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Class 1

Welcome to Year 1



                        Mr. Wright - Class Teacher                         Mrs. Smith - Teaching Assistant


Mrs. Smith and I are very pleased to welcome you to our Year 1 homepage.  We hope that this is a very enjoyable and exciting year for your child. On this page you will be able to find out about all of the different and exciting things that we are doing in our classroom.

If you wish to contact me you can either do so by sending me a message on Class Dojo or emailing me at




What We Learn In Year 1


Year 1 is when your child starts to follow the National Curriculum. All of our learning activities and lessons are based around the objectives set out in the curriculum, whilst still taking into account your child's individual  interests, skills and stages of development. Although the learning may seem more formal compared to that of the Early Years Foundation Stage, we are still very keen to ensure that your child has the opportunity to learn and develop through hands-on, practical style activities alongside more traditional activities. Therefore, although you will find that there is more table time and less 'Cool Time' in Year 1, many lessons may take a practical approach through activities such as drama, hands-on experiments in Science, exploring different art mediums and visits around the local area to name but a few. You can click on the link below to see our yearly overview of the curriculum for Year 1. I have also included a copy of the Year 1 National Curriculum objectives so that you can see the aims of the curriculum in Year 1.



Year 1 Yearly Overview 2021 - 2022

Year 1 National Curriculum Parents Handbook

Year 1 in Action


In this section of our webpage you can see photos and videos of some of our different lessons in actions. Simply click on the subject that you wish to see in action. As the year progresses you will be able to view a wide range of lessons in action so make sure that you check back regularly. Parents remember that you can also see our lessons in action on our Class Dojo page.



We continue to work through the Read Write Inc. phonics programme in Year 1. This works in exactly the same way as it did in Reception with the children grouped according to their needs and level of development. In Year 1 we learn some of the more tricky diagraph (e.g. "ay", "ee", "ow" etc.), split diagraph (e.g. "a-e", "o-e", "u-"e etc.) and trigraph (e.g. "igh", "ure", "ear" etc.)sounds, and also some of the alternative way of writing the sounds.

Each Friday your child will bring home a reading book that is linked to the learning that they have been doing in Phonics that week.

Literacy (Talk for Writing):



We shall be using the story of 'Billy's Beetle' as our inspiration for our Literacy this half term. We shall be exploring the features of a Losing Tale and focusing on describing characters in a story. For our non-fiction work we shall use the character of the beetle to help us create a piece of non-fiction about looking after an animal. 





We are following the 'White Rose' Maths scheme. Through 'White Rose' the children have lots of opportunities to delve deeper into problem solving and reasoning using a range of different methods and techniques, which enables them to develop a real mastery of Maths.


This half term in Maths we shall be exploring numbers from 11 to 20 and different methods of addition and subtraction using these larger numbers. 


Our first RE topic for the Lent Term is 'Special People.' The experience of community is an essential and enjoyable part of life for people of every age and faith. The cycle of a year and the span of a lifetime contain occasions for regular celebrations as well as unexpected surprises, when people want to celebrate with family, friends and communities. The Church’s celebrations are community occasions. On Sundays, the parish family gathers together. It is a time to remember how much there is to celebrate; a time to say thank you; a time to know that God’s love is offered and made visible here and now in Jesus and in people.  Sacraments are more formal special moments: signs of ‘God-with-us’, who journeys with his people; signs of strength and blessing for life.


Through this topic we are aiming for the children to know and understand that there are special people in our lives who can help us including the Church family. The children will gain an understanding of how different members of the Church family help in different ways.


Word of God 

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen the salvation which you have made ready in the sight of the nations; a light of revelation for the Gentiles and glory of your people Israel.”

(Luke 2:25-32)





In Science this half term we shall be exploring the topic of 'Every Day Materials.' Children will have the opportunity to explore the properties and features of different kinds of materials that they may come across in every day life, and experiment with using these materials different purposes to ascertain which material is the most practical for the job.




Our History topic for this half term is all about Kings & Queens. Throughout this topic we will be exploring the role of a monarch both today and in the past. We shall think about how monarchs have lived in the past, and we shall have the opportunity to examine King Richard III and Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II in more detail. We shall also have the chance to be royalty ourselves by creating our own rules and having a royal day, which we shall tell you about nearer the time.

Weekly Newsletters


Each week your child will bring home a newsletter which will keep you up to date with what we have been doing that week, and also informing you of any important dates or information that you may need. You can find a digital copy of the newsletters here. Just click on the star for the month that you require to access any past newsletters.

Important and Useful Information


  • PE-  Mr Burgess will be teaching PE . PE will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please make sure your child is wearing appropriate school PE kit as specified here 
  • Reading - we would expect children to be reading with an adult at home 5 times each week.  Please record this in their reading record.  Children will receive awards upon reaching certain milestones;
  • Book  Bags - must be sent in every day.  Please keep your child's reading books and reading record in their book bag as an adult will read with them in school each week. We shall record this in the reading record.
  • Spellings - spelling lists will be sent home in little red spelling books on Monday. Your child will be given a week to practice their spellings at home ready for our spelling test the Friday.

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