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Year 1

Welcome Year 1



Welcome to 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 this Autumn term, our topic 'House and Homes'. 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 autumn 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 Materials, we’ll do some investigative work and use this to discover the properties of materials.  Art and Design Technology will link to areas of the curriculum as well as offering the opportunity to develop new skills in these subject areas.

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.

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

Looking forward to a busy and productive term!

 Year 1 Teacher Mr. A. Singh

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

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.







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. 

Making Bread - The Little Red Hen

Ready for the oven

Forest School

School frog!

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.

Spellings Monday Spellings 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. 
Keywords Monday Children 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.E Monday and Wednesdays This Spring half term children have Indoor PE (Gymnastics) on Mondays and Outdoor P.E on Tuesday (Athletics). 
Homework Wednesday Homework will marked each Wednesday and new homework will be sent home on the same day. To be set!
Creative Kickstarts Tuesday 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!
KIRFS Each half term These will be sent home every half term for the children to work on at home.