Year 1


Welcome back to Year 1 2018. The Spring Term is well and truly underway and there are lots of exciting learning and opportunities planned for the children. Their motivation and love for learning continues. We are still developing as reflective, visible learners and enjoy having lots of fun along the way!

Year 1 Team: The Year 1 teachers are Ms Malik, Ashley and Miss Toussaint. The support staff are Margaret .

Morning drop-off expectations

Please continue to ensure that you say goodbye to your child before they come in to the classroom in the morning. We are trying to foster the children's growing independence so they are expected to enter the classroom by themselves, hang up their coat and place their snack and drink in the appropriate places before beginning their day.


Please try to hear your children read daily and record it in their reading record book. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book afterwards, or during reading. Talk about the characters, setting or main events.

It is important that your child has their reading record in school every day as we are encouraging the children to keep a simple record of their reading and to talk to us about the reading they do at home. We have reading time every day, and during the course of the week, children will read independently, with a partner or group and with an adult. Children are welcome to bring their own reading book from home as long as it is of an appropriate level for them to read and enjoy independently. The children will be practicing for the Phonics Screening test which will they will be sitting in the Summer Term.

Mental Maths

This term we will continue to learn our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. The children will have the opportunity to rapidly recall number bonds to 10 and 20. The children will be able to say one more and one less of a number.   

Home Learning

Alongside their weekly reading and spelling homework they will be expected to complete some extended research work linked to our topic Environment. The children are required to spend time researching their chosen task and will be asked to present their work in class when they have completed it. They must complete 2 tasks from the grid each week which they hand in on Wednesdays. This will be marked and handed back on Friday.


Spellings will be sent home once a week, usually on a Monday, and be tested the following Monday. They are based on spelling patterns that we have investigated in class during phonics lessons and children should be encouraged to look at the way the pattern fits into the word to help them remember it.


Our PE days Tuesday and Friday.


Thank you for your continuing support,

Best Wishes

Year 1 Team


Our medium term plan can be downloaded here.

Our home learning can be downloaded here.