Year 1

Topic web Spring 2 – Year 1 – Once upon a Time

Welcome to Year 1

Please note the following information for Spring 2 half term…

Our new topic is ‘Once upon a time!’

Our enrichment day is on Friday 2nd March 2018 and will be inked with World Book Day.
Children can dress up as their favourite book character and bring in their favourite book to show and tell during ‘Golden time’.

On our ‘Super Science day’ we will be investigating our big question

Do plants eat and drink?


A quick reminder that:

P.E. is on Mondays and Thursdays.

Please can you check that your child has all the correct P.E. kit and that it is in class on the first day back for this half term.


School P.E kit:

A white t-shirt

Black shorts

Black hoodie/ jacket (for outdoor P.E)

Black jogging bottoms (for outdoor P.E)

Black pumps or trainers

(Please ensure children have a warm PE kit in the winter months for outdoor P.E.)


P.E kits should be in school for the full half term and will be returned for washing at the end of each half term.

It is a HUGE help if names are on ALL items, including P.E bags! Many thanks in advance J


Homework and Spellings

Homework will be sent home on Fridays to be returned to class on the following Wednesday.

We hope that you are enjoying our homework challenges and that these enhance children’s natural curiosity for learning!


This half term children will receive a topic home learning challenge to make their own    ‘egg’ citing story shoebox!


Please note that we will also be sending home extra phonics and reading challenges as part of homework. This is in the lead up to the national phonics screening test for Year 1 children. These tests usually take place within the first week of June. I will send out further information closer to the time of the screening tests. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s reading please come and see me at the end of the school day.


A reminder that new spellings are sent home on Tuesdays for a quick spelling practise test on the following Monday.

Please can we ask that children are practising their spellings regularly as this has a huge impact on their reading and writing progress.


Many thanks for your continued support J


Miss R Taylor (Year 1 Teacher)

Miss J Grundy (Year 1 Teaching Assistant)







Children in Year 1 are set into reading groups and books will be changed once a week depending on which day they read with a teacher. Children have levelled book bands that are set according to their current level of decoding words to read and comprehension understanding. When they have read ALL the books in that band colour or we feel they are ready for the next book band they will move up a colour.
Children will also receive a reading reward card so children can see clearly where they are in their reading and there will also be incentives to read through the book bands quickly and move children onto the next book band colour.

Children LOVE to read and share stories and you can help!

Children will move quickly through the book band colours if they are reading at home every day. It is also great for their understanding if they are sharing different stories with you every day and retelling these stories, even by just looking at the pictures together or acting them out! Puppets and props are great!

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s reading, please come and see me at the end of the day and I will be happy to help.
Year 1 is also the year in which your child will take part in the national phonics screening check therefore we really encourage you to read with your child as much as possible throughout the year to give them the very best chance in passing this national reading assessment. This assessment will not take place until June 2018 and I will give out further information closer to this date. However if you are interested in learning more sooner please visit website.
We are very much looking forward to year the ahead!