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Year 1


Welcome to Year 1!


In Year 1 you will find Mrs Coolican, Mrs McPartland and Mrs Ryan. We are living in exciting times in Year 1 with a complete overhaul of the way in which we deliver the curriculum.


Since January we have been part of the ‘Step into Quality Year 1’ programme and considering our training along with feedback from children and parents, we now operate a ‘continuous provision’ approach to classroom management. This ensures all children have focused working time with an adult, helping us to make sure every child is able to achieve their full potential. Work is currently ongoing to develop an outdoor learning environment which we hope to be able to access very soon!


In Year 1 we very much value the children as individuals and take a child centred approach in all that we do. We work hard to help children develop independence as well as nurturing them in learning steps involved with different routines and activities. We are in the process of re-writing our curriculum in order to ensure it is bespoke to the needs of Year 1 children at Saint Gregory’s and again pupil voice has been a key part in our plans


We have been working hard to help children develop their ‘growth mind-set’ and have been focusing on the skills of resilience and the power of ‘YET’- in other words we keep trying and practising when we find something difficult. Getting something wrong is not a sign of failure but of learning taking place.


Homework is sent home on a Thursday using a challenge-based approach, again this is considering feedback from parents and children. Reading books are changed on a Monday and Friday and we endeavour to hear children read regularly in school. Please ensure that you read daily with your children as this has a significant impact on their development.

PE is on a Wednesday and Friday and we are lucky to have Miss Clarke supporting us during PE sessions.


Our ultimate aim however, is for children to enjoy coming to school and feel safe, happy and confident. We work hard to ensure that all children reach their full potential and develop as a whole person. Please do not hesitate to come and see us if you have any concerns or questions.


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