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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

In Year 1, we understand the importance of play and free flow to aid the transition from Early Years to Key Stage 1. Free flow activities will continue for the children until the Christmas holiday, whilst the children adapt to a more formal and structured way of learning. We are dedicated to teaching the children key skills in a vibrant setting, with a role play area in each classroom throughout the year. On top of our outdoor learning we deliver the curriculum every half term through a fun and memorable topic. See our topics for the year below.

  • Food Glorious Food
  • Amazing Adventures
  • Toys
  • Our Perfect Planet
  • Rainforest
  • Under the Sea

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Children start the day with a daily phonics lesson. They practise reading the set sounds and then apply the sounds they have learnt when reading short stories. We encourage you to help your child with this at home. Your child's reading record has the full list of sounds along with the common exception words (words that can't always be sounded out) that the children should know before the end of year 1.

Children are also taught a separate literacy lessons everyday in which they will focus on a book linked to the topic for that term. See the books for each term below.

  • The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  • The Room on the Broom, The Highway Rat and Stickman by Julia Donaldson
  • Lost in the Toy museum by David Lucas
  • Augustus and his Smile by Catherine Rayner
  • Grandad's Island by Benji Davies
  • The Storm Whale by Benji Davies

The children also have daily numeracy lessons along with geography, history, science, computing, PE, music, art, DT and even sometimes French!


The children will need to wear black shorts, a red t-shirt & black plimsolls. Children are not allowed to wear jewellery due to health and safety reasons. Please ensure that children are not wearing earrings on days when they do PE and that their hair is tied back if necessary.

Enrichment Hour

Every Friday afternoon, children will be able to take part in an activity of their choice. They can choose from a huge range of activities such as Fun on the Farm, cooking, fencing, photography or a whole range of other activities.


Home Learning 

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There will be no homework given to the children. Please ensure that you are reading daily with your child. Your child should be reading for at least 30 minutes everyday. This can be using the reading book which is sent home from class, a book that they have at home or the books they have been allocated on Bug Club.

Your child will have been allocated a login by their class teacher. You can get this from them. Please access your account via the link here:  


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By the time children leave year 1 they should know their 10, 2 and 5 times tables at least. Please encourage your children to practise their timetables regularly. All of the children also have access to TTrockstars. This is an online app which allows the children to practice their timetables whilst having fun. They can earn coins from correct answers as well as battle with other children in their class and even their teacher!

Your child's class teacher will provide you with log in details for your child. Please access your account via the link here:


We also encourage the children to take ownership of their learning by working on projects related to their topic at home. We have attached a home learning project sheet for the term at the bottom of this page if you need inspiration for projects. We will gladly share these with their classmates and display any work in the classroom. 

 Children can send any photos or work to the email address below.