Year 1 2021 - 2022

Mrs Hodgkins

Mrs Callender

Mrs McHale

Welcome to Year 1


Welcome to all our Year 1 children and families. After such a tough year or so, it’s so wonderful to welcome everybody back and look ahead to a full and fun school year.


The Year 1 team consists of Mrs Callender (class teacher) and Mrs Hodgkins (class teacher Friday); and Mrs McHale and Miss Martin (AM and PM TA’s).




We were lucky enough to have a transition week back in July so we are starting our new topic straight away, this 2 week mini-topic is based around the book, The Colour Monster; a story about emotions, by Anna Llenas. Through this topic we will talk about feelings and develop our understanding of different feelings and how we manage them. We will also use the book as a stimulus to take part in art, science, maths and English activities.


During these 2 weeks and beyond this, the children will continue to have access to indoor and outdoor provision and the time and freedom to make choices about their own learning. This provision ensures an effective transition from Reception into Year 1.



PE will be every Friday and children need their PE kit, including pumps, in school.

Forest school will be every Tuesday and children should come into school wearing appropriate clothing – we do go out in the cold and rain. Wellies should also be left in school for these sessions.


Reading and Homework


At St. John Fisher we make it a priority to get all children reading as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is by working in partnership with parents and families. We therefore expect that children read at home every day, this is their homework and is the most important thing a child can do to ensure good progress. In school we will also read daily during our phonics lessons. We will provide you with a fully decodable book that your child should read multiple times; a library book of your child’s choosing that you can read together as a family; and access to Bug Club, our online reading platform. More information about reading and phonics will follow.




In Year 1 we continue to use Tapestry to communicate, share pictures and your child’s learning. You can also continue to add observations and share relevant news with us. Please log-in regularly for up to date news and information.



If you have any questions or concerns you can talk to any member of the Year 1 team after school or you can telephone to arrange an appointment if needed. My email address is also below:


Welcome to Year 1


Mrs Callender

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Contact the School

St John Fisher Primary School

Edward Street,

Main Contact: Office Manager Margaret Hassett

Tel: 0151 424 7794