Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1.  Our lessons will start promptly every morning with phonics so it is really important that your child is on time for school every day.  Your child will have a phonics test at the end of Year 1 and we will give you more information about this.. Please ensure all of your child’s uniform & lunchboxes are clearly labelled with their name and they have a bottle of fresh water everyday.

Year 1 Team

Mrs Dickinson


Mrs Cowin


Mrs Williams


Mrs Metcalf


Ms Flexen


Home Learning

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Important Information


During literacy lessons we will be completing various activities relating to different books through speaking & listening, role play, writing, drawing, predictions and discovering facts through non-fiction texts. Please support your child in discovering together about different books we are reading.


Our main focus n maths will be different aspects of number. Your child will be working on counting forwards & backwards within the range 1-100, working on number bonds to 10, addition & subtraction and finding one more & one less than a given number. We will also use all of these skills in reasoning and problem solving.


Our science topics include Animals and Humans which links in nicely with the topic ourselves and our study of Tigers in Literacy. Please help your child to name different body parts on both animals and humans and to discuss what they eat and how they live.


Reading is a really important aspect of your child’s learning and they need to be fluent at this before they can access other areas of the curriculum, so please read with your child every night. The more practice the more fluent they will become. When you have read with them please sign their reading record. We check their reading record every day and use a traffic light system to record if they have read or not. Each child who has read is given a sticker on their reading challenge card which will eventually lead to bronze, silver or gold reading certificate. When reading with your child please discuss the book in order to ensure they understand it. Your child’s book will be changed when they can demonstrate fluency and understanding, they are also encouraged to re-read a book for enjoyment. Please see attached information about reading with your child.

Each half term your child will be given spellings to learn. These will be given out half-termly and tested on a Friday.

Curriculum Highlights


Year 1 have focussed on the Formal elements of Art. We have looked at colour, shape and line and learnt about artists such as Beatriz Milhazes, Jasper Johns and Bridget Riley.


In year 1 we have been learning how to log into our seesaw accounts to complete activities. We also used the iPads to take photographs on our ‘Senses’ walk.

Continuous Provision

We are really enjoying the activities that are set up in our continuous provision areas. We get to learn through building, water play, play dough, role play, drawing and much more!


Our topic has been ‘Where do I live?’ We have looked at the 7 continents, the countries of the UK, our local area of Kirkby and our own streets. We have enjoyed lots of practical activities in order to learn about where we live.


This half term out topic is ‘Animals and humans’. We have enjoyed naming body parts, sorting animals into different groups, learning what animals eat and investigating our senses. The smell test was lots of fun!!!


In year 1 we have been looking at traditional tales with a focus on Jack and the Beanstalk. We have retold the story, looked at rhyming words and been working on our new sounds for phonics. We have also enjoyed our new books for ‘Steps to Read’.


We have been working on counting and sorting groups of objects, learning how to write numerals and words for numbers and looking at 1 more and 1 less.