Woodside Avenue, London, N10 3JA

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St James C of E Primary School

Learning to live, living to learn, learning from Christ

We are visiting the Natural History Museum in March to take part in explorer workshops.

Year 1

This year, we will become explorers

Welcome to Year 1.  Our class value is RESPECT

Year 1 is the start of Key Stage 1. 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.

To take a look at our long term curriculum planner for the year, please click here

What are we reading in Year 1?

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

What are we learning this half term in Year 1?

Welcome back to the new school year, we are looking forward to getting to know all your children and have lots of fun and exciting lessons planned. For information about our learning this half term, please see the curriculum map on the left of this page.

Home learning

Home learning will be added to the class page of the website each week. This will include a spelling shed activity and Times Tables Rockstars. There will also be information about the work we will be doing in class over the coming week and some questions/ activities for your children to complete.


Please ensure your child is reading at home for 20 minutes every day and that your child’s reading log is being kept up to date. Reading books will be changed once a week on a Friday. Please continue to read a variety of texts at home along with your child’s school book, also continue to read to your child in order to develop their vocabulary and love of literature. Please see the school website for a list of books for the children to have read by the end of key stage one.


P.E will be on a Tuesday and Thursday. We will aim to do one P.E session outside every week (weather allowing) so please ensure your child has the correct kit.

Drop in

Should you wish to catch up about your child, there will be an opportunity for an informal drop in every Tuesday from 3.30 – 4.00pm. If there is something urgent you wish to discuss please arrange an appointment with the school office.

 Kind regards,

Miss A’Herne

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


Maths English Phonics/Spelling/Grammar Learning Journey

Next week we will be comparing numbers up to 20.





Next week we will be continuing to write diary entries imagining we are the snail sailing around the world.    


Next week we will be continuing to review our set 3 sounds.




Next week we will be identifying leaves and learning about different types of trees.





At home At home At home At home

See if you can find set of objects up to 20 at home. Can you compare the different amounts? Which amount is the greatest? Which is the fewest? How many more is the greatest amount compared to the smallest amount?

Practice reading and writing these words – see, can, have, you, went, there

Please continue to read every day at home. Reading books will be changed on a Friday so please send in your child with their book bag and reading log.



Choose a sound from your set 3 sound list and see if you can write words including that sound, sounds to focus on – ure, are, aw, ire, ear.

Please look at the Spelling Shed you have been assigned for homework.

Login to Spelling Shed here

See what trees you can see in your garden or local area. What do you notice about them? Do they all look the same?  What shape are they? See if you can identify the different trees.



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