St. Mary´s CE (A) First School

Learning to love, loving to learn

Welcome to Zebras!  

The Teacher is Mrs Herrod and the Teaching Assistant is Mrs Owen. Mrs Foster will also support learning in the morning and Miss Bettney in the afternoon.  Some children are in Year 1 and some children are in Year 2.

The children in Year 1 will follow the Year 1 curriculum objectives and their learning will be the same as their friends in the Bears' class. They will enjoy lots of opportunities to learn and play, both outside and inside.

The children in Year 2 will follow the Year 2 curriculum objectives and their learning will be the same as their friends in the Tigers' class.  They will be developing their skills throughout the year, to enable them to be ready for Key Stage 2.

All Year 1 and Year 2 children are in Key Stage 1, and they follow a two year rolling topic plan. This means that no-one in the key stage learns about the same thing twice, regardless of what class they are in.


Children are expected to read every night 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 day: Wednesday


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. 


Year 1 Autumn 1 Target: Number bonds to 6

Year 2 Autumn 1 Target: Number bonds to 20

KIRF Test: Monday ( Tests will be sent home on the Spelling Test day so you can see how they have done and help them with areas they are finding difficult.)


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. At the end of the year 2, the children will need to be able to recall multiplication and division facts for the x2, x5 and x10 tables without using their fingers to calculate. 

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: Blues

Tuesday: Green

Thursday: Orange and Reds

Friday: Yellows


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.