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Welcome to Year 1

Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 page.  Our class teachers are Mrs Peck and Mrs Knott

Year 1 Routines

Staffing – Mrs Peck teaches the class Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning each week, and Mrs Knott teaches Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday. Miss Arundel and Mrs Smith are the Class Teaching Assistants.

Reading We listen to each child read in Guided Reading Groups at least once a week.  Each day the children take their independent reading books home as we encourage daily reading. A reading log is kept in their Reading Records so that we know when reading has been completed. In line with the new curriculum, we ask for independent reading books to be read twice before changing them. This is to develop fluency in reading and support comprehension skills. Reading books will be changed every Monday and Thursday if books have been read twice and reading diaries completed.  To encourage reading at home, we have set a reading challenge in Year 1. We ask that every time you read with your child you sign the reading record.  Reading records are checked daily and for every signed entry your child will move up our reading ladder.  When they reach the top they are rewarded with a small prize.  

Spellings    Spellings are sent home on a Friday in the homework book and then checked on the following Thursday in a spelling test. Children will complete their spelling test in their homework book so this needs to be bought to school every Thursday.

Homework  Homework is sent home every Friday and to be returned the following Thursday.  In Year 1 we send home a practical maths exercise every week for you to complete with your child.

PE – PE is on currently on Wednesday with an external PE Coach.  Children are asked to come to school on Wednesday wearing their PE clothes – a white t-shirt, dark sports shorts/trousers, a sports jumper/jacket and trainers.  Jewellery should not be worn for PE.  Earrings should therefore be removed for PE sessions or they will be taped over. If a spare pair of trainers could be left in school (named and in a bag) that would be great for times when we do extra light exercise during the week.

Topics – Our topics covered in Year 1 are:

Autumn 1/2

 The Four Seasons

Spring 1/2

Time Travellers

Summer 1/2

Our World

Children in Need

Year 1 have had fun today dressing up in clothes that make us feel happy! Some of us were superheroes, some of us were wearing our special clothes and some of us were in our Pyjamas!

We joined in with the Joe Wicks Feel Good Friday PE session, have talked about the 5 Ways of Wellbeing – ‘Five to Thrive’, and also helped raise some money for Children in Need.

Well done Year 1!


November 2020

*2 Week Self-isolation work pack*

In the event of the Year 1 bubble or an individual child having to self-isolate for 2 weeks, we have put together some work tasks to complete at home during this time. There is a suggested timetable of tasks that covers a range of activities including fine motor skills, alphabet practise, phonics, handwriting and number work which we would normally complete during the school day. The activities are intended to be short tasks to help with concentration and motivation. Most of the tasks can be completed without having to print off any additional resources. We understand that all children learn at different rates and have different abilities. Please feel free to adjust the activities to their individual abilities.

1 Suggested Timetable

Within the timetable there are references to additional resources such as word mats and worksheets that can be used for some of the short tasks.

Phase 2 & 3 sound mat colour coded

Y1-Common Exception Word (CEW) Chart Colour Coded -Monster Phonics

Phase 2 tricky words pack

Phase 3 tricky words pack

Numbers to 10

Pets counting to 10

2D shape colouring

Practical ideas

Recently all children were sent home with a laminated sheet of the school handwriting style (lowercase and capital letters), number formation and their name. Please spend time practising this important fine motor skill.

Children also have their school reading books to share with you.

Unfortunately this is another uncertain time for us all. We hope that you find some of the tasks enjoyable and don’t feel restricted by the suggested activities. If you find a new and exciting way of teaching Common Exception Words, for example, go with it!

Keep safe and healthy.

Thank you for your continued support,

The Year 1 Team