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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


Year One 2019- 20

Class Teacher- Miss Yates

Teaching Assistant- Miss Gittings



Our class text this term is ‘Handa’s Surprise’ which is a book written by Eileen Browne. We will use this text to form the basis of most of our English lessons. We will also be working on spelling, punctuation and grammar. There will be a key focus on reading and phonics. Please make sure that your children read every day and that they complete all the homework that is set. Reading is the best way to learn the stories from the Bible.



In maths, Year 1 will develop an understanding of place value, numbers to 20, numbers to 50 and comparing amounts. They will have the opportunity to do this using a variety practical resources in different engaging ways. We will also take part in the 99 Club Challenge every week to help prepare us for multiplications. 



This term the children will be looking at ‘Animals Including Human’. We will identify different body parts and their uses. We will also identify feature of animals and put them into categories. We will thank God for making us all unique and for all of the parts that makes mankind special.



This term the children will be learning about ‘Our Common Home’. We will learn about the different continents and countries on our planet. We will be able to identify key features of each continent and use Geographical Terminology to describe the world we share with each other. We will identify our differences but still follow Jesus’ teachings, and show love.



This term the children will be learning about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We will learn about the tools they used to use. 



Your child will be having PE on a Friday, focusing this term on invasion games and multi-skills. Your child will need to have the correct PE kit in school.



The key focus will be to ‘listen and respond’ to music from a variety of composers. We will identify the different instruments used and how the music makes us feel. We will experience Christmas music and hymns to celebrate the birth of Jesus.



This term the children will be following the topic ‘Being In My World’. We will practice mindfulness and appreciate ourselves and all of God’s creation.






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