Year 1


We have a creative and busy Summer term planned for the children including Arts and Sports Week, as well as our exciting trip to Prospect Park.

During the summer terms we will link all relevant parts of the curriculum to the topics Pirates. Click here for some home school ideas. The curriculum will also include:

History   Famous British people. Our own history.

Science  Scientific experiments

ICT  To save, edit and retrieve work.

RE  To understand how and why Shabbat and Chanukah are important to Jewish people.

PSHE  Looking after ourselves and the environment.

Art  Making a 3D pirate island. During Arts week we will be covering a range of skills.

DT  Creating moving pictures.


During term 6, each Year 1 child in the country will take part in the Year 1 phonics screening assessment. Your child will need to read 40 words, half of which will not be real. For the children, we call these alien or nonsense words. (Children will be told if the word is a real or an ‘alien’ word, with a corresponding alien image.) You will receive your child’s score in their end of year report.

At home, you could look at words and see if you can change one letter and still sound out the word e.g. found to jound to kound. Children can practise their phonics by playing games online. The following websites may be useful:


As many children are working out how to read unknown words with more ease, stories will now become longer and have more detail. It is important to check your child understands the story by asking questions about what they have read and to encourage the flow of reading and use of voice so it is not robotic in sound and pace.

If you are struggling to find ways to support your child at home please do come in and we will share strategies we use.

If your child would like a new reading book please remind them to give it to the class teacher in the morning and it will be changed during the school day. It is your support with your child’s reading of a little each day which makes a real difference to their progress.


Spellings will continue to be sent home and tested on a Wednesday. The spellings will be high frequency words taught as ‘sight recognition’ words throughout Year 1.

We recommend using the Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check method. This is exactly as it sounds. Look at the word. Say the word. Cover it up. Write it. Then check to see which letters are correct. Repeat over again until the word can be written correctly. Check for the following five days to see if the word has been added to their memory. It is also good practice to go back a few weeks later to re-check. Has the word been committed to long term memory?

Please spend some time each week helping your child to learn these spellings. We do go back and check spellings because we want children to learn them to make writing easier not to just get full marks in a test.


Hopefully more PE will be taught outside as the weather improves, so please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school and include a sun hat or cap when the sunny days arrive. We find hats that protect the backs of children’s necks are the most useful. Please also apply sunscreen to your child before coming to school as school staff are not allowed to apply these to your child. (Please put your child’s name on their hat as well as other belongings).

Include surgical tape if your child wears earrings, although it is always preferable to remove them on PE days. (Children will need dark coloured shorts, plain white t-shirt and a pair of pumps or trainers).

Your child will have P.E. on the following days:-

Class 1K – Monday and Wednesday

Class 1G – Monday and Wednesday

Sports Day

Sports Day is on the morning of Friday 30th June at 9.30am and should be finished by 10.40am so the junior sports can start at 11am. Further information will be sent closer to the date.

Welcome to Year 1  Spring Term


Across terms 3 and 4 children will be accessing the year 1 curriculum through the topic ‘Growing’. We will read and explore a range of texts related to growth and rainforests around the world.

Science – Plants and growing

IT – Coding- write and test simple programs

History – Investigate and interpret the past, particularly key events

Geography – Compare and contrast the UK with another country

RE – Christianity

Music – Exploring pulse, rhythm and pitch

Art – Studying the work of different artists

Here is an overview of the Yr1 Foundation Subjects.


Children will continue to participate in a daily twenty minute phonics sessions with children of a similar ability. The below chart includes the focus sounds children should recognise for reading and writing. The DFES publication online called Letters and Sounds has further detailed information.

ai (rain) ee (see) oa (goat) or (fork) ur (hurt) n (nut) i (hi) oo (book) sh (ship)
ay ea oe aw or kn y u (put) tion
ey ey o-e au ear gn c (cap) oul sion
a ie ow al er r (ran) ch ch (chip) c (facial)
a-e y oi (coin) augh ir wr w (win) ture ch (chef)
igh (sigh) e-e oy our j (jam) o (hot) wh tch zh
ie oo (moo) ar (car) ear (hear) g a (was) f (fit) s (see) s (usual)
i-e ue a eer dge e (get) ph c (cell)
y ew al air (chair) m (man) ea (head) z (zip) st (listen)
i ou ear mb u (unit) se (ease) se (house)
u-e are u


It is important that your child continues to read regularly at home as part of the school homework policy. Your child will bring his/her book home every evening. This will enable parents to support their child’s progress in reading.

Please sign the reading diary and add your own comments so that the class teacher knows how much your child has read with you at home.

Remind your child that if they need a new book they must tell an adult who will supervise the change.  We ask that children read their book twice to ensure they have fully understood the text, as being able to answer questions about what they have read, give opinions and predictions about the text and read with fluency are vital skills to be able to progress in reading rather than just reading word for word. Using the phonics chart above you can also spot words with key sounds and look for words that have the same sound but are spelt in a different way to reinforce phonics learning.


Spellings will continue to be sent home on a Wednesday. The spelling test will take place on the following Wednesday and will be linked to the high frequency words taught as ‘sight recognition’ words throughout Year 1 and 2. Please spend some time each week helping your child to learn these spellings. Follow the format look, say, cover, write, check and help your child to identify if the word has a ‘tricky’ part to it.

It is also very worthwhile to go back and check your child can still write the words they previously demonstrated as knowing.

To help you understand what your child will be learning in Y1 please click to find ‘I Can’ statements in Maths, Reading and Writing

It is vital that children are forming the letter shapes correctly . For any information on helping your child with their handwriting please look at this website,


Year 1 children will have P.E. on Monday and Wednesday’s (1G) and Wednesday and Thursday (1K). Please can you ensure your child has their P.E kit in school everyday.

All parts of your child’s P.E. kit need to be named. Could I also remind parents that children should remove earrings whenever possible for P.E or place tape around the earring and earlobe to prevent them catching or falling out.



We develop children’s understanding of learning using what is called the ‘Growth Mindset’ at school and the language we use when we talk to the children is based on the following traits:

Growth Mindset (Being a good learner)

I never give up

I like my work to be difficult – it means I am learning

I love challenges

I want people to praise me for the effort I put into my work

I believe I can get more intelligent by working hard

I feel clever when I’m learning something new

I learn from my mistakes

Rather than…

Fixed Mindset 

I like my work to be easy

I don’t like to try a challenge

I want people to praise me for how clever I am

I believe I cannot change how clever I am

I don’t like to try new things because I won’t be very good at it

I give up easily

It has been proven that having a Growth Mindset rather than fixed mindset can improve children’s progress and attainment. As a result, we are teaching our children that by having a Growth Mindset they can grow their brains and intelligence and achieve anything they want!

How you can help at home 

Praise the amount of effort your child is putting into things rather than how clever they are;

Talk to your children about their brain being like a muscle – the more they use it, the stronger it gets;

Encourage your children to not give up if they are finding something difficult;

Challenge your child to try something new or challenging.

Diary dates:

Class Assemblies: There will be an opportunity this term for you to attend a class assembly. The children in your child’s class will share the work that they have been covering.

Class 1K Assembly – 9.10am on Thursday 9th February

Class 1G Assembly –9.10am on Thursday 30th  March

 Book Sharing

The reading afternoon will be on Friday 3rd February from 2.50pm until 3.15pm.


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