St Margaret's CofE

Primary School

A welcoming village school in the of the Rottingdean community

Year 1

What Materials do we use at Christmas?


Christmas is fast approaching and no matter what is going on in the wider world, Year 1 is determined to have a good time!!!


This term we will be doing all things Christmas, starting off by learning Christmas stories from around the world.  We have already made a start on this, reading, 'Babushka', a traditional Christmas tale from Russia.  Later on in the term, we will be finding out about Christmas in Mexico and how Poinsettia plants became a traditional plant in our homes at Christmas time - did you know that in Mexico they grow like weeds???  I can't even keep them alive in a pot on my windowsill!  


If you have experience of Christmas in another country and would like to put something together to share with the children, then we would love to hear from you.  Sadly, we can't have visitors into school at this time, but maybe we could do something via Zoom, or you could send me a PowerPoint to share with the class.


Even with all the Covid chaos, we are still planning on doing a KS1 Nativity.  Unfortunately, we won't be able to perform live for you, but we will be able to do a recording of the children performing.



We have started on Phase 5a phonics this half term and we are learning alternative ways of making the same sounds.  This week we have looked at 'ay' and 'ou'.  Prior to this week, we knew that we could make these sounds with 'ai' and 'ow'.  We are teaching the children that in order to become good readers and writers, they need to be good problem solvers in order to make choices over which grapheme they use to make the phoneme.  The only way that this can happen is by them being regular readers, so please do read with your child every evening - 5 minutes is all it takes!

PE and Forest School


PE will be every Monday and Tuesday - please ensure children are wearing their PE kits on these days. I recommend a pair of long bottoms to be worn under PE shorts for the winter.


Forest School is on Tuesday as well.  Please ensure that they are wearing their PE kit and bring a pair of wellies to school.


If you have any questions or need to let me know anything, please e-mail me at the address below.

Year 1 Curriculum Map - the overview of the Year 1 Curriculum

SEND - if your child has some challenges with their learning and cannot access packs provided by the school, here are some alternative ideas for activities that you can do at home.