Year 1

In Year 1 our staff are:

  • 1T – Mrs Twycross, TA support –  Mrs Posnic-Boyce
  • 1S – Miss Lane, TA support – Mrs Stringer
  • Third Teacher – Mrs Sanchez


Daily lessons include English and Maths.
Weekly lessons include Science, Computing, History/Geography, R.E, Art and Music.


Timetable Show and
Tell Timetable


Homework will be starting later in the year.


At present there will be no swimming this term.
Please make sure your child wears suitable clothes for outdoor games on Tuesday. They will not be changing for PE. They will also have a DPA (Daily Physical Activity) during the day so please make sure they are in suitable clothes and footwear for this.

All children need a named water bottle to keep in the classroom.


Decoding: In Year 1 the children are taught to

  • apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words. Phonics scheme: Letters and Sounds.
  • read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words containing GPCs that have been taught
  • read common exception words
  • read words containing taught GPCs and –s, –es, –ing, –ed, –er and –est endings
  • read words with contractions [for example, I’m, I’ll, we’ll], and understand that the apostrophe represents the omitted letter(s)
  • read books aloud, accurately, that are consistent with their developing phonic knowledge
  • reread these books to build up their fluency and confidence in word reading
  • Comprehension – In Year 1 the children are taught to
  • develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:
    • listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
    • being encouraged to link what they read or hear to their own experiences
    • becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics
    • recognising and joining in with predictable phrases
    • learning to appreciate rhymes and poems, and to recite some by heart
    • discussing word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known
  • understand both the books they can already read accurately and fluently and those they listen to by:
    • drawing on what they already know or on background information and vocabulary provided by the teacher
    • checking that the text makes sense to them as they read, and correcting inaccurate reading
    • discussing the significance of the title and events
    • making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done
    • predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • participate in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say
  • explain clearly their understanding of what is read to them

Reading books will be changed by the children themselves on a regular basis, they will read in a guided reading group with the class teacher once a week. They will also read with the Teaching Assistants too

We use a variety of reading schemes.


Year 1 pupils are taught to:

  • spell: words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught, common exception words and the days of the week
  • name the letters of the alphabet and using letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings of the same sound
  • add prefixes and suffixes:
    • using the spelling rule for adding –s or –es as the plural marker for nouns and the third person singular marker for verbs
    • using the prefix un–
    • using –ing, –ed, –er and –est where no change is needed in the spelling of root words [for example, helping, helped, helper, eating, quicker, quickest]
  • apply simple spelling rules and guidance.
  • write sentences by:
    • saying out loud what they are going to write about
    • composing a sentence orally before writing it
    • sequencing sentences to form short narratives
    • re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense
  • discuss what they have written with the teacher or other pupils
  • read their writing aloud, clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher
  • leave spaces between words
  • use joining words and joining clauses using ‘and’
  • punctuating using sentences using a capital letter, full stop, question marks or exclamation marks


Children in Year 1 are taught the following:

  • Number and place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions (halves and quarters)
  • Measurement
  • Geometry – 2D and 3D shapes, position and directions


  • Everyday materials
  • Animals including Humans
  • Seasonal changes
  • Plants

If you have any questions or concerns, please, in the first instance approach your child’s class teacher.
Thank you for your ongoing support,
The Year 1 Team