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St. Martin

Welcome to Year 1/Reception


The St. Martin class teacher is Miss Francis-Pennant


Welcome to Spring Term. I hope your children are all well rested and ready to start the new term. Please ensure your child goes to bed on time so that they are able to be focused through out the school day.


The school day starts at 8.45am and finishes at 3pm, please be on time.


What is expected? How you can help?

  • That children arrive on time at the beginning of the day and are collected on time at the end of the day.
  • Children come prepared for all lessons including PE. PE kit should be in school on Monday and taken home to be washed on Friday
  • To support your child with their reading, we would like you to listen to your child read for a short time every evening. This can be on the bus if you travel or while your doing the cooking etc... However, if you have time to sit with them perfect.Your children have phonics sound mats as requested, please use them to support your child with their reading.
  • That you support and check that your child is doing their homework and learning their spellings each week. Your child may need help reading out what the homework is, unless it is a research project and the homework is based on class work and gets explained to your child before it goes home. So you shouldn't have to help them to much. If that is the case please see the class teacher.
  • Please check your child's bag for letters that have been sent home, they contain important information and dates for your diaries.


Topics this half term

Our local Area



Science:Animals including humans



In Religious Education we are learning about Gods Creation and how best to look after it.

Reading books need to be in school every day.

Teachers aim to read with every child at least once a week - for this to work the children need their copies of the books with them as the school won't necessarily have spares.

Please read with your child every day..

Encourage your child to retell the story in their own words. Ask them questions about what they have read, and make notes on their progress in their reading record. If you need any support with questions to ask please see class teacher for ideas.


You can find your child's 'Reading Eggs' login details inside their yellow reading records. The website is full of great quality reading materials, quizzes games and more. Please help your child to access the content.

  • Reading Eggs Don't forget to log on to Reading Eggs. This is a fun way for your child to really improve their reading. In the front of your child's reading record there will be their personal log in details. Please come and see us if you need any help


Homework is given out every Friday and is due in the following Wednesday. If you have any problems with the homework please do not hesitate to see the class teacher.



Please help your children to access and login to the Active Learn website: 

to see what tasks they have been allocated. Their usernames and passwords are in their homework books. In the 'School Code' box you need to write: spaa


The children will have their spelling test every Friday. Spelling books should be kept at home to practise in during the week. Please encourage your child to use the 'Look, Say, Cover, Write, and Check' technique outlined in the books. Please ensure that your child brings their spelling book into school every Friday.


Please remember to bring your child's P.E. clothes in on Monday and take them home on Friday (white top, blue/black shorts or tracksuit bottoms, black plimsolls/trainers) to be washed.

We hope to be doing PE outside, so please also include long tracksuit bottoms, tracksuit top and outdoor plimsolls or trainers in your child's PE kit. We will check to see if P.E kits are in school on Monday mornings so please try and remember (so you don't have to receive a uniform letter) and speak to the class teacher if there are any problems.



When you have a spare moment at home please encourage your child to recognise, record and add their numerals from 0-20 and above as a challenge. We will also be looking at number patterns e.g. counting in 2's, 5's and 10's. To challenge your child, try to help them become familiar with some maths vocabulary: addition, equals sign, plus sign, double, number bond. This term we are playing an interactive maths game which the children are very excited about. It is a fun way to learn our number bonds, follow the link to practice at home.


In Literacy we are encouraging the children to use their letter sounds (the sounds which have been sent home) within their writing and to concentrate on their letter formation. We would be very grateful if you could reinforce this at home. Below we have attached some printable handwriting practice sheets.


We are revisiting the use of capital letters at the beginning of sentences and for names and places. Writing full stops at the end of sentences has also been a focus. Please encourage your child to include these in their homework.  



In Year 1 your children are continuing to develop and learn their sounds and during the Summer Term they will be undertaking their Phonics Screening.


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For more information on our Phonics scheme, please see the English page under Curriculum.

Please see our learning links and activities section below for information and games that your children can do at home.


Handwriting and Other Activities

Learning Links!

Phonics and English

Phonics Workout Song -

Act out the Alphabet with sounds -

Alphabet -

Jolly Phonics Songs A-Z -

Jolly Phonics Songs 2 –

Capital Letter Rap -

Capitalize Song -

Months of the Year Syllable Song -

12 Months of the Year -

Days of the Week Rap Back -

Phonics game -

Phonics Play -

Reading Eggs-


Count to 100 Song -

Counting in 5’s Song -

Counting in 2’s Song -

Counting in 10’s Song -

Teen Numbers Song -

Number Bonds to 10 -

Addition Song -

Subtraction Song -

2D Shape Song -

Shape Song -

3D Shape Song -

3D Shapes Song x2 -

Let’s Learn About the Clock -

Tell the Time on the Clock -

Hit the button -