Year 1 2023 - 2024

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Happy September and Welcome to Year 1!


This year, Year 1 will have Miss Liptrot as their teacher and we have Miss Lalley with us and also Mr Williams who will be with us in the mornings.

We hope you are as excited as we are!

Year 1 is a fantastic year full of big steps and amazing progress in which your children are becoming independent, curious and excited learners!  In Year 1, we continue to build on the very strong foundation they have built thus far in phonics, Maths, Literacy as well as their understanding of world.  We will have a large focus on phonics to ensure your children are ready to meet the level needed for the national phonics screening check in June. We will also develop our reading and writing skills as well as beginning to understand simple math concepts like addition and subtraction. As we are a faith school, the theme of ‘Families’ will be running alongside these topics to provide a wholesome, well-rounded curriculum to support and nurture your child.

We have two class pets in Year One. They are called Darwin and Rock ‘n’ Roll. They are very gentle guinea pigs and great for the children. They do however need somewhere to sleep on the weekends. We provide everything you would need to take care of them.

If you are interested in taking the Guinea Pigs home for a weekend or a school holiday, please contact Carrie.

Finally, if there is anything else you would like to know feel free to come and ask!

The importance of reading in Year 1:

  • Reading is a large part of your child’s journey in Year 1 as they will be utilising their phonics skills to read books. The act of reading will build their knowledge and meanings of words which will support their early writing and language development.
  • Your child will continue to be taught phonics daily using The Essential Letters and Sounds scheme.
  • In Year 1, your child will read every day in school as part of our pledge to support your child to read. Furthermore, your child will receive a book on a weekly basis based on their reading ability and will read to an adult in school to consolidate and progress their skills.
  • We ask that parents read with your child every day for at least 10 minutes to support their reading journey and to document this in their reading record- this will be given to you at the start of the year.

 Important Notices:

  • Year 1 must arrive at school by 8:55am to start the day and the school day will end at 3:15pm.
  • Your child MUST bring in their reading book bags containing their books and reading records EVERYDAY.
  • We do provide fruit at breaks time but if you wish, your child can bring in their own snack. However, you can only bring in healthy snacks such as fruits, breadsticks, carrots and cheese etc. Any sweets, chocolate, fizzy drinks etc, will be not allowed in school.
  • We have PE every Monday and Wednesday so we ask that your children come to school in their PE kit on these days.
  • Library will be on a Friday so please send in your child’s library book to swap on this day. They won’t be able to take a new book until their current one is returned. If you have lost their book, please see Carrie.
  • Show and tell is also on a Friday. The children can bring in something special to them or tell some news about something they have done. We ask that toys are not brought for show and tell.


  • Please provide your child with a name labelled water bottle for use through the day.
  • Please label jumpers, cardigans, coats, hats, gloves etc, clearly with your child’s name to avoid them getting lost or mistakenly taken.
  • If you wish for your child to have Milk during break times then please contact the office.
  • If you wish for your child to attend breakfast/afterschool club/ enrichment clubs then please contact the office.


  • Your child will be given a pack of Maths, English and other useful activities at the start of the year to do at home. Please read the letter enclosed on the pack for more guidance and information.
  • We will have a weekly homework sheet each Friday that we ask is completed for the following Friday. It will contain their weekly spellings, an activity related to our class learning and a life skill task designed to help them with general development.

If there is information you need, a concern you may have or good news you would like to share, please contact Miss Liptrot.

Finally, we are looking forward to having a wonderful year filled with memories, friendships and adventures with a great class!


These websites will help us with our work throughout the year.

Computer Circus
Mewan - Primary Place
BBC Bitesize (KS1)
BBC Schools
Crickweb (KS1)
Woodlands Junior
Woodlands Junior (KS1)
Primary Games
ICT Games
Primary Safe Search

Files to Download

Year 1: Calendar items

Climbing trip - Rock Up, by Ms Hetherington

Pond Dipping trip, by Ms Hetherington

Get in touch

Our Lady's RC Primary School

Whalley Road, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8AW

Head of School Anna Ward and Executive Head Catherine Gordon

0161 226

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