Year 1

Summer Term 2021 Topic

Here we are! The final term of Year 1! Can you believe it?

Welcome back to the start of what promises to be a very FULL term. I hope everybody had an enjoyable and restful Easter break. This term is set to be super busy, but we are ready for more fun and learning!

Summer term is going to be full of excitement in a variety of ways, as our topic this term is 'Carnival of the AnimalsThis topic will see the children learning about different animal groups and their habitats around the world, and much more.

The children will learn in cross-curricular lessons, which will cover all areas of the National Curriculum. Here is more information about what the children will be learning.


  • Using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops to write short stories, letters and descriptions.
  • Begin to use question marks and exclamation marks to demarcate sentences
  • Poems about nature
  • Traditional poems
  • Read accurately by blending sounds and using alternative strategies to work out words
  • Build up fluency and confidence in reading


  • Count to 100
  • Count in multiples of 2, 5 and 10
  • Read and write numbers to 100
  • Solve one step problems that involve addition + and subtraction –
  • Solve multiplication and division problems by grouping and sharing
  • Recognise, find and name a half and a quarter of objects, shapes or quantities


  • We will learn about: Easter, Pentecost, Sharing Jesus’ Life and Following Jesus Today
  • Other Faith: Judaism – Prayer


  • Know where the equator, North Pole and South Pole are on a globe
  • Know the features of hot and cold places in the world
  • Know the main difference between a city, town and village
  • Name the six towns of the city of Stoke-on-Trent; Longton, Fenton, Burslem, Tunstall, Stoke and Hanley


  • What was school like for my grandparents/ great-grandparents?
  • How have schools and schooling changed over time?
  • Significant individuals – Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai


Summer 1 - Animals

  • Identify and name common animal groups; fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
  • What do animals eat? – Carnivore, herbivore and omnivore
  • Explore animal habitats
  • How to look after a pet?

Summer 2 – Plants

  • How do plants grow?
  • Identify and name common wild plants
  • Identify and name garden plants
  • Identify trees by their leaves
  • Parts of a plant


  • Ask questions about a piece of art
  • Know how to use pencils to create lines of different thickness in drawings
  • Use IT to create a picture
  • Create a repeating pattern in print

D & T

  • Name different fabrics
  • Design and make an animal face, using different fabrics
  • Explore different methods of joining materials; glue, stapling, sticky tape and begin to learn running stitch
  • Food technology – cut food safely to make animal face toasts


My Wider World

  • Understanding what a community is
  • Thinking about local community
  • Consider connections to others
  • Concept of helping others without reward
  • Know our rights and responsibilities as members of a community

Ten:Ten Programme (Collective Worship)

  • I am unique
  • Girls and Boys
  • Keeping Clean and Healthy
  • God loves you
  • Special people
  • Treat others well
  • …. And say sorry
  • Trinity House
  • Who is my neighbour

Year 1 Summer 2021 Class Newsletter


Spring Term 2021 Topic

Year 1, have adapted quickly to remote learning and are working very hard with their families to keep up with their studies.  After a very busy and successful Autumn Term, Year 1 are ready for the Spring Term at St George and St Martin, albeit remotely to start with.

Our topic is ’Alive and Kicking’. This topic will see the children learning about their bodies, how to stay healthy through diet, exercise and hygiene. They will aslo be learning about the history of medicine including the lives of influential people in the development of medicine.

The children will learn in cross-curricular lessons, which will cover all areas of the National Curriculum. Here is more information about what the children will be learning.


  • Using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops to write short stories, instructions, recipes, and fact files.
  • Poems with pattern and rhyme
  • Character descriptions
  • Build up fluency and confidence in reading


  • Addition and subtraction problems, using the + - and = signs
  • Working with money, reading the time, weight and measures.
  • 2D and 3D shapes.


  • We will learn about Jesus: Teacher and Healer, Forgiveness, Lent, Holy Week and Easter.
  • Other Faith: Judaism – Places of Worship


  • Know which is the hottest and coldest season in the UK
  • Know and recognise main weather symbols.
  • Know which is N, E, S and W, on a compass.


  • What was life like for my grandparents?
  • How have homes changed over time?
  • Significant individuals – Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole (nursing)


Humans (Animals including Humans)

  • Look at our bodies - collect and record information about bodies by observing and measuring.
  • Recognise the meaning of some scientific vocabulary: predicting, measuring, gather and data.
  • Senses


  • Describe what you can see and give an opinion about the work of an artist.

Class artist: Paul Klee.

  • Know how to show how people feel in paintings and drawings
  • Know how to create moods in art work

D & T

  • Use their own ideas to design a product which moves – levers and sliders
  • Make a product which moves and describe how their own idea works
  • Making healthy fruit kebabs


Week Commencing 15th March 2021 - here's what Year 1 have been doing this week ...

Shakespeare Week

The children celebrated Shakespeare Week by creating portraits of William Shakespeare in the style of Andy Warhol’s pop art.

Can you see who used primary colours or secondary colours?

William Shakespeare is famous for writing both tragedies and comedies. After listening to a recount of his ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ play, the children made dream catchers.

Science Week

Growing an alien balloon

We mixed together bicarbonate of soda

with vinegar in a bottle.  Then we quickly

put a balloon over the top to make the

alien grow.  We discussed what had happened

and the reaction between the bicarbonate of

soda and the vinegar.

Magic wax crayon painting

Using a white wax crayon we pressed on really hard to create a picture.  We noticed we couldn’t see it!  Using watery paint we revealed the pictures showing the paint won’t stick to the  wax from the crayon.


Why soap works experiment

The surface of the water represented our hands and the pepper represented dirt and germs.  In this experiment, we did two tests to show what happens when you wash your hands with and without soap.



After learning about Marie Curie’s work, the children used the light box to explore x-rays.


The children used natural materials to create paint. They then used their paint to paint ‘germs’.

Week Commencing 8th March 2021 - here's what Year 1 have been doing this week ...


Year 1 have been celebrating their Mothers. In English they described their Mothers. They thanked them for all their love and all that they do by making them a card and a very creative photo frame.

God made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And He moulded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me.


As Year 1 continue their Lenten journey, they created a Lenten garden to help them  reflect on the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert.

In times of temptation
And God is faithful;
he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.
But when you are tempted,
he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Autumn Term 2020 Topic

Welcome back to the start of a new year at St. George & St. Martin Catholic Academy.  We are so happy to welcome everyone back. We are thoroughly looking forward to teaching a new class, getting to know your children and supporting them in making strides in their learning. Here is more information about what is going on in the classroom and what the children will be learning.

This term is going to be very busy in Year 1! Our topic is A Street Through Time.’ This topic will see the children exploring houses and homes in our local area, both past and present. This will be compared to London, learning about famous people from these special places and some special events.

The children will learn in cross-curricular lessons which will cover all areas of the National Curriculum. Here is a taster of just some of the things the Busy Bees in Year 1 will be doing!


  • Using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops to write sentences to retell stories.
  • Listening to and reading stories by our class author Jill Murphy and using these as a basis for writing our own stories.


  • Comparing and ordering numbers, counting and writing numbers beyond 20 and tackling addition and subtraction problems.


  • We will learn about Creation, Celebrations, Prayers and Advent.
  • Other Faith: Judaism – Festivals


  • Explore maps of the local area and the UK.


  • Learn about the local history of Stoke-on-Trent and how our local area has changed.
  • Compare the Great Fire of London and the Great Fire of Nantwich.


  • Learn about different everyday materials, their properties and uses.

Art and D&T

  • Become inspired by a range of artwork and design and make models of houses.

Autumn Newsletter 2020 Year 1

Week Commencing 30th November 2020 - here's what Year 1 have been doing this week ...

As we begin the season of Advent, we wait to celebrate the birthday of Jesus at Christmas and for Jesus to come into the world again. We made our own Advent wreaths to helps us prepare both our hearts and minds, as we count down to Christmas day.

Week 1
I come from the North.
My candle is purple.
A symbol of hope.

Week 2
I come from the South.
My candle is purple.
A symbol of peace.

Week 3
I come from the East.
My candle is pink.
A symbol of joy.

Week 4
I come from the West.
My candle is purple.
A symbol of love.

I am lit on Christmas day.
I am white.
A symbol of Jesus, the light of the world.

Science – FROZEN!

In Science we have been observing ice blocks.

What will the ice turn into when it melts? What was ice before it went into the freezer? What sort of things could we do to the ice to make it melt faster? Or how could we slow down the melting?

We sprinkled salt onto the ice and noticed that the ice melted quickly.

Week Commencing 16th November 2020 - here's what Year 1 have been doing this week ...

English – Traditional rhymes

In English we have been sharing traditional rhymes. Some of these traditional rhymes were from other cultures.

After sharing the traditional nursery rhyme, ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’, we each went on to write a new verse.


Hickory dickory dock,

The snake slithered

up the clock.

The clock struck two,

The snake slithered

down to you.

Hickory dickory dock.

Hickory dickory dock,

the snail crawled

up the clock.

The clock struck ten,

the snake crawled

down again.

Hickory dickory dock.


We worked in pairs to build a house around the little pig, on a paper plate. We needed to use at least 10 toothpicks and 10 Jelly Tots sweets. Other than that, the investigation was open ended to allow us to be creative.

We put the houses to the test with the Big Bad Wolf (blow dryer).

Week Commencing 9th November 2020 - here's what Year 1 have been doing this week ...

Maths Week - Shape day

We explored the properties of 2d shapes by building 2d shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows and using elastic bands on pegboards.

Maths Week – Money Day

We used different coins to find the value of our names.

History and R.E.

After learning about Remembrance Day, the children shared the story book by Vladimir Radunsky.

We then wrote our own poems:


Peace looks like, a red rose.

Peace smells like, fresh flowers.

Peace sounds like, cats purring.

Peace feels like, a soft kitten.

What is Peace?

Peace looks like, A beautiful sunset.

Peace smells like, sugar cookies.

Peace sounds like, birds tweeting.

Peace feels like, a soft kitten.

Week Commencing 2nd November 2020 - here's what Year 1 have been doing this week ...

Year 1 have had a great start to the second half of the Autumn Term.


November is a special month when Christians remember people who have died.

We had a reverent Collective Worship to celebrate All Souls Day (2nd November).

We are often sad when someone dies because we will miss this person. We are sad for ourselves, not for the person who died, because Jesus promised something wonderful for all those who die with faith in him. Jesus promises us that we will live with God forever if we have faith in him.

This promise about eternal life makes us hopeful about death.

We pray for those who have died to help them in their journey to eternal life with God in heaven.

The children used Autumn leaves to help them remember those who have died.

The leaves were once on the trees but have now done their job and fallen from the trees.

Their life is not over but their job has changed.

The children recited the Eternal Rest.


We carried on our learning about materials. This week we explored magnets; investigating which materials are magnetic.

Some of us even created our own Magnetic Monsters!


In art we have been exploring collage. We created paintings of The Great Fire of London, by pulling the paint up the paper to create the flames. We then collaged the houses and buildings by cutting out black paper. If we went ‘wrong’, it did not matter as they look like houses that are falling.


Every year on the 5th of November in England, we celebrate Bonfire Night. This is because on the 5th of November 1605, a man named Guy Fawkes and his friends plotted to blow up Parliament and King James. Fortunately, they were stopped before this could happen!

After learning all about the Gunpowder Plot, we drew detailed portraits of Guy Fawkes.

Week Commencing 12th October 2020 - here's what Year 1 have been doing this week ...

This week Year 1 have been learning about the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. We made our own Sukkah where people celebrate for seven days.  They are used for praying, eating, playing, and sleeping.  The Jewish community think about the time in the desert where a Sukkah was built for shelter thousands of years ago.

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary

After exploring the Holy Rosary, the Year 1 children learned that the Rosary is a form of prayer used especially in the Catholic Church. The purpose of the Rosary is to help us remember the events in the lives of Jesus and Mary, and to thank and praise God for them. We then made our own finger Rosaries. We used our finger Rosaries to pray a decade of the Holy Rosary.


In Maths, Year 1 have been learning about Linus the Minus· to record a subtraction number sentence.

We used blocks to work out a ‘take away’ calculation, remembering to start with the bigger number.

Week Commencing 5th October 2020 -here's what Year 1 have been doing this week ..

R.E. Hanukkah

Making a Menorah

We learnt about the Jewish Festival of Light, Hanukkah.

We created our own Menorah after learning there was only enough oil to light the lamp for one day but a miracle happened and it burned for eight days.

One candle is lit for each day of the festival.

Art -To know how to cut, roll & coil materials 

We used clay to create our own coil pots.

D & T

We enjoyed making our own houses.