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Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 page

Class Teachers: Mrs Pritchard (Monday - Wednesday)

                            Mrs Hemsworth (Thursday to Friday)

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Cetin                                 

Class Governor: Mrs Summers

Spring Term

Outdoor Learning

The children had a brilliant morning today (1.4.21) learning outdoors. We planted seeds, made clay models, went pond dipping and explored the outdoors. The children played so nicely together and were very sensible throughout the more risky activities such as pond dipping. They had smiles on their faces throughout the whole morning and were so eager to share what they had found or done. 


Competitions and creativity!

What a busy few weeks we have had! They children have really impressed us with their eagerness to write, grow and cook over the last 2 weeks! They made some delicious vegetable soup with their home grown cress and had the wonderful news of winning the competition! Our caterpillars will be with us on our first Monday back after the Easter break. We have spent time learning how to care for them. We discovered that if we keep them warm, then metamorphosis will happen sooner! 



We also had a visit from Mark who works at Perdiwell Leisure Centre. We had a great tennis session with him and he told us all about how we can use the courts at Gheluvelt Park and Cripplegate Park from early April. 



St George's CE Primary School Science Fair 2021

Thank you so much for all of your efforts in helping your children produce such amazing science projects. We were so impressed with the high levels of presentation, creativity and scientific skills shown. The children presented their projects with such enthusiasm and we were so proud of all of the work they produced. 


  • We are half way through the Spring Term already! We would like to thank you all for your support during lockdown and for your outstanding effort with home learning. We understand how hard it is to support your child at home whilst trying to work and whilst caring for older or younger siblings simultaneously. 
  • Upon returning to school from the 8th March, PE days will still be on a Monday and Thursday and children will still be required to attend school dressed in their PE kits on those days. We will not be doing PE on the first Monday back, however, so children can wear their school uniform that day.
  • Reading books will still be changed on a Monday and Thursday. We will spend the first week checking which colour band each child should be on. This will take a couple of days. The children will bring a 'book to read' and a 'book to share'. Both of these books will be changed on a Monday and Thursday unless asked otherwise.  
  • For the rest of this half term, we will be continuing with our topic 'Spring to Life'. We will continue work on our competition entry when in class and we will be spending time getting used to being back at school together! If there is anything you would like to let us know about, please e-mail and we will reply as soon as we can.



Autumn Information - 6th November 2020

Further to the information your child has brought home today, please click the link below to access the presentation.

Year 1 Information Presentation


Autumn Term

Settling In

We understand that the children have had a lot of time off and entering Year 1 is a big step for children which is why our first term at St. George's will mainly focus on settling in, learning routines and re-affirming friends. We will be working with each individual child to work out where the gaps in their learning are. We are committed to making the transition from Reception to Year 1 a positive experience for pupils.  


PE days are on Mondays and Thursdays. Please make sure you send your child to school in their PE kits on these days. 


Books are handed out on a Thursday and are to be returned on the following Thursday. The children will bring a book home that is phonologically decodable ('A book I can read') and a book from our interest baskets ('A book to share'). The 'book I can read' is to be read throughout the week. Research has shown that repetition is a key factor to learning to read fluently. Please try to listen to your child reading this book as often as possible. The book to share will be purely based on interest. It may be too difficult or too easy for your child to read, however it is purely to help develop a love of reading and to instil 'reading for pleasure'. If you would like access to more books then please use the following link:

The Site to visit for Collins Big Cat online books is: click on the Teacher portal and enter: 


Password: $tGeorges2020 and click Login.

We will be starting our 100 nights reading challenge soon. You will receive a letter with more details. We will also be holding a zoom meeting all about early reading soon. More details to follow.


We learn cursive handwriting at St George's. Download an alphabet in cursive font here.

For phase 2, 3 and 5 sound mats, click here


Our topic this half term is 'Things that go bump in the night' 

Our key texts in literacy are 'The Monster Machine' and 'Do not enter the Monster Zoo'.

If you have any queries or questions, please feel free to email or send a note in with your child. Appointments to speak to one of us can be made at the school office.


Autumn 2

 What a busy week we've had this week! This week, we've been learning about Bonfire night and fireworks. We have created 'senses poetry' about fireworks. We toasted marshmallows, lit sparklers and watched a firework display online to ensure we had real life experiences to write about. The children also learnt about why we celebrate Bonfire Night and were able to recall many of the key events of the Gunpowder Plot. In Science we set off our own rockets which led to brilliant discussions about what we had seen. The children demonstrated scientific skills such as predicting, observing and concluding. We also finished making our Superhero capes which were designed by the children last half term. A wonderful first week back!




 On Friday 13th November we had a visitor come in to lead a fitness class with us. The children worked so hard as you can see from the blurry photos! Well done Year 1!

 This week in Maths, the children have been learning how to find the difference between two numbers. They have learnt that the gap between two numbers is known as the difference. To support your child with this at home, you could find the difference between two groups of objects. Encourage your child to place the first group of objects in a line. They should line up the pieces from the second group exactly underneath the first group. Ask questions such as, which group has more/less? What is the difference between the two groups?

On Thursday 19th November, we went on a 3d shape hunt. The children were very good at naming the different 3d shapes they could see. They looked really carefully at different structures to see what they could spot.


Thank you for sending in boxes! In D&T, the children have designed their own monster habitat, and this week we have made those designs a reality! The children chose their own materials, including natural materials to make them more realistic. The children also made their own monster out of plasticine and then created a stop frame animation with them in our Computing session. The results are fantastic!!! 



No pens Wednesday.

Wednesday 25th November was 'No Pens Wednesday'. We have had a great day! We have made our 'tricky words' out of playdough, which we plan on displaying around the classroom to practise reading our tricky words frequently. We have sorted 2D and 3D shapes and we have made 3D shapes out of lollipop sticks and playdough. We practised reading words which have included phonics that we have learnt so far this year, and we identified if the words was a 'real' word or a 'non-word'. If it was real, we placed it in our treasure chest, but if it was fake, we placed it in the bin! 


 On Friday 11th December, the children put on their best festive gear and took part in the Santa Dash. They had great fun running around the playground and certainly earnt a mince pie after all that exercise! Well done Year 1 for some fantastic running! 


 The children have had a lovely few festive days as we draw closer to the end of the Autumn term. We have made decorations, read the Jolly Christmas Postman, learnt our odd and even numbers when pretending we were the Jolly Christmas Postman and we have had a wonderful 'visit' from Father Christmas. He left us some presents, a letter and a very special video message! 

 View Santa's video here.