Welcome to Year 1

We are delighted to welcome you to the Year 1 web page - this page will develop with more information over the school year. We hope that you will find all the information here that you require, if you have any suggestions we will be pleased to hear from you.

Mrs Willis - Year Leader


RWI Phonics Presentation- 05.03.2019

RWI Powerpoint Presentation - 01.11.2018 

COOL time

As part of the transition from Early Years to Year 1, children in Year 1 participate in COOL time - Continuing Our Own Learning, during the afternoon sessions.

This is a progressive step from the continuous provision of free flow in Reception to a more formal learning environment and timetable at the end of Year 1.

Practical, play-based and creative activities are planned for each area of the curriculum, and the children are able to choose between them and adapt them as their own. The environment includes a role play area and the activities match the theme and learning taking place within the classroom.

Over the course of the year the structure and expectations of COOL time adapts to suit the needs of the children, as they develop their learning skills. This may be different each year depending on the needs of the cohort.  


Year 1 Newsletter – Summer Term 2 2019

 Dear families,

It is amazing to think that it is the beginning of the final half term! We are so impressed with how far the children have come on their learning journey and are really looking forward to the last few weeks in Year 1.

In our year group this term will have the following adults; Mrs Willis, Miss Bird, Miss Hubbard and Miss Day are the class teachers, with Miss Furness now teaching some of the lessons. Mr Palmer continues to teach PE, as well as a few other lessons. We are lucky to have the support from our teaching assistants; Mrs Fifoot, Mr Archer, Mrs Underwood, Miss Neville, Mrs Foulkes, Miss Simms, Mr Lambourne and Mrs Bazeley who all work in various classes, as well as Miss Kearns who is joining Year 1 and will be supporting in Snowdrop.


Our focus in Maths we will be learning all about the different ways to measure, eg capacity, length and height.  We will be learning how to answer maths questions quickly and learning how to mark our own work. We will be learning more about money and how to use our 2s, 5s and 10s to solve problems. Year one will also be learning about position and direction, where we will be creating our own dance moves to incorporate this.


Our focus in reading lessons will be on answering how and why questions about the beginning, middle and end of a story. In writing skills we will be developing our use of spelling common exception words, checking our punctuation and writing short narratives. Our key texts will be ‘The Works’ (poetry), ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and ‘The Emperor of Absurdia’.


Our focus will be on our senses and how they work, scientifically. We will be carrying out a number of investigations to find out.

Primary Knowledge Curriculum

This half term we will be teaching Geography and Art. In Geography we are learning all about the UK, studying each country and its customs and traditions. In Art we are learning about architecture and sculpture, focusing on famous buildings and well known sculptors.


This half term we have a unit on dance and athletics. In Dance we will explore basic body actions, e.g. jumping and turning, and use different parts of their body to make movements. In Athletics, through a series of multi-skills activities, children will explore running, jumping and throwing activities, increasing their awareness of speed and distance. 


Children are expected to read for at least 10 minutes every day to an adult, and it is vital that this happens regularly. The children will need to record the details of their book and the pages they have read on that day.  It is helpful if parents can comment on their child’s reading in the box provided. Please remind children that their reading books and reading record books should be in school every day, as adults in school will use these to record reading within school. Children can earn Dojo points for reading regularly (at least 3 times a week), choosing books form the book lists and taking care of the books, including their new reading record books. We also advise that children have bedtime stories read to them regularly, by an adult to support children’s language skills and development of their vocabulary. Each class has their own ‘Bedtime Story’ book bag, which children take turns in turns to take it home and read with their families.


In our year group we are pleased to offer a number of clubs this half term; on offer will be Cosmic Yoga club on Wednesday lunchtimes with Miss Bird in Harebell classroom and Art Club with Miss Day on Thursdays after school until 4pm. Rugby and Street Dance are also available this half term. If your child wishes to attend after school clubs please contact the office, as the number of spaces is restricted.


Please remember homework is a joint effort and we ask you to support us in ensuring pupils understand that homework is important and supports learning in school.  Please ensure your child completes homework and inform us when this is not possible.  As part of the newsletter you will see a homework grid  - the * are tasks that must be completed.  Each week your child can choose which piece to complete - any work should be completed in the homework book if possible.  The tasks are differentiated and bespoke for the pupils, 'Must' is the easier option, 'Should' is the next level and 'Could' is the most difficult.  If you are unsure as to which your child should be completing please speak with your class teacher. 

Our expectation for homework in our year group is as follows; 

Homework and spellings are sent home on a Friday and due in for the following Friday.

•          Reading – All children will be given a reading book and reading diary.  Books will be taken home daily and at weekends with an expectation that they will be shared/read with/to.  Parents are invited to write comments in the reading diary. 10 – 15 minutes daily.

•          Children will occasionally be encouraged to find out information, bring in books or object of interest or a similar related task pertaining to the study being carried out.

•          Weekly spellings – these are the words of the week and consist of the Year 1 common tricky words.

•          Number bonds – these are the numbers of the week

•          Optional My maths

•          Choose from the grid as explained above


Please ensure your child has a named water bottle with them every day (extra to their lunch drink), especially as the weather is getting warmer. It is important for children to stay hydrated as part of their general wellbeing. As part of promoting a healthy lifestyle only water is allowed in classroom water bottles.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office if you or your child has any worries or concerns. For non-urgent matters, it is usually easier to catch us at the end of the school day rather than at the beginning.  

We look forward to our final half term!

Yours sincerely, Mrs Willis, Miss Bird, Miss Hubbard and Miss Day.



Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge organisers give an overview of what pupils will be learning in school over the course of their History, Geography or Art unit of work for the half term. Pupils have a copy of this in their Curriculum books to refer to within lessons. The Knowledge Organisers for each half term are available for you to download below so that you can support your child in discussing with them what they have been learning this week and build upon this learning at home, if you wish to do so.

Knowledge Organiser for Art Summer 2

Knowledge Organiser for Geography Summer 2