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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:





Our  curriculum vehicle for Spring 2020 is:




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


This term our vehicle is all about survival. We will be having some special visitors in Year 1; they will be telling us all about how they help people to survive. We will also be having a visit from some ‘creepy crawlies’ and we will be finding out how they are able to survive in the wild. Our vehicle outcome will be to create a small survival kit that we can use to help us survive our day in the forest!

Also this term...



In English we are looking at the story of ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ and discovering how Dorothy survived her time in Oz.




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

-place value to 50

-addition and subtraction

-length and height

-weight and volume





This term we will be finding out about seasonal change and how plants and animals survive the winter season. We will also be learning all about animals and humans.




Year 1 will be exploring nature and creating art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy.



Design and Technology

In D&T we will be using a variety of tools to create our own wooden birdhouses.




We will be learning all about ‘The Space Race’ and how Neil Armstrong went ‘into the unknown’ and became the first man on the moon.




This term we will be looking at the weather. We will look at seasonal weather patterns and think about how to survive in extreme weather!





We will be using our beautiful voices to sing and perform a selection of space themed songs.




We will be looking at how to keep ourselves safe at home, when out and about and when using the internet.




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



Religious Education

During this term we will look at:

-Jesus: Teacher and Healer



-Holy Week






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.