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St Mary's R.C. Primary School


Hemming Drive, Manchester, Lancashire M30 0FJ


01617 894532


Year 1

Topic & Themes for the Year Summer 2  

Phonics Scheme


“We Respect, We Value, We Share

Year 1 have had a busy and productive first term and have settled really well into the Year 1 routine.

We have been on an Autumn hunt, finding leaves with changing colours, acorns and conkers, whilst learning all about the four different seasons.

During Well-being week we enjoyed learning some African dancing with the awesome Border Moves, and discovering how to relax using Mindfulness. 

Our Teachers are really proud of our hard work during Maths and have told us we have some great mathematical skills!




Welcome to Year 1 and the start of an exciting new school year! We hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday. We have had a great start so far this term and we are enjoying getting to know your lovely children. They have all began to settle into their new class quickly and we hope they are looking forward to a successful year ahead of them filled with challenge and fun, we certainly are!



Thank you for all of the effort which has gone into preparing your child for the start of the new term. We will encourage them to look after all of their belongings and return home with the things they came with! Please help us with this by ensuring that all items of school uniform and belongings are clearly labelled with your child’s name; this also includes coats, PE kits, shoes and water bottles. We also hope that you will continue to support the school policy by removing earrings from your child before sending them to school.



The children will do PE on Mondays and Wednesdays.  Please ensure that your child has a full kit (white T-Shirt, blue/black shorts and pumps) in school at all times.  They will be returned home each holiday to be washed.




Maths: Following the information meeting on Wednesday the 26th September, we will introduce online maths homework. The homework will link to the lessons taught in school.


Spellings: On the back of the topic planner you will find homework which helps the children learn how to spell several words. These words are taken from a list of words which children are expected to know by the end of the year.


Library Books

Each week, on Friday, the children will choose a library book to bring home. Please make sure they bring their book back each week so that they can pick a new one.


Reading Books

Please aim to read every night with your child. Reading for 5-10 minutes a day, frequently, is the most effective way to build their reading confidence. Please note that for early readers it is also important to ask your child to re-read the same book as this helps them to build self-esteem and enjoyment.


In school their books will usually be changed twice a week providing that you have signed your child’s Reading Diary and also that your child is confident in reading their book. Please make sure that your child brings their book to school, in their reading folder, every day.


Please could we remind you to record in their Reading Diary what your child has read along with any other comments you wish to add. Please don’t be afraid to come in and talk to us if you need any advice in supporting your child’s reading.


Collecting & dropping off children

School doors open - 8.45

Registration – 8.55

Home time – 3.20pm


Please can we politely ask for safety reasons that your child stays with you in the mornings and does not play with the Foundation Stage play equipment.


In order to keep the children safe it is essential that we are informed if an adult other than the usual person is collecting your child from school. Please let us know in the morning or phone the office to let us know of any changes, otherwise we are unable to send a child home until we have contacted parents to confirm the arrangements. We will also continue to use the passwords you allocated in Reception.


Year 1 Staffing:


Teachers:  Mrs Cox – Mon-Fri

                   Miss Greenhalgh - Mon-Fri


Teaching Assistant: Mrs Corbett Tue-Fri


Thank you for your continued support, and should you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate in contacting us. We look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks.



Mrs Cox, Miss Greenhalgh and Mrs Corbett