Year 1

Welcome to Year 1
Welcome to Year 1! Here you will be able to read all about this half-term's engaging curriculum and keep up-to-date with things that are happening in our weekly Newsletter.

The teachers in Year 1 are Mr Killick, Mrs Carter and Ms Blakeman. They are supported by assistant teachers Mrs Neville and Mrs Rose.

PE days
Mr Killick's class has PE sessions every Tuesday (indoor) and Friday (outdoor).
Mrs Carter's class has PE sessions every Monday (outdoor) and Wednesday (indoor).
We use Tapestry to build a special record of your child’s experiences and learning journey throughout their time in year one. If you'd like to share anything with us via Tapestry, we will 'like' it to acknowledge we've seen it. We encourage you to 'like' or comment on any posts made too - thank you.
CLIC is our whole-school maths approach that prioritises basic mathematical skills to provide the foundations for wider maths. Year 1 pupils have daily CLIC sessions that usually last for 20-minutes, with roughly 5-minutes spent on each area:

  • Counting
  • Learn Its (simple sums that the children learn to recall instantly)
  • It's Nothing New (applying previous learning in order to solve something else)
  • Calculation 
The current Learn Its are 6+6=12, 7+7=14, 8+8=16 and 9+9=18. The children are learning to count in multiples of 2. Jigsaw numbers to 10 and multiples of 5 and 10 are continually rehearsed too. We aim for these links to be lightning fast! Please help your child practise these facts outside of school to help reinforce and embed this learning - thank you. 
Reading & Phonics
The way the children are taught to read is called phonics. Phonemes (the sound of each letter) and graphemes (what each letter looks like) are taught in a particular order. What differs from when most of us were children is the very short sounds that letters make. You may remember being taught 't' as a 'ter' sound; now it has a short and snappy 't' - if you whisper it, it's easier to make the sound. Please refer to the attachment An Introduction to Phonics below for more information. 
Pupils will bring home at least one book per week; please keep their reading records and book in their bags to help us swap them. Your child will be given a bookmark each week highlighting that week’s focus sound which could be put on the fridge or displayed somewhere they can look at and read. We also send home an activity each week to try at home. Please ensure your child’s phonics folder is in school every Friday so we can add that week’s learning – thank you.
For a more in-depth look at the subjects within the Year 1 curriculum, please see the tabs on the left-hand side of this page.
Weekly Newsletter