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Redditch, Worcestershire, B96 6EH
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Welcome to Year 1!

Year 1 is made up of 1LS with Mrs Stack, Mrs Leyland, Mrs Yates and 1R with Miss Roberts and Mrs Maddocks on Mondays-Thursdays and Mrs Harrison on a Friday. On this page we will try our best to 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.

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Happy weekend everyone! This week we have finished our first topic Fun with Fairy Tales! From Monday we will be starting our new topic which will run until half term and carry on for a couple weeks after. Our new topic is always a favourite with the children and the topic is... DINOSAURS! We are excited to start this new topic as we have lots of fun things planned and the children have done so well with the first topic! 

The Year One team have decided that reading books and star words will now be changed and handed out on a Tuesday as we have P.E Monday afternoons. Moving it to Tuesdays will allow us more time to do books and star words. So, From now on please make sure your child has their books and book bag with them every Tuesday.

Just a reminder that our P.E days are every Monday and Wednesday so the children should come to school dressed in their P.E kit for that day. Books will be changed every Tuesday and your child will be given 3 books to read throughout the week. We will also be handing out star words on Tuesdays as well.

Even though Covid restrictions have eased we will still be taking extra precautions to keep everyone safe. This means that if your child is showing symptoms at school we will be ringing you to collect them and ask that they have a negative PCR test before returning to school. Also, if anyone in the household tests positive we would ask that the child has a negative PCR test before coming into school as well; and we would still like to encourage completing lateral flow tests.

Forest school is starting this week and it is every Thursday afternoon, alternating each week between classes. Please do not send your child into school in their forest school clothes, please send these in a bag as the children will get dressed for forest school at school. Children will need their waterproofs, long sleeve top, trousers and sensible footwear. 

Forest School dates:

Thursday 14th October- 1R

Thursday 21st October- 1LS

If you do have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact us, we are happy to help.

The Year 1 team 😊

Star Words  

You should find a star word sheet in your book bag which will come home on Monday.  These will have a range of the common exception and tricky words that your child must learn by sight over the course of the year.  If you can read through these as often as possible it will have a big impact on your child's reading particularly if phonics doesn't come easy to them, as this allows them to recognise a good bank of words on a page with minimal effort! It is designed to see how many words they can read in a minute and the amount should increase over the week building confidence and a feeling of success.  We will check the words in school and as long as with us they read the words within a minute accurately we will swap it for another sheet.  If they are not quite secure we will leave it another week to really consolidate their quick recall. We are aware that some children may already recognise the words on the sheet and that is great! See if they can spell the words, it's surprising how even the simplest of words don't transfer over to their writing until they are much more secure with them.  If they can spell them in isolation the next step will be to see if they can put them in a sentence.  



In school we deliver phonics every day to help children learn their sounds and to segment and blend words to help them read. 

See the pictures below to learn how letter formation is taught and the key language we use to help the children start, finish correctly and sit the letters on the line.