Welcome to the Year 1 Page


There are 3 classes in Year 1:

1B - Mrs Beswick, Mrs Langley and Miss Clamp.

1C - Mrs Collins and Mrs Leeson.

1L - Miss Lester and Mrs Hodges.


Our cover supervisor is Mrs Harrison.

Welcome to the second term in Year One


Science:  The children will learn about seasonal change. They will identify what is happening outside in the natural environment in winter and compare it to what happened in autumn. They will find out about how different animals cope with winter. Later in the term the children will find out about plants. The children will learn to identify and name a variety of common wild and garden plants, including trees. They will also explore the basic structure of flowering plants and observe how they grow.

EnglishThis half term, the children will be focusing on forming stories by linking a sequence of sentences. They will find out about the features of narratives by exploring how the author Julia Donaldson links events in her stories and uses information about characters to develop her story writing.

Maths: The children will be looking at addition and subtraction with a huge focus on developing their understanding of number bonds and subtraction facts. They will apply their knowledge to solving problems using objects and representations.

RE: Sacred Places: The children will be learning about ‘What makes some places sacred?’ They will be introduced to sacred places & learn about the importance of praying in religion. They will also visit a local church.

Computing: This term we will find out how to keep personal images private and access photographs we have taken. The children will also create sequences of instructions to control a robot and debug programs to solve errors.

PSHCE: Being Safe: We will be encouraging the children to think about what it means to keep safe. The children will explore how they can keep safe when playing, using roads, in the sun or near water. They will also talk about the best actions to take to reduce the risk of accidents or if they are lost.

Music: The children will perform songs and chants about the weather, adding actions and percussion sounds. They will learn how to control and change tempo and dynamics.  

PE: Gymnastics - The children will learn to perform static movements and explore different ways of travelling including: moving on the floor, across apparatus, jumping and land safely. They will work in pairs to perform basic skills and balance.

Art:Weather – After observing different types of weather the children will explore how to use media to create their own images of rain, wind and clouds.

 Home Work

The children are expected to read several times a week , to learn to spell a couple of new words and practise key Maths fluency facts.

Each half term the children are also given a mini-project to do at home linked to our topic.

 Helping your child at home

(At the end of this page are some links for some common resources you can use at home.)


Weekly Reading

Regular reading, even if for only 5 minutes a day, is the most effective way to help your child. Talking about the book will also help to develop their understanding and enjoyment of reading.

  • Which is your favourite character and why? 
  • What words did the author use to describe this character?
  • How did the characters feel at the beginning/ end of the story?
  • What happened in this story? What might happen after the story finishes?
  • Can you think of a different ending to the story?
  • What places are in the story?
  • Did you enjoy the book? Why/ why not?
  • Can you think of another story/ book like this? What is the same about the two stories/ books?
  • Using the title, can you write the blurb for this book?
  • Why do you think the book was given this title?
  • Does the title help us to choose the right book to read?
  • What happened first, next or at the end?
  • What other title could you use for this book? Why? 

Take part in the Reading Rocket Challenge

Listen to your child read at home then write in their Reading Diary.

Each time your child reads they can move 1 space on the rocket chart!

Every time they land on a star  they will get a special reward or prize.

This can be done with anybody… parents, grand-parents, siblings, cousins or even just friends!    Please write in their Reading Diary so we have a written record to ensure the challenge is fair to all children!

 Home Reading Books

Please can you make sure that your child has their reading books in school everyday so that we can read with them.

The children are encouraged to change their own books when needed.

Every day the children will have some time to go and swap their home reading books.

In addition to the Year One Reading Rocket Challenge any child who reads 3 times a week at home will be entered into our exciting Key Stage 1 Weekly Reading Raffle where they can win a book!  


The National Curriculum states that by the end of Year 1, children should be able to independently write dictated sentences, spelling around 100 common words correctly as they do.


At regular intervals your child will bring home a list of words to learn taken from the 100 common words. Please help your child learn to spell a few words at a time using the ideas sent home with the word list or download them from the link below.

The aim is for the children to be able to correctly spell these focus words independently, whenever they write, and also to write in coherent sentences by the time they move to Year Two.

Click here for a copy of our spelling mat, containing all of the words that the children need to learn to spell.

Click here some fun ideas to help them learn to spell words.

Click here for a copy of our Phonics Sound Mat

Click here for our Phonics page!

Click here to see the handwriting letter formation families 

General Information

At the start & end of the school day:

The children start at 8:50am when they are collected from the playground by a member of staff.

For the safety of all the children we ask all parent/s and carer/s not to enter the building, but to say goodbye to their children whilst they line up on the playground.

Should you need to pass on a message before school starts the office staff will be happy to take your call. Or alternatively you can send a written note to your child’s class teacher.

The children finish school at 3:15am. Please wait on the playground near the Year One door so that we can see you before we let your child leave the class group.



What Ever the Weather

The children spend part of each day learning and playing outside.

If the weather is hot and sunny you are welcome to send your child with a sun hat and sun cream clearly labelled with their name. Please make sure your child knows how to apply the sun cream themselves - as we are only able to supervise.

As the weather gets colder please make sure your child has a warm waterproof coat, hat, gloves and scarf to keep them warm and dry.

If you wish your child can keep a pair of wellingtons at school.

PLEASE make sure everything is labelled with your child's name - thank you!



PLEASE leave your child's PE kits in school ALL week.

  All children need a named indoor and outdoor P.E kit.

Indoor kit: black shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps.

Outdoor kit: joggers, trainers and a long sleeved top.


Each class has two P.E lessons per week.

1B - Monday and Friday.

1C - Tuesday and Wednesday.

1L - Monday and Thursday.


 Playtime Snacks

If your child would like to bring in their own snack then please make sure it is a healthy choice and free from any nuts, as some children in school have a severe nut allergy. 



Spare Clothing

Do you have any school clothing that your child has grown out of? 

We would greatly appreciate it if you could donate unwanted uniform to school for us to use.


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