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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1



These are our teachers and teaching assistants who help us with our learning: 


                                                                               Teaching Staff: Miss Wakefield Miss Brennan Mrs Brown



Higher Level Teaching Assistant: Mrs Horrex


                                                                                Teaching Assistants: Miss Baker and Miss Ward

Curriculum Information and Home Learning

Our visit to Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

On Wednesday 5th February, Year 1 had a lovely day visiting Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. We took part in a toys workshop where we had the chance to play with and investigate moving toys as well as compare old and new toys. We also had the opportunity to explore the museum and learnt lots of things about how people lived in the past. We especially enjoyed the talking book which was very old but made noises to go with the stories. 

How can you help your child in Year 1?

Reading at home

This term we are exciting to be continuing to use our new reading scheme, Rocket Phonics, from Foundation Stage to Year 2. The books are all phonetically plausible and based on your child's phonics phase. 


We hope that you are able to read with your child as regularly as possible and record any comments in their yellow log. We will be habing Rapid Reading for two weeks in first half of the Autumn term. Last year the implementation of Rapid Reading was very beneficial in helping childrens' reading skills improve. We hope you will also see improvements  in your child's reading from Rapid Reading and thank you for any comments and feedback. 



This term  we will  continue to build on children's phonics learning from the Foundation Stage. This will include consolidating our knowledge of phase 3 and developing our knowledge of  phase 5 sounds. We learn and practise our phonemes in fun and engaging games. Please see the websites below to play some games at home: 


On October 8th we will host our Phonics and Rapid Reading information evening. Please come along to gain information on how you can help at home. If you have any questions or are unable to attend please see your child's class teacher who will happily meet with you. 


Maths at home           

At the beginning of this term, we will be consolidating our counting skills within 20 - Counting on and back, writing and recognising numbers. W will also be learning about position and direction through using the beebots to explore positional language. 

Any support at home linked to these areas will be great and remember you can find any activities on mathletics to support your child: 



Library Books will be changed every Wednesday. Please ensure the library book is in school that day. Remember you can keep the book for a couple of weeks if your child would like to read the book for longer. 

Spellings will be tested on a Wednesday and new spellings will also go home on a Friday.

Home learning is due back into school on a Thursday. Please ensure your child brings their home learning book back each week so that we can check which task they have completed. We will send home learning books back out on a Friday. Please remember only 1 piece needs to be completed each week, although you are welcome to complete more if your child wishes. 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural in Year 1

  • During the Autumn term, in PSHE we will create our classroom rules to ensure we are safe and happy in our learning environments. We will also discussed important online safety rules to follow at both home and school. 
  • We have voted for our new School Councillors and have fortnightly meetings to talk about any issues that arise.
  • Our Eco Committee members help us to care for our environment by organising our recycling and waste management.
  • We have also voted for our Sports Ambassadors, who will working with other Sports Ambassadors across the school to develop our sports provision, equipment and ensure we have fun sporting activities available at lunch time.  


In light of the General Election last week, Year 1 had a little vote of their own. We discussed what the election was, why we vote, and the importance of having your right to vote. A polling station was set up in the classroom and Miss Brennan read two stories to the children. The children listened to both stories intently and thought really hard about which they thought was the better one – then throughout the morning they cast the vote.

The results are in…

With a clear win; ‘The dinosaur that pooped Christmas’ has led to victory!

If you get the chance to read this story with your child, you will have a lot of laughs!


                                              Welcome back!                       


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