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Year 1


Class teacher Miss McCarthy

Year 1 is a very exciting year where the children transition from Early Years and move onto the National Curriculum. Early reading and phonics are a key priority in Year 1. We build on from Reception Class and continue with the Letters and Sounds scheme. We continue to send home reading books which directly link to the children’s phonics.

Books are broken down into the different phonic phases using a variety of books such as Oxford Reading Tree and Songbirds. Children are encouraged to read for pleasure and have free choice reading from our Library Books over the weekend. We encourage the children’s cursive style of writing and they gradually move towards a fully joined script. They use concrete apparatus to support their maths and develop further their problem-solving skills.

Children are encouraged to be creative, independent and resilient, as they experience an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum which includes ‘The Power of Reading’. At the end of Year 1 the children undertake a National Phonic Screening Check.

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St. James’ RC Primary School
Maybury Close,
Petts Wood,

Headteacher: Lisa Weeks
Chair of Governors:
Mary Hutchinson
SENCO: Joanne Richards

Contact Mrs Jones or Mrs Howie in the school office for general enquiries on
020 8467 8167

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We are delighted to announce that our 2021 Ofsted Report states that we remain OUTSTANDING.

We are pleased to be included in The Sunday Times Top 250 Primary Schools in England.


We are looking forward to another great performance of The Lion King.

Year 3 are looking forward to their Ancient Greek Day.

Please remember that classrooms are open today after school for parents to look at their children’s books.

We have 100% attendance today!

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