Year 1

Welcome to the fun and exciting world of Year 1, where we take all the wonderful skills that the children have learnt in Early Years Foundation Stage and develop them as they start to experience the National Curriculum. We make learning as fun as possible, using a range of different teaching styles to make sure that all children are able to access new concepts and succeed in their learning.


Year 1 is made up of three classes - Faraday, Darwin and Goodall. Please click on the class name below to view their individual webpages.


Darwin Class

Mrs Coldwell

Mrs Scott (Class TA)

Goodall Class

Mrs Latter/Mrs Chapman

Mrs Scott (TA)

Faraday Class

Miss Ashton


Mrs Catt (TA)

Welcome Back

We hope that you have had a lovely Easter break, we would like to say thank you for the lovely cards and gifts we received at the end of last term.  We can't believe how quickly this year is passing and that we're in the Summer Term.


Communication between yourselves as parents and teachers is key and it is essential that you know when it is a good time to catch us. We always have an open door policy after school and will always find time to speak to you or to make an appointment. Please note that class teachers will be unavailable after school on a Wednesday due to staff meetings, however the teaching assistants will be more than happy to help you. We will soon be encouraging the children to come around to their classrooms independently and would be grateful if messages could be passed to the office in the mornings rather than directly to us as this can be a very busy and hectic time for both teachers and children.


Reading Books will be changed on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday and two books will be sent home each night. This will enable you to share a book from home on a Sunday. Reading in year 1 can take the form of anything and doesn’t always have to be a school book.

You can read:

  • Menus
  • Road Signs
  • Maps
  • Labels
  • Cards
  • Non-Fiction books to name a few


It is important that the children understand that reading words is everywhere…not just in their school books. We would ask that you would write in your childs book every night to record that they have read even just with a smiley face or tick besides the date as we will be celebrating the children who read every night in school on a Wednesday and on our classroom doors.


Please feel free to use the yellow reading book as a point of contact and do let us know if the books are to easy/hard and we will listen to the child read in school and move them as necessary. Remember if you are writing messages in here that books are only changed three times a week and will not be checked on a Tuesday or Thursday so it is especially vital that messages are sent to the office on these days.

Show and Tell

Show and Tell in year 1 happens once a week on a Tuesday during class assembly. Each child will get one opportunity each term to bring something in and an updated timetable will be sent out at the start of every term.

You will have received a show and Tell timetable with the date of your child show and tell and their ‘group’ highlighted. They are welcome to bring in any show and tell, however it is always nice to have topic related items bought in.


Our Topic this term is Creatures, the children will be reading a range of fiction and non-fiction texts as well as developing their research skills through computing.  We will also be learning the names of the five oceans and seven continents, man-made and natural landmarks, as well as using atlas and aerial view maps.


The fifth term in Year 1 sees the children revisit place value.  We will now work on numbers to 100, reading and writing them in words.  We will be making numbers up to 100 using 10s and 1s.  For example that 75 is made of seven 10s and five 1s.  We will then solve questions using the four different operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will make up missing number problems using picture or and visual stimuli.  We will continue to count in 2s, 5s and 10s.  

By the end of the term we would expect the children to:

Count to and across 100, forwards and backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

Count in twos, fives and tens.

Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals and words.

Identify and represent numbers using pictorial representations.

Use language such as more than, less than, equal to, most, least.

Interpreting addition, subtraction, multiplication and division statements.

Solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Solve missing number problems.


Big Maths

The children will be familiar with Big Maths from Foundation Stage. It happens every Friday at the start of the Maths lesson and tests the children on their basic mental maths. They are required to complete the questions under a time limit, with no resources. Their scores will then be sent home and the idea is they will beat their best score each week.

This forms only a small part of the Maths curriculum and is not always a true reflection on their overall ability, however is essential to develop the mental Maths needed this year.


In English this term we will be looking at poetry and word play as well as changing key parts of a familiar story and finding information in non-fiction texts.  We will be looking at spelling patterns such as contractions e.g. I have = I've.  We will be working on writing our own stories.  We will continue to use handwriting books, our focus will be on always using the cursive formation and beginning to join letters.


By the end of the term we would expect the children to:


  • Change a familiar story.
  • Use story words at the start of a simple sentence.
  • Use finger spaces and cursive letters consistently.
  • Recognise and name upper case letters.
  • Read and spell all common exception words.
  • Use full stops at the end of a sentence.
  • Use commas in a list.
  • Use capital letters at the start of a sentence, for names and places and for days of the week.
  • Form capital letters correctly.
  • Develop our writing stamina.


The children will continue to have a 10 minute handwriting session each day where they will be taught how to form each letter cursively. They will then be encouraged to embed this into their writing throughout the subjects.


Phonics will happen every day and the children will continue to be split into ability groups. This will allow teachers to focus on the gaps but will also make groups smaller allowing for more interactivity. They will be learning the rest of their Phase 5 sounds ready for the Phonics Screening Test in June. By the end of the year we would expect the children to be ready to move onto Phase 6 in year 2.  We will also be continuing Phonics Workshops for some children.


Common Exception words are a set of words which do not follow a general spelling rule and are not phonetic. To help the children learn these we will be sending home the third set of words this term. They should not be viewed as homework and should not be returned to school. They should be used as a resource at home for yourselves and the children to familiarise themselves with and learn.


The children will also read in school once a week in Guided Reading with their class teacher when we will cover general word reading and sounding out as well as comprehension.


PE this term will include a mixture of both indoor and outdoor P.E. Please ensure that the children’s P.E kits consist of the following: a red t-shirt, blue shorts, white socks, plimsolls, navy jogging bottoms, navy jumper and trainers. Please make sure all of these items of clothing are clearly named.




If you have any questions or queries please do come and see us.

Thank you for your continued support.


The Year 1 Team.