s teachings of love, peace and justice at the heart of all we do



Class Teacher- Mrs McGovern

Teaching Assistant- Miss Gittings


Year 1 are a hardworking, energetic class who love to learn new and exciting things!

Year 1 will be working hard this year and having lots of exciting learning journeys based on three main themes across the year.  In autumn we will be looking at the topic Superheroes, in spring we will focus upon Paws, Claws and Whiskers and in summer we will explore the topic of Enchanted Forest.

This term in English Year 1 will be focusing upon our first class text ‘Whatever Next’ by Jill Murphy.  We will also look at the text ‘How to catch a star’ by Oliver Jeffers. The children will be using the text to develop sentence structure, grammar and punctuation and spellings and use the story to explore story structure and help them to retell the story.


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The children in Year 1 will begin the term by reviewing Phonics from reception based on their prior knowledge and will then move onto Phase 4 from the Letters and Sounds strategy which will teach children to consolidate their previous learning and enable them to segment words for reading and spelling with fluency.


In Maths we will begin the term looking at place value concentrating on counting forwards and backwards and forming numbers accurately before moving onto addition and subtraction.


Year 1 have begun lots of exciting learning based around our topic of Superheroes.  We have explored what superheroes in everyday life are and thoroughly enjoyed our superhero afternoon.  We have also met a real life superhero, PC McAleenan, who came into school to talk to the children about his role and how we can stay safe.



Year 1 Reading List

Phonics Websites

Reading eggs

Your child has been given a username and password for Reading Eggs; this is stuck in the front of their reading record (please let me know if you need a new one), Children are able to read books online which will earn them points!

Maths Websites