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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

Mrs. Z. Filbey - Teaching Assistant

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. On Thursday PE will be with Mr Clarke.

PE kits can be left in school and taken home at half term to wash.




Spelling homework will be given out on Thursday and will be tested the following Thursday. The spellings will consist of 6 high-frequency words for Year 1 and 4 words related to our Topic learning.


Maths and English/Topic homework will be given out every Friday and needs to be returned on Thursday.


Reading: Please ensure that you read with your child regularly and record each experience within their reading diary.


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.

What we will be learning.

Autumn Term 1st half 2019 - Zoom To The Moon


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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.

Useful links for Parents and Children:

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