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Year One (2021-2022)

Welcome to our Year One Page! 


In Year One, we build upon the learning experiences within Nursery and Reception. We strive to give every child an education that not only teaches reading (including letters and sounds), writing and maths, but also develops essential social skills, language, learning skills and attitudes for life. Our children are happy, settled, confident, creative and eager to learn. The best transitions are built on familiarity but also some careful change. Staff will be taking extra care to help the children transition into Year One considering the missed time due to COVID-19. 


Children still have time to play and choose their own learning alongside more directed teaching and learning. As the year progresses, our classroom environments, daily routines, timetable, and extent of more directed teaching time will evolve to meet the needs of the children and their learning. The focus of this being to ensure that all children leave Year One with the firm foundations, skills, and knowledge required for Year Two and future learning.


We look forward to welcoming you and your children to Year One!

Miss Garnsworthy, Mrs Hawkridge, Mr Bennett and the Year One Team

Year One Classrooms and Outside Environment



During your child's first week in Year One the teacher will listen to them read and give them two new books at the appropriate book level as well as a yellow reading record to share comments about their reading and next steps between home and school.


The children will get the opportunity to read with an adult every week - one week with the class teacher and the following week with the Learning Support Assistant. Due to the nature of the curriculum in Year One, the amount of whole-class teaching compared to EYFS and having to adapt the timetable to the children's learning needs we cannot give children set days for reading as we fit this valuable 1:1 learning time in across the week as appropriate. Therefore, we please ask that the children bring both reading books and their yellow reading record to school every day (in a book bag or a bag from home that can be hung on their peg).


We love to hear what your child has been reading at home as well - whether this be their school books, a favourite book from home, a magazine, a road sign or the back of the cereal box! Please feel free to jot down some of their reading at home and how they got on with it in the yellow reading record (it doesn't have to be each time - just little and often). This will not only help to inform our assessments of your child's reading but also enable us to best support them moving forwards with this.


On your child's P.E day we are going to ask for your child to come into school already wearing their PE kits. Children will then be able to wear this for the whole school day. We recommend that children wear jogging bottoms, a white PE top, a jacket/hoodie and trainers for the Autumn Term. Please can any earrings be removed on PE days and long hair be tied back.


PE days for each class are as follows:

Miss Garnsworthy & Mrs Hawkridge - Tuesday and Friday

Mr Bennett - Monday and Friday


In Year One the children will be given homework each week with an overview of what they have been learning in school that week as a basis for discussion at home. As well as a short literacy, maths and phonics activity for them to complete. Homework is optional at this age but we strongly encourage the children to take part in the short, age-appropriate and fun activities to consolidate learning and key skills from school as well as to help build up independence. If your child needs support with any of the activities please jot down a quick message on the homework to let us know what support was given so we can support this in school as well.


Homework is set via Teams on a Friday each week and will be due for return on the following Thursday.

Letters and Sounds

Below is a copy of the letters and sounds mat we use in class to support the children with their reading and writing. Please remember that the children are expected to know all of these sounds by the end of Year One.

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