Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Topic web Spring 2 2019 – Year 1

Year 1 visit DCC

In December Year 1 had the opportunity to visit DCC on an inspirational sports day. First, we built confidence on the trampolines and practised our gymnastics shapes. Then we enjoyed some quiet time in the yoga room. After that, we had fun dancing and making a full routine. Finally we joined the football coach for balls skills.We all had a fantastic time!

Warburtons Visit

In November we had a special visitor from Warburtons. Ruth helped us to make some delicious sandwiches. She also gave us all a pack of Warburtons thins to take home. Yum Yum! :)
Take a look at the pictures below…

We welcome you to Year 1.

Please note…

P.E. days
P.E. is on Mondays and Wednesdays.

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

School P.E kit:
Black shorts and/or jogging bottoms (for indoor and outdoor P.E.)
A white t-shirt
Black pumps or black trainers
Black jumper or hoodie (for outdoor P.E. only)

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 :)


As well as spellings, new reading books will be sent home to complete weekly and a topic challenge set each half term, which the children will have a longer time to complete.

As part of their home learning, children are expected to practise their reading for 10 minutes at least 3 times a week (Parents/Carers to sign their reading record and note down any comments).
Children will receive x1 raffle ticket for 3 signatures and x2 raffle tickets for more than 3 signatures in one week for our reading raffle on a Friday. Children really enjoy receiving their raffle tickets! Please ensure children’s reading records have been signed to show their progress in reading at home.

It is crucial in Year 1 that children practise the letters and sounds they have learnt in class. This has a HUGE impact on their overall progress in reading and writing.

In maths, please practise counting in multiples of 2s, 5s, and 10s. Children are not required to know their x2, x5, x10 tables in Year 1, only to be able to count in their multiples, to be working at age expectations.

If children would like to begin to practise their x2, x5 and x10 tables in preparation for Year 2 this is also encouraged, but only as an extra challenge if they seem confident in counting in these multiples.

If you have any questions/queries, I am available at the end of the school day.


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 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, this will also build their confidence in reading.

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 progress, 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 2019 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 and thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning journey :)

Many thanks,


 Miss R Taylor (Year 1 Teacher)
Miss J Grundy (Year 1 Teaching Assistant)
Miss N Briggs (Year 1 Teaching Assistant)









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