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Year 1


"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!"


Mary Poppins


Welcome to Year 1


Welcome to our Year 1 class page. Here you will find all the information you will need for your child's year group and it will give you an overview of what to expect from Year 1 over the coming year.


History and Geography

Year 1 will be learning about the following topics over the year:


Autumn –

  • What was life like when our grandparents were children? - In this half term, the children how toys, houses and schools have changed over recent years.
  • What’s it like where we live? - During this topic, children will describe places they go often and rarely and what they see on the way to school. They will use and understand plans and maps. To use locational and directional language [for example, near and far; left and right], to describe the location of features and routes to school.   


Spring –

  • Who are our local heroes? - In History this half term, children will learn about who a local hero, Emmeline Pankhurst and they will consider how they can find out about their life from documents and artefacts.
  • Map skills - This half term, children will use world maps, atlases and globes to identify the United Kingdom and use simple compass directions (North, South, East and West) to describe the weather in the United Kingdom.


Summer –

  • Beside the seaside children will understand geographical similarities and differences through studying the human and physical geography of a small area of the United Kingdom, Dukinfield and Blackpool.  The children will use geographical vocabulary to refer to physical (beach, coast, sea, ocean, vegetation) and human features (city, town, house, office, port, shops).
  • Extreme Weather - This half term, children will describe different types of weather and understand data from pictures words and symbols.


Reading & Reading Books

Reading Books are changed on Monday and Thursday every week. Books will only be changed if an adult has signed to say they have read the books. In school children will have guided reading in a group once a week and we listen to them reading regularly. Please make sure that your child has their reading books and reading record in school every day so that we can listen to them read and change books when needed.


When reading with your child remember to:

  • Encourage children to sound out difficult words and look for groups of letters that go together eg, igh, ow, ai, ee, ou, ar, or, ng.
  • Ensure children understand the story. Ask them questions throughout and make sure they understand the vocabulary used in the story.
  • Do the children know features of stories such as the author, illustrator, blurb, title etc….


Reading is very important and if you want to read more books throughout the week, Year 1 have a login to Oxford Owl. If you wish, you can log the books your child has read on Oxford Owl in their reading journal. Website:


Independent learning

Spellings will be sent home at the beginning of each half term. The children will have a spelling test on Mondays. The spellings will be linked to the phonics that are being covered in class. Please practise these at home.


Additional to this, children all have an individual login to Spelling Shed, TTRS, Numbots Deepening Understanding and Purple Mash. Children’s individual logins are stuck on the inside cover of their Reading Records. These online resources are an excellent way of consolidating learning which has taken place in class.


Uniform & PE Kit

Please make sure your child’s name is written into all items of PE kit, uniform and coats. This makes identification of lost items so much easier. The school uniform consists of a navy blue sweater or cardigan (preferably with school logo – no other logo is permitted). Red Polo shirt (preferably with school logo – no other logo is permitted). Grey school trousers, pinafore dress or skirt. Grey tights can be worn by girls (as part of winter uniform). Dark blue gingham dress (Summer Uniform for girls).  As always, we encourage the children to come to school looking smart, with shirts tucked in, top buttons fastened and black sensible shoes. Trainers and boots are not allowed. Nails should be clean and free of nail varnish.


PE lessons are held every Wednesday and Friday. P.E. uniform is: White T-shirt, navy blue shorts and plimsoles (pumps). A P.E. bag is required to store P.E. kit.  Beach or play clothes are not suitable. It saves a lot of worry if all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name. We expect children to be able to dress and undress themselves for P.E. (help will be given to young children if necessary). Children can bring an outdoor P.E uniform for the colder seasons. This needs to be a warm navy or black tracksuit, free from any logos/sporting clubs.


Snacks & Packed Lunches

As a healthy school we encourage the children to eat a wide range of healthy snacks and lunches. In Key Stage one fruit and vegetables are provided for playtime snacks. Your child will need to bring a bottle of water, clearly labelled, for drinks during the day.



Please follow our school Twitter feed, to share in the wonderful work going on in school @StMarysDuk


Class DoJo

We use Class DoJo to set online learning, share examples of good work and share whole school messages.  Please ensure that you are linked in to our class page.


To further enhance the children’s learning experience, if you have any photographs or video clips of any interesting or exciting activities completed at home or anywhere outside of school that you would like to share with us, please upload them on to Class DoJo.


We are really looking forward to working with you and your child over the coming year. With your help and support each child will be able to fully access their learning in order to achieve their full potential.


Thank you for your continuing support,


Miss Hope and Miss Hobson