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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- Miss Yates

Teaching Assistant- Miss Fegan




Welcome to Year 1!


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 of ‘Night’, in spring we will focus upon ‘Explorers’ and in summer we will explore the ‘The Seaside’.


The children will be reading and exploring a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts. These will be used to develop sentence structure, grammar and punctuation and spellings. Children will also use the narrative texts to explore story structure and help them to retell and write their own stories.


At the start of Year 1 we review Phonics from reception based on their prior knowledge and then move onto Phase 4 and 5 from the Letters and Sounds strategy. This 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. We will all take part in the 99 Club Challenge weekly, starting on the 11 club and aiming to get to the 33 club by the end of the year. This will occasionally be sent home as homework to help children practise. Can you complete it in 4 minutes?


Year 1 have also been looking at ostinatos in music, which are repeated patterns. We composed out own piece of music based on Igor Stavinski’s “Firebird”, using drums, stomping feet, clapping hands and our own voices! Can you make up an ostinato at home?

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