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Year 1 useful information

Year 1 curriculum and useful information


We hope you all had a fantastic summer holiday. 


This term our curriculum topic is ‘Where do we belong?’. During this topic we shall be looking at our own homes, where we live, homes in the past and homes around the world. We shall also be learning about the materials that our houses are made from and looking at how our homes change over the year.  (For more information on our class topic please see our topic web in the downloads section at the bottom of the page or click on the Autumn term icon)


Below is brief summary of some of the key things you may find useful to know about Year 1.


Useful Information

  • Please remember to clearly label your drinks bottle, clothes and sports kit to avoid them being placed in lost property.
  • PE will take place on a Wednesday and Thursday for this half-term. Please ensure your child comes to school in their correct PE kit including pumps or trainers, particularly when we are out on the field or playground.  This term in PE we shall be working on our gymnastics skills and dance skills ready for the Christmas production


  • Children should read as much as possible at home both from the RWI reading scheme linked directly to our phonics lessons and from books they enjoy from home or from the library. In Year 1, children are encouraged to read for a minimum of 3 times per week for approximately 10 - 15 minutes, but the more often the better. Books will remain the same for several days, so please try and re-read the books and talk about them in more detail; this allows children to gain in confidence and fluency, which improves their reading speed and comprehension.


  • They should look at the language or punctuation used, how it is laid out or what the characters are like as well as using their phonics to decode and look up any new words. 


  • It is very important that the children do not just read a book once and then move on as both the repetition and deeper questioning will help your child's reading development.


  • Please send your child in with their reading books and reading diaries every day. When books are swapped we will look at these, please record when your child reads. We will not record our reading with your child, as this happens 4 times a week in phonics group lessons.


  • Please be aware, children’s books are given in line with the phonics group they are in, they will be assessed termly and will change colour bands when they are ready to. Each week children will come home with one book, which they are familiar with as they read it daily in their phonics session. They will also have an addition book bag book, which is linked to their other phonics book, it will have a similar theme and phonics focus, but they will not have read this in class.


  • Writing equipmentPupils shall be provided with pencils, rulers, rubbers and pencils sharpeners. Within class we have a selection of colouring pencils and felt tip pens. Please do not send children in with additional equipment, this can be kept at home for homework tasks.



A creative topic grid will be given out at the beginning of a term, this shall contain a range of activities, please aim to complete at least 4 per half term. You can do these throughout the term, please upload them to Seesaw (using the log in provided along with the homework grid) to be shared in class. Projects or special pieces can be brought in. The grid may contain art, English, Maths, DT, Geography, History, outdoor activities or even PE games.


Within phonics sessions, children will learn at least 2 new phonics sounds per week. They will bring home a phonics folder each week, which will contain sheets containing their new sounds to practise. Children should read and practise writing the words containing the new sounds. In addition, you will receive a set of red words or tricky words to practise with your child, these are split into 4 sets and children will be assessed on their ability to read these throughout the year. In addition to this, your child needs to apply these to their writing, spelling them correctly.


If you have any concerns at all, please feel free to approach any of our Year 1 team; you can message on Seesaw, e-mail via the office or send a note in with your child, we will get back to you as soon as we can. We are always happy to discuss any concerns or issues, similarly, if we have concerns or worries about your child, we will let you know. We feel it is important that your child is happy in the classroom so that they might achieve their full potential.

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