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Year 1

We are Dragonfly and Fox class!

Welcome to the Year 1 class page.


We have two classes in Year 1, Dragonfly and Fox class. Mrs Hetherington is class teacher in Dragonfly class, and Miss Canty is class teacher in Fox class. We are supported by Mrs Baker, Mrs Siddalls and Miss Kearley. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Mrs Siddalls (HLTA) teaches Dragonfly class in the afternoons. On a Thursday, Mrs Parsons (HLTA) teaches Fox class in the afternoons.


Please note, our PE days are: 

Monday & Wednesday

You can come to school wearing your PE kit on these days.


Reading books are changed weekly on a Monday. 

Communication with Parents and Carers


At St Mary Infants we use Class Dojo to inform you about our class learning, news, updates and as a parent-teacher communication tool.  We also use Dojo to share the children's success in school using Portfolios and we use Dojo points as part of our reward system in school. Class Dojo is password protected so you will need to log in using the details we have emailed to you. Please do keep in touch through Class Dojo messenger!

Our Learning


Spring 1 - Why does it matter where my food comes from?


This term our topic has a Geography focus. We will be developing our geographic skills, we will learning about where our food comes from, how it is produced an why Devon is a great place for Dairy Farmer. 



We follow Read, Write, Inc. for our phonics learning. We are learning our Set 2 and 3 sounds and using these to read and spell words. 

Please follow these links to find out more about how to support Phonics and reading at home:

By the end of Year 1, children are expected to be able to read and write a set of Common Exception words. These are words that do not follow regular spelling patterns and are not phonetically decodable. The image below is the list of these words. 



English is taught daily with a strong focus on providing high quality texts that inspire and motivate. This term our key texts are: 'Mixed up Fairy Tales' by Hilary Robinson and Nick Sharratt and 'Tell Me a Dragon' by Jackie Morris. We will learn both texts and explore adapting them with our own ideas. We will be practicing using capital letters, full stops and finger spaces in our writing. We will also learn about how we can use the conjunction 'and' to join sentences together. 

At our school, our handwriting is taught in cursive. In Year 1, we learn our 'lead-in' lines so we are ready to join our writing in Year 2. Please follow the link below to LetterJoin website and use the login provided on Dojo:



As a school we follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning and we have a focus on teaching for Mastery. This half term we will be learning about Place value to 50 and Addition and Subtraction. 

Please follow these links for more information and ideas about how to support Maths at home:


For more information about our learning for this term, please find attached our Curriculum Overview below. 

Year 1 Curriculum Overview - Autumn Term 2


“Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14)


Love, Friendship, Thankfulness, Respect, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Trust

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