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Year 1

Welcome to Class 1

I hope you have had a fantastic summer and are looking forward to a new school year in class 1 - I can't wait to hear all about your adventures over the last 6 weeks!


We've got some exciting work planned for this first half term, building on the skills already learnt in Reception. We will continue with our daily phonics as well as introducing more formal maths and English lessons.


Please find some other useful information below:


Water bottles

Children should bring in a water bottle which is clearly labelled with their name and which will be kept on our water bottle trolley. It is really important that children keep hydrated throughout the day and we appreciate your support in providing this.



Toast, milk and juice will be available to purchase at morning break times throughout the week. If children wish to purchase these, they should bring money in a labelled purse. Fruit will also be available at break times, free of charge, or you may wish to bring in your own healthy snack.


Home/School Diaries

These will be checked every Monday and Friday, so please feel free to send any messages or important information that you would like us to know. If you have a message on any other day, please ask your child to place their diary in the 'home' box for us to check. 


Home Learning

Children will receive homework on a Friday and should return this by the following Wednesday for marking and feedback. Homework will alternate between English and maths each week and will always be work which consolidates the learning for that week: this could be an online task, a practical activity or a worksheet. Homework is a fantastic way to reinforce learning done in school and we really appreciate your support with this smiley

It is also recommended that children in Year 1 should read for 15 minutes per day, practise number bonds twice a week and phonics/spellings three times a week. Please record your child's daily reading in their reading records.

Children will be issued with a list of high frequency words that they will be expected to read and spell, which will be changed regularly. Please see the 'useful websites' link for some useful websites and online activities. 

Finally, children will also be set one task per term (from a choice of two) which will be linked to their topic learning. 



Please ensure that all uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name so that it can be returned if it gets lost. PE kits should be kept in school at all times in case of timetable changes. Long hair should be tied back for safety reasons during PE lessons.



If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know. 


We're really looking forward to getting started on what is going to be a fantastic first half term in year 1 smiley!


Mrs Ames & Mrs Stow