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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 1 Autumn 1 

Phonics Scheme

 “We Respect, We Value, We Share

Please click here to view the Welcome to Year 1 Powerpoint presentation.

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 settled 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!

We thought it would be useful to tell you about some of the things that we do in Year 1 and how you can best support your child. We will also be offering parents information sessions on Wednesday 25th September (9.00am-9.30am or 5.00pm-5.30pm). These are designed to help inform you a little more about what will be happening this year and how you can support your child. Your involvement and interest in your child’s education is most welcome and encouraged.

Thank you for all of the effort which has gone into preparing your child for the start of the new term. We will do our best to support your children 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 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 school holiday to be washed.

HomeworkMaths: The Learning Plan which you will receive will highlight the maths targets we are working on. The homework will follow on from the lessons taught in school and is designed to consolidate learning and build confidence and speedSpellings: On the back of the topic planner you will find a list of words which children are expected to be able to read and write by the end of year 1. Initially homework will focus upon phonics practice, however as the year moves on we will move onto spelling practice 

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 as they begin to recognise more words.

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 the Reading Diary when 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

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.


Christmas production: Later in the term Years 1 & 2 will be performing their Christmas production, we know that every parent wants to attend these special events so here is an early date for your diary, the 10th of December at 9.15am and 2.30pm. More details to follow later in the term.

Year 1 Staffing:

Teacher: Mrs Cox
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Devine & Mrs Armstrong

Thank you for your continued support and should you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate in contacting us.


Mrs Cox, Mrs Armstrong & Mrs Devine