Monksmead School

Respect, Reflect, Believe, Succeed

                                                Welcome to Year 1

Teacher: Mrs Moynihan

TA: Mrs Kevin and Ms McGinley


Welcome to Year 1

After what has been a very different few months, I hope that the children are happy to be back at school.  I am very eager to get to know my new Year 1 class and am excited about the year ahead.  Please have a read of the information below; this should answer a few of the questions that you may have.  Our class timetable has also been uploaded onto the website. 



Please bear in mind that the children did not have their ‘usual’ year in Reception and that I will be doing all that I can to quickly assess where each child is in their learning journey and what they need to learn moving forward.


The focus at the very start of the year will be on the children’s social and emotional wellbeing as I want to make sure that, first and foremost, every child is happy in school.  I will be spending the first few weeks concentrating on phonics, reading, writing and maths.  Opportunities to delve into the remainder of the curriculum in the first few weeks will be provided through the different activities set up for the children to explore throughout the day.


This will be very much like the children were used to in Reception as we initially adopt an EYFS approach to learning in Year 1, to enable the children to embed those early learning goals before moving on to a more formal approach to learning. 



I will teach reading through our daily English lessons and phonic sessions.  In addition, an adult will hear each child in the class read at least once a week on their allocated reading day.  Each child will be given a reading record and these will be checked when they have their individual reading time.  Your child’s ‘reading day’ will be written on a label in the front of their reading record.  However, please make sure that your child’s reading zip wallet is+6- in school every day in case an opportunity arises for extra reading. 


Please try your best to read with your child every day, this will help to improve fluency and accuracy and hopefully be a lot of fun to do together.  When the children have read their books and it has been noted in their reading record, they will choose two new books to go home on their reading day.



Homework will be given out on a Thursday and is due back in on a Monday.  It will be related to work covered in class and is meant as a chance for the children to consolidate their learning.  Most weeks the work will be English and maths based, but on some occasions I may set work from other curriculum areas.  If homework is not completed I will work with those children during their break time to help them complete the task set.  This work is in addition to regular reading at home.



PE lessons will be on a Thursday and Friday every week this term.  Please make sure that your child has their PE kit (named) in school on both days.  Each child will need a pair of plimsolls or trainers for PE.  This year children’s swimming sessions will take place in the summer term.



Please make sure that your child has a named water bottle in school so that they can keep hydrated during the day.  Due to hygiene reasons we can not provide cups for the children, so it is very important that they have their own water bottle. 


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to pop in to school to see me, it is ever so important that we work together to provide your child with the very best experience at school.


Thank you


Natasha Moynihan

Phonics and Reading

At Monksmead, we follow 'Letters and Sounds'.  This is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2007. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills.

For reading, we use a scheme called Bug Club Phonics.  This scheme is aligned with the Letters and Sounds SSP (systematic synthetic phonics) programme and meets Department for Education guidance on choosing decodable books for systematic, synthetic phonics.


In Year 1 we learn to:









  • Identify which words appear again and again.
  • Recognise and join in with predictable phrases.
  • Relate reading to own experiences.
  • Re-read if reading does not make sense.
  • Re-tell with considerable accuracy.
  • Discuss significance of title and events.
  • Make predictions on basis of what has been read.
  • Make inferences on basis of what is being said and done.
  • Read aloud with pace and expression, i.e. pause at full stop; raise voice for question.
  • Recognise:

o   capital letters

o   full stops

o   question marks

o   exclamation marks

o   ellipsis

  • Know why the writer has used the above punctuation in a text.
  • Know difference between fiction and non-fiction texts.

Our phonic scheme is Letters and Sounds

Our reading scheme is Phonics Bug and Bug club from Pearson








      • Write clearly demarcated sentences.
      • Use ‘and’ to join ideas.
      • Use conjunctions to join sentences (e.g. so, but).
      • Use standard forms of verbs, e.g. go/went.
      • Introduce use of:

o   capital letters

o   full stops

o   question marks

o   exclamation marks

      • Use capital letters for names and personal pronoun ‘I’.
      • Write a sequence of sentences to form a short narrative [as introduction to paragraphs].
      • Use correct formation of lower case – finishing in right place.
      • Use correct formation of capital letters.
      • Use correct formation of digits.








      • Count to and across 100, forwards & backwards from any number.
      • Read and write numbers to 20 in numerals & words.
      • Read and write numbers to 100 in numerals.
      • Say 1 more/1 less to 100.
      • Count in multiples of 2, 5 & 10.
      • Use bonds and subtraction facts to 20.
      • Add & subtract:

o   1 digit & 2 digit numbers to 20, including zero.

      • Solve one-step multiplication and division using objects, pictorial representation and arrays.
      • Recognise half and quarter of object, shape or quantity.
      • Sequence events in chronological order.
      • Use language of day, week, month and year.
      • Tell time to hour & half past.