Welcome to Year 1's class page! Here you can find information about what we are learning about and general information about your class. 

If you need to contact your class teacher about anything please email them - 

1S: Miss Sumner - m.sumner@st-clares.manchester.sch.uk

1D: Miss Dodman - l.dodman@st-clares.manchester.sch.uk

Curriculum Overview:

Summer 1 Overview Y1

Y1 Yearly Overview


Check out our videos on the four operations:






PE days: 

1S - Monday and Friday.

1D - Tuesday and Friday.

We ask that your child has a plain white t-shirt, black shorts (jogging bottoms in the colder weather) and suitable footwear. Children are to come to school wearing their PE kits on their PE day.


Reading Books:

In the words of Dr Seuss ‘The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go’

Reading is vital for your child’s development, so we naturally want to promote a love of reading here at St Clare’s. Your child will have opportunities to read in school, but we need your support too and we ask that your child reads daily at home. Your child will be able to change their shared reading books daily, providing their reading record is signed. RWI books will be changed every Thursday, so please ensure that reading books are brought into school each day.



Literacy and Maths homework is sent home every Friday and should be brought back no later than the following Wednesday so that we have time to stick in the new homework. We do understand that there may be occasions where this may be late. Please just let us know in advance as we are happy to re-arrange on the odd occasion. Spellings will be sent home each Friday for your child to practise at home for the Spelling Test on the following Friday!


Useful Links for Parents:

Online Games for Maths and Literacy

Capital Letters and Full Stops activities

Using Phonics at Home

Home Reading

Children's wellbeing activities




What have we been doing in school?



As our current topic in religion is Baptism - Belonging, we organised a visit to Church, where Father Jeremiah taught us all about what happens when a baby is Baptised. It was so interesting to learn about it in Church, as it made our learning much more purposeful as we could see first hand how it all happens!



Today in Music, Y1 have been experimenting with the Glockenspiels. We used our imagination to create different rhythms and improvised with the song 'Your Imagination'. We had lots of fun!



Today we went on our first school trip to Eureka! the interactive science museum in Halifax. We had such a wonderful time and learnt so much! We learned about light, noise, the human body, how to care for our bodies, the brain, and even became Grossologists when we went into a Gross Lab to find out about the disgusting things that happen inside our bodies! There were also lots of role-play areas to explore such as The Bank, Marks and Spencer's, The Post Office and The Garage/Car Wash. 




As a treat for our last day of half term, the circus came to St Clare's! We enjoyed watching the hilarious tricky and skills that the circus performed and even had a go at learning the tricks ourselves, we learnt how to spin a plate ona  stick, and we were really good at it! 




Today we were lucky enough to take part in a graffiti workshop - we were taught how to use spray paint and used templates to create our own designs on a wall! 




We have been learning all about Andy Warhol this half term. They have been practising using bright colours and drawing portraits. We learned that he used screen printing a lot in his art which meant that he used repeated patterns but changed the colour each time. 




This week has been Multi-Faith week and we got a chance to learn more about the religion Judaism. We discovered some new religious symbols including the Star of David and created our own stained glass window design of the star to display in our classroom window! 





This week has been our first full week back at school! We have had lots of fun in Numeracy, where we have been learning about number and practicing counting forwards and backwards.


During our Literacy lessons, we have been reading our class text – The Bog Baby. The children have been learning about labels and how they are used to tell us what something is. We have also used labels in our science lessons to help us label the human body in our Animals including human’s topic.  


The fun has continued in our foundation subjects such as Music, where we have been finding the pulse of different styles of music and in Art where we have been learning about the artist Andy Warhol.