Year 1 2020 - 2021

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 page! This is where you will find out about what is happening in Year 1. We will update our page regularly with information that you will need so if you're ever unsure, please check here.

Year 1 JI/LR- Miss Irons & Mrs Rowlands

Mrs Rowlands & Ms Irons

Our class saint is Francis of Assisi, venerated as Saint Francis of Assisi, also known in his ministry as Francesco, was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon, philosopher, mystic, and preacher. He was canonised on 16th of July 1228, his feast day is 4th October.

Year 1TE- Mrs Ebbrell

Our class saint is Saint Bernadette of Lourdes

Bernadette Soubirous, also known as Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, was the firstborn daughter of a miller from Lourdes, in the area of Hautes-Pyrénées in France, and is best known for experiencing Marian apparitions of a "young lady" who asked for a chapel to be built at the nearby cave-grotto at Massabielle. She was canonized on 8th December 1833 and her feast day is on 16th April. 

Lourdes is a place of pilgrimage for thousands of people each year. They go to pray, bathe in the baths and seek comfort for their sickness and pray for their intentions. If you would like a little of the experience of the grotto at Lourdes, visit 

Information about Year 1

Staff in Year 1:

  • Mrs Ebbrell, Miss Irons and Mrs Rowlands- teaching staff. Mrs Scott is covering Mrs Rowlands' maternity leave.
  • Mrs Hooton- HLTA who works with groups for English and Maths in the mornings
  • Ms Mugnaini - TA who works with groups
  • Mrs Vincent - TA and lunch time cover for Y1JI/LR
  • Miss Davies- lunch time cover for Y1TE

PE Lessons

PE lessons are on a Wednesday afternoon with Mr Stevens. The children are to arrive at school in their PE kit and will wear it all day.  It will take place outside so please ensure that children bring jogging bottoms during cold weather. They may also bring a spare pair of socks in their book bag in case they need to change after the lesson. 

The children need to bring to school each day - their book bag, water bottle (water only) and a healthy snack. Afternoon snack is provided. The children will read with their teacher once a week during Guided Reading but are asked to keep their reading books inside their book bag daily. At the moment, Reading Records are not being sent home.

See powerpoint below from the Year 1 teachers answering some of your questions.

Fact Files

We use fact files in school to help your child understand more about the topics covered during the school year. These contain key dates from the time period studied, vocabulary discovered during learning and some key facts and information about the topic.  

Please see below for links to Year 1 Fact Files. 

Phonics Screening - will not take place in 2021 due to Covid situation.

During Year 1 there is an emphasis on phonics. In June each year, the children participate in a Phonics Screening check to ensure that they have acquired the phonic knowledge needed to progress with their reading and writing.

The Phonics Screening Check is a test in a one-to-one setting with a teacher. During the Phonics Screening Check, children are asked to read (decode) 40 words. Most of these words are real words but some are pseudo-words.

Phonics sounds mats can be found below.


Homework newsletters are sent home every other week. Attached will be an activity or two to do at home. Please keep these at home and practise these skills. 

During Year 1, the children will begin to learn spellings for homework. These will be sent home on a Friday to be learned for the quiz on the following Friday. Your child will bring home their book to share their results with you. Please return these on the following Monday morning.


Files to Download

Year 1: News items

Good luck Mrs Rowlands, by Mrs Ebbrell

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St Werburgh & St Columba Primary School

Lightfoot Street

Tel: 01244 478968


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