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Welcome to Year 1


We are lucky to have lots of adults supporting the children as they make their transition into Year 1.

Miss Dodds and Miss Sleem are the class teachers. We are supported all day by Mrs Matthews, Miss O'Mahoney and Miss Jones in the classrooms and in the outdoor quad. On a Wednesday afternoon Mrs Bailey teaches Miss Dodds' class and Mrs Paxton teaches Miss Sleem's class.


Some of the Year 1 children access our Nurture Group, Smarties. This takes place every morning, with the children returning to their own classes in the afternoon.







Reading Books

Children can change their books every day if they need to. We are encouraging the children to become more independent and to change their own books. Please help your child by reminding them in the morning if they need to change their book - thank you.


PE this term

This half term the children will all need a PE kit in school. This is a pair of blue or black shorts, a white t-shirt and pumps or trainers for outdoors.


Miss Dodds' Class: Tuesdays- Swimming

                           Thursdays- Real PE (personal development and coordination)


Miss Sleem's Class: Mondays- Real PE (personal development and coordination)

                            Tuesdays- Swimming


We will be swimming after half term.






Our Day

Phonics and Spelling

In Year 1 phonics is taught daily. Our children are supported to sound and blend unfamiliar printed words quickly and accurately using the phonic knowledge and skills that they have already learnt in Reception. Common exception words are practiced weekly, with some children accessing extra support daily if necessary.


We use the programme of ‘Letters and Sounds’ to review and consolidate Phase 2 and 3 phonemes and graphemes, with some moving on towards Phase 4 and Phase 5 when they are ready.


We subscribe to the Spellodrome Programme. This is an online spelling programme. The children will all have their own login details and can access this from home as well as school. The programme allows the children to practise spelling the Year 1 Common Exception Words from the National Curriculum as well as key words related to our Mantle work.



1-1 reading will be the focus for the first half term, gradually moving towards guided reading with small groups of children. The primary focus is for the children to develop fluent decoding skills to blend the sounds in words they know and encounter. Alongside this they will hear, share and discuss a wide range of high-quality books to develop a love of reading and broaden their vocabulary. The children will be exposed to texts that will be fiction and non-fiction, pictorial and printed as well as audible via video clips.


Retrieval skills will be supported and developed for children to clearly explain their understanding of what is read to them. They will use their own experiences, and/or previous knowledge, to use such skills to make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.



We follow the White Rose Hub Maths planning.

In year 1 we focus on using concrete strategies such as Numicom, Tens Frames and Base 10. The children will learn to use pictorial representations for problems. Both the concrete and pictorial strategies build towards the children using more abstract approaches.

We will be ensuring that the children are secure with the place value of 10, before teaching the 4 mathematical operations.




In year 1 we focus on writing to entertain and writing to inform other. This includes narratives, descriptions, letters and instructions.


We teach 4 key stages as defined in the National Curriculum. To write sentences by:


  • saying out loud what they are going to write about

  • composing a sentence orally before writing it

  • sequencing sentences to form short narratives

  • re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense


Such an outcome is supported by an adult when appropriate. Dictated sentences are also used for children to write simple sentences from memory, including GPCs and common exception words taught so far. We also begin to introduce more of the Alan Peat Sentence types.


Much of our writing develops from our Mantle work. We also use texts, pictures and video clips as inspiration for writing.



This term we will have a history focus to our Mantle.

We are a team of media producers who create historical media including videos, photographs and voice clips. Our commission is to source reliable historians and members of the public who can provide artefacts or historical facts regarding the Titanic, through adverts. Children will be learning about an event beyond living memory which is significant globally, whilst developing inquiry questions about the artefacts discovered using historical phrases e.g. old, new and a long time ago.

In Science we will be using water and ice to support specific observation skills linked to the senses.


Through the art curriculum mood drawings will be created to depict the human side of the tragedy and the landscape. Threading will also be taught as part of the museum exhibition.


Computing will specifically focus on the skills of data organising and communication, linked to the skills needed to be media producers.



Our trip to the Building College!


Year 1 had a fantastic day at Redditch Building College and experienced what it is really like to be a builder! We saw a cement mixer, made a plaster mould and even built a brick wall.


Look out for us in the local newspaper soon...



Year 1 Curriculum

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