Hello, my name is Mrs Giles and I am the Year One teacher at St Joseph's School,
as well as the Key Stage One Leader.

Working alongside myself, and the children in Year One, is Mrs. Needham. 

Year One is the first year of Key Stage One. This marks an important transition for children, as they get
used to new ways of learning, for example, moving away from learning through play, to establishing more structured methods of learning.

If you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

 Mrs Giles and Mrs Needham

Our Current Topic

This term, our topic is called “It’s All About Me!” We will be learning all about ourselves, by identifying, naming and labelling the basic parts of the human body. We will also be learning about our local area, where we live; including the physical and human features of our local area. Please take a look at the Curriculum Map below for more details!


Please see below for our Creative Homework tasks for this half term.  Children are also expected to read regularly at home.  Please write in your child’s journal if they have read at home, so that new reading books can be issued throughout the week.  Spellings will also be sent out weekly and should be learnt ahead of our spelling test on a Wednesday.



Year 1 children will take the Statutory Phonics Screening Check during week commencing Monday 11th June 2018.  

The check is very similar to tasks the children already complete during daily phonics lessons.  The focus of the check is to provide evidence of children’s decoding and blending skills.  The children will be asked to ‘sound out’ a word and blend the sounds together. e.g. d-o-g = dog.  The check will consist of 20 ‘real’ words and 20 ‘non-words,’ (40 words in total).  The children will be scored against a National Standard; parents will receive their child's results with their end of year reports.

Phonics Screening Check 2014 Assessment Material.pdf





How can I help my child at home?

Please continue to read with your child, each night, and encourage them to:

  • Sound out words
  • Re-read to check their spoken words make sense
  • Use pictures for clues
  • Ask questions about the book


Useful Games and Resources - worksheets for a variety of sounding and blending - a good selection of resources including worksheets and some interactive games. - under word level section of literacy, a good selection of worksheets and PowerPoint files.  Covers phonics and alphabet work. (American site) - simple worksheets mostly CVC and initial sounds. - mix of good interactive games and worksheets covering most phonic phases. - a very good selection of interactive games focusing on phonics and sentence construction.  Each is split into medium / hard / very hard and are short and fun. - a great selection of games that link well with games in Letters and Sounds. - a selection of interactive games for all phonic phases. - interactive games for a range of sounds.


Year 1 Online Learning

Inside the front of your child’s journal, there are login in details for two websites which we subscribe to at St. Joseph's: Education City and Purple Mash. These two websites have fantastic interactive Maths, English and phonics games for you and your child to access at home on your laptop or tablet.


Year 1 Curriculum Documents

Year 1 Curriculum Map Autumn Term 2017-2018

Year 1 Creative Homework Autumn Term 2017-2018