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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.

Click HERE for our teacher stories page

Happy New Year!

We are getting back into the swing of things in year 1 and our topic to start off the new year is 'The Wonderful World of Julia Donaldson!'. We will be looking at many of her stories such as Stickman, Zog and many others and basing our learning around them. Homework  this week was sent home in book bags on Tuesday. It is a weather diary sheet for the children to complete for the week and it is to be handed back in on Tuesday 25th January (there will be not homework set on Purple Mash this week).

Unfortunately, covid is still causing disruption, so, if you are at home isolating or have covid (but are well enough) then at the bottom of the page is some work for your child to complete which links to what we are doing in school. Or you can access Twinkl Go and input the pin (which is: LK6847 )  to access some work online. 

This week saw the first session of the 'Singing and Signing' club in Tuesday lunch time which is being delivered by Mrs Smith in Year 3. The children who did decide to participate had a lot of fun singing familiar songs and adding British Sign Language signs to them. 


Forest school 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 20th January- 1R

Thursday 27th January- 1LS

Thursday 3rd February- 1R

Thursday 10th February- 1LS

Thursday 17th February- 1R

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. We have revisited and recapped all phase 3 sounds in school now and have recently moved onto starting phase 5. Phase 5 is looking at alternative spellings to sounds they have already learnt for example (ai: ay, a_e). 

Phase 5 sounds we have learnt so far: ay, oy, ie, ea, a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e, u_e, ou and long vowel sound names (a saying ai, e saying ee, i saying igh, o saying oa and u saying oo) 

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. We use kinetic letters to help the children with their handwriting. In this scheme there is scared monkey and brave monkey (shown on the first photo below). Brave monkey is used for the tall letters as they are brave enough to reach the tallest branch but scared monkey sits low. The letters are put into a family and when we teach handwriting we look at one family at a time. The families we have looked at have been put below. Each family also has a story that goes with it to try and explain to the children how the letters are formed.