Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Summer 1, 2018

Welcome back! We hope that you all enjoyed your half term break and that your child is ready to continue their learning with another exciting topic.

Our theme this half term is ‘Who’s who at the zoo?’
Which is your favourite zoo animal? Why?
Where does it live?


General Information 

Year 1 Phonics Meeting was held on Thursday 1st February.  A copy of the presentation can be found here.

Information Letter for parents about the term can be found here.

Thursday 3rd May 2018 – School closed – Training day
Monday 7th May 2018 – School closed – May Day Holiday
Friday 25th May 2018 – KS1 Pride in Our Learning afternoon @ 3pm
Friday 25th May 2018 – School breaks up for half term @ 3:30pm



Children need to bring their P.E. kits on Monday to be kept in school until Friday.  Year 1 will have their P.E. session on Thursdays.

On this days can you please ensure that long hair is tied back and that earrings are not worn.

It would also be helpful to label your child’s PE kit with their name.

Reading books will be changed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please make a record of every time your child reads because if they read 20 times within a month, they will receive a golden ticket.

Key Stage 1 parents who help their child to read 20 times a month will be entered into a monthly prize draw.

Oxford Owl Library (The library is a fantastic e-book resource, you just need to register your e-mail on the site to access a range of books for free)



In year 1 we continue to build on the phonics sessions that have taken place throughout your child’s time in the reception class.

We follow the Read, Write Inc scheme for the teaching and learning of phonics.

At the end of Year 1, all children have to undertake the Year 1 Phonics Screening. Working 1:1 with the teacher, children will read 40 words, some of which are real and some of which are pseudo (made up/’alien’) words containing the 40+ phonemes they have learned during their first two years in school.

You can support your child at home with their phonics by reading as much as possible with your child and investigating some of the phonics links given below:

Deep Sea Phonics Dragons Den Buried Treasure Obb & Bob
Learn to Read Spelling BBC Words and Pictures




Weekly spellings will be given out on Fridays. Your child will be tested on a selection of these the following Friday.

Also during the week, your child will complete a short dictation exercise containing the weekly spellings.

Please support your child at home by helping your child learn their weekly spellings.

Grammar and Punctuation

Below are links to some of the sites which the children enjoy learning from.

Sentence building  Past tense Nouns Spelling
Contractions Conjunctions Spelling Punctuation
Sentences Prefixes and Suffixes Word types


The Canon Popham Times Table Challenge

We are continuing with the school ‘Times Tables Challenge’ award system to encourage the children to learn their times tables.
In Year 1, children need to learn to count forwards/ backwards in steps of 2, 5 and 10 in order to achieve the award.

Try it!!! Can you do it? You can practise as many times as you like by following the links



This half term we will be studying stories with familiar settings, linked to our animals’ topic such as Bring the rain to Kapiti Plain, Handa’s Hen and Monkey Puzzle. We will be writing character descriptions, describing animals and settings and writing our own animal themed stories.

We will also be looking at non-fiction texts, identifying their features and writing our own fact files and reports for others to find out about animals and their habitats.

Take a look at the BBC Bitesize Literacy for KS1 website for some fun things to do.


Hand Writing

We use a cursive style handwriting in our school, please try to encourage your child to use this when they are writing at home.



This half term we will be returning to number, looking at multiplication to practice our 2, 5 and 10 times tables and division to make equal groups by grouping and sharing. We will also begin learning about fractions by finding half and a quarter of a shape and finding half and a quarter of a groups of objects.

If you have any questions about these areas of Maths please come and speak to me.

Make maths fun by having a go at some Maths games by clicking here.

Hit the button maths games



Once again Year 1 and Year 2 children will be working closely together and our topic title this half term is ‘Who’s who at the zoo?’.

This topic has been chosen to provide the children with opportunities to develop a wide range of geography, art and science skills including looking at specific animals from different continents and comparing them with others.

We will learn about animal food chains and how they use camouflage to help them survive and we will study the painting ‘Tiger in a tropical storm’ by Henri Rousseau and use clay, paper mache and other materials to make our own animals and animal masks.

Topic Homework

We are continuing with our topic approach to homework this year and in addition to their reading book, weekly spellings and maths homework, children must also complete at least 1 homework project based upon our topic. Your child will receive their homework sheet on the first week back this half term.

Topic homework will be shared during our Pride In Our Learning session on  Friday 25th May 2018 at 3pm.  Each of the projects have been designed to allow children to develop their creative and critical thinking skills.  Remember that you can work with your child on homework and it’s a fun activity to do with your child.  We hope you enjoy completing some of these homework projects with your children.

Other information

Our curriculum page for Year 1 can be found here.

Please provide your child with a labelled water bottle to take outside during playtimes.

We also advise that you ensure all your child’s school clothing is clearly labelled too as well as making sure that your child does not bring toys from home into school. This would be greatly appreciated.

As always thank you for your continued support. It really makes a difference to your child’s learning and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to speak to us at any time.

Miss Smithson & Mrs Drake