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 the fantastic learning that's been happening in our weekly Newsflash.

The teachers in Year 1 are Mr Killick, Mrs Pruitt and Mrs Fretwell. The teaching assistants are Mrs Neville, Mrs Rose, Ms Godfrey, Miss Hambley, Mrs Chisholm, Miss Milton and Miss Spilka.

PE days
Mr Killick's class has PE sessions every Tuesday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor).
Mrs Pruitt and Mrs Fretwell's class have PE sessions every Monday (indoor) and Thursday (outdoor).
We use Tapestry to build a special record of your child’s experiences and learning journey throughout their time in year one. Here you will find snapshots of your child that we hope demonstrate how they are developing and progressing.
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 
Reading & Phonics
Each week, Year 1 pupils bring home at least one book which should be returned the following week. The children will also bring home a weekly bookmark relating to their current Phonics learning. We upload a Guidance Sheet (below) each week which offers information about the sound(s) being learned; there is also an optional activity to try at home too. 


Content this half-term

English (Phonics, Reading & Writing)

Children continue to have daily Phonics sessions which aim to help them to read fluently and sight-read common exception words and other keywords. The children read each week with their class teacher using a Book Band levelling system that relates to the phonics that has been taught in class. We will be using a variety of books relating to explorers as a stimulus for writing this half-term. The children will work on their stamina for writing by aiming to write narratives that have a start, middle, and end whilst continuing to refine their sentence writing using appropriate punctuation.

Maths (including CLIC)

The children will learn about groups of amounts in early multiplication and equal sharing in division. The children will explore money and time. The children will consolidate their number and place value learning whilst exploring numbers beyond 100.


The children will be exploring seasonal changes as we move into summer and starting to observe and take part in experiments. 


At the start of the half-term, the children will finish their own e-book, ensuring each page has some level of animation and sound. They will then move on to Coding and learn how to use code to plan and make a computer program.


 The children will be exploring Natural Sculptures. The first week involves using clay to represent a natural object.


The children will put their throwing and catching skills to good use whilst collaborating in the team game bench ball.


 The children are going to be learning about different explorers.

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 Newsflash 

What have Year 1 pupils been up to this week? 
Week ending 24.6.22
The children have created the most wonderful stories, inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar. There have been T-Rex's eating teachers, giant lizards eating guinea pigs, and dogs eating fat pigs! The children have been busy sharing amounts in early division learning. We have been noticing signs of summer and making posters about how to keep safe in the sun. This week the children paid a visit to the classrooms they will be in from September and spent a bit more time with their new teachers. 
Week ending 10.6.22
The children returned and were raring to go for their final half-term in Year One. They have been busy using the days of the week to plan their own version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. They have exploring groups of amounts and doubles - see if they can impress you by telling you the doubles up to 10+10=20. The children did a great job with the Phonics Screening Check; the results of this will be included in your child's school report which you'll receive towards the end of term. The children have begun learning about Explorers and this week the children learned about Tenzing Norgay and how he was one of the first people known to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953.