Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Miss Dickens, Mrs Stutters, Mrs P, Miss Britten, Miss Kim, Miss Vicky, Mrs Georgescu and Miss Matlock welcome you to Year 1.


Useful Reminders


  • Every child needs to have a named PE kit in school. Year 1 have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays.

  • Year 1 visit the school library on Wednesdays so please give your library book to your teacher on Wednesday mornings.

  • If you read three times a week and practise your Maths on DoodleMaths you can collect Dojo points to trade in for a reward!

Doodlemaths and Times Table Rockstars

Doodlemaths is an online website that allows your child to practise maths skills they have learnt in school and improve their recall of number facts. Your child has been given a password and username so that they can access the site. Please encourage your children to use the site and earn certificates for doing so.

Times Table Rockstars is also an online website that allows your child to practise their times tables whilst listening to rock music. It is a fun way of learning them so please encourage them to use this site at home.


Common Exception Words

The expectation for the attainment of children in Year 1 has grown massively. In writing, children are expected to spell high frequency words, or common exception words (words we can't use our sounds to spell) correctly. Below is a list of all the words they should be spelling correctly in their independent writing.

The Magic Curriculum at St James

The Government released a new National Curriculum to be implemented from September 2014.  The National Curriculum provides children with an introduction to essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens in modern Britain.


Here at St James we believe that a rich and relevant curriculum should be taught and embedded through the application of key literacy, numeracy and speaking and listening Skills.  We have therefore developed the “Magic Curriculum” which all year groups follow.


The Magic Curriculum is Memorable, Aspirational, Gripping, Inspiring and Creative.  Each year group studies three units over the year to enable broad and balanced study over different subject areas.  These units are Science led with other subject areas being linked in a meaningful and creative way. 


Children learn best when they get the opportunity to apply the key skills learnt previously and therefore at St James we have developed Magic Fridays.  Every week each class has a Friday where they apply key skills and have a Magic Curriculum focused day using key skills learnt in Literacy (and Numeracy where appropriate) over the week. 


For more details of what is covered in Year 1, please click on the Curriculum map below: