Year 1

A very warm welcome from Mrs Barnes and Mrs Poyiadzis.

Welcome to Year 1, an exciting transition from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1 and the National Curriculum. We aim to make this move as smooth as possible encouraging learning through play as well as more structured activities. I look forward to working closely with you and your child over the next year

Autumn Term Overview 2023-24

Year 1 Meet the Teacher September 2023



Your child has been given a reading record book. Please ensure that your child has this book with them everyday. We will record when we have heard them read and ask that parents do the same. Please listen to your child read daily and record in their reading record at least once a week.


Spellings are based on high frequency and common exception words as outlined in the National Curriculum.  We have a sound of the week which forms the focus for spellings. Please support your child in their learning, extend them by looking at other words with the same patterns and using them in writing tasks.

Phonics is taught through our own carefully planned systematic, synthetic program, using a multi-sensory approach. Pupils are encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge independently through opportunities in child initiated learning in Reception and then in their class learning in Year 1. This knowledge develops a firm foundation for future learning of spelling in KS2.

Please click below to access the Phonemes and Tricky Words for each Phonic Phase.

Additional links to support your child with their phonics:

Free-Mr Thorne has a lesson on every sound on youtube
Free-Letters and Sounds started to record lessons during school closures on you tube
Free-Letters and Sounds provide downloadable flash cards but not lessons or games
Free-Topmarks provides interactive spelling and phonic games which are suitable on tablets/phones.
A few free without subscription- Phonics bloom provides interactive games
Free- DfE Past Year 1 Screening papers


The chidren have opportunities to apply their handwriting in every writing task on a daily basis and will begin formal handwriting sessions to introduce them to  the joined up handwriting style in the Spring term. Please encourage your child to take time to present their learning neatly and with care.

Please click below to access the Letter Join resources for you child.


Please practise mental maths regularly at home to build up your child’s ability to manipulate number. By the end of Year 1, children should have quick recall of addition and subtraction facts for numbers up to 20.

Please use the resources below to support your child in securing their number formation.

Home Learning

Home learning is explained and given out each Friday and is due back the following Wednesday.  It is vital that home learning is completed each week as it supports and consolidates what is being taught in class. Home Learning will be spellings, Mathletics and phonics activities.

Please read the home school’s Home Learning Policy for further information.

Please find website links for additional home learning support here.

additional home learning sites


PE days are Mondays and Fridays.

Children should come to school wearing their PE kits on these days.

Other information

  • Please inform us if your child is going home with someone other than yourself.
  • Please ensure that your child’s belongings are labelled.
  • A piece of fruit is available every day for snack, but if you wish to send in a small snack please ensure it is fruit only.
  • Bring in a water bottle every day.
  • Boxes of tissues are always welcome.