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Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 page


Year 1 team

Mrs Franklin is the Year 1 class teacher and Mrs Cook teaches the children on Tuesday mornings. The children are supported by a team of teaching assistants.


Summer Term learning


Reading, Phonics and spelling – we will be revisiting phase 2-5 sounds including practising reading pseudo and real words ready for the Phonics Screening Check in June.  We will practise reading 2 syllable words and looking for digraphs, trigraphs and split digraphs. There are several possible sites listed below to use to practise at home. These sites use games and are great fun for the children to help them improve their decoding skills. We will move onto spelling rules such as adding ed, ing, er or est to a word, using s or es for plurals and using un as a prefix. We will continue to hear the children read at school, usually reading twice a week to help embed decoding skills and develop comprehension skills.

Writing - The first half term’s book is ‘The secret of Black Rock’ where we will look at writing a story and postcards. The second half term is based on ‘The Last Wolf,’ where we will look at a story and recipes. In writing, we will continue to encourage the children to use their phonics to spell words, and to use a word mat to learn the spellings of tricky words. Please do help your child learn to read and spell the Year 1 Common exception words (listed below). We will focus on correct punctuation (capital letters, finger spaces, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks) when joining sentences to form longer pieces of writing. We always encourage the children to reread and edit their writing. 


The areas of maths we will be covering this term are multiplication and division, fractions, position and direction, place value to 100 and measurement (money and time). 


First Half Term

Science – plants – learning about plants including wild and garden flowers and trees

Geography – Animals and their habitats. Where do our favourite animals live?

Music – Bossa Nova - Round and round

Computing – Digital writing- exploring a keyboard to create and manipulate text.

Second Half term

Science – Everyday Materials – The children will distinguish between an object and the material it is made from. They will identify and name a range of materials and their properties building on the knowledge they have from the first materials unit of learning.

Art Sculpture and drawing – Playful making- exploring sculpture and materials and making models

Computing –Introduction to programming – an introduction to the early stages of program design

RE – Judaism – Shabbat – Is Shabbat important to Jewish children?


Learning at home


Please record any reading at home in your child's reading record. We encourage the children to read at least four times a week. If they do, they will get a sticker put in their reading record. Once they have ten stickers, we congratulate them with a reading certificate.


Home learning

In the first half term your child will have one piece of home learning a week. This may be Phonics, English, Maths or a topic based task. There will be projects in the second half term.


Our week


The children will have PE which we hope will be outside as the weather warms up.



Home learning, reading records and books collected in.



Children will have a swimming lesson on Thursday morning. For swimming the children need a named swimming costume, hat, goggles and towel.  Please practise getting ready for swimming and getting changed after swimming too as the children do need to change independently.

Children will go to the library to choose a book. This book is them returned the following Thursday.




Home learning, reading records and new books will be sent home, which will be returned to school the following Wednesday.


Other information

Please send in a named water bottle for classroom use, this is additional to the lunchtime drink. If you wish, you may also send in a named healthy snack for morning break. A piece of fruit or vegetable is provided for afternoon break.



If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to make an appointment through the office, or send an email to and I will get back to you as soon as possible.


Thank you!

Mrs Franklin



Year 1 Common Exception words - to learn to read and spell

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