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St. Mary's Primary School, Stewartstown, Co Tyrone

Welcome to our class

Welcome to our class where you are sure of a learning environment that is:

  • Safe & Welcoming
  • Child-centred
  • Nurturing
  • Stimulating and above all
  • Happy!

Each and every child is important to us and throughout tyour child's early years at school we will suppport them in laying firm foundations  so that they develop intellectually, personally, physically, socially, emotionally at their own pace.

In our clasroom we promote Active Learning which is skills focused and age appropriate. This practical approach enables each child to achieve their potential by encouraging them to:

  • experiment and create
  • explore and have fun
  • self manage
  • ask questions
  • investigate and 
  • evaluate


Term 1 - Primary 1


Primary one will be introduced to initial sounds through a multi-sensory approach. Sounds will be introduced each week alongside high frequency words. Listen out for those songs. Children will be learning to recognise and write those initial sounds and later in the term begin to hear those sounds being blended together. In primary 1  they will be blending and reading a range of three letter words.
With the children's handwriting we will spend time on developing the correct grip and lots of practice developing those fine motor skills. Children again will experience this development through a multi sensory approach, e.g. large and small movements, sand and tactile work, threading and using small pieces of equipment and lots and lots of following patterns and scribbling. When we come to letter formation we group the letters according to their pattern and correct formation, so for example, c,o,a,d etc are introduced first.  Children will use whiteboards in class along with other kinaesthetic and visual materials to practise letter formation 

Reading will come in different formats. Each week the children will choose their own library book on a Thursday. This will give you the chance to read to them and alongside them talking about the pictures, why they chose the book and parts they liked best. Please read and re-read this library book as many times as you so wish and then return it to school on Monday.

Around the half term mark, reading material that has been discussed and share in class will be issued. These books again will give you an opportunity to enjoy reading together. You can help your child by talking about the pictures in the book, to help find clues about the story and it’s characters and also encourage them to make predictions about what may happen next in the story. This reading will develop and progress in line with your child's ability. 


Numeracy is taught actively through stories, games, number rhymes and songs. The children will focus on numbers 0-10. They will learn to recognise, count and write these numbers.  They will also be developing the ability to sequence numbers to 10, whilst exploring numbers before/after/between. Most importantly they will understand the number and what is stands for. Children will also experience pattern in numeracy, measures, shape and space and stat handling. Again much of this learning is developed during their play, through rhyme and song and through real life opportunities presented in class. 

You can help at home by practising numbers to ten (counting forwards and backwards, missing numbers out when counting and asking your child to tell which number is missing etc…) and reinforcing vocabulary such as, how many, largest, smallest, 

World Around Us
Our themes for this term are: Hey, Hey Look at Me!


 There will be lots of opportunities for active learning through role play, art, writing and stories.


Physical Education 

P.E. this year will be on a Wednesday morning. We ask that you send your child to school dressed in their PE clothes, with their uniform on their PE bag. Children will change back into their school uniform after PE. Please allow your child to dress and undress themselves as this supports them when they have to change in class. Make sure and give them plenty of practice with buttoning and unbuttoning their collar.

Religious Education 

 R.E. follows the 'Grow in Love' programme. This year the children will be learning about themselves, their families, their world and their church and community  


If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me

28th Aug 2020
We we so proud of our Primary 1 boys and girls who settled into the school routine...

What your child will be learning in Term 2


Children will:

Listen to stories read by adult -  learn new vocabulary - talk about the stories, the characters and setting. Read words using techniques to help eg. initial letter sound,  picture in book or what is sensible in context of story. Make a simple sentence about an event or picture by saying it or/and writing it. This might just be the first letter in each word.  Find words which begin and end with a given sound. Give sound/name for each letter in the alphabet. Starting to name capital letters. Correct letter formation whole alphabet.



Count forward from a given number to 10. Addition within 10. Number words up to ten. Addition words - add on, more, makes symbols + and =. Understand the concept taking away means less. Say "Five little speckled frogs" Become familiar with - sign meaning take away.


Themes Explored

Winter - Arctic regions  and Windy Weather

Keeping safe

Naming computer parts

Food and where it comes from



Growth of plants

Road Safety

Music - identifying sounds belonging to a particular instrument.


Literacy in Term 3

High frequency words. Take turns to speak and use correct language.  Make a simple sentence about an event or picture using new words. Understand full stop, capital letter, exclamation mark, question mark.  Read simple books for meaning.  Find words that begin and end with a given sound.  Give sound for each letter in the alphabet and sh, ch, 'oo' and 'ee' sounds.

Numeracy in Term 3

Quantity - how many cups will fill a bottle? Number words to ten.  Recognising coins 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p and £1.  Weighing items using small objects as measure eg. small blocks, pegs etc.  Looking at a picture graph and understanding results.  Add and subtract within 10.  Order numbers to 20.  Count from a given number to 10 and beyond.  Clock face with numbers.

Themes Explored in Term 3

Rules - How they are there to protect us and others

Seasons - Seasonal change

Types of transport

Safety in the sun

Keeping safe at play

Road signs

Keeping healthy - looking at healthy and unhealthy foods and where they comes from - animal/plant

Growing - how we change over time