Year 1 - Miss S Gunn & Mr Nathan

The transition between Reception and Year 1 can be daunting for both children and parents, however we have made sure the children are already familiar with us in order to prepare them for the change.

In year 1, we encourage children to develop more independence. Steps you could take at home to promote this include:

· allowing your child to lay out their uniform the evening before school

· giving your child responsibilities around the home like laying the table for dinner

· encouraging them to help you make up their lunch box



We will be focusing on reading, writing and spoken English through our topic Once Upon A Time which is all about traditional tales and fairy stories. Every child will have a dedicated literacy lesson as well as an additional daily guided reading and phonics lesson.

In phonics children will learn the sounds that letters make which will allow them to read fluently. Children will have to participate in the national phonics screening test in the summer so developing these skills is essential if they are to be successful in this. Children will be expected to read at home daily and this needs to be recorded in their reading record.

Spellings will be sent home each week linked to their phonics work and these are expected to be practiced at least four times a week.


We will be focusing on number work in the first few weeks so practising counting to 20 and beyond will really support your child’s learning. They can then start to learn their addition bonds to ten and start counting in multiples of 2. In future lessons, we will be looking at different shapes and measures.


Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit of:

· a white T-shirt

· a pair of black sport shorts

· black jogging bottoms

· trainers (Velcro or slip on unless your child can tie their own laces)

· plimsolls

PE will take place outside whilst the weather permits. We also recommend keeping a spare pair of socks, underwear and even a plastic bag in the PE bag just in case.

Please ensure girls have their hair tied up, and their earrings are taken out.


It is expected and this needs to be recorded in the reading record which will be regularly checked. Spellings will be given out on Friday and should be handed back on the following Friday. Records will be kept of your child’s success in completing homework so please ensure that you make it part of your home routine. This will ensure that your child can make the best possible progress during year 1. In addition to reading and spelling we will be setting homework projects which will be linked to our topic