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Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 page! 

On this page, you will be able to find out about all of the children's learning and gain an insight into what we are doing in class.

The Year 1 teachers are:

Miss Beardsley is the Phase Lead for Year 1 and 2

Miss Bullough and Miss Kittle - 1B

Mrs Williams - 1W

Mrs Cooper and Miss Oakey also support the children's learning every day. 

Message from the Year 1 teachers: 

 We are so excited to welcome Year 1 back to school for the Summer Term.

Important Information: 

In Year 1, we recognise how important PE is as part of the curriculum.

Our PE lessons are as follows:

Indoor PE -  Wednesday

Outdoor PE - Thursday 

The children will need their PE kits in school for their outdoor PE lesson. This should consist of:

- blue, black or grey shorts/ bottoms

- a white or house coloured t shirt 

- pumps or trainers which the children can fasten themselves. 



After half term each week, your child will receive a spelling homework. These spellings will cover the Year 1 common exception words and the phonics sounds  they have learnt in school each week. 

The children also have access to Numbots https://play.numbots.com/#/account/school-login/52740 

This website allows your child to practice and apply their understanding of number. It supports them with their maths learning in school. We recommend that your child uses their login at least three times a week.

Reading at home: 

In Key stage 1, we value the importance of reading. We know that learning to read is a priceless, life-long skill that will unlock the whole curriculum for your child. Reading is important in all year groups but particularly in Year 1 as your children will sit their Phonics Screening Test in June. This assessment includes testing your child's phonics knowledge and how well they have progressed throughout the year.  

It is important that your child reads regularly at home to help them consolidate their sounds that they have been learning in school, develop their fluency and support their comprehension. It is really important that all children have their reading records and reading books in school each day. Within their reading record, it is really important that you record every time they read at home as this provides important communication between home and school. When your child reads at school, you will receive feedback in the reading record too. 

Year 1 Curriculum 


In Maths this term the children will be learning about multiplication and division. The children will also be learning about fractions later this term. 

Any practice on Numbots will help the children develop their maths fluency. 



In English, Year 1 will be continuing to write their losing and finding stories. We will be learning about similes and how to use adjectives.  The children will then move onto instructions writing. In this unit, the children will learn about the prefix un and how to use plurals. 

ELS (Essential Letters and Sounds)


In ELS, Year 1 will be introduced to the alternative sounds. Please look out for the flashcards that will be added to the children's previous sounds each Friday. The children will be reviewing phase 5 sounds in preparation for the phonics screening test that they will sit in June. 


In science, Year 1 will be exploring plants. We will be scientists focusing on identifying, grouping and classifying. We will be working scientifically by observing closely, comparing and contrasting familiar plants. We will be identifying and naming a variety of common wild and garden plants. We will then be describing the basic structure of common flowering plants, including trees.  


In history, we will be learning about the significance of Ibn Battuta and Neil Armstrong as explorers. We will be looking at what they achieved and why we remember them. They will be able to articulate what an explorer does and recall key facts about Ibn Battuta and Neil Armstrong.


In Religious Education our key question is 'Who do Christians say made the world?'. Throughout the lessons, children will be able to recognise that 'creation' is the beginning of the the 'big story' of the bible. They will be able to gives examples of what Christians do to say 'thank you' to God for creation. 


In PSHCE, our key question for this term is: Who helps to keep us safe? The children will be learning about the emergency services, who they can ask for help, the dangers in their home and how they can help if someone is hurt or unsafe.


In PE, the children will be introduced to Cricket and Athletics. We are really looking forward to teaching the children lots of new skills and hope that we will be able to play some games!