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St. Mary’s Catholic Academy
part of the Painsley Catholic Academy

Love and Serve

“Every individual will develop knowledge, skills and understanding with confidence and belief to take in life's journey. Together we will excel, love and serve through the Catholic Faith without limitations.”

Year 1


Dates to remember:

Wednesday, 25th September

Meet the teacher in school




Our delicious curriculum vehicle for Autumn 2019 is:


Ready, Steady, Bake Off!


Click below to see more about our curriculum at St Mary's


This term we will be finding out everything we need to know about gingerbread. This includes; taste testing, making, decorating and even marketing gingerbread! We will be visiting our own school kitchen and seeing cooking in action; visiting Morrisons and looking at the different ingredients we will need. We will also be finding out about a 100-year-old gingerbread recipe discovered locally in a cafe in Leek. Our vehicle outcome is to create a poster advertising this local delicacy, so it is a MUST that we taste some first!

Also this term...


We will be looking at the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and discovering if anybody could catch him.




In mathematics we will be covering lots of areas, including:

-place value

-number bonds to 10






This term we will find out about everyday materials and their properties.




Year 1 will be diving into the colourful world of Andy Warhol! We will be using his bright pop art to inspire our gingerbread packaging!



Design and Technology

In D&T we will be taste testing and evaluating a variety of different types of gingerbread. We will then have a go at making our own!




We will be exploring our local history and finding out more about Leek Gingerbread.




This term we will be finding local places on a map that we will be visiting. On our local area walk we will be looking for different human and physical features.





We will be using a range of instruments to explore ‘The Gingerbread Man’.




We will be looking into how to take responsibility for our own health and that of others. This will play a key role when we make our gingerbread.




 This term we will be learning some key skills such as special awareness and coordination. We will then use these skills in a range of games.



Religious Education

During this term we will look at:


-Families and Celebrations








Homework is given out every Wednesday, ready to be returned the following Monday.

Children are encouraged to read for at least 10 minutes each night too.



Many thanks for your continuing support!


Mrs Nicholls and Mrs Whittaker


Year 1 and Year 2 Curriculum and Expectations

Below you will find the expectations for Year 1 and Year 2 in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This year the year 2 will be following the government's End of Key Stage 1 interim curriculum. The government guidance can be downloaded at the bottom of the page. This document provides detail of the specific expectations for the end of year 2 statutory tests and expectations.

The document for year 1 which can be downloaded below identifies Year 1 expectations. In this document we have also produced ‘deepening’ targets for parents to show you the targets that the children will be working towards if they have met all of the ‘expected’ targets to master their learning skills.

As a school we shall report your child’s progress against these end of year expectations at parent’s evening during the year.

The following terms will be used:

·         Your child is not on track to meet the end of year national expectations.

·         Your child is on track to meet the end of year national expectations .

·         Your child is on track to deepen the end of year national expectations.

Any extra support you can provide in helping your child or children to achieve these will benefit them greatly.