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Welcome to Year 1

Recommended Reading for Year 1 - please click for detailed list

Knowledge Organiser - please click here

Year 1 teachers are Mr Ray and Miss Cunningham, along with Teaching Assistants Miss Gee and Miss Bridges. 


Every day, children will have lessons in reading (RML), writing and maths during the morning. In the afternoons, we will be going on our learning adventures. Our first topic is ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’ where we will be looking at a wide range of animals and also comparing them to ourselves. After the first half term, our topic will change to ‘Dinosaur Planet’.

P.E and Games

P.E. will be inside on a Monday afternoon for both classes. Please ensure that your child has a suitable P.E. kit: a t-shirt, black shorts and pumps. Outdoor Games lessons will take place on a Thursday afternoon. Your child will require their P.E. kit and trainers. As the weather gets colder, could you please provide your child with a sweatshirt and jogging bottoms.

We would recommend that you send your child with their P.E./Games kits on a Monday and take them home on a Friday, as this will help to reduce the number of children who forget to bring their kits on the correct day and sometimes there are changes to the timetable.

Please label all uniforms, P.E. kits, lunchboxes and water bottles.

Drinks and snacks

Please provide your child with a labelled, filled water bottle each morning. Your child can refill their    water bottle during the day, if required. Water bottles should be taken home every night, washed and returned the next day refilled with water.

Children are still welcome to bring in a snack for morning break time. They will be able to buy toast, crumpets or milkshakes from the school canteen. As they did in reception, children will need to order what they would like during registration time. If children could bring their snack money in on a Monday morning for the whole week this would greatly reduce the time spent sorting out monies each morning, allowing time for our teaching assistants to provide learning opportunities during registration times. There will be a short afternoon break where the children will receive a piece of fruit. Please ensure that any snack money being brought into school is sent in a clearly labelled/sealed envelope.

Reading Books and Diaries

Children will be given a reading book and a reading diary. Please sign their diary each time you listen to your child read. Diaries will be checked weekly and their book will be changed when required.

Spelling books will be given out after the October half term and more information about these will be given at the time.

Ways in which to help your child:

*Listen to them read as often as possible and discuss the books.

*Join a library.

*Practise counting in 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s.

Useful Information for Year 1 Parents