Welcome to Year 1's class page! Here you can find information about what we are learning about and general information about your class. 

If you need to contact your class teacher about anything please email them - 

1G: Miss Guidon - k.guidon@st-clares.manchester.sch.uk

1D: Miss Dodman - l.dodman@st-clares.manchester.sch.uk


Curriculum Overview:

Y1 Spring 2 Overview

Y1 Spring 1 Overview

Y1 Autumn 2 Overview

Year 1 Overview Aut 1

Meet the teacher


PE days: 

1G -  Tuesday and Thursday.

1D - Tuesday  and Wednesday.


We ask that your child has a plain white t-shirt, black shorts (jogging bottoms in the colder weather) and suitable footwear. Children are to come to school wearing their PE kits on their PE day.


Reading Books:

In the words of Dr Seuss ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go’

Reading is vital for your child’s development, so we naturally want to promote a love of reading here at St Clare’s. Your child will have opportunities to read in school, but we need your support too and we ask that your child reads daily at home. Your child will be able to change their shared reading books daily, providing their reading record is signed. RWI books will be changed every Thursday, so please ensure that reading books are brought into school each day.



Literacy and Maths homework is sent home every Friday and should be brought back no later than the following Wednesday so that we have time to stick in the new homework. We do understand that there may be occasions where this may be late. Please just let us know in advance as we are happy to re-arrange on the odd occasion. Spellings will be sent home each Friday for your child to practise at home for the Spelling Test on the following Friday!



Summer 1 

Year 1 Summer 1 Spellings

Spring 1 

Year 1 Spellings Spring 1

Spring 2

Spelling spring 2 overview



Year 1 have been very busy lately! We have had fun at forest schools in our lovely outdoor learning area. We have taken part in a Chinese dance workshop, where we learned a whole routine to celebrate Chinese New Year. In Science we were investigating which materials float or sank. Finally, in our Design and Technology lessons, we made our own windmills with a moving part. After lots of designing, creating and problem solving, we invited our grown ups in to show them what we had created. 


Take a look at our pictures below!



What have we been doing this week?


Over the last few weeks, Year 1 has been working hard to prepare for their Christmas show. The children have been fantastic at learning their lines and we cannot wait to see them perform for parents later this week. In our English lessons, we have been writing letters to Sprinkles the Elf and the big man himself, Father Christmas! As a result, we have had visits from the naughty elves who have been causing mischief in our classrooms! 

In Maths, we have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes and their properties. During our Science lessons, we have been investigating different materials and deciding which would be the best for The three little pigs to use in their houses. In History, we have been looking at old and new toys and how they have changed over time. We have even designed some of our own futuristic toys. As you can see, we have been extremely busy! 




Week 6

This week in Maths, we have been learning all about part whole models and the addition fact families they can make. We have been using counters to help us with our learning and have been very resilient. In English we have been writing captions for a picture. Our science lessons have been very fun as we have been continuing our learning of the 5 senses. This week we were looking at smell. We smelt lots of different things and tried to predict what they were. Some of the items were vinegar, curry powder, candles, onions and coffee. We then decided which was our favourite and which we disliked the most. The onions were not very popular! 


Week 5 


This week we have had a busy week! We had a great afternoon at an African Dance workshop to start off our week. In English, we have been learning about speech bubbles. We have matched speech bubbles to the correct person and even wrote our own speech bubbles for Bog Baby, which is the story we have focused on this term. In maths, we have started looking at number bonds using our part whole models to support us. In science, we explored another our of 5 senses, taste. We dipped bread into different foods and then used words to describe their taste, some were sweet and some were very sour! 



Week 4


This week we have had lots of fun as it has been our turn to do Forest school! We enjoyed hunting for bugs and building dens in our outdoor learning space. We also had a big tug of war and helped to dig out any plants that had died. In our Math's lessons we were looking at ordering and comparing numbers using the symbols < > =. In English we have written character descriptions about The Gruffalo.  In Science we have been investigating our senses by playing sound bingo. In DT we have tasted and designed our fruit kebabs ready to make them next week! 



Week 3 



This week we have been very busy in Year 1. In our science lessons, we have started to learn about the 5 senses. We blindfolded ourselves, whilst trying to predict what items were in our hands and learnt just how important our eyes are! In English, we have started to write sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops to describe Bog Baby. Not only did we describe his appearance but his personality too. In our maths lessons, we have been learning to compare numbers using greater than, less than and equals to. Our favourite way to remember the symbols is to think of the hungry crocodile wanting to eat the biggest number. We had a great afternoon for our D&T lesson, we had lots of fun trying different fruits that are in season. There were some fantastic reactions and some children tried fruits they had never had before such as peaches and raspberries. We have continued to focus on families in RE, exploring different ways our special people show us love. There were some lovely answers and it made us all appreciate our families even more. We already can't wait for more learning next week in Year 1!


Week 2

This week we have been busy learning all about one more and one less. We used ten frames and counters to help us consolidate our learning before moving on to answer questions in our books. In our science lessons, we have been learning all about the human body and we even drew around our own bodies to label the body parts that we knew. We practiced these by making our own versions of  'Head, Shoulders, knees and toes' which was very funny and a little bit tricky. In RE, we have been learning all about Families and how they show love and care to each other. We have talked about how we are all part of God's family and how he shows his love by creating a beautiful world for us to live in. We then discussed all of the things we were thankful for, such as the sun and sky, flowers, animals, school, homes and our loved ones. During PE we have looked at travelling in different ways and even practiced these movements in some races! As you can see we have had lots of fun! 



Week 1

Welcome back! It has been so lovely to welcome the children back to St Clare's this week. We have had lots of fun getting to know them and they have blown us away with how sensible they have settled into their new class. We have been very busy this week completing lots of learning! 

In our Maths lessons we have been counting and representing different numbers. In English we have been learning all about The Bog Baby and have been designing our own mysterious pond creatures and labelling them. We have spent some time researching fruit for our D&T topic of making fruit kebabs, as well as had lots of fun in our music lessons learning a new song - Hey you! On Wednesday we had an exciting visitor where we completed a mini triathlon. It was hard work, but the children were amazing! 





Useful Links for Parents:

Please click on the link to access the reading meeting powerpoint presented to parents in October 2023. This can be used to support you when reading with your child at home.


Year 1 Reading meeting parent powerpoint October 2023

Online Games for Maths and Literacy

Capital Letters and Full Stops activities

Using Phonics at Home

Home Reading

Children's wellbeing activities


Year 1 RWI Parent meeting Oct 2022


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