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Year 1

Teacher: Mrs Strugnell

TA: Mrs Smith and Miss Stalham

News from Year 1


Welcome to Year 1

It’s amazing to see the children looking so smart – and grown up! – in their new school uniforms.  All the adults in Year 1 have had a lovely time getting to know your amazing children.  Please find below a few details of the topics that we will be covering in this first term.


An adult will hear each child in the class read at least once a week.  As in Reception, each child will be given a reading record and these will be checked when they have their individual reading time.  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. The children’s books will only be changed if their reading record is signed to indicate that they have been reading at home.  In addition, children will use their reading skills during daily phonics sessions. 



Homework will be given out on a Friday and is due back in on a Wednesday.  Usually it will be based on what we have been learning in English and Maths, but occasionally it will incorporate other areas of the curriculum. 



PE lessons will be on a Wednesday 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.



This term, we will be looking at the cycle of the seasons, the months of the year and the weather.



Our topic this term is My Family History.  We will be looking at how our daily lives have changed since the 50s and 60s, looking at toys, schools and homes.



Please make sure that your child has a named water bottle in school so that they can keep hydrated during the day. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to come in at the end of the day. (It can be a little hectic in the mornings.)  It’s really important to me that your children have the best possible experience at school and that we work together to achieve this.


Sarah Strugnell


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.