All the info you need about Year 1…

We have two Year 1 classes; 1H and 1D.

1H’s class teacher is Phaedra Herbert, supported by Daniel Norbert. Phaedra’s planning time out of class will be covered by Andrea Littlewood.

1D’s class teacher is Georgia Duke, supported by Sandra Kasenzi and Ebony Thomas. Georgia’s planning time out of class will be covered by Natalie Mintz-Jones.

Classroom Location
1H: On the first floor, first classroom on the right after walking through the Hall.
1D: On the first floor, located just off the Middle Hall, to the left as you look with your back to the playground.

Parent-Teacher Times

Both class teachers are available after school (3:45pm – 4.15pm) on Wednesdays if you have anything you need to discuss. To arrange to speak with us by telephone during this timeslot, please contact the office by email.

Routines and the return to school:

It is so important for the children to start off their day on a positive note and that they feel confident about their new classrooms and routines as they transition into Year 1. You will have received information about the new drop-off and pick-up arrangements and the guidance we are following relating to Coronavirus. Please take the opportunity to discuss these with your child so that they feel comfortable and confident. We will be practising new routines with them so please be reassured that we will do all we can to help them settle quickly.

PACT bags and reading:

We will continue to read with all children in class each week. However, all children will receive their new book in their PACT bag on a Monday. Parents should read with their child throughout the week and return the book in the PACT bag each Friday. This will allow us to quarantine the books over the weekend so that we are able to share books safely between children. Unfortunately, if you do not remember to bring in the PACT bag on a Friday, we will be unable to change your child’s book. In place of the home reading diary booklets that are normally in their PACT bag, we will be keeping a list of the books sent home and recording the children’s progress in our own class files. If you have any particular information to share regarding reading, or any concerns, please do email us via the office. This term we unfortunately will not be able to accommodate parent readers.

Children may bring one reading book from home to read in quiet times at school throughout the school day. The book must be kept in your child’s tray while not being used, and cannot be shared with any other member of the class or school.

Water bottles and packed lunches:

All children must bring in a water bottle, clearly labelled with their name. These will be used by the children throughout the day, so please try and ensure that they are able to open these independently. These will be sent home each afternoon for cleaning and refilling for the following day. Please encourage your child to take responsibility for remembering their water bottle every day.

Those children who are bringing a packed lunch should bring this in a small container, ideally a lunch box, as these will be stored within the classroom. Please also ensure your child is able to open the box and any food packages and containers, particularly flasks. We are a healthy eating school, so lunches should be nutritious and balanced, with no junk food items. Nuts and foods containing nuts are strictly prohibited


If your child requires an inhaler, EpiPen, or any other regular medication, please could you ensure the school has two of each medication from day one as we will require one for the classroom and one for the school medical room.

PE and clothing:

Outdoor PE lessons will be prioritised and we will take opportunities for regular outdoor physical activity. Please ensure that your child is wearing clothing and footwear appropriate for outdoor games every school day.

Please also be aware that the school building may be colder than usual, as we will be keeping windows open where possible to maximise ventilation, in line with Coronavirus-related guidance. Your child may require extra layers of clothing to ensure they are comfortable.

Show and Tell

Due to restrictions on bringing articles in from home, Show and Tell will focus on the children sharing some news from home or presenting some work they have done in class. Please do not send your child into school with any items from home

Class assemblies:

There are no class assemblies planned for this term.

School visits:

School visits are currently restricted to those venues within walking distance and where children can maintain social distancing guidelines.

Maths and English Curriculum Objectives
Click on THIS LINK to learn more about the Maths and English (Speaking, Reading and Writing) Objectives that are taught from Year 1 to Year 6.
Here is a link to a handy TIMES TABLES GRID and advice.

Maths fluency & recall facts – Year1keyrecallfacts

Spelling and Handwriting
You can find a list of spellings and handwriting guidance appropriate to your child’s year-group by clicking HERE.

Year 1 Curriculum Map
CLICK HERE for more information about our curriculum.

How You can Help
If you have any knowledge, skill, or artefacts related to what we are learning in school, then please do get in touch with your child’s teacher. We love having our Parents and Carers come in and help us all to learn!

Statutory Assessments
Children in Year 1 undergo the Phonics Screening Check in the Summer Term. Children are asked to read 20 real words and 20 ‘pseudo-words’. The children are well prepared through normal English lessons and they are rarely, if ever, aware that the check is taking place.

TOPIC – “Who are we” –  Please click on below links for this term’s letter and topic

Year 1 Autumn Project Letter 2020