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Our Lady & St. Gerard's

R.C. Primary School

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Year 1: Attenborough class

Autumn Term 


Hello and welcome back! I hope you’ve all had a great summer and are looking forward to the start of the new school year.


During the first half term will be learning about animals.

In English, we will be writing descriptions about animals and creating information posters about them too. In Maths, we will be developing our knowledge of number and place value within 10. In RE, we will be learning about our families and Jesus’ family too. In Science, we will be grouping a variety of animals and building our knowledge of species classification. In Computing, we will be focusing on staying safe online and becoming familiar with Purple Mash. In Geography, we will investigate our local area and develop our mapping skills.

We hope everyone is excited for learning new knowledge and having fun along the way.  

Useful Information


We have high expectations of our children and want them to be safe, be learners and be kind/respectful at all times.
We have recently reminded our children about health and safety in PE. We would like to remind families of our PE kit and important information about PE:
PE Uniform
Plain white t-shirt (School logo is not essential but t-shirts with logo can be purchased from school office)
Navy shorts
Black slip-on pumps
A blue draw-string bag
Trainers (outdoor use only)
Plain navy track suit (outdoor use only)

Jewellery should ideally not be worn in school for health and safety reasons. The only exception is small silver/gold stud earrings. We adhere to the Local Authority guidance and government guidelines which recommend that no jewellery is worn during PE. Children are not permitted to wear earrings during PE lessons. Children should be able to take out their own earrings or not wear them on PE days.

Long hair should be tied back at all times.

For Gymnastics, children will be in bare feet. Please let us know if this presents any issues.
Children wearing tights will be asked to remove them for PE lessons so you may wish to include a pair of socks in the PE bag.

Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit for PE (Our class' PE days are Tuesday & Friday) as they will be unable to participate fully in lessons without it and this can be upsetting for children.

Our Behaviour Charter

Our school Behaviour Policy is built upon the ‘5 pillars of Pivotal Practice’ (‘When Adults Change, Everything Changes’, Paul Dix):

  • Consistent, calm adult behaviour,

  • Relentless Routines,

  • First attention to best conduct,

  • Scripting difficult conversations,

  • Restorative Follow-up.


We have three simple goals: Be safe, Be a Learner, Be Kind and Respectful.

Curriculum Overview

Year 1 Text Overview

Recommended Reading Books

We have selected these recommended reading lists from Peters Education to ensure that our children have access to a wide range of books.  These books are all available in school and form our 'core' texts in our class libraries.  These lists are chosen because they:

  • link with our curriculum for each year group
  • represent different cultures
  • introduce children to new authors and expand their knowledge of familiar authors
  • ensure progression 
  • match topics of interests for our children
  • tackle current themes


Year 1 Maths Curriculum