Year 1


Have a look at our fabulous photos! We have been out and about exploring our school grounds, as part of our local area geography topic.


N.B. Phonics Play – The free march20 login will stop working on 21st October 2020. Hopefully, you can still access some resources for free.


Please look out for a red spelling folder in your child’s book bag coming home on Tuesday.



The Gruffalo

This week we have been reading The Gruffalo. We have especially enjoyed watching this musical version of the story: (Google Ollie Heath, The Gruffalo).

Your homework this week is to design your very own Gruffalo! It can be as simple or as fancy as you wish – the more creative, the better!  Please draw / colour it on the attached Draw Your Own Gruffalo Homework Sheet 6.10.20 , then write a simple description in your best handwriting underneath.

Due in: Mon. 12.10.20 please.

🙂 Many thanks! 🙂


Your class teachers are Miss Platt and Mrs Tetlow. 

Mrs Leavy, Mrs Kulczycki and Miss Ewbank will also be working in Year One, supporting the children with their learning. 

Your child should have brought home a parental information pack last week. It gives you an idea of what Year 1 is all about! We hope you find it useful. If you have any questions about any aspects of your child’s school life, please do come and ask.

We are looking forward to a busy but fun half term, getting to know the children and hopefully making lots of memories together.

The Year 1 Team


Important everyday information:

BOOK BAGS – Could we ask that your child brings his/her book bag to school every day?

UNIFORM – Please could you make sure your child’s belongings are clearly labelled – especially kits, jumpers / cardigans, shoes and coats.

PE/GAMES KIT – For now, children need an outdoor games kit (jogging bottoms / leggings, hoodie / sweatshirt plus trainers). Kits need to come into school on a Monday please, and will come home again on a Friday for washing. It is *really important* that children have the correct kits in school; if not, they will unfortunately not be able to take part in games lessons.

HOMEWORK – General homework (green folder) and spellings homework (red folder) are usually given out on Tuesdays, ready to be handed in the following Monday. Weekly spellings have not yet come home – please look out for these coming home in a couple of weeks. Please could we ask that red and green folders are both kept in your child’s book bag, ready to be handed in on a Monday morning? 

🙂 Many thanks for your co-operation! 🙂


Year 1 Curriculum



All children will be exposed to maths every day, through a range of practical and real life activities. The children will continue to work on their number recognition and counting skills.

We are currently having a big ‘push’ on number formation. It really is so important that the children can form their numbers correctly. Please could you take some time to practise these at home with your child? 

This term we will be focusing on the 4 main number operations. The children will have many opportunities to use practical equipment to support them with their learning and will also begin to record their calculations and discuss new strategies that could be used to solve problems, find solutions and reach answers. 

Lots of our work will be investigative. We encourage you to practise maths skills at home with your child. Look for numbers around the house, count the stairs, help pay for items in the shop… maths is everywhere!

Useful maths-related info from your parental information pack:

MATHS Number Formation Tracing Strips

MATHS Number Formation 1 To 20

MATHS Useful Maths Websites Y1

MATHS Y1 Criteria Number, Place Value, Calculation And Fractions



Year 1 is such an important time in your child’s learning journey, in that they are still learning how to read and write.

Reading and phonics are key pieces of the Year 1 learning jigsaw. For children to reach their full potential, it is so important that they read at home as well as in school. Could we ask that you try to listen to your child read for around 5-10 minutes each night if possible? Please continue to read books from home as well as school books. 

If you haven’t already checked out Oxford Owl, please take a look! It is a lovely resource which has a library full of e-books relating to the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. Class login details are at the front of your child’s reading record book. These ebooks can be used to supplement home reading should you wish to use them.

Useful reading-related information:

READING Buckstones Reading Challenge EYFS KS1

Phonics is at the heart of all of our English learning in Year 1 – we need phonics to help us read and spell. As such, our daily small-group phonics sessions are an important part of our day. In Years 1 and 2 we use the Letters and Sounds programme in conjunction with Phonics Play for our daily phonics sessions.

The aim is to make phonics fun so we play games and sing songs to help us with our phonics learning. We subscribe to for school use but for now, you can continue to access it at home for free so please make the most of it if you can. The login details are:

USERNAME: march20            PASSWORD: home

Useful phonics-related information:

PHONICS Phase 2 Phonemes And Tricky Words Desk Mat

PHONICS Phase 3 Sounds And Tricky Words Desk Mat

PHONICS Phase 4 Initial Blends Mat

PHONICS Glossary Of Terms

In Year 1 we aim for all children to become confident and independent writers. To achieve this we have a big focus on correct letter formation as well as phonics.

We choose texts and topics carefully to engage the children and make writing both purposeful and fun. 


This term we will look at several well-known stories and traditional tales with repetitive patterns and phrases.

Throughout the term the children will be supported to speak and then write in complete sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. 

Useful phonics-related information:

WRITING Letter Formation Mat Curly Caterpillars Etc.

WRITING Uppercase And Lowercase Letter Formation

WRITING Y1 Writing Criteria 20 Stars2

WRITING Y1 Grammar Booklet 2020


Across the Curriculum – our topics for this term:

  1st half term 2nd half term
Science Ourselves & The Senses

Seasons topic ongoing throughout the year

Geography Our Local Area

Weather topic ongoing throughout the year

History Toys

Art / DT Painting / Colour (Art)

 A Home for Teddy (DT)

RE Introduction to Christianity