Year 1

Welcome to Year 1.  The year provides a wonderful variety of exciting learning opportunities for your child as they begin the next part of their school journey.

The Year 1 team are:

1C Hattie Crockett with Danielea Richards

           1M Jill Manning supported by Nura Mohamed

            1N Becky Nall supported by Maggie Holgate


The transition from Reception to Year 1 is an exciting but significant step for children. It is completely normal for some children to feel a little overwhelmed by the more formal approach to learning in Year 1, but as they settle into the routines, the children begin to take a more independent approach to their learning. Please be assured all staff in Year 1 are experienced in providing support and guidance to help them settle into KS1. We are always happy to speak to you about any concerns you have and you can contact us after school or via email at the addresses below.

Learning in Year 1

English is based on a ‘core text’, which is used to inspire and aid their learning. Continuing from Reception, the children are taught phonics using part of the ‘Read Write Inc’ (RWI) scheme of work. This is a structured reading and writing synthetic phonic programme, which has successfully been used in the school for a number of years. Our maths lessons will support and consolidate their existing knowledge of the mathematical concepts. The aim is mastery in mathematics through exploring concepts in greater depth and being able to reason and problem solve in different contexts. To achieve this we teach new learning by building on prior knowledge through microscopic steps. To support our curriculum learning we will take part in three different educational visits to London Zoo, Buckingham Palace and the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Here are a few helpful admin points for you:

    • The children can come into class from 8.45am by themselves and must be in school by 9am. Help your child to take responsibility for themselves and their own belongings by making sure they have everything they need each day.  Please send any money/slips/notes into class with your child in a clearly labelled sealed envelope.  Alternatively, you can take it directly to the school office.
    • We encourage you to read with your child every day and record this in their reading record.  Please spend time talking about the books with them, focusing on understanding the text through questioning as well as decoding.
    • Children need to keep their ‘take home’ reading books in the bags at all time so we can read with them in school.
    • Home Learning will be sent home on a Wednesday (and due in the following Monday). The home learning will be either a Maths quiz or a SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). The quizzes provide an opportunity to revisit prior knowledge and to consolidate and practise recent learning.
    • In Year 1, we are teaching children to form their letters with a lead in and lead out stroke together, ensuring that they are holding their pencil correctly.  At this stage, it is important that children are beginning and ending their letters in the correct place. We will send a handwriting booklet home for practise after we have taught all the cursive letters joins.
    • Parent volunteers are always welcome; please look out for further details. Rachel Morgan will support the induction of volunteers into Year 1.

We will provide more key information throughout the year, starting with our ‘Meet the teacher’ evening on Thursday 19th September.

We look forward to a wonderful year with your children!

The Year 1 team

In Year 1 we have an engaging and varied curriculum for the year ahead. The children begin their day with a phonics and reading session. They also have an hour of Mathematics and an hour of English every morning. 

In English the children will be focusing on a core text to inspire their learning. As they progress this spring term, the children will begin to plan and produce various genres of writing to extend their vocabulary. They will be exploring narrative and non-fiction writing styles as well as focusing on a different aspect of grammar to develop their writing. We are using the systematic synthetic phonics programme Read Write Inc (RWI) in our phonic sessions which focuses on acquiring phonetic knowledge to develop reading and then writing. Mathematics is taught using the mastery approaches which focuses on number and then subtraction and addition within 100; shape and measure and time. Each half term we focus on different units of work in  our foundation subjects i.e. Geography, History, Art and Design and Technology. Sience is taught throughout the year.


Children are expected to read daily, and complete addditional maths and English tasks that consolidate learning from class.  Home learning is distributed on Wednesday and collected the following Monday. 

Maths games to play at home

Links for Parents

Information for parents

1C timetable
1M timetable
1N timetable
Autumn Maths Helpsheet


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