St. John's Community Primary School & Nursery

Year 1

Medieval DayDT DayY1 Castle ModelsY1 Norwich Castle TripWild Rumpus DayYear 1 Wild Things Photos
Medieval Day
DT Day
Y1 Castle Models
Y1 Norwich Castle Trip
Wild Rumpus Day
Year 1 Wild Things Photos

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Well done to all of Year 1 for their amazing castle models.

Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope you are all enjoying a good Easter break. Now that I’ve had a little time to recover from the last few days of term, I’ve uploaded photos of the DT Day and a video of our Medieval Day for you to enjoy. The children loved both days and their comments sum up the value of providing such opportunities. Thank you for supporting me and them.

Mr Scannell and I are looking forward to working together during the Summer Term.

Our topic is The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns. The children will learn about the formation of an orchestra, the range of instruments involved and the animals they represent.  Working with Norfolk Music Service, they will perform some of the movements and become composers themselves. Cross-curricular links will be made with Science (mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians), English (writing animal poems, non-chronological reports on animals that feature in the music and explanations of life cycles), Art (aboriginal prints, animal masks, pastel/painted birds and fish) and Maths (data). Please take a look at our topic overview for more details and the curriculum coverage document for the skills being taught.

To enhance our topic, we will be watching live performances of Saint-Saëns’ music by local musicians and visiting Banham Zoo (date tbc).

The children will be starting weekly spelling tests from Friday 20th April. New word lists will be given out every Monday and uploaded to the website. The spellings will be linked to the phonics taught that week.

The Year 1 Phonic Screening Check will take place the week beginning Monday 11th June. Please keep reading regularly with your child and practise the materials that will be sent home. Look for ‘special friends’ before sounding out and reading the words. For those of you that did/didn’t attend the Phonic Presentations and Workshops earlier this year, there are support materials in the Phonics folder.

If you have any questions/concerns or would like further resources to help your child, please come and see us.

Mrs Hands and Mr Scannell


  • Please label all clothing
  • Ensure your child has a coat, water bottle, their reading book and diary every day
  • PE will be on Thursdays and Fridays (both indoor and outdoor kits required please).

Notice Board

Golden Mile
(every Wednesday)

Banham Zoo Trip
Friday 8th June

Curriculum & Resources


Year 1 2014-15

Year 1 2015-16

Year 1 2016-17


English Expectation

English – Reading, Spoken Language

English – Writing

Maths Expectation


Science Expectation


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