Church Road, Astwood Bank
Redditch, Worcestershire, B96 6EH
01527 892 681

Year 1

Welcome to our Year 1 page! In Year 1 there are 2 classes and our teachers are Miss Miller in 1M and Mrs Stack (Mon - Weds) and Mrs Leyland (Thurs and Fri) in 1LS. Our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Yates and Miss Whitehead.

Here we will keep you informed of everything going on in Year 1. For more information about our topics and how you can help your child please see our Year One curriculum page.


Important Notices 

Pirate Day!


We will be having our Pirate Day on Wednesday 22nd May, we would appreciate it if you could send your child into school in a suitable pirate costume (eg a stripy top and jeans).

We would also like to invite you to join us for a Pirate Treasure Hunt afternoon during our Pirate Day, if you can attend we ask that you could arrive by 1:40pm.

Unfortunately, due to space we request that you do not bring younger siblings with you.

Please let us know if you will be attending by filling in the slip on the letter and returning it to school.

Forest school

Forest school dates for each class:

2.5.19 1M

9.5.19 1LS

16.5.19 1M

23.5.19 1LS

Half term

6.6.19 1M






We are working on phase 4 which consists of all consonant blends e.g bl in black gr in grass, cl in clown etc

Star Words

Your child will have a star words sheet containing a selection of the 'tricky' words that chidren need to learn to recognise by sight as they have little or no phonic pattern.  Please read this as often as possible with your child encouraging them to read as many as they can in 1 minute ( if they can read it through twice in a minute that is excellent!) .  Your child will be given the opportunity to read the words to an adult once a week in school.  If they can read the words quickly with no hesitation they will be changed for a new star word sheets. If your child becomes very secure with the words at home please encourage them to practice spelling the words as this will be the next step for them. If we do not send a new star words home, it means that when we have read them with your child at school they were not secure and need further time to consolidate.


We have talked alot about good posture and the most effective pencil grip, they know it as frog on the log. Below is an example of this from the handwriting scheme. Here are the letters we have covered so far in the Kinetic Letters scheme.  All abracadbra letters start with the c shape and all jumper family letters start with a stick going down from the top.




Thank you,

the Year One Team