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Year 1

Year 1(2)

Year 1 is the beginning of the children's journey into Key Stage One, so it's a very important year!  We do lots of hands on learning through our inspiring and creative curriculum. We hope that every child is happy, develop a love for learning and enjoy coming to school.


Monday am, Tuesday, Wednesday pm, Thursday and Friday - Miss Millie O'Neill

Monday pm - Mrs Helen Unwin

Wednesday am - Mrs Emmeline Boothroyd

Teaching Assistant- Mrs Emma Sloan, Mrs Marie Fisher, Mrs Zara McIntyre

In Year 1, we support children in their progression from Reception and to a more structured style of learning, whilst still offering a curriculum which the children can enjoy, be creative and access the wonderful outdoors.

Every morning the children are taught Phonics, Guided Reading, English and Maths. After lunch we focus on our topic which covers History, Geography, Art and DT with discrete lessons of P.E., Science, Computing, Music and Religious Education.  To ensure a smooth transition from Reception, the children also have access to Continuous Provision.



Reading at home with your child is really important.  Encouraging them to read a range of books and listen to a bedtime story can make a HUGE difference to their progress in school.  Reading is the pathway to become a more confident, independent learner.  Little and often is key! Your child will receive a new reading book every week. Please comment in their diary and let me know how they have got on or just initial so I know they have read. Your feedback is invaluable and helps to ensure that they are reading within the correct book band.


Spellings will be set on a Monday and children will be tested on these spellings the following Monday. The spellings will be based on the phonics they have been learning that week. Year 1 children are also expected to be able to read and spell all of the common exception words by the end of the year, so these have been carefully planned into our weekly spellings.

This year’s exciting topics are:

Autumn 1 - Me and my senses         

Autumn 2 - Polar Explorers

Spring 1 - Superheroes                    

Spring 2 - Aliens

Summer 1 - Growing                       

Summer 2 - Sun, Sea, Sand and Wonderful Weather 


PE will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays. Children can leave their PE kit in school and take it home to clean each half term.


Please name label EVERYTHING- even vests, water bottles, coats, scarves, shoes etc. Please send children with a waterproof coat as we endeavour to go outside everyday- even if there is light rain. Can they also bring a bottle of water, a book bag and a packed lunch, but please do not send in any other items from home. Thank you. 

PLEASE REMEMBER – If you have a query or issue - anything concerning your child, please let me know. You can email me, leave me message with the office and I will ring you back.  

I am looking forward to an exciting year in Year One, look out for all the fantastic things we get up to on our class Dojo page.

Miss O'Neill

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