Our Class – Year 1

Here you will find any basic information about life in Year One as well as being able to see what we are up to by looking at the Year One blog (please find and select from the drop down menu above^)

If you have any questions, they may be answered below. However, if you would like to talk about anything further, please feel free to contact me.

Kind Regards

Miss Corkerry

Our Class Saint


“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…”

Paul was a follower of Jesus  who famously converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus.

He made some wrong choices as he grew and he became quite an angry man who hurt others. When he opened his heart to Jesus everything changed, Paul left behind his unkind ways and turned towards the light.

He had lost and was found by Jesus

Saint Paul… Pray for us


Our Charity Outreach and Community Links this half term

We will be supporting CAFOD with their Walk Against Hunger campaign during Lent 2022. This campaign looks to support those in our global community who are still experiencing poverty and going hungry. Walk Against Hunger is going to be our Lenten challenge: 5km a day, 200km throughout Lent. Every day. For 40 days. More details will follow on how to support us on this journey.


We are absolutely delighted to have made a community link with Herald Lodge Care Home. We were due to go and share in some Christmas cheer by singing songs with them, this has changed and will now happen this term. We thank herald Lodge for their thoughtful gifts for the children before Christmas. We are learning songs and cannot wait to visit!


We will be supporting the Dementia UK this half term. This is a charity that supports many of our families and is well known to many in our local community. The children will learn a little about the charity and the support they provide to people who are living with this and their families.  There will be a sweet stall that the Year One children will run that others can buy from, with all money raised donated to the charity.


Spring Welcome

A huge welcome back and happy new year to you all, I hope that 2022 brings much health and happiness for you all. Thank you all so much for the generous gifts, well wishes and beautiful cards over Christmas, they were very much appreciated. As we begin the spring term it is a great opportunity to look back at how far the children have come and all their successes in the first term of Year One. They all took their new learning experiences in their stride and took steps in self-confidence and the ability to try again even when things got a little tough. I hope this continues this term, with even more success for every child. A very exciting term lies ahead of us, with lots of new learning opportunities to be excited about.


Autumn Welcome

Welcome back! We are absolutely delighted to have the children back and our school buzzing with noise again. Year One is an important year for many different reasons; it is the beginning of their Key Stage One journey with a higher level of independence and responsibility expected, they begin to access new subjects and they have a greater presence in the whole school community. These next steps, (although for some sound daunting at first) are experiences that will always be guided and supported by an adult and the aim is always to complete them with a level of fun along the way. Our first priority will always remain, to ensure all of your children are happy and safe here and everything we do will be with the children at the centre of our focus.

Reading: It is the school’s requirement that your child is spending 10-15mins (minimum) reading at least 4 times a week at home. Reading is vital to developing children’s imagination and creativity. It is also vital to help with the development of phonics, by hearing them read as much as possible at home, they get constant practise of the skills needed to make progress in phonics. It is an imperative element of being able to access all parts of the curriculum and learning within the classroom. For this reason, it is given a very high focus and priority. Please sign the reading record with what they have read at home and how well they were able to read the book. Reading books will be sent out on a Monday and returned on a Friday.

Autumn Term Curriculum

We will be starting the year by assessing the children using the Early Learning Goals from Reception to check for gaps in learning before moving on to look at bridging the gap and transitioning from the EYFS curriculum and the National Curriculum for Year One.  The information below gives a brief overview of the planned units/themes that will be covered in Year 1 this term, with the best intentions some plans are subject to change due to other factors, so this may be changed and updated when necessary:


Please find below our key objectives to cover this term. The children will continue to revisit and apply previous learning from Reception as well as hopefully now be able to access more challenges within these areas.

Autumn 1

Basic Skills

-Counting to and from 20 and beyond

-Finding one more and one less than a number

-Ordering numbers up to and beyond 20

-Adding and subtracting numbers to 20 and beyond


-Identifying 2D and 3D shapes

-Find 2D and 3D shapes in their environment

-Name 2D and 3D shapes


Autumn 2

Number skill

-Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction

-Counting to and over 100

-Ordering numbers beyond 20

-Learning how to read and write numbers in word form.


-Identifying 2D and 3D shapes

-Find 2D and 3D shapes in their environment

-Name 2D and 3D shapes


How can I help my child with maths this term?

Children make the best steps of progress as mathematicians when they regularly repeat skills and practise them until they become embedded.  This can sometimes be quite a lengthy process and so the use of the context of an exciting game or interesting activity can be highly motivating.  Children in Year One, learn best when they are having fun and that’s what games are for!

Count objects around the house – When counting, encourage your child to point to each object, putting them in a row. For more than 10 objects, group into tens to see that, for example, 32 is 3 tens and 2 ones. Practise counting in twos, fives or tens using, for example, pairs of socks, fingers on hands or 10p coins.

Play dice games – Gather some objects – blocks, buttons, even biscuits! Roll two dice and find the total, using the objects to add practically. Or start with, say, 12 objects, roll a dice and subtract the number shown on the dice to find how many objects are left. The player with more objects wins.

 Use toys – Explore fractions using some of your child’s favourite toys, for example teddies or cars. Ask your child to halve their toys by splitting them into two equal groups. So, for ten cars, make two groups of five. Similarly, practise finding one quarter by splitting toys into four equal groups.

Here are a few website you could use if you wish to support maths at home:






Please find below our key objectives to cover this term. The children will continue to have correct letter formation and cursive flicks as part of their writing. In addition to the information below, children will also have daily phonics in their groups. These will be assessed every 6 weeks.

Description writing –A very important person

A very important person – Children to create a piece of descriptive writing about someone who is very important to them. Including adjectives and noun phrases to describe features and personality

Instructional – recipe

Making pumpkin soup – A set of instructions to go through the process of making an autumnal soup ready for a Halloween party

Recount – Lady Godiva’s big day out

Lady Godiva – A letter to Lord Leofric telling him of her decision to ride through the streets of Coventry

Review – Film

Review of the film at the cinema (hopefully) – Following a trip to the cinema a review on the film watched using basic features of reviews.

Poetry – Free Verse

The wonder of Jesus – children to create poetry based on the arrival of baby Jesus, focused on feelings, emotions and environment

We are currently reading

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

How can I help my child with English this term?

Children make the best steps of progress in English when the focus begins with their own speech, language and listening skills. In the beginning, focus should be on reading skill and sentence structure. The best way to develop these skills is through conversation, taking turns in games/talking and reading together.

Making up stories – Whilst out walking or in your house make up stories about different objects. To adults a stone is a stone, but to young children there are hundreds of things that stone could be or things that the stone could do. Use this innate imagination to create stories. These do not have to be written down they can be verbal.

Play response and actions games – Games are the best way to involve and excite children. Simple games like Simon Says, Hurrah-Boo! or I Went to the Shops…

Role play and make believe – Role- playing is a great way to introduce new vocabulary ad set the children up for real life skills. Playing shops, doctors, hairdressers builds a conversation and allows new words to be added to the children’s vocabulary as well as gives the chance to practise conversational skills and answering questions.

Here are a few website you could use if you wish to support English at home:






Religious Education

Of huge importance in the children’s learning is that which they experience in their RE lessons. The children in addition to these lessons participate in daily prayer, class prayer services and whole school collective worship. Our units to complete the year are below.

This half term we are being – Eloquent and Truthful


To know that God created the world and everything in it. To find wonder and awe in God’s creations

Families and Celebrations

To know that we are part of a family and we have many things to celebrate including the celebration of mass

Jesus the Teacher

To understand that Jesus taught his people many things and continues to teach us today


To know why we participate in Advent and what we are waiting for



Everyday Materials

To know the difference between an object and the material from which it is made. To be able to identify and name a variety of everyday materials, including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water, and rock. To be able to describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials and compare them.

Seasonal Changes-observe changes across the four seasons

As with our other seasons we will learn more about the season of Autumn and observe and describe weather associated with this season. We will take a deeper look into how our world changes during this season.


Monday – Mr Youson

Thursday – Miss Corkerry


Humanities (Geography and History)

Weather and Seasons

– Know and name the four seasons experienced in the UK and how this varies by location

– Identify and describe the main characteristics of the seasons

– Identify and describe hot and cold regions of the world in relation to the equator and poles

– Understand the term weather and identify and explain different types of weather.


Coventry Now and Then

– how and when did Coventry get its name

– know the story of Lady Godiva

– what jobs did people have in early Coventry

– what jobs do people have now

– why was the new Cathedral built?

– how has the City Centre changed?



Printing: Natural materials

To experiment with printing using natural materials: leaves, pine cones, acorns, fruit and berries.

To create rubbings of bark and other natural materials

Collage and Textiles: Seasons

To use different colour choices and techniques to create a seasonal piece of artwork


Key dates

Tuesday 21st September 2021 – Year 1, 2 and 3 class mass @9.30am

Friday 1st October 2021 – Go green for CAFOD (Harvest festival)

Sunday 3rd October 2021 – School mass @9.30am

Tuesday 5th October 2021 – Year 1, 2 and 3 class mass @9.30am

Monday 18th October 2021 – Parent’s evening

Tuesday 19th October 2021- Parent’s evening

Friday 22nd October 2021 – Last day of Autumn 1 term

Monday 1st November 2021 – Back to school

Tuesday 2nd November 2021 – All Souls’ Day

Sunday 7th November 2021 – School mass @9.30am

Tuesday 23rd November 2021 – Year 1 and 2 to the cinema

Sunday 5th December 2021 – School mass @9.30am

As an exciting year for the children begins, I am very much looking forward to working alongside you all to ensure that the children’s best interests are always a priority. Year One is a transitional year for the children. They move from play-based learning in Foundation Stage to the more structured approach to learning in Year 1. This is a huge change for the children bringing about many challenges and rewards. There are many demands on the children to become more independent, show skills of listening, following instructions and working independently. I will create every opportunity possible at school for the children to achieve and I am sure you will work to support me with this, to ensure the children are happy, healthy and confident individuals in the year ahead.

If you need to contact me at any point please don’t hesitate my email address is [email protected]


Kind regards,

Miss R. Corkerry                                                             

Year One Teacher


Mrs S O’Shea

Year One Teacher


Ms S McGaffney

Year One Teaching Assistant       


Just a few photos of some of the things we have been up to since returning to school!


Year One staff team

Class Teachers – Miss Corkerry, Mrs Hands and Mrs O’Shea

Teaching Assistant – Miss McGaffney

Life in Year One

Year One is a change for the children. We move from the EYFS curriculum to the National Currculum, which comes with some new learning opportunities by building on their foundational skills. This year it is a little different as the children have missed out on gaining these essential skills so we will work to build these first. The children’s day is more structured with a distinct separation between play and learning. There are opportunities for free play but this will decrease as the term goes on, the day will be timetabled for specific subject areas. Children’s learning is compartmentalised into clear subject areas. Although having an over-arching focus area; children will have separate books and lessons timetabled for these areas.  Learning does move at a quicker pace in Year One, this is not a rushed process but does need the engagement of the children and consistent attendance, where possible. As the curriculum here at All Souls is jam-packed with exciting adventures and learning pursuits it is essential that the children, if well and able, are in school every day ready to learn. There is a decrease in provision for independent, outdoor learning; instead this will be completed in small groups or a class.

A typical day – what does it look like?

The honest answer is there isn’t a typical day in Year One. We change as the children enter and although a general outline and specific objectives are always planned for this does not always happen. This is only an idea of what a day looks like and does not detail, play, outdoor learning, forest school or free choice. It is also subject to changes based on what the children need.

8.30 – 9.00am Children arrive and early morning tasks
9.00 – 09.30am Phonics
09.30 – 09.45  am Handwriting or fine motor control activities
09.45 – 10.30 am English
10.10 – 10.40 am Alphabet or basic number recognition
11.00 – 11.45 am Maths
11.45 – 11.55am Speaking and Listening
1.00 – 1.20pm Prayer service
1.20 – 1.55 pm RE/ Science/PE/Art and Design/Geography/History
2.15 – 3.00pm RE/ Science/PE/Art and Design/Geography/History
3.00 – 3.15pm Story Time


What can I be doing at home to support my child?

  • Practise reading and writing of the Common Exception words for Year One
  • Counting back and forward to 20 and beyond
  • Finding the amount, how many blue cars are on this road?
  • Reading to your child and hearing them read
  • Practise getting dressed
  • Practise cutting up and eating food independently
  • Questionning them when reading
  • Having conversations and asking why or how

Expectations for Year One
We have high expectations for all of the children in Year 1.

We wish for children to be the very best they can be
We expect all children to respect the Catholic ethos of the school.
We hope that children will take every opportunity given to them to develop to reach their full potential
We expect for behaviour to be of the highest standard, with a consideration for others inside and outside the classroom
We expect all children to come to school ready to learn, this includes having the correct school uniform, including correct footwear, which is to be labelled.
Most of all we expect the children to be willing to learn and grow as individuals, working to better themselves both academically and personally.

Learning in Year One
• Please see Year 1’s newsletter for curriculum and dates for the diary.