St. Mary´s CE (A) First School

Learning to love, loving to learn

Welcome to Bears!  

The Teacher is Miss Clarke.  There are two Teaching Assistants - Mrs Hobbs will support learning in the morning and Mrs Lewis in the afternoon.  The children are in Year 1 and will enjoy lots of opportunities to learn and play, both outside and inside. As we settle back into life at St Mary’s after the last few months, we will support the children to become independent learners and develop their personal and social skills. We will make sure we look after each other and be aware of our safety and our well-being. We love to be kind and helpful, just like the Good Samaritan.


Children are expected to read regularly at home with an adult.  Our class target is to read two book every week. Please ask your child questions about what they have read and encourage them to make predictions about what might happen. Please sign the Reading Diaries to show teachers that the children have read their books.  

Book change days

Monday: Green group

Tuesday: Red Group

Wednesday: Blue Group

Thursday: Purple Group

Friday: Orange Group


At St Mary's we teach maths through the Power Maths scheme of work. Instant recall of number facts is an important part of being a good mathematician, so each term we focus on a KIRF target (Key Instant Recall Facts). The children need to practise these facts regularly so they can answer them each within a 6 second time frame without using their fingers to calculate. Each week they will be given a timed test on these number facts; the tests are sent home so that they can show you their results and complete extra practice if necessary. 


Autumn 1 Target: Number bonds to 6

KIRF Test: All groups on Friday


TT (Times Table)Rockstars

It is the government's expectation that by the end of Year 4 the children can recall all their times table facts to x12, and recall them within 6 seconds. By the end of Year one, the children need to be able to count forwards and backwards in 2s, 5s, and 10s. Many children will also start to be able to recall some multiplication and division facts for these times tables. 

TT Rockstars (TimesTable Rockstars) is a fun way to practise timestables. Teachers can set the Garage mode so the children only have to practise the times tables they are working on in class. In the game, the children can collect points to "buy" accessories for their TT Rockstars character.



The children learn 5 spellings each week in their spelling booklet. If two or more spellings are spelt incorrectly on test days, they must stay on this set before they move on. For every set they complete, they can colour part of the picture at the back of the spelling booklet.

Monday: Green Group

Thursday: Red and Blue Groups

Friday: Purple and Orange Groups


Autumn 1 Curriculum

History: Toys and how they have changed over time
Geography: Weather patterns
Art: Piet Mondrian and Andy Warhol
DT:  Designing and making a Victorian toy
RE: God and the People of God
Science: Seasons
PSHE: Me and my school
English: Text 'Albert le Blanc' by Nick Butterworth
English Targets: To use capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. To form lower case letters correctly. To hold a pencil with a tripod grip.
PE: Monday and Wednesday (please come to school in PE kit)

Playtime Toast Sales: If your child would like toast at playtime please send £1 in an envelope on Monday, which will cover the cost of toast for one week.