St James C of E Primary School

Welcome to St James CofE Primary School where our values of Kindness, Wisdom, Respect and Joy underpin our aim to provide an outstanding education for all our children, which develops and nurtures the whole child so each individual can flourish confidently.


We are visiting Kentish Town Farm on Monday 1st April.  Look out for more information coming home soon.

Year 1


Welcome to Year 1.  Our class value is RESPECT

Year 1 is the start of Key Stage 1 and our topic this half term is THE BIG BRITISH PICNIC.

You can find out all about Year 1 on this page - including what we are studying this half term, your home learning for the week, information on any half term projects and lots of great resources for parents and children.


What are we reading in class?

Our School Book Challenge

To take part in our book challenge or just to find another book you might enjoy reading, take a look at the some of these suggestions here

You can download a book review form here

In the Autumn term, our topic was Space and we visited the Science Museum

What are we learning this half term in Year 1?

Following our DISCOVER term, where the focus was history, this term we move into the theme of EXPLORE. The focus of the topic work will be around geography, with cross curricular links to history, art and design.

 In English

This half term we will be reading the following books:

  • Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham,
  • On Sudden Hill  by Linda Sarah and Benji Davies.

We will use these exciting stories to create a variety of writing tasks including recounts, letters, diary entries and lots more. Throughout the term we will focus on the Year 1 grammar objectives- punctuation (capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks), using verbs, suffixes (s/es/ed) and joining words (and/but/so/because).  In spelling we will continue to focus on phonics and red words.


In Phonics/RML

This half term we will continue to focus on set 3 sounds. Please practice these regularly and encourage your child to refer to these in their writing.  We will have regular phonics and reading sessions. Each week the children will take home the RML book they have been reading during the week and the phonic sounds we have been learning.  Please practice the green and red words at the beginning of the RML book and read as much as possible at home to build up fluency.

It is also a good idea to look at comprehension and try asking some of the questions from the back of the book. Try to ask “why” questions eg why did he feel sad?



In Maths

We are focusing on addition and subtraction within 20. We will be using strategies previously learnt, such as representing numbers in tens and ones, comparing, arranging numbers in order and finding ten and counting on in ones.   The next unit will be length where we will be comparing the length and height of objects using the vocabulary short/shorter, long/longer, tall/taller, and high/higher.


In Science

We are focusing on Animals including birds, fish, amphibians, reptiles, insects and mammals. We will also focus on carnivores, omnivores and herbivores.



Our key question this half term is “Why was Jesus welcomed like a King or celebrity by the crowds on Palm Sunday?” We will discuss this question and focus on the meaning of palm leaves and why they are used on Palm Sunday.


Please make sure your child has their PE kit including appropriate shoes for PE.

Parents - helping at home with Maths

If you would like to know more about how we teach Maths from Reception to Year 6, you can click here.  There are some useful downloads and videos to watch.


 Our Focus For The Week Ahead &  Home Learning


We are earning about mass


We are reading On Sudden Hill and retelling the story through writing


We are learning double l and double f

  • ll - smelly jelly
  • ff - a coffee and a muffin
We are using joining words - and/because/but


We will be learning about dairy farms, the jobs dairy farmers do and how milk is produced 

At home

Compare the mass (weight) of objects.

Eg: Choose two objects, can you predict which object is heavier/lighter?

Please refer to information sheet for further support here

Login to TT Rockstars here to practice your timestables.  Your login details have been given to you on Friday and are stuck in back of your reading log.

At home

Can you make or design your own car/vehicle?

Please read to your child every night if possible.


At home

Login to Spelling Shed here and try the activities set for you

At home

Discuss how dairy products are made eg: cheese and milk.  Can you make a story map of the process?

Half Term Home Learning Research Projects


As part of optional home learning, children have the opportunity to complete a Science project.  We would like them to create a project with your help and every child who completes a Science project will be able to share their results with the rest of their class during a mini Science Fair on Friday 29th March.  We would like you to pick one of the following projects and carry out your own experiment.  You can record your results on a piece of paper or card that is not bigger than A3. All Science projects must be returned by Wednesday 27th March.

The Magic Egg ExperimentHow can you make an egg bounce without breaking it?

Paper Airplane ExperimentCan you make a paper airplane?  How far does it travel?  What is the best design?

The Balloon Rocket Car ExperimentCan you make a toy car move just using a balloon?

The Volcano ExperimentCan you create an exploding volcano at home?


Other Great Resources For Year 1 Parents and Children

There are lots and lots of great websites that can help you with everything from  practicing your timetables to your half term research projects.  Here are some that we think are the best.

Reading and Spelling - In Year 1 we use the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc scheme of work to teach reading.  You can find out more about it here.  You can also click here to learn more about your child's developing reader skills and if you'd like to find out more about spelling as part of the national curriculum, then please click here

Handwriting - You can click here to see how our children start to form letters and we how we teach handwriting in Year 1.  Each letter has a rhyme that goes with it and you can see them here.  We use the Nelson handwriting scheme of work and you can find out more about it here

Maths - For a wealth of fun Maths games, take a look at the Nrich maths website here.  You can also try Maths Is Fun

ICT Games - To practice lots of different Literacy and Maths skills, you could try ICT Games 

Topics - If you want to find out more about your topic - whether it's Geography, History or Science, two great resources are BBC Bitesize and Books For Topics


Tests And Assessments

Year 1 Phonics Screening check

The check will take place in the Summer term when your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether they need extra help with reading. If your child does not do well enough in the check they will do it again in Year 2.


National Curriculum Guidance And Expectations

To find out more about the Primary National Curriculum, you can download Government information here and to dig into further detail by subject, please click here


Where should your child be at the end of Year 1?  According to national age related expectations, your child should

In Reading

  • Identify which words appear again and again.
  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrases.
  • Relate reading to own experiences.
  • Re-read if reading does not make sense.
  • Re-tell with considerable accuracy.
  • Discuss significance of title and events.
  • Make predictions on basis of what has been read.
  • Make inferences on basis of what is being said and done.
  • Read aloud with pace and expression, i.e. pause at full stop; raise voice for question.
  • Recognise capital letters, full stops,  question marks,  exclamation marks, ellipsis
  • Know why the writer has used the above punctuation in a text
  • Know difference between fiction and nonfiction texts

In Writing

  • Write clearly demarcated sentences
  • Use ‘and’ to join ideas
  • Use conjunctions to join sentences (e.g. so, but)
  • Use standard forms of verbs, e.g. go/went
  • Introduce use of: capital letters full stops, question marks, exclamation marks
  • Use capital letters for names and personal pronoun ‘I’.
  • Write a sequence of sentences to form a short narrative [as introduction to paragraphs]
  • Use correct formation of lower case – finishing in right place
  • Use correct formation of capital letters
  • Use correct formation of digits

In Mathematics

  • Count to and across 100, forwards & backwards from any number.
  • Read and write numbers to 20 in numerals & words.
  • Read and write numbers to 100 in numerals.
  • Say 1 more/1 less to 100.
  • Count in multiples of 2, 5 & 10.
  • Use bonds and subtraction facts to 20.
  • Add & subtract: 1 digit & 2 digit numbers to 20, including zero.
  • Solve one-step multiplication and division using objects, pictorial representation and arrays.
  • Recognise half and quarter of object, shape or quantity.
  • Sequence events in chronological order.
  • Use language of day, w