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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


Our class Saint is St. Francis of Assisi. We will continue 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 Jesus as Teacher and Healer, Lent and Holy Week. The children will be hearing about stories from Jesus’ life and some of the miracles that he performed and the parables that he told. A big focus this term is on what Jesus taught us through what he said and how we can use these teachings to follow in His footsteps.


The texts that we are using in English this term are ‘Orion and the Dark’ and ‘Fox and The Star’. We will spend some time exploring the texts, developing an understanding of the characters and building up vocabulary to support our writing.

Read Write Inc has now been introduced four times per week and the children will continue working in their groups to develop their sound recognition and their ability to use these sounds in their writing. Reading will take part in these sessions as well. Children will bring home Read Write Inc books, linked with their group work, every week as their home reading books. They will also continue to bring home their reading books as well. Children are required to read every day as part of their homework. 

Children will also continue to practice and develop their cursive handwriting in sessions at least 3 times per week.


Children will build on the skills learned in Reception and consolidate their learning. This term, the focus in Maths is addition and subtraction within 20, numbers to 50, and length, height, weight and volume. Children will use a range of concrete resources to help them to develop the mathematical skills necessary to solve number problems.

Curriculum Vehicle

The Sky’s the Limit

Our Vehicle this term is taking its inspiration from space exploration. In history, children will learn about key figures in the space race and use their historical skills to answer big questions about what they have learned. In DT, children will design, make, test and evaluate two different types of rocket. In art, children will explore Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ painting and will develop skills which will lead up to their creation of their final piece in the style of Van Gogh. The science unit ‘Everyday Materials’ will develop children’s understanding of the uses and properties of materials and children will investigate the best materials for keeping hot and cool, as if they were in space. In Geography, the class will develop their mapping skills, finding out about the UK and looking at where the Apollo 11 shuttle launched, comparing it with our local area.


P.E. will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday with specialist coaches from. ASM.


Please could you ensure that all children have a named water bottle in school every day.


Many thanks for your continuing support.

End of Year Expectations Year 1

Suggested Books for Year 1