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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

The Year 1 staff are:

Miss E. Martin - Class Teacher

Mrs. S. Brewster - Class Teacher on a Thursday

Mrs. D.Podgers - Higher Level Teaching Assistant (Tuesday-Friday)

Mrs. Z. Filbey - Teaching Assistant (Monday)

Important information:



In Year 1 our PE days are Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday the PE will be with Miss Martin and for the Autumn term, this will be dance.


From November the children in Year 1 will be going swimming on a Monday afternoon. This will count as one of their P.E sessions, this will be instead of our PE on Wednesday mornings. On a Monday can you make sure your child brings in their swimming kit ready for their lesson that afternoon.


The other PE session will be with MR Clarke on a Thursday morning, so PE kits will be needed in school for this, weather depending it could either be indoor or outdoor PE.




Spelling homework will be given out on Thursday and will be tested the following Thursday. The spellings will be tailored to the children's capabilities and be based around sounds they are learning in class.


Maths and English/Topic homework: Homework will be given out every Friday and needs to be returned on the following Thursday as Miss Martin will mark these books on a Thursday night ready to be handed back to the children with new homework in on Friday. If your child does not hand their book in (we do offer them several reminders throughout the week) they will miss out on the next piece of homework. If there is a problem or you are having difficulties with the homework please do not hesitate to come and speak to Miss Martin about this. 


Reading: As we are now in the second half of the Autumn term all of the children have been benchmarked again the school's reading book system, therefore you will notice that they will have two reading books and a free choice book. One of the reading books is their benchmarked level book and one is a phonics book based around the phase and sound we are learning. The phonics books are still important as in Year 1 a big focus is upon our phonics skills and how we blend, segment and recognise those tricky phonemes. The free choice book is a book your child has chosen from the classroom box to share with you at home, it was their choice on which book to choose, they may not be able to read it yet but may enjoy it if you read it to them and talked about the pictures and the story with them. There are plenty of opportunities for the children to change their reading books at school and we read with each child on a 1:1 basis at least once a week, however, please sign the yellow reading diary when your child reads at home as we have noticed this is not always being done and the children are missing out on rewards for reading.


George's Diary: Your child may have already told you about our class giraffe named George. Every child in Year 1 will have the opportunity to take George home (Friday-Wednesday) and look after him, they will then need to write, draw or take photographs of George's adventures with them in his diary. The diary entry for that week will be shared by your child on the day they return George to the class. We look forward to hearing all about George's marvellous adventures with you.


George has already had so many wonderful adventures with you and your children in Autumn term 1 that he is excited for Autumn term 2! Thank you for taking good care of him.

What we will be learning.

Autumn Term 1st half 2019 - Zoom To The Moon

Autumn Term 2nd half 2019  - London's burning!



Throughout our London's burning topic we will be looking at the Great Fire Of London and the impact this had upon the London we know today. We will be looking at historical figures such as Samuel Pepys, King Charles II, Christopher Wren and Guy Fawkes. We will also be looking at the geography of the United Kingdom, including the geographical features of London and the other capital cities. We will also  be looking at the current modern landmarks of london and comparing them to the past around the time of the fire.


For more information about this topic and how the curriculum fits togetheraround this to create an immersive learning journey for the children please look at the Autum 2 topic planning below.

Year 1 Phonics

what exactly is phonics? 

Words are made up of small units of sound called phonemes. Phonics teaches children to be able to listen carefully and identify the phonemes that make up each word. This helps children to learn to read words and to spell words. 


In phonics lessons children are taught three main things:


  • Phonemes: Each letter in the alphabet has a ‘name’ (a = ay, b = bee, c = see, etc), but spoken English uses about 44 sounds (phonemes). These phonemes are represented by letters (graphemes). In other words, a sound can be represented by a letter (e.g. ‘s’ or ‘h’) or a group of letters (e.g. ‘th’ or ‘ear’). These sounds are taught in a particular order. The first sounds to be taught are s, a, t, p. 


Blending: Children are taught to be able to blend. This is when children say the sounds that make up a word and are able to merge the sounds together until they can hear what the word is. This skill is vital in learning to read. 


• Segmenting: Children are also taught to segment. This is the opposite of blending. Children are able to say a word and then break it up into the phonemes that make it up. This skill is vital in being able to spell words.


How is phonics taught? 

Phonics sessions are very structured and last for approximately 20 minutes per day. Children are then given the opportunities to explore what they are learning in phonics in independent or adult-led activities throughout the school day. Phonics forms a part of how we teach reading, but it is also important to help children become fluent readers by teaching them to recognise key words by sight.

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