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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Welcome everybody to the Year 1 section of the website.

Class Teacher: Miss Downey, Miss Smith and Miss Bryan
LSAs: Miss Donnelly, Mrs Green and Miss Vick

If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to ask one of the year 1 team.

Reading at home

Reading is brilliant and we want to encourage children to do it as much as possible. We are going to be reading books together as a class but we would also like the children to read regularly at home. They will have a reading folder to take home and a reading log to record any reading they do. We would like them to read at least 5 times during the week – this doesn't need to be just their school reading book, it can be anything that they are interested in reading, not just books, but useful information that they need, such as (appropriate) websites, television guides, menus, magazines… the list is endless!  The reading logs will be checked regularly. 

Oxford Owl Log Ins - Please see the link under Homework Links to access the Oxford Owl Website. Then click on 'my class login' to access the ebooks and other activities.

Miss Downey's Class                              Miss Bryan/Miss Smith's Class

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 Please read each night with your child. Weekly homework challenges will be set on Seesaw.


Our P.E days are Wednesday and Thursday.

A gentle reminder that our school PE kit is a plain white t-shirt (not a polo shirt), plain black shorts and black pumps or trainers for outdoor sports. Please come dressed in your P.E kit on P.E days as we will not be getting changed in school.

Water bottles & snacks

Remember to bring water bottles in each day - it is important for the children to stay hydrated throughout the day. Please put a label on bottles and refill them every day.

Children can bring one healthy snack for break time.


We follow the Read, Write Inc. programme to teach phonics throughout school. Each day a different sound is taught and we recap these daily. We have a huge focus on children blending sounds together to read words ie c-u-p = cup, s-p-r-ay = spray. Every child has recieved a phonics chart showing all the sounds they will be taught over the course of the programme- this can be used to aid reading and writing at home. You will also find sounds, green words and red words to practise reading in their RWI reading books.


This half term we will be focussing on consolidating addition and subtraction skills within 20. This will include finding different methods to solve equations as well as word problems. We will also be looking at 'families of facts' and how we can make 2 addition equations and 2 subtraction equations from the same 3 numbers.


In English we will continue our theme of Traditional Tales and Fairy Stories. Our focus text is Jack and the Beanstalk. We will use this text to offer a variety of writing opportunities to the children such as character descriptions, letter writing and story writing. In year 1, our focus is on basic writing skills. We aim to enable children to use their phonics and spelling skills to write a sequence of sentences, independently. Children will also learn how to use capital letters, finger spaces and full stops, accurately. 


In Science, our theme is Animals including Humans. We will be looking at different groups of animals including: mammals, amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates & reptiles. We will look at different animals within each group and what makes them a part of that group. 

Wider Curriculum (DT & History)

For our wider curriculum work this half term, our focus subjects are DT & History.

In DT, we will be looking at fabric and party decorations. We will explore different ways to cut and join fabric and the children will have the opportunity to design and create their own bunting.

In History, we are looking at flight. The children will learn about the importance of the aeroplane and how it has changed the world. We will then move on to learning about the Rainhill trials and why this important event is remembered.