Interested in joining The Gordon Children's Academy? 

Why not join us for one of our school tours on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th November.
These tours are limited in numbers so please email the school on to secure your place and avoid disappointment. 

We look forward to meeting you then.

Welcome to Year 1

In Year One the children will build on the learning they have achieved in the Early Years. We work closely with the teachers to ensure transition is a positive experience that helps them to settle quickly into their new routines.

Throughout the year children will be immersed into their topics enabling them to continue to be excited learners who take risks and are not afraid to try new things.


The teachers in Year 1 are Miss Lee and Miss Stuckey.

The teaching assistants are Mrs Gadsdon and Mrs Ingram.

Topics and Enrichment Opportunities

Phonics and Early Reading

At Gordon Children’s Academy, we believe that all our children can become fluent readers and writers. This is why we teach reading through Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, which is a systematic and synthetic phonics programme. We start teaching phonics in Reception and follow the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised Progression, which ensures children build on their growing knowledge of the alphabetic code, mastering phonics to read and spell as they move through school.

When learning to read, it is vital that children practice using a book that is at their correct phonic stage. Children in Year 1 will all take home a book that is fully decodable at their correct phonic stage. They should be able to read this fluently and independently.

As a result, all our children are able to tackle any unfamiliar words as they read. At Gordon Children’s Academy, we also model the application of the alphabetic code through phonics in shared reading and writing, both inside and outside of the phonics lesson and across the curriculum. We have a strong focus on language development for our children because we know that speaking and listening are crucial skills for reading and writing in all subjects.

At Gordon Children’s Academy, we value reading as a crucial life skill. By the time children leave us, most children read confidently for meaning and regularly enjoy reading for pleasure. Our readers are equipped with the tools to tackle unfamiliar vocabulary. We encourage our children to see themselves as readers for both pleasure and purpose.

In June, children in Year 1 sit the Phonics Screening Check. This is a statutory requirement for all children in all schools.

For additional information on our chosen SSP, Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised, please visit the following website:

The resources on this page will help you support your child with saying their sounds and writing their letters. There are also some useful videos so you can see how they are taught at school and feel confident about supporting their reading at home.


Seesaw is a secure online account which we use in Year One to communicate with parents, assign homework and share your child’s learning journey. Your child will receive weekly English and Maths homework on Seesaw. This is based on the learning that they have completed that week in class. It is assigned on a Thursday and needs to be submitted by the following Tuesday.

As well as the academic homework, including daily reading that the children complete, we want to encourage and celebrate the children’s creative side. The children are encouraged to use their thinking hats to create a piece of homework that we can share with the whole school community, including parents, at parent’s evening.  They can pick from one of the suggested ideas included in the above curriculum information sway or create an idea of their own. The children will vote for the most creative homework (green hat thinking) from each class. Good luck!

Learning in English and Maths 

The information below provides details about the areas of learning that you child will cover whilst in Year 1. Children are expected to meet these requirements by the end of Year 1. These are based on the guidance from the National Curriculum (September 2014).

Curriculum Website Links

The below websites may be useful for supporting your child further with their learning:

Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised

Spelling Shed

TT Rockstars 

Phonics Play (Phonics games)

Letter Join (Handwriting)

White Rose Maths Reasons Problems

Educational Top Marks Games