St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Lidgett Lane, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 2QD

Year One

Welcome to Year One

Our Class Teachers: Mrs Norton Monday & Tuesday Mrs Wood Wednesday – Friday

In our class we enjoy learning about a variety of topics and developing skills across all curriculum subjects.  Our daily RE, Maths and English learning form the core of our timetable and help us make links to our other subjects and provide the foundations we need to build on.

Read, Write Inc

In Year One we use the Read Write Inc (RWI) programme to get children off to a flying start with their literacy. Read Write Inc Phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing, which is centred around learning the sounds of the letters (phonics) and then blending them together to read words.  The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them.

Our RWI leader groups children according to their ability. They work in small groups with teachers and teaching assistants every day. At the end of each half term the children will be assessed again to check they have made progress and will be grouped again.  The Read Write Ink programme also combines reading with writing skills and storytelling. When using RWI to readthe children will:

Learn to read effortlessly so that they can put all their energy into understanding what they read.

Learn 44 sounds and the corresponding letter/letter groups using simple picture prompts.

Learn to read words using Fred Talk.

Learn to read words by blending the sounds together.

Read lively stories featuring words they have learnt to sound out.

Show that they understand the stories by answering ‘Find It’ and ‘Prove it’ discussion questions. 

Spell effortlessly so that they can put their energy into working out what they want to write.

Learn to write the letters/letter groups which represent the 44 sounds (graphemes).

Learn to write words by saying the sounds in Fred Talk.

Learn to write simple and then increasingly complex sentences.

Compose a range of texts using discussion prompts.

Compose stories based on picture strips. 

Write simple sentences.


Children learn to read words by blending the letter-sounds that are in the Speed Sound sets.

Help your child learn to read words by sound-blending e.g. c-a-t = cat

Help children to say the pure sounds, as quickly as they can, and then to blend the sounds together to say the whole word.


How will I know how to pronounce the phonic sounds?

What else can I do to help my child with their reading?

Read a variety of books (fiction, non-fiction, rhymes etc). 

Discuss the different features of various books. 

Talk about the books and other reading materials that you have shared.

Explain the meaning of new words. 

Most importantly though, show the fun that can be gained by listening to stories and reading a range of texts.e.g. reading and then following a recipe together

Don’t forget you don’t have to read just books, cereal packets, shopping lists, road signs, web pages, magazines, newspapers etc are useful ways to practise reading.


All children have a book that they can read at home. This is a decodable book linked to our Read, Write, Inc programme, which they can read aloud confidently as it only includes the sounds that they have already learnt.


Every morning before play time we have a 20 minute maths meeting to build our maths fluency, during this time we will practise lots of interesting maths facts and consolidate our knowledge and understanding of: place value, days of the week, months of the year, number bonds and much, much more.

After morning break we continue our maths learning with maths mastery lessons. The Mathematics Mastery programme is a whole-school approach to teaching mathematics. The programme aims to deepen pupils’ conceptual understanding of key mathematical concepts. Topics are covered in more depth and greater emphasis is placed on problem solving and on encouraging mathematical thinking. This term we are learning about the following maths concepts:


Tell the time to the hour and half-past the hour; solve practical problems for time.

Exploring calculation strategies within 20

Represent and use number bonds; use concrete and pictorial representation to solve one-step problems.

Numbers to 50

Count, read, write, identify, represent in numerals and words; recognise place value.


This half term we are exploring the topic ‘Transport and Travel’ and our driving question is ‘Has transport changed over time?’

In this unit we will learn:

•     Explore how people used to travel in the past

•     Compare and contrast old modes of transportation with how we travel today

•     Study how technology has changed transport, focusing on different modes of transportation in land, sea and air

•     Study significant events and people, such as the Wright brothers and the first space flight in 1961

•     Predict how transport might change and what it could look like in the future.


This half term our topic in Science is ‘Amazing Animals.’ This unit is designed to give pupils the opportunity to think about common animals that they may see and/or read about regularly. It provides them with an opportunity to think about the similarities and differences between animals using the five main categories of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. This is the first biology unit that pupils come across this year and the national curriculum states that pupils should

identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals; identify and name a variety of common animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores; describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals including pets); identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part of the body is associated with each sense”. All of these NC statements are covered within this ten lesson unit of work.

Get in Touch

As your child’s class teacher, it is my aim to work in partnership with parents to provide and excellent experience for your child. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions whatsoever. The best way to do this is to telephone school to arrange an appointment on 01909 550123.