Saint Mary's

Catholic Primary School, Congleton


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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

I am Miss Lankester, the Year 1 teacher at Saint Mary's. Our classroom is a happy and positive place where we have lots of fun learning new things.      


If you have any queries or concerns, please feel free to email me at


Additional weekly updates will be posted on the Saint Mary's X (Twitter) page:


We use the 'Monster Phonics' programme for teaching Phonics and early reading. Parents are able to access this at home, and reinforce their learning between school and home. 


In June, Year 1 children have a Phonics Screening check. To prepare them for this, we practise phonics daily and read lots of real/nonsense ('alien') words. Children are expected to read at home daily, in order to support their progress. 


Below are some really useful resources to help support your child's learning!


Online resources:


Resources Dashboard | Monster Phonics

Oxford Owl for Home: help your child learn at home - Oxford Owl

Free Primary Phonics Online 10-Minute Tests | CGP Books

Phonics Webinar for Parents (

Phonics Webinar for Parents

Find out how we teach phonics in school and easy ways to support at home.


Homework is set weekly each Friday and is due in the following Friday. Children will be given a set of spellings based on weekly phonics learning. Maths homework will be set online on MyMaths. LearningWithParents activities will be set fornightly.


Children should read their MonsterPhonics books daily at home. This should be logged in their reading records. They are required to read their book fully at least three times, before changing books.

Summer Topic Map


Our class book for Summer 1 is Somebody Swallowed Stanley. We will be learning about sea creatures and the effect of plastic pollution in the ocean. We are working towards writing an information piece about different sea animals and how to protect them.



Our class reading book for Summer 1 is Meet the Planets. We will be learning new vocabulary around the topic of Space and making inferences about the story.


This term we will be focussing on Multiplication and Division. The children will be learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s, and making equal groups.

Homework will be set weekly on MyMaths.


Useful links:

KS1 Maths - BBC Bitesize

Key Stage 1 Maths - Topmarks Search


Our unit this half-term is the Resurrection. We will be learning about what happened following the events of Holy Week, and Jesus' ascension to Heaven.

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