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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 Mrs Paxton are the class teachers. We are supported all day by Mrs Matthews and Miss O'Mahoney an in the classrooms and in the outdoor quad. Miss Lowe supports learning across Year 1 every afternoon. On a Wednesday morning Miss Cole teaches Miss Dodds' class and Mrs Bailey teaches Mrs Paxton'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. They will also need a hooded jacket to keep them warm if the weather is cold outside. 


Miss Dodds' Class: Mondays- Real PE

                           Tuesdays- Swimming


Mrs Paxton's Class: Tuesdays- Swimming

                            Fridays- Real PE


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.



1-1 reading was the focus for the Autumn Term. In the Spring Term we learnt the four key skills to develop our comprehension skills. These include predict, clarify, question and summarise. Leading into the Summer Term, guided reading will begin 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. We will also apply the comprehension skills learnt in the Spring Term to a wider selection of texts. 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. 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.



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.


Writing is part of our daily routine and they have access to a wide range of resources to support their writing. In phonics children are encouraged to apply their new phoneme into either words, or sentences. Dedicated literacy session based around a text provides opportunities to write to inform or entertain. This includes narratives, descriptions, letters and instructions. Through these sessions we learn new skills and begin to use them appropriately and with some independence. These skills are then regularly used in Mantle of the Expert tasks. We also use texts, pictures and video clips as inspiration for writing.



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.



Autumn Mantle 2017

During the Autumn term we will have a history focus to our class Mantle. Our team tell the 'stories behind the people' during the time of Isambard Brunel's engineering exploration. The expert team will use their historical skills and knowledge to find out the events of this period in history and will report back their findings to the family.




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

2017-18 Overviews

2016-17 Overviews