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PE days for Summer 1:

  • Tuesday - Tennis (Outdoor - if possible)
  • Thursday - Tennis (Outdoor - if possible)


Hope you are having a lovely holiday! I am looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday :).


Year 1 have had another fantastic half term! We have been blown away by their writing and the sophisticated language and techniques they are already using! We have now completed all the sounds and will recap them one more time before we move onto spelling patterns. In grammar, we have looked at the suffixes: er, est, ing and ed. The children are now starting to apply these to their work independently which has been really pleasing to see.


We have also had a special visitor this half term called Freya the Fairy which I am sure you have heard about. Freya has been leaving us notes and even treats. One day she left a power house point for each team (don’t tell Mr Cook she has been in his office!). However, for one week a naughty fairy came instead of Freya and she was being a bit mischievous in our classroom. Then, after lunch one day we were greeted by 5 fairies stuck in ice and a message from Freya asking us if we could help her friends escape. If we could get the fairies free then the naughty fairy would leave us alone. Year 1 worked in groups to free the fairies and thought of different ways to melt the ice. We were so impressed by their teamwork, perseverance and scientific vocabulary.


As well as this Year 1 have also enjoyed learning about the countries in the United Kingdom and their characteristics. Wembley stadium proved to be a popular feature of England as well as the Angel of the North. They also drew on their knowledge from the Great Fire of London topic and could talk in detail about England’s capital city. Year 1 have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the artists Matisse and Kandinsky. They have had chance to replicate a piece of work by both artists and then compare how they are similar and different.  Well done Year 1 on your consistently fantastic attitude towards your learning.

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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

15.04.19 - Show and Tell (group 2)

16.04.19 - Easter Service at Church

17.04.19 - Non-uniform day

18.04.19 - Easter Bingo

23.04.19 - Show and Tell (group 1)

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

29.04.19 - Show and Tell (group 2)

30.04.19 - Parent Event Phonic Screen Assessment (18.00)

07.05.19 - Show and Tell (group 1)

13.05.19 - Show and Tell (group 2)

20.05.19 - Show and Tell (group 1)

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

10-14.06.19 - Phonics Screen Week 

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


Latest News

Year 1 have come back to school as beautifully as expected and have been introduced to their new topic 'Enchanted Woodland'. On Monday afternoon a letter arrived addressed to Year 1 and a video was left on my laptop! It was from a fairy who had got lost in Collingham and wanted the children's help to find a safe place to stay. The children got straight to work writing the fairy a letter telling them what it was like at school so the fairy felt safe to visit. The fairy then wrote back the following day saying she had received all the letters and now felt safe coming to visit but needed her own fairy house to live in. The children again got straight to work and looked around the classroom to see what materials they could use for the house. They had some excellent ideas such as feathers for a bed, pom poms for a pillow, using tea lights to light the way so she knew where she was going! The list was endless. We were especially excited on Friday when a little fairy door had arrived by the window surrounded by fairy dust ... I wonder what will happen next?


In maths, we have had a very busy week looking at multiplication. Year 1 have learnt different methods to help them; repeated addition, drawing groups of and arrays. In phonics, we have finished revisiting the set 3 sounds from RWI and we are now ready to move onto the 9 sounds which are not covered in the programme. The children have asked a few times this week why is the winter area still up in the classroom as it does not feel like winter because it is warm. This prompted a conversation about how weather can sometimes not be characteristic of the season. We also spoke about climate change and global warming. This will be something we will look at closer towards the end of the year. 


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 it has been shared with 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 continue to use and apply question and exclamation marks. 


In phonics, we will begin to look at spelling patterns. For example, to make the 'ay' sound we have also learned 'ai' and 'a_e'. We will look at where particular spellings of sounds come in words to help us generate 'spelling rules'. So, we will identify that the 'ay' spelling only comes at the end of words and the 'ai' spelling comes in the middle of words. 


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 Summer, 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

Anthony Browne 

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 April 15th:

Week 1 - Telling the time

Week 2 - Telling the time 

Week 3 - Addition and Subtraction

Week 4 - Addition and Subtraction

Week 5 - Money

Week 6 - Money 



To be updated once it has been shared with 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 Summer 1 our theme will be 'Shabbat'. Our key question will be 'Is Shabbat important to Jewish children?'. 



Our P.E. days for Summer 1 will be Tuesday and Thursday. 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. 


  • Summer 1 - Tennis (Tuesday - Outdoor).
  • Summer 1- Tennis (Tuesday - Outdoor).



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 'mental health and emotional well-being'. Pupils will learn about different types of feelings, how to manage different feelings and about change or loss and how this can feel. 


Christmas Baking

Curriculum Parent Leaflet Year One