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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Moving from Reception to Year 1 can feel like a big step, however we ensure that this transition is a smooth, happy and enjoyable one. Please check our school Facebook and Twitter page to see all of the exciting learning we do in Year 1!


Class Teacher: Mr Gray

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Norman

PPA Cover: Mrs Allison

Our Topics

In Year 1 our topics are as follows:

  • Autumn 1 - Penguins, Possums and Pigs
  • Autumn 2 - Fire! Fire!
  • Spring 1 - Growth and Green Fingers
  • Spring 2 - Family Album
  • Summer 1 - The Great Outdoors
  • Summer 2 - Robots

Phonics screening check

The Year 1 phonics screening check will take place in June. This is a short assessment to determine how well each child can use the phonics skills they have learned in Year 1.


Homework will be given out on a Friday and is expected in the following Wednesday. The homework task will focus on something that the children have been learning about in school recently. Additionally, the children will also have spellings to learn each week.  

Reading Books

In Year 1, we use 'Little Wandle Letters and Sounds' as our reading scheme. The children complete 3 reading sessions with an adult each week, and then they take that book home to read for a week. In addition to this, the children have x2 opportunities a week to select a 'Reading for Pleasure' book to take home. Finally, the children get to access the school library once per week.

Worship and Reflection Areas

We have a dedicated worship and reflection area in class. Here the children are encouraged to spend time reflecting upon the teachings of Jesus Christ and consider how they fulfil each of our Christian values both at school and at home.  

Before and After School

At the beginning of the school day, before registration (8:45am – 8:55am depending on arrival time) the children will have different activities to complete. These are focused on settling the children into school and may consists of revision and practising the skills they have learnt previously.

School finishes at 3:30pm. In Year 1, children must be collected from the KS1 playground by a parent or an appropriate adult.  

General Reminders

  • Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure the children have the appropriate kit for each day.  
  • The children will also need their own water bottle in school, which they have access to all day, please make sure that they are clearly labelled.

Phonics Scheme: Little Wandle