A big hello to our Year 1 class and their parents.  We hope you visit our web page regularly to find out what we are learning in our class.

 We hope you enjoy looking at our learning journey and seeing our wonderful achievements too…


Meet the Staff Team 


Follow these links to see what we are learning about (these will be updated as we go through the year):

Link to RE Page

Link to Autumn Term Learning

Link to Spring Term Learning

Link to Summer Term Learning


Dear Parents,

It is lovely to see the children back at school, ready for learning.  They have quickly settled into Year One and are enthusiastic about their learning.  Here is some information about routines in Year One and I hope that you will find these helpful.


Your child has been given a reading record and reading book – please encourage them to read at home every day and discuss what they have read with you.  They will be given a bookmark to help you with some prompts.  Reading does not have to be a whole book – a few pages will be fine.  Please sign or initial so we know your child has read.  Please send their reading record and book into school every day, as we regularly listen to them read individually. They will have the opportunity to change their book every day, if necessary.

They will also have the opportunity to bring home a class library book.  It may be a book they can read independently, or one for you to read to them.  They can change this book as often as they wish.


Year 1 continues with a daily phonics lesson.  After recapping what has been learned in Reception we will progress onto alternative spelling patterns and spelling rules.   Spelling homework will mostly be given to help with these alternative sounds.

During the summer term they will undergo a phonics screening check which is a short assessment of their reading skills.  Details will be given out nearer the time, including information on how to help them during this time.

Key Words/Spellings

Spelling homework will start in a couple of weeks.  This will consist of each child deciding how to practise their own spellings.  They will have their own book to record their activity and there is an expectation to complete this weekly.  Children will be ‘monitored’ on these throughout the week, as we have found that simply learning spellings for a test doesn’t work.

The amount of words that children should be able to read and write correctly at the end of Year 1 increases as they move from Reception to Year 1.  Please find these in their Spelling book.  These will also include some common exception words that are not able to be ‘sounded out’.  There is space in the book to practise the words and also to find the meaning of some of these words – please encourage your child to try this.  Please ensure that your child brings their spelling book into school each day.


From time to time we will send out mini tasks to do at home.  These will be focused on a particular need that the children are to focus on. They may cover writing, maths or something to do with our topic.  Please support your child to enable them to succeed in these tasks.  If you do find they are struggling, please don’t hesitate to come in and have a chat.


Children will continue to progress in their maths in a practical way, using objects and hands on resources.  Please support them by giving opportunities to count (both forwards and backwards) in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.  They will now be recording their own number sentences.  Please let me know if you need ideas.

Forest School

In Year 1 our Forest School session alternates with Reception every half term on Friday afternoons.  Please remember to supply your child with appropriate clothing for these sessions.  A letter explaining about Forest School in more detail has already been sent.  Please ask for additional copies of this letter if needed.

PE times

PE will be additional to the Forest Session this term and is scheduled for Tuesday mornings.  Please make sure a full PE kit is in school, which should be clearly labelled and include footwear suitable for outdoor (trainers are preferable) and indoor activities.  Children may wear a tracksuit in the winter months.  Jewellery, including earrings, must not be worn for PE.

PE days may be changed to fit around other subjects and classes.


Both classes in Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) will be working closely together as we engage in the same topics.  This term our topics include ‘Changes’ and ‘Journeys’. The topics are planned to be cross curricular but not all subjects will fit with this.  We will also learn through mini topics, such as harvest and Christmas.   We hope to go on several educational visits throughout the year and details will be sent out separately.

Other General Notes


The only bags children need are a book bag and a PE kit (name on outside please).  We have spare clothes in class in case of any accidents, so your child does not need to bring these additionally.  This year children don’t need to attach key rings to their book bags as they don’t fit into their trays, and can cause a tripping risk in the classroom.  Please monitor daily what is in their book bags as children often like to ‘sneak’ in precious items from home. We also send home important letters that can become overlooked. 


We love to celebrate birthdays in Year 1, and there will be an opportunity to sing and wish each child well on their special day.  We are now ‘treat free’ and kindly ask you not to bring in cakes or sweets etc.  Children are allowed to dress in their home clothes on their birthday.  Please ask at the school office for a copy of last year’s letter if you missed it.

Mrs Breakwell is our main TA in Year 1.  However, as she is also our resident artist, she sometimes teaches art to other classes.  Miss Rhone is our Graduate teacher, who will be with us most of the year.  The children are used to seeing many other members of staff, and are used to having PE with Mrs Annis, music with Mr Lister and Forest School with Mrs Andrews.  We often have visiting students from other countries and this gives us the opportunity to learn a little about different cultures.

As the weather gets cooler, please make sure that your child has a suitable coat in school with them and that it is clearly labelled.

If you have any questions after this meeting or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to see us at the end of a school day.  If you need to contact us urgently before school, please enquire at the office.  Alternatively you can telephone school and leave a message.

They are a lovely group of children and we are looking forward to having a great year with them.  Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Sanders 


Long Term Plan: Year 1







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