Year 1

Welcome from staff


 Hello, my name is Mrs Rostron and I am your child’s Year 1 teacher this year.  I have worked at St Mary’s for over two years and in Early Years for 10 years. I have a keen passion for education and like children to be nurtured and to learn through creative play and exploration. We have some exciting topics planned for next year that the children will love.


 Hello, my name is Miss Barnes and I am the teaching assistant in Year one. I have worked at St Mary's for four years and have been based in Reception. However, this year I am very excited to be in Year 1.

 See what we will be getting up to this term. 




Our topic this term is called Enchanted Woodland. The children have discussed this and we have created a topic web together. They want to learn about foxes and badgers, voles and mice, beady eyed owls in the swaying tree tops. We will be investigating whether trees are deciduous or evergreen? We will do some den building and a teeny tiny home for a woodland fairy.  The children will continue their journey with Read Write Inc in phonics and learn The Gingerbread Man story in talk for writing. Our RE topic is all about families. 

Advent Term  2020

Advent term 2  2020



Lent term 1 2021 class newsletter - please open in a new window to see all the information  either click on the 4 arrows or the 3 dots.  Safe -searching links


Lent  Term 2  2021 Newsletter


 Pentecost Term 1 2021





 Pentecost Term 2 2021 Newlestter




World Book Day 2021




Red Nose Day 2021








 Advent 1

This topic is called 'Enchanted Woodland'. The children have been doing lots of Science and explored, seasons, trees, woodland animals, woodland plants and did an investigation to discover if pine cones know when it rains. The children have listened to lots of woodland stories and completed their own fantasy maps!  We have spent lots of time in our school nature garden.

Advent 2

This project teaches children about their own school and locality, both today and in the past. They compare schooling in the Victorian era to their experiences today.

Lent 1

This topic will develop children’s knowledge of weather and the seasons. Children will observe, identify and measure features of the weather, both everyday and extreme.
Linked science investigations: How big is a raindrop? How wild is the wind? Does it snow in summer?
Linked texts: Lila and the Secret of Rain – David Conway; Chicken Licken – Vera Southgate

Lent 2

 This project teaches children about the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom, including a detailed exploration of the characteristics and features of the capital city, London.

Pentecost 1

Watch out everyone – the dinosaurs are on the prowl. They’re rampaging across the dusty earth, swishing their enormous tails and baring their fearsome teeth. Let’s explore the Dinosaur Planet. Imagine you’re a palaeontologist (that’s a scientist who studies bones and fossils). Dig deep and discover dazzling dinosaur facts. Create a dinosaur museum and invite visitors to see your awesome dinosaur artefacts. You could even do a dinosaur dance or produce some prehistoric percussion. Which is your favourite dinosaur? The Tyrannosaurus, the Brachiosaurus or the Micropachycephalosaurus? Doyouthinkhesawus? Yes, he did. Run!

Pentecost 2

CRASH! What’s that in the playground? Let’s go outside and take a look. Stand back everyone – it looks like a UFO has crash landed. Find out who might have landed by exploring the craft and investigating scattered scientific specimens. Create a ‘Welcome to Earth’ box for an alien explorer. What can you put in it to help explain what life is like on our planet? Would you like to be an astronaut? You’ll need a pretty sturdy spacecraft if you do. Start off small by making an air-propelled rocket. How far can you make it travel? Find out the names of the planets. There’s Mercury, Neptune, Mars and – do you know any others? I’ve forgotten the rest. Then, an alien is found. Can you help get him home? It’s got the experts in a right kerfuffle. Professor Pong doesn’t know what to do. Are you ready for take off Year 1? Hold tight. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… LIFT OFF!


In Year One we use Power Maths and the children have enjoyed learning all about numbers to 10 and are moving on to addition and subtraction.




Lent term

The children will continue to use Power Maths and will do the following topics:


We use RWI for our reading and writing in Year One.

Further information from :

Reading Books

Children will be sent home with a school reading book and reading record.  These will be changed every Monday.  RWI books will be sent home that match the reading ability of your child and other times we will send books home for you to share with your child. Once you have read/discussed the book with your child please comment in the reading record.  Staff will listen to your child read in school and comment in their reading records, so children need their book bag in school each day.

For links to free reading ebooks please use the following:


We follow the Come and See RE scheme here at Saint Mary's. 

Advent Term

During Advent term the topics we will cover are Families, Belonging and Waiting 

Please see the topic overviews below:




Lent Term

The topics for Lent Term are : Special People, Meals and Change. Please find the knowledge organisers  below. 



The children follow the Primary Steps curriculum and have a weekly PE session on a Wednesday.  Children also have access to an outside area and a trim trail on the playground. On a Friday the children take part in a dough disco session to help improve their fine motor skills. We have been very lucky to receive PE session from Grimsby Town FC Sport and Education Trust. 

Our wellbeing curriculum


Therapeutic Classroom

Our classroom has recently been redecorated and new equipment for the outdoor area has been purchased. The children also have access to continuous provision. During the day calm music is played and the children take part in well-being activities such as sharing their feelings on our feeling tree and calm time with Rosie the Bear. We have low lighting at times to provide a calm atmosphere.