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We hope you and your families are keeping well in these difficult times.  In anticipation children and families having to self-isolate due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have setup Google drives to share work for the year 1 pupils to access from home so that they have the opportunity to continue their education in line with the curriculum long-term overview. 


There are some informative Power Points, alongside their own research, to produce pieces of work in their Learning Log books, which are linked to their current topic - we encourage them to be as creative as possible.


The children can access this work and information independently, by clicking the links below.


In addition to this work the children can continue to use the e-learning platforms that the school have bought into such as My Maths and Education city.  We will periodically update the My Maths platform.  


Children should continue to read regularly and practice their phonics (there are lots of online resources that can support you with this).  









Welcome to Year 1M!


Dublin class - Miss McLaughlin, Mrs Jamieson and Miss Bowen  


Welcome to Year 1 and the start of an exciting new year at school! We hope you have had a wonderful Christmas holiday and are ready for lots of fun learning at school!


 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. 


Our PE days are Monday and Tuesday. PE kits can be left in school for the half term and taken home in the last week to be washed. Please ensure your child's name is in all items of clothing.

Curriculum Focus




This term we will be learning about Special People and Meals. We will learn that we all play an important role in the Parish Community and that some people have special jobs. We will also learn about the importance of the Meal we share during Mass. 




In Literacy, we will be focusing on sentence structure.  We will be practising using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops with independence. We will begin to introduce question marks and exclamation marks. The children will practise these skills through a range of genres including retells, postcards and poster. We will be using texts to support our developing writing.  These will include traditional tales and stories with predictable phrases. 




This term, we will be adding and subtracting by counting on and making ten. We will also be challenging ourselves to solve problems involving addition and subtraction. 


We will learn about measuring length and height and record weight and volume through practical and fun activities. 


Please help your child by practicing counting and writing their numbers up to 20.




In Science, we will be learning all about Everyday Materials! We will be describing different materials and their properties. We will investigate which materials are waterproof and which are not. We will be describing why some materials suit certain objects better than others and we will be able to tell the difference between an object and the material it is made from. 




In Geography, we will be exploring the different continents and the change in weathers that we see across the world. We will be looking specifically at weather in the Arctic and how different it is to weather in our country. We will be taking a record of the weather over time and displaying this on a picture graph. 


In Music we will be exploring a famous composer and learning about their life and the legacy that they created. 


Home Learning


Learning logs will be sent home each Friday and must be returned to school the following Thursday. The children will then get the opportunity to share the work they have done with their peers and celebrate their home learning in class. 




Reading is an integral part of our school day. As well as a daily designated class reading time the children will access a wide range of texts throughout the day. They will have opportunities to read texts during shared teaching, as part of a small group and individually. Your child will read with an adult in school at least once a week during a guided reading session.  


It is important that your child brings their reading book into school every day so that we can maximise additional opportunities for them to read. Please encourage your child to read every day at home and make it a special time together. 


Please can you sign the reading record when you have read and discussed the book with your child. Children also need to complete the reading activities in the log book. The reading books will be changed at least once a week. Remember little and often is the best way to develop a love for reading!




We will be teaching phonics daily. The children will be learning new sounds and practising their blending and segmenting skills, which will support in their reading and writing. Towards the end of the first half term, the children will be given different spellings related to what the focus is in their group that week. The spellings will be sent home as part of their weekly homework and there will be a spelling test of these words the following week. 


For supporting any home learning relating to Phonics, Phonics Play is a fantastic website with lots of free games/resources.

Additionally, weekly activities will be set on MyMaths, a link to the website can be found below.


Key Dates


22nd January 2020 - Class Assembly 

20th-24th January 2020 - Growth Mind Set Week
11th February 2020 - Class Mass

12th February 2020 - Safer Internet Day


May we take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. 


Miss McLaughlin, Mrs Jamieson and Miss Bowen 

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