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St Giles' Catholic Primary School

Part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Grow in Faith and Love

"In knowing Jesus, we seek to fulfil our God-given potential. We value every person as we look beyond ourselves in a spirit of charity, forgiveness and honesty"

Year 1

Miss Goodstadt and Mrs Tideswell

Welcome to year 1. It has been fantastic getting to know the children as they have been settling into Year 1. They have really got into the swing of being in Key Stage 1 and are working incredibly hard.



Our class Saint is St. Francis of Assisi. We will be learning about his life and thinking about how we can try to be more like him.

The units of R.E. that we will be focussing on this term are Creation; Families and Celebrations; Prayer; Advent and Christmas. Children will have the opportunity to hear stories from the Bible and link them to their own lives. They will learn different prayers and create their own prayers. We will also be learning about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah.


During the first half term, we will be using the story ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ as our focus. We will be concentrating on what a sentence is and how we write sentences, including finger spaces, full stops, capital letters, and question marks. We will also be extending sentences using ‘and’ and ‘but’ and introducing adjectives to make our writing more interesting. We will be practising using year 1 common exception words in our sentences, spelling them correctly.

The children will continue daily discreet phonics lessons. Children will also continue to practice and develop their cursive handwriting in sessions at least 3 times per week. Guided reading takes place 4 times a week.


Children will build on the skills learned in Reception and consolidate their learning. This term, the focus is mainly on number: counting, sorting, understanding of number, addition and subtraction. We will also work on 2-D and 3-D shape.


Curriculum Vehicle

A celebration of Cheadle

The children are so lucky to live in and around the wonderful town of Cheadle and we would like to celebrate this through our vehicle, using what we are learning about to help us to plan a party. Through Geography, we will be finding out about Cheadle. In history, we will be learning about Josiah Wedgwood and incorporating his designs into our decorations. In art and design, we will be learning about the artist William Morris and using his designs as inspiration for printing tablecloths. In design and technology, we will be designing decorations and invitations and planning a healthy and varied menu of party food. In music we will be learning songs to entertain. Our science unit is plants and we are hoping to make links with Cheadle in Bloom as part of this.


P.E. will take place on Monday with Miss Goodstadt and Friday with Mr Goldstraw from ASM.


End of Year Expectations Year 1

Suggested Books for Year 1