Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Starting in Year 1

In Year 1 our staff are:

  • 1D – Mrs Dabija, TA support –  Mrs Stringer, Mrs Walker
  • 1S – Miss Stuart, TA support – Mrs Snowdon
  • Third Teacher – Mrs Taylor


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




Homework will be starting later in the year.


Please make sure your child has their swimming kit on Thursday.
Please make sure your child has a suitable P.E kit in school on Monday (indoor) and Tuesday (outdoor). The kit needs to consist of a T-shirt, shorts and plimsolls or trainers. Track suits or a warm top needed for colder weather.
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
Maths Presentation 2016