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English - Year 1 have been making Beegu out of play dough (not doh!) as we finish our last lesson on Beegu. :-)

Pet As Therapy Dog in School 24th June 2021

Spellings News


Hello everyone, 

Spellings for this half term are online and will be given out each week as well. There was no spellings in week 1 and there will be no spellings in the last week. 

The spellings given are linked to the phonics, so it will help them spot the patterns in the words, exception words as well as how split digraphs work and look. 


Some handy hints on supporting children with their spellings:

  1. Look at the word carefully. Pay attention not just to the letters and their order, but also to the shape the word makes on the page.
  2. Say it aloud. ...
  3. Cover the word with a piece of paper or your hand.
  4. Write the word down from memory.
  5. Check your answer letter by letter.

Art - mixing primary colours to make secondary colours

Science - Our topic on plants and trees came to an end, by us making flowers to take home.


New spellings for this half term are below.

I will leave last terms spelling on here, please practise these at home during the holidays or whenever you like, to help support their phonics, reading, handwriting and spelling.

Welcome Year 1


Summer Term

Welcome back Year 1!   We are looking forward to seeing the children back in school and will help them to understand the ongoing restrictions due to Co-vid 19. We will be supporting the children with the emotional impact of the coronavirus and we look forward to liaising with you if there are any concerns/issues.

We encourage children to become more independent on arrival at school, so we suggest a goodbye at the gates and they can put their things on to their named coat pegs in the classroom. 

At the end of the school day, we ask you to collect your child from the side gates.  Please let us know if someone else will be collecting them in the afternoon by emailing the office.

In year one the children will be given a piece of fruit every morning and they are encouraged to try the different varieties of fruit, carrots and raisins offered.

During our Summer term, our topic 'Helping Hands'. Our learning across the curriculum will relate to this whenever possible.  

Developing reading skills in year one is a key area of learning as it helps children with all their learning.  Each child will have a reading book and reading record book. They will be listened to read at school,  It is extremely helpful to children to read at home regularly and we ask that you do this as often as you can.  The children will complete phonic activities every day and this will be a focus for the Summer term to understand the sounds and structures of words. We are aware of the learning time missed in Reception and we will endeavour to help them catch up. 

Our science learning will be about , we’ll look at how food is grown and by who before we get form the supermarkets. Art and Design Technology will link to areas of the curriculum as well. 


There will be P.E. sessions twice each week,  Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings. Children should have indoor and outdoor kit available as we will go outside as and when the weather permits. The children will also have the opportunity to work with professionals from 'The Future Games Group'. 

Please make sure the kit is named. Ear rings must be removed for PE and the children must do this for themselves or the jewellery to be removed at home prior to school.


Further information regarding spellings and curriculum can be found further down on this page.

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any queries about any aspects of year 1.



Year 1 Teacher Mr. A. Singh

Important Information






Handwriting - The children will be starting off by working on their fine motor skills. They will be practising forming all of the letters of the alphabet.

English - The children will be looking at what capital letters/full stops are, why and how we use them in a sentence. They will practise writing a sentence using capital letters and full stops.

Phonics - This is a very important area of learning in Year 1. Phonics supports reading so it is important that the teaching of phonics happens everyday in Year 1. Children will learn to read phonetically, read sight words as well as using their sounds to spell words


In maths this year we will be using a very practical approach and rely heavily on the multi-sensory apparatus. The children will begin the year by looking at careful counting, matching number to quantity and numeral writing. They will then look at comparing groups of objects/numbers talking about greater than and less than before moving onto looking at place value of number.



Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing, as he/she will go out in all weathers (tracksuit bottoms, jumper, t-shirt, trainers and socks). Please ensure that all items of uniform and PE kit are named.

Please note: Children with long hair must have their hair tied back and all earrings must be removed before the children come to school. 


Below I have linked the complete set of keywords. If your children are still working on reading these then please keep working on them with them. 

If your child has learnt to read all key words by sight, they can continue learning to write and spell them correctly as this is something we were focusing a lot on before lockdown. 

You could ask your child to write the word a few times and then ask them to put the word into a sentence. To challenge them further can they put the word into a sentence without the word in front of them?


In RE, the children will be learning about what it means to belong. They will learn about how people show they belong to their faith community. They will learn about how babies are welcomed and the promises that are made at weddings. They will think about their own network of belonging and how we all belong to someone.


We will be exploring feelings of beginning and belonging, developing classroom ground rules and building on positive relationships in class. The children will have the opportunity to consider what it feels like to be in a new class situation and how to cope with it and in turn help others.


Things that you could do at home:

• Sing ‘Weather’ songs with your child like I hear thunder and It’s raining, it’s pouring…

• Watch the weather forecast together.

• Visit the library to look for stories with familiar settings and poetry based on the weather.

• Encourage looking at the date to help them familiarise with days of the week and months of the year.

• We have been singing the 'days of the week' with the Adams family theme! They sing for you at home.

• Collect rain for a week and measure how much came down!

• Draw a chalk circle round a puddle and watch how long it takes to disappear. Where did it go? 

• It will really help your child if they can count and recognise numbers to 20, counting forwards and backwards. Look out for different numbers on your walk to school: numbers on doors, on cars/buses.


Additional Information to support from home



BBC Newsround local, national and global stories




There are fantastic and fun ideas on these websites of creative tasks to complete.




 Mindfulness and wellbeing:

I came across this ‘happy song for positive energy’ it might be something nice for the children to put on and dance too if their wellbeing is low.



This video talks the children through child friendly meditation to support their wellbeing.






Key Class information


Reading and Reading Records         Monday       

Children in Year 1 are expected to read 4x a week.

Reading records will be checked every Monday. Children must read a minimum of 5x to receive a sticker.

SpellingsMondaySpellings will be sent home each Monday starting in the Spring Term and children will be tested on them the following Monday. A good way to support you children with spellings is to get them to apply the words into a sentence whilst they are learning them. 
KeywordsMondayChildren working towards their certificates for key words will have their set of words sent home each Monday and will be assessed on them the following Monday. To move on to the next set they must be able to read their set of words fluently without segmenting and blending. 
P.EMonday and WednesdaysThis Summer half term children have Indoor (outdoors if the weathers good) PE  on Mondays and Outdoor P.E on Tuesday (multi-sports). 
HomeworkWednesdayHomework will marked each Wednesday and new homework will be sent home on the same day. To be set!
Creative KickstartsTuesday 4th February 2020 For this half term the children's Creative Kickstart is to make a house out of any resource of their choosing.  This may be a house like the one they live in if they choose or it could be another type of house e.g. tree house, sweet house, igloo etc. smiley Currently on hold!
KIRFSEach half termThese will be sent home every half term for the children to work on at home.


Key Information Recall Facts (KIRFs) will be handed out start of each half term


Autumn 1 KIRF 1
Autumn 2 KIRF 2
Spring 1

KIRF 3                                                                             

Spring 2 KIRF 4
Summer 1 KIRF 5
Summer 2 KIRF 6


Spellings will be handed out every Monday and tested the following Monday. As we discussed during our parent/carer-teacher consultation. These spellings are to help the children identify two letters making one sound (Digraph or special friends) and three letters making one sound (tri-graphs and/or special friends) and where two letters a split by a consonant (split digraphs or chatty friends), which we have been working on during our phonics sessions.

I will upload the weekly spellings on here just in case the spellings get lost or misplaced. For the extra challenge please encourage children to write a sentence with the spellings included. The date on the spellings is the handout. 



40 Acts of Kindness

Wellbeing and Mindfullness

Phonics sounds

Curriculum Subjects


Keystage 1 - Year 1


Year 1 pupils are taught a wide variety of subjects from the New Curriculum. 

Throughout the year they are assessed against milestones. Milestone 1 broadly covers Years 1 and 2. By the end of the school year your chid will be either approaching, at or past the milestone with a basic, advancing or deep understanding.

What subjects do we cover?

 English: Writing, Reading and Communication
 Mathematics: To know and use numbers, Multiplication and division, fractions, properties of shape,    

     position, direction and movement, measures, statistics and algebra

 Science: working scientifically, biology, chemistry and physics
 Art and Design Technology
 Computing
 Music
 History
 Geography
 Physical Education
 Religious Education
 Personal development and Citizenship
 Languages

Although there are discrete subjects, many are taught through a themed approach in school where subjects are combined. 

PCSO Visit We’ve had local Police officers visit the school this term telling us about who they are and what they do for us and the community. It was good for the children to learn who they can approach for help and understand that the Police force are a service in place to protect us. As they help us educate our children about important matters such as remaining safe online and Stranger Danger. We feel it was educational but also fun for the children.

Forest School - W/c 17th May 2021

Forest School w/c 26th April 2021

Team games

English - Children making sandwiches as part of our topic on instructions.

Science this term - Learning about seasons, how days becomes shorter and looked at how shadows change during the different seasons.

Forest School - W/c 30th November 2020 - Children planted some crocus bulbs.

Forest School w/c 23.11.20

Forest School w/c 2/11/20

Making Bread - The Little Red Hen