St Mary's Catholic

Voluntary Academy

Part of the St Therese of Lisieux Catholic Multi Academy Trust

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Year One Curriculum overview.

Firstly; I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Miss Berridge and I am the new Y1 teacher. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to come and speak to me. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first week at St. Marys and am very much enjoying getting to know all your lovely children.

This term, our essential question is ‘What puts the great into Great Britain?’ We started last week by having an all English tea party with cakes and juice and played some old-fashioned English games. We also visited Sir Isaac Newton’s birthplace and learnt lots about what made him great. I hope your children have told you all about this. They remembered lots of facts and produced some lovely writing all about him on Friday morning. Our classroom is very bright with the red, white and blue bunting and there are flags everywhere. Your child’s work is starting to go up onto the walls too.

This week we are looking at the Royal Family and where they live before moving on to look at authors such as Julia Donaldson. We will look in detail at some of her amazing stories. We will be looking at what makes a great character before trying to invent our own. We will also be looking at William Shakespeare, J.K. Rowling and Roald Dahl. We will be looking at good old-fashioned English food such as fish and chips and will be having a go at baking scones.

In Geography we will of course be looking at which Countries make up the British Isles. We will find them on a map before looking at their flags, capital cities, emblems, the weather and the flowers that are associated with each of them. Our Science lessons will link into this as we explore the seasons. We will move onto History after half term looking at the World Wars, Children in Victorian Britain and the Plague. We will also be thinking about the differences between seaside holidays from years ago compared to now.

In Maths we have started to look at number and place value: counting forwards and backwards between 0 and 100. We will also be looking at length and mass, addition and subtraction and 2D and 3D shapes. They have amazed me with their mathematics knowledge over the past few days.

Throughout our Art and DT lessons we will be looking at the work of David Hockney, an English artist and we will be trying to replicate his work ‘Garrowby Hill’ by using various media. We will be creating clay apples and our very own statue of Sir Isaac Newton. We cannot look at Great Britain without listening to some famous music from The Beatles, Queen and The Rolling Stones. We will also be trying to learn the national anthem.

It goes without saying that Catholic values will run alongside everything we do. We will start our RE lessons with ‘My Family’ topic so I would appreciate if children could bring a family photo into school please. Thank you.


Here is a photo of all the children next to the tree that made Sir Isaac Newton famous at Woolsthorpe Manor: