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Our P.E. days for Spring 2 will be Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that children are wearing their School PE kit - plain white t-shirt, black shorts, trainers (which children can fasten/tie themselves), tracksuit bottoms and top. Please can long hair be tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster. 


  • Spring 2 - Multi skills (Tuesday - Outdoor).
  • Spring 2- Yoga (Friday - Indoor, led by a coach).


WOW what another fantastic half term Year 1 had! This was ended brilliantly by the parent event which I know the children really enjoyed. Thank you for coming and I hope you were as impressed with their dancing skills as I was. The pictures you created look lovely and we cannot wait to display them in the classroom. During the last week of the term was assessment week and I could not believe how mature, sensible and amazing the children were. The class exemplify all words from the RESPECT Code and the Year 1 team could not be any prouder.


The class LOVED the Great Fire of London topic and their ability to recall information and talk in detail about the event was incredible. This was certainly showcased in their writing where I have been particularly impressed with the progress this half term. The children are beginning to develop more confidence when it comes to their writing and it is a pleasure to see. Next half term we will be recapping the set 3 sounds from RWI and then introducing 9 new sounds which are not in the programme. We will then begin to look at spelling patterns within words to help us choose the right sound when writing.

We are committed to safeguarding; if you have any concerns about the well being of a child in school please contact a member of staff.

Welcome to Year One


A very, very warm welcome to Key Stage One! I hope you enjoy reading our class page, where topic information will be updated ready for the start of each half-term and latest news will be updated fortnightly on a Wednesday. As always, there will be lots of photographs uploaded after all the exciting activities and events we get up to!


The Year One staff team consists of Miss Thackray, Mrs Naylor, Mrs Shaw and Mrs Meek. Mrs Naylor will support the class every morning and Mrs Shaw will support Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Mrs Meek will teach Year 1 on a Wednesday afternoon.


We are really looking forward to our time in year 1 this year, and hope that you are too!

Miss Thackray and the Year 1 Team


Upcoming Events

25.02.19 - Show and Tell (group 1)

27.02.19 - School Photos

04.03.19 - Show and Tell (group 2)

11.03.19 - Show and Tell (group 1)

13.03.19 - Parents Evening (15.30 - 18.30)

14.03.19 - Parents Evening (16.30 - 19.30)

18.03.19 - Show and Tell (group 2)

25.03.19 - Show and Tell (group 1)

24.04.19 - Parent Event (A-H 13.15 - 14.05. J-Z 14.15 - 15.05)

30.04.19 - Parent Event Phonic Screen Assessment (18.00)

23.05.19 - Parent Event (J-Z 13.15 - 14.05. A-H 14.15 - 15.05)

10-14.06.19 - Phonics Screen

19.07.19 - Y1 Charity Event (Whole class 14.30 - 15.10)


Latest News

WOW!! What a fantastic start to the New Year the children have made (I know I always say this ... but it is always true!). The Year 1 team have been so pleased with their attitude towards school life and it is a pleasure to continue to see them grow on a daily basis.


We have already ticked off winter and I can safely say Year 1 are comfortable identifying and recognising the signs of this season. Last Monday the class were introduced to their new topic 'Bright Lights, Big City' as we played a game to learn all about the Great Fire of London. I think it certainly captured the imagination of the class as I had a lot of questions to answer about the fire! We are beginning to increase the independence of the children this half term as we slowly prepare them for Year 2. As a result, during some topic lessons all the class have been working at the same time. The children have coped with this brilliantly so far and it just demonstrates how far they have progressed already. I am looking forward to the rest of our topic lessons as we have some excited things planned. You will be able to take part in some of the activities at our parent event on the 8th February. To enhance this topic we will be having a visit from the fire brigade on Tuesday 29th January. Year 1 will find out what it is like to be a fire fighter now and compare it to what it would have been like trying to fight the fire in 1666. They will also have the opportunity to look at a fire engine in detail as well as some of the equipment that is used. 


I have been so pleased with the progress in phonics, writing and grammar already this half term! Year 1 seem much more confident with their cursive handwriting and are beginning to tell me off for mine now! We are now having explicit grammar lessons on a Friday and this has helped us to look at certain areas in more detail. We have already looked at exclamation marks, nouns and verbs and we will be looking at prefixes and suffixes for the rest of the term. In phonics we are recapping our set 3 sounds and I can see that confidence is increasing in recognising these sounds. In maths, the class have been showing off their 2D and 3D shape skills and I have been very impressed with their knowledge and understanding. For the rest of the half term we will be concentrating on place value, addition and subtraction.


Last week was prayer week for the whole school where we looked at spirituality in detail. Year 1 took part in activities such as yoga, massage, breathing techniques and relaxation. The class absolutely loved the week and I will be looking at how we can continue some of the activities for the rest of the year. 


From Monday 21st January until mid March Miss Wright will be joining the Year 1 Teaching team. The class have already had the opportunity to meet Miss Wright on two occasions and are excited to begin working with her. 


Important Information

  • Reading books will be changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Please can you write the name of the new book in the reading record and sign when they have read the book. It is always helpful to leave a comment and it is something that the Year 1 team really appreciate.
  • Show and Tell will be on a Monday afternoon. I have split the class into 2 groups meaning children will be able to show something every other week. Children with a surname beginning with A-H will be in group 1 and children with a surname beginning with I-Z will be in group 2. Please look at upcoming events to keep up to date with the rota.


Homework Expectations

Learning Logs will be given out on Friday indicating skills to be practised. Learning logs need to be back in school the following Wednesday. Some homework will be over longer periods to enable research and the date for completion will be indicated on the log. In Year 1 the children have a session to share homework with classmates and staff. Pupils get the opportunity to see each other’s learning and discuss findings. This enables the children to really engage with homework by sharing good ideas and information. All homework is related to what’s going on in the current curriculum and supports their classroom learning. All homework is read by Miss Thackray and initialled.


Children need to read daily and discuss their reading. At the bottom of the page I have added a document with a list of possible questions you can ask your child when you are reading with them. Your support with reading is greatly appreciated and really enhances learning.


Curriculum this half term 



To be updated once the new topic has been introduced to Year 1. 



In English, we will be concentrating on writing sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. We will also be focusing on writing on the line with our letters the right way round. Children will continuing to practice the cursive script and in Spring we will be concentrating on how to join letters. We will have a 'Big Write' every Thursday morning where we will look a bit closer at these areas.


In addition, we will begin to look at how we can make our work more interesting. For example, we will begin to use adjectives in our work as well as conjunctions such as because. We will even begin to use sequence words such as first, then, after and finally to structure our work! Year 1 will look when to use a question mark and what words typically start a question sentence. In Spring, children will be introduced to an exclamation mark. 


In phonics, we will recap the set  3 sounds from Read Write Inc and be introduced to 9 new sounds. These are:

au - haunted hall

e_e - Steve centipede

ue - blue statue

ey - wonky donkey

ie - pie in the sky

ph - dolphin on the phone

wh - white whale

ea - bread for breakfast

oe - doe on its toes


We will have a phonics lesson 3 days a week and within this session we will also look at the Year 1 high frequency and common exception words. On a Thursday we will do our Big Write and on a Friday we will have a grammar lesson. In Spring, during our grammar lessons we will be learning:

  • What is a noun?
  • What is a verb?
  • Adding the prefix 'un'
  • Making words plural using 's' and 'es'
  • Using the suffixes 'er' and 'est'
  • Adding -ed


I think children learn a lot by having stories read to them and I will try and read a story every day. The more children read or/and are read to the greater their vocabulary and imagination becomes. This really helps with their creativity when it comes to their own writing. Now children are becoming more confident with their reading it is important they have the opportunity to choose their own books. The school reading books are brilliant at helping children develop/embed their phonic skills and recognise tricky words but they might not necessarily be about a topic which is interesting for your child. I really want to encourage a love for reading and hopefully by children having more ownership of what they are reading will only promote this love.


Some ideas of authors to look at are:

Roald Dahl

Jacqueline Wilson

David Walliams

J.K Rowling 

Julia Donaldson

Dav Pilkey


There are links at the bottom of the page to any English support I think could be helpful. If you require any more information/support please do not hesitate to ask a member of the Year One Team.



In Maths, we will have a particular focus for each week starting from the 25th February:

Week 1 - Multiplication and Division

Week 2 - Multiplication and Division

Week 3 - Multiplication and Division

Week 4 - Fractions -  Recognise, find and name a half as 1 of 2 equal parts of an object, shape or quantity

Week 5 - Fractions -  Recognise, find and name a quarter as 1 of 4 equal parts of an object, shape or quantity



To be updated once the new topic has been introduced to Year 1. 



In Computing we will look in more detail at computer science and digital literacy. Children will being to understand what an algorithm is and experiment with controllable devices entering clear and accurate demands. Children will also be practicing finding information from websites (guided by an adult). They will learn to navigate around the sites using links and start to experience electronic communication safely. 



During R.E. in Spring 2 we will be looking at Gospel. Our key question will be 'What is the good news Jesus brings?'. 



Our P.E. days for Spring 2 will be Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that children are wearing their School PE kit - plain white t-shirt, black shorts, trainers (which children can fasten/tie themselves), tracksuit bottoms and top (weather permitting). Please can long hair be tied up and earrings either removed or covered with a plaster. 


  • Spring 2 - Multi skills (Tuesday - Outdoor).
  • Spring 2- Yoga (Friday - Indoor, led by a coach).



Year 1 will be introduced to Spanish this half term on a Tuesday afternoon. 


PHSE/British Values

Our RESPECT code, as ever, will underpin all our learning, and the children will be encouraged to continue to add to a RESPECT code display and write a post-it when they see a child portraying aspects of our RESPECT code and help to choose the children who will be selected for our leaf assembly. We will be discussing lots about our locality and discussing what it means to be British, recapping our British values.


Our PHSE focus will be 'drug, alcohol and tobacco education'. Children will learn to identify factors that keep themselves and others safe. Through investigation and circle time activities, Year 1 will learn about the positive role of medicines and develop an understanding of how they can be harmful if not used properly. They will identify different ways medicines are used and people who can give medicine safely. They will also learn that household products can be harmful if not used properly and ways to keep safe around them. 

Christmas Baking

Curriculum Parent Leaflet Year One