Year 1

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to Year One. We hope this provides you with everything you will need to know about Year One.  If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Year One team.

  • In Owl Class – Mrs Butcher (M, Tu) and Mrs Salmon (W, Th, F)   
  • Teaching Assistant- Mrs Ryrie (M-Th), Mrs Stolton
  • In Robin class – Mrs Dunbar (M,T,W) and Mrs Patterson-Falkner (T,F)  
  • Teaching Assistant- Mrs Webb and Mrs Bradwell 


We aim to make the transition between Reception and Year One a smooth one; by the time your child enters Year One in September they would have had many chances to meet their new teachers and have spent time in their new classes. Children will have access to a range of independent learning opportunities.

Curriculum and Topics

Children in Year One follow the National Curriculum and this sets out the objectives for all of the subjects. The key areas in the curriculum are as follows: Maths, English, Science, PE, Computing, History, Geography, Religious Education, PSHCE, Art and Design and Music. We will use a core text that leads the children’s learning journey and this will change regularly. Children have daily phonics lessons, which are taught in ability groups.


Children will be expected to bring their green book bags into school every day. Their book will be changed when they have read to an adult and a comment has been by made by the adult in their diary. As reading is an extremely important skill, we ask that you support us at home by reading as much as possible with your child and recording it in their reading diary with a comment and signature.


All children will be following the Read, Write, Inc. programme. “This provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy. It is designed to create fluent, readers, confident speakers and willing writers.” (Quote from RWI website) As the year progresses the children will move through the Read, Write, Inc. program to ensure they are ready for the Year One Phonics screening test at the end of the year. We supplement the Read Write Inc. program with additional activities and resources from other phonics schemes as necessary.


Every week, the class teacher will pick a star of the week. These are children who have worked hard throughout the week in terms of learning, behaviour and upholding the values of our school. Children will receive a certificate in our Celebration Worship to take home with them.

At our school we follow a positive reward system using green cards and Dojo points.

Children may be given a green card for effort, displaying our values, showing a growth mindset or great learning. The children add up their total number of green cards over the year and aim to achieve a bronze, silver then gold certificate which again will be given to children in Celebration worship.

Class Dojo is an online reward system. The children can earn Dojo points for good behaviour, working hard and following the school values. These points have now replaced house points.

Home Learning

Children are expected to read at home with an adult. Please ensure you write a comment in the reading diary when they have read with an adult and that reading books and diaries are in school every day.

We will be sending home handwriting/spellings to practise, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  The work we send home is the work we have done in class that day. Please ensure the homework books are kept in your child’s book bag so we can put the new homework sticker in.  We will give you a termly maths focus with some practical ideas to work on.  There are some whole school additional enrichment activities that you may choose to do with your child. If they bring evidence of these into school we will give them a green card.

Equipment needed

Please ensure that every child has the following in school every day:

  • A named jumper/cardigan and coat, especially in the cold weather
  • A named PE kit
  • Water bottle
  • Book bag with reading book and homework book

*Please ensure everything is named*


Children regularly have an indoor and outdoor PE session therefore it is important that PE kits are in school at all times.

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