Year 1

National Phonics Screening

The screening has taken place for all our Year 1 children. Thank you for your support, many children told us during the screening they had been practising at home. We say confidently, that every child tried their very best.

 Welcome to Year 1. Your teachers are Ms. Cooper (1C) and Mrs. Little (1L)





In Year 1 we aim for all children to become confident and independent writers. To achieve this we have a big focus on phonics and letter formation. Throughout the term the children will be supported to speak and then write in complete sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We choose texts and topics to engage the children and make writing purposeful and fun. 

This half term we will begin by reading 'We Are Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen. We will then look at instructional writing (non fiction) and link our work with our Science topic, plants. To finish our half term we will read 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch'. 


Reading and Reading Books

All children in Year 1 take part in daily phonics lessons to support their developing reading abilities. Children in Year 1 read at least once a week to an adult in school. 

We welcome comments from parent(s)/ carers about reading that takes place at home. Please try to let us know any challenges, parts you have enjoyed or things you have talked about together. 

We are encouraging books taken home to be read and reread. This will help the children gain fluency. Please keep talking about what is being read and encourage children to comprehend the story or information in the book. We are asking that books are not brought to school to be replaced daily. We are moving to changing reading books once a week to ensure the children have the opportunity for repeated reading and lots of discussion. 


We have a reading reward system in place at school. The children can earn certificates and stickers for the number of entries in their reading records. Our first award is for 20 reads.


All children will be exposed to Maths every day through a range of practical and real life activities. The children will continue to work on their number recognition and counting. This half term we will continue to work on counting, ordering and understanding the place value of numbers 1 to 100. We will spend some time revising and extending our addition and subtraction. 


This half term in Science we will be completing a biology topic about  Plants. In this topic we will think about the difference between trees, plants, flowers and weeds. We will investigate how plants grow and what they need. Our knowledge organiser can be found below. 


Children in Year 1 have PE twice a week. We still asking children to come to school in their PE kit on the days they have PE. Please make sure they have appropriate items for their kit and for the weather conditions. These are the days we have PE:

Monday PE indoors

Tuesday PE outdoors. 

Extra Information

Please make sure all items of clothing are labelled with your child's name. 

Children can bring a bottle with their name on it to drink from throughout the day but we ask that this is only filled with water and not juice or squash. They can refill their bottle in school but we are advising children to take their bottle home every night so it can be cleaned. 

At break time your child will be offered fruit as a snack but if they would like they can bring in their own piece of fruit or healthy alternative. 

Please be aware that we are a nut free school. We have children in school with severe allergies so we kindly ask that parents check ingredients of food items that are brought into school. 


We kindly ask that if there are any questions, concerns or other messages that these be sent to our email:

We will attempt to answer messages as soon as we can, thank you. 

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