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Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1


The teachers in Year 1 are Miss Appleby and Miss Stuckey

The teaching assistants are Mrs Sherwin and Miss McAllister



We teach the subject areas through a topic based curriculum.

Long Term Plan for 2020-2021: Long Term Plan Year 1


The topic for Term 1 is Memory Box.

Term 1 Curriculum information and enrichment opportunities:



Children are provided with a home reading book at their level. They are expected to read this daily. Please write in your child’s contact book when they have finished their reading their book so that the teacher knows to change it. Your child will receive weekly English and Maths homework. This is based on the learning that they have completed that week in class. It is sent home on a Thursday and needs to be returned 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 curriculum sway above or create an idea of their own. The children will vote for the most creative homework (green hat thinking) from each class. Good luck!



We use a variety of reading schemes in school which follow the UK Book Band colours. This is to expose the children to a wide range of text types, characters and settings.

Band: Lilac (Age appropriate for Reception)
Band: Pink (Age appropriate for Reception)
Band: Red (Age appropriate for Reception)
Band: Yellow (Age appropriate for Reception)

Band: Light blue (Age appropriate for Year 1)
Band: Green (Age appropriate for Year 1)
Band: Orange (Age appropriate for Year 1)

Band: Turquoise (Age appropriate for Year 2)
Band: Purple (Age appropriate for Year 2)
Band: White (Age appropriate for Year 2)
Band: Lime (Age appropriate for Year 2)



In Year 1 children will continue to use the Jolly Phonics actions when needed, with additional actions being introduced for alternative grapheme phoneme correspondences.  The groups are differentiated to ensure children are reaching their full potential and appropriate support is given.  The Letters and Sounds programme is used and children also have the opportunity to play various phonics games and reinforce their skills.

In June, the children will take part in the Phonics Screening Check. This is a statutory requirement for all children in all schools. A meeting to explain what happens during the check and how you can support your child at home with phonics will take place later in the year. The PowerPoint presentation for this meeting will be on our website under the ‘Our Community’ section.

Letters and Sounds (Phase 4)

Review of Phase 3 graphemes and consolidation of the 42 graphemes through blending and segmenting CCVC and CVCC words with consonant clusters as Phase 4 of L&S.

Letters and Sounds (Phase 5)

The purpose of this phase is for children to broaden their knowledge of graphemes and phonemes for use in reading and spelling.  They will learn new graphemes and alternative pronunciations for these and graphemes they already know, where relevant.  Some of the alternatives will already have been encountered in the high-frequency words that have been taught.  Children become quicker at recognising graphemes of more than one letter in words and at blending the phonemes they represent.  When spelling words, they will learn to choose the appropriate graphemes to represent phonemes and begin to build word-specific knowledge of the spellings of words.

Letters and Sounds:

We follow the Government recommended Letters and Sounds programme for phonics. More information can be found here:

Jolly Phonics:

We are using Jolly Phonics rhymes to support the children with their recognition of phonemes and you can access these using the following links:

Phase 2 Jolly Phonics Actions 

Phase 3 Jolly Phonics Actions



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).




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:

Letters and Sounds (Phonics games)

Phonics Play (Phonics games)

Oxford Owl (Online reading books)

Letter Join (Handwriting)

Pronunciation of phonic sounds

Jolly Phonics songs




Range of topics areas

Woodland activities

Spelling Shed

TT Rockstars 

White Rose Maths Reasons Problems

Educational Top Marks Games