St Mary's CofE Primary School - 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...Love your neighbour as yourself.' Matthew 22 v37-40

St Mary's CofE Primary School

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1's class page

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Home school support

Note from Mr Hoyle

Useful websites for home access

Oxford Owl Tree Free ebooks for home reading


I have set up a class account with Oxford Owl who provide reading schemes to schools.  At the link below, you can click the pink "My Class Login" and enter the username and password sent via ClassDojo.


These books are free and in line with the colour reading bands that we send home every week.

Writing prompt of the week


Can you write a sentence about the picture below? 


Using your whiteboard, write a sentence using a capital letter to start, full stop to end and remember to use adjectives to describe.  Can you use a conjunction (bridge word) to join your sentence together?  


The brown dog is eating his bone but he wants to go outside.


This week's conjunction is..."but"


How many sentences using this weeks conjunction can you come up with?  Good luck and remember you can always share your sentence on Classdojo! 


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Scratch Jr


We use a variety of coding packages in ICT to teach coding to children.  One of these is Scratch Jr.  This is a useful coding app that develops children's understanding of algorithms and story building using coding.  It is currently free on the app store.


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Art for Kids Hub


We have used this Youtube page a few times in KS1 to support art.  I often show the drawing a little piece at a time before moving on.  There is a nice collection of different videos from this channel and also different channels that are useful to have a go at.


The weblink is below and here is an example as a taster.

How To Draw A Cute Unicorn

Learn how to draw a cute unicorn in just a few steps. Become an Art Club member Learn more about the art supplie...

How to toon -  Art for children

How to draw a bat

How to draw a cute cartoon bat.

Brightly Storytime


This is a useful Youtube channel I have used in class for story reading.  The link below will take you to the Youtube channel and here is an example of one of her stories.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Read Aloud Picture Book | Brightly Storytime

Ms. Linda reads the all-time classic picture book about a little caterpillar with a big appetite. Eric Carle's beloved book recently celebrated it's 50th bir...

Oliver Jeffers at home

Yoga for Kids


We have used these during P.E on occasion and the children really enjoy these sessions.  The link below is to the story of Frozen that has been adapted to include yoga poses.  There are a variety of yoga stories on the Cosmic Kids yoga channel.

Frozen | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!

Episode 32 | Frozen | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure! An epic kids yoga adventure inspired by Disney's Frozen! Join Jaime as we make the epic journey through A...

Go Noodle


We often pop a dance video on just for fun or to wake Year 1 up.  I believe it is free for families to use.  Another chance for a dance!  Check the link below and the Youtube channel has many tasters, such as The Macarena!

The Maxarena - Maximo | GoNoodle

This video comes from GoNoodle's Maximo channel. Maximo helps kids stretch and rejuvenate with a marvelous monkey. Create a free account on now ...

Joe Wicks P.E

P.E with Joe | Friday 27th March 2020

Day 5 of my 9am daily workouts

P.E with Joe | Thursday 26th March 2020

Day 4 of my 9am daily workouts

P.E with Joe | Wednesday 25th March 2020

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

P.E with Joe | Tuesday 24th March 2020

Day two of my 9am daily workouts

P.E with Joe / Monday 23rd March 2020

Day one of my 9am daily workouts

Useful websites for online gaming

Storyline Online


A useful website I have used for those spare ten minutes is Storyline Online.  It is a great website of books narrated by famous authors, actors and singers with pictures to support their storytelling.  We have used it in class and it has proved popular.


Below is a video from Youtube where you can access other Storyline Online videos.  Alternatively, you can access the website at the link below.

Arnie the Doughnut read by Chris O'Dowd

Arnie the Doughnut is written and illustrated by Laurie Keller and read by Chris O'Dowd. At first glance, Arnie looks like an average doughnut - round, cakey...

Sing for St Mary's

The Left vs. Right Song! | Scratch Garden

Months of the Year Song | Song for Kids | The Singing Walrus

My Lighthouse with lyrics (Rend Collective)

Rend Collective's "My Lighthouse" with Lyrics Video by Pastor Madeline - First United Methodist Church - Luling, TX Awesome background...

Our God is a great big God

One of the songs we sing at our Kidz Klubs in Brighton use during our V.I.P (Very Important Part) time. For more information about our work, please visit our...

'Together' from Out of the Ark Music @ Home (Words on Screen Lyric Video)

Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.

Everywhere Around Me

Kids song all about God's creation.


Popular Christian gospel song, hymnal, Sing-along, good for community singing, choir, group singing, singing together at gatherings, fellowship, worship or p...

The Easter story




The Temptation of Jesus

Based on Luke 4: 1-13 and Matthew 4:1-11

The Story of Easter (The Triumphal Entry)

If you would like to purchase this video for use in your church, visit our store - ...

The Story of Easter (The Last Supper)

This is part of a series of 3 videos that tell the story of Easter. Based on, Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:18-30

Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

This Bible story is based on John 13: 1-17.

Jesus Prays

This Bible story is based on John 17.

The Story of Easter (Jesus' Sacrifice)

If you would like to purchase this video for use in your church, visit our store - This...

God is With Us

This story focuses on Jesus' ascension after his resurrection and the message that he gave to his disciples right before he was taken to heaven. It also tell...

Jesus' Ascension

This story focuses on Jesus' acension after his resurrection and the message that he gave to his disciples right before he was taken to heaven. It also tells...

Welcome to Year 1!

A warm welcome to the Year 1 class page. We have a fun and exciting year ahead! The Year 1 staff are looking forward to working with both you and your children. Please remember if you have any questions then don't hesitate to contact us. 

In Year 1 the class teacher is Mr Hoyle and the teaching assistant is Mrs Keeling 


Reading Books

Reading books are changed every Monday. Please remember to complete your child's reading record to show whether you have read with your child at home. Library books are also changed every week.


Spelling and Multiplication Tests

Spellings will be sent home each week for your children to learn. They will then be tested on these every Thursday and the results will be sent home so you can see how they performed. 



Our PE lessons are on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit and that all items are named. 


KS1 Celebration Assembly

If your child has any medals or certificates that they have achieved from out-of-school activities, please send them in on a Wednesday so we can share them in our KS1 assembly. 


Show and Tell

Every Friday afternoon we will have show and tell if your child has anything they would like to bring in to share with the rest of the class. 

Happy World Book Day!

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World Book Day dressing up

Journey by Aaron Becker - our frieze

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The Big Castle Build!

Staying creative, we decided tom reuse lots of cardboard boxes and make our own castle!  We were painted each piece grey before creating the brick work with a mix of brown, green and peach colours. 


Some children made the towers our of tubes and coffee cups.  To finish off, we used tissue paper to create the water and ground where the castle sits.  We finished our castle by putting the very important drawbridge on the front.

World Book Day


We have been celebrating World Book Day by spending time in class reading a picture book.  A picture book is where there are no words, text or speech to read but the story develops through picture form.


We have been looking at a book called Journey, by Aaron Becker.



We have been looking at the pictures and discussing how a little girl takes an amazing adventure through the book.  The children were fascinated by a picture of a castle so we decided to spend time researching castles and learning their uses. 


For World Book Week, we made a sequence frieze.  This piece of art work represents the journey that the little girl takes as she opens a door leading into a forest.  From the forest she finds a river that takes her to an ancient castle.


I am very proud of Year 1 for their efforts making this artwork!

Keyboard practise in ICT

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Keyboard practise in ICT 4 The game is - Typing rockets

RSE evening


St Mary's welcomes you to the RSE evening tonight at 6pm.  We will be talking about the changes to the curriculum for PSHE and showing you the expected content for this new curriculum.  We will then take you to your child's classroom where the class teacher will show you examples of lessons and answer any questions that you may have.


We look forward to meeting with you this evening.

October 2019


The journey of chocolate

The journey of chocolate 1 Sorting pictures from bean to shop
The journey of chocolate 2 Tasting the final treat!

Droylsden Library class visit


Year 1 will be going for a walk to Droylsden Library in the next few weeks.  We will be introduced to the librarian, Stephanie, who will read them a nice story and introduce them to the library and discuss how books can be loaned.


I will be sending home a form which can be completed and returned if your child has not got a Tameside Library card.  We often visit the library through the year to encourage children to use this excellent community resource.

Smoke-free gates


St Mary's has signed up to Tameside's Smoke-Free gates initiative.  You will see signs at the front and rear school gates asking parents and visitors not to smoke on or around the school premises.  There is also a policy on our school website with more information about this positive change to our school environment.

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Thank you 


Thank you to Year 2 for their kind message at the end of our Wellbeing week!


My assembly was all about the five steps to wellbeing and how I myself used the steps to regain a little control during a stressful time.  I am glad Year 2 found this interesting!

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Events in the half term at Tameside Libraries

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Learning about creation and being creative ourselves.

Rockstar timestables!

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Well done to Year 1 for winning the class of the week for drama!

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Greater Manchester Fire Service visit

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Christmas cards for the lonely at Droylsden Library

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Christmas dinner day

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It's Christmas!

 Spring term 1


Welcome back from the Christmas break.  We are rested and ready to begin our new term ahead.  Hopefully with lots of progress and fun in class again!  Please check out a few of the things we are learning about in school this term.




This term, we will looking closely at addition and subtraction methods.  We will be revisiting what we have covered already and we will begin to look at different methods that we can use.  These include drawing pictures and adding or taking away images and then recounting how many we have left.  We will also be exploring numbers lines for subtraction.


Alongside our methods, we will be looking at coin denominations.  Any support at home into coin values will be greatly appreciated.




We will be working on using verbs in both present and past tense forms and finding different types of words in sentences.  These include nouns (people, places and things), adjectives (describing words) and verbs (actions/doing words).  We will be working towards our next fiction story towards the end of the half term.




Our topic this term will be Inspirational Women and we have chosen Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly across the Atlantic channel.  We have so far studied different things that fly and the children have enjoyed getting creative for this topic.




We are learning about Basketball this term and the children have really enjoyed these lessons!  We have taught bouncing, dribbling, chest and bounce passes and we are now practising our shooting skills.




Jesus- a friend to everyone is our theme for Spring.  We have been exploring what friendship is and listening to different stories where Jesus was a good friend.  The children will learn about the friends Jesus had alongside his many miracles.




Mr Lee has been joining us for music lessons on a Monday.  It has been a joy to have him in our team and the children enjoy his passion for music.  Thank you!


We will be visiting Droylsden Library in the next half term so I will keep you informed of this event.


Best wishes,


Mr Hoyle


Art - Things that fly

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What are verbs?

RE- Water into wine

Safer Internet Day

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Safer Internet Day


We looked at how to keep our password safe and how our information online needs to be private.  We had a great discussion about what types of information we could share and also the different ways we communicate online.  We tried to sort emoji faces with their emotion and had a go at making our own also.

Jesus stills the water drama session

Jesus was special


We remember the Bible story of Jesus and the fishermen by creating our own paper-plate fish.  We followed a set of instructions and used the plate as the body and tail.  The children decorated their fish however they wished.  

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Bingo! 3 We practised our counting skills today.
Bingo! 4 We played bingo and covered each animal.
Bingo! 5 We then counted the counters together.

ICT - Click and drag techniques

Creating shapes with everyday items

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London- Old or new?

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Kid Yoga in the hall

Kid Yoga in the hall 1 We use Cosmic Kids, found on Youtube

Year 1's first penalty shoot-out

Science - Labelling the body

Drama session week 1 - The left and right song

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RE- Where does our food come from?

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Days of the Week clap clap! to the tune of the Addams Family

The children were learning about the days of the week and responded well to this short video. We sing it in class every week just to get the children settled or reminded of this song.

September 2019