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Year 1 St Christopher

Year 1 St Christopher

Saint Christopher was a very tall and strong man who committed himself to Jesus. He asked another Christian man how he could better follow Jesus’ footsteps. The man told him that because he was so tall and strong, he would be perfect at helping travellers to cross a dangerous river. One day a child asked to ride on Christopher's shoulders across the river, but the infant seemed to grow heavier and heavier with every step. When they arrived on the opposite shore, the child identified himself as Jesus Christ, telling Christopher that he had just carried the weight of the world. Saint Christopher became one of the most popular patron saints for travellers in the Middle Ages. Small images of him are often worn around the neck, on a bracelet, carried in a pocket, or placed in vehicles by Christians, to protect them when they are travelling. In Year One, the children begin their journey from reception into more formal learning.


In year one, our R.E. topics are as follows:

The Way, the Truth and the Life

Autumn 1 - God’s Great Plan

Autumn 2 -  Mary our Mother

Spring 1 -  Families and Celebrations

Spring 2 - Following Jesus

Summer 1 - Resurrection

Summer 2 - Miracles


Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

With best wishes, Miss Bailey.

Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2023-24



Autumn A

Autumn B

Spring A

Spring B

Summer A

Summer B


Major Glad, Major Dizzy




Where the wild things are

The Secret of Black Rock

The Last Wolf

Science (Rising Stars)

Who am I?


Polar Adventures

Treasure Island

On Safari

Holiday/Seasonal Change


God’s Great Plan

Mary our Mother

Families and Celebrations

Following Jesus



Geography (Rising Stars)

Our Local Area


People and their Communities


Animals and their Habitats


History (Rising Stars)


My Family History


The Greatest Explorers


Great Inventions: Transport

Art and Design (Kapow)

Drawing: Making your Mark

Painting and Mixed Media Colour Splash

Sculpture and 3D: Paper Play


Craft and Design: Embellishments


Design Technology (Kapow)




Mechanisms: Making a Moving Story Book


Structures: Constructing a Windmill


Textiles: Puppets


Mechanisms: Wheels and Axles


Music (Charanga)

Hey You!

Rhythm in the way we walk and Banana Rap /Christmas Songs

In the Groove

Round and Round

Your Imagination

Reflect, Rewind and Replay


We are Treasure Hunters

We are TV Chefs

We are Digital Artists

We are Publishers

We are Rhythmic

We are Detectives

RSE (TenTen)

Module 1 –

Unit 1, Unit 2

Module 2 – Unit 1, Unit 2

Module 3 – Unit 1:


Support Your Child With Their Phonics Learning

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Phase 2 Sounds

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Phase 3 Sounds

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Phase 5 Sounds

YEAR 1 Class Procedures 2023 – 24

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to our new school year. We hope that you have had a good summer and that you and your child are ready for an exciting time in Year 1 St Christopher!  We look forward to your support in giving the pupils an enjoyable and rewarding learning experience.  Please find below procedures and expectations in Year 1, which we hope you will find useful.

Teaching Staff

Miss Bailey – Class Teacher

Mrs Taylor – Teaching Assistant

Mrs Milburn – Cover Teacher (One day every fortnight)



The following are some guidelines to help you and your child settle back into school life at St Alban’s:

Winter uniform is usually worn from after October half term until Easter. Summer uniform is usually worn from after Easter until October half term. There is flexibility to wear either uniform on unseasonably hot or cold days. Please ensure all uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s first and last name.

Winter Uniform

Summer Uniform

Navy jumper/cardigan
Blue shirt
Navy skirt/pinafore, Grey trousers
School tie
Black/navy shoes
Navy tights, white/black/grey/navy plain socks

Navy jumper/cardigan
Blue checked summer dress, Blue polo shirt
Grey shorts/trousers
Black/navy shoes
White/navy/grey/black plain socks

PE kit PE will take place on Thursday afternoons (Outdoor) and Friday afternoons (Indoor)

Blue St Alban’s t-shirt and shorts, socks, trainers or pumps

Outdoor- Blue St. Alban’s t-shirt, shorts, socks and trainers (or dark coloured joggers/leggings and jumpers for colder weather)
Children should come to school dressed in their school PE kits, this will be reviewed at October half term.


Earrings and jewellery must not be worn at any time in school. The only exception to this is if a child has had their ears pierced during the summer and needs to keep earrings in for the next six weeks. Earrings that must be worn will be covered with surgical tape. Long hair must be tied back at all times and extreme haircuts are not permitted.



  • Clothing - Please ensure that your child’s name is on ALL items of clothing, shoes, wellies, PE bags, book bags and lunchboxes.  If things get lost (which they often do!) they can then be returned to their rightful owner.


  • Beginning of the school day – Morning drop off for all year groups is 8:45am. All children need to be in class by 8:55.


  • End of the school day – Children from all year groups should be collected at the end of the day at 3:25pm. Please let us know if your child is being collected by anybody other than parents/carers. We are not permitted to let children leave without a parent’s permission.


  • Communication - If you would like to discuss a matter in detail or in private, please make an appointment with us. We are available to speak after school or, if you prefer, we can arrange a telephone conversation.


  • PE - PE will take place every week, on a Thursday and Friday, however the day may vary from time to time due to the weather. Children should come to school dressed in their P.E kits. This will be reviewed after half term.


  • Medical – if your child uses any medication (eg. an inhaler) please ensure that he/she has it in school and that it is clearly labelled and is within expiry date. It is parents’ responsibility to ensure that medication is in date. A health care plan form should also have been filled out by parents so that staff can ensure the correct dosage is being given.


  • Homework – See homework grid on the website. Year 1 is as follows:






Friday/ Weekend


(10-15 mins)




(10-15 mins)




(10-15 mins)




(10-15 mins)




(10-15 mins)



(30 mins)


Maths activities

(10 mins)


We cannot over-emphasise the importance of reading in Year 1. Children who flourish are invariably the children who are frequent readers. Your child will bring home their Reading Record. Please use this to comment on their reading and ensure that it is in school every day. Your child will be given an e-book or a reading book each week that corresponds with the phonetic sounds that they have been learning that week. They should read these every night to consolidate the week's learning.

We also encourage children to read ‘free read books’, which are to help develop your child's vocabulary and interest in reading. These are the books that we have in our class reading area and are the types of books that you will find at the local library or at home. As they will be chosen by the children to read for pleasure, they may be at a different level to their phonics books. They are to be enjoyed with adult help. If your child would like to take some of these books home in addition to their phonetically decodable book, then they are more than welcome. Once they have finished exploring a whole ‘free read book’, they can exchange it for a new one the next day in school. Please ensure that these books are returned daily. Feel free to supplement your child’s reading with ‘free read books’ from the library or home and write this in their reading logs.

Homework tasks will be set on a Friday. There will be pages set from their Phonics Homework book and a practical Maths activity. These are tasks for you to complete at home. We do not need evidence of this to be handed into school as the homework tasks will be reinforcement of what your child has been learning in school that week.

  • Curriculum – Please refer to our curriculum overview on the website.


  • Newsletters – the school newsletter is sent out to parents/carers electronically every Friday afternoon. Please contact the school office if you do not receive this and update your email address with the school office.  PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU READ THE NEWSLETTER AS IT WILL INCLUDE DATES AND ANY OTHER INFORMATION THAT YOU WILL NEED.


  • Snacks – In KS1 the children have two break times. Children are given free access to pieces of fruit or vegetables during this time. Your child may also bring in one healthy snack every day. Please do not send in any nuts, sweets or chocolate. We also ask that grapes are cut in half, lengthways, for health and safety reasons. Please also send in a named water bottle for your child to access in the classroom. Juice and fizzy drinks are not permitted. If you are interested in purchasing a daily bottle of milk for your child to enjoy at break time, please register at

If you have any queries or concerns, please feel free to ask.

Best Wishes,

Year 1 Team