Year 1 2019 - 2020

Mrs Hanson and Miss Hadfield would like to welcome you to Year 1.

Our team

Teachers: Mrs Hanson and Miss Hadfield

Teaching Assistants: Mrs McCormick and Mrs Dowell


English This term in English we will base our learning around ‘The Jolly Postman' to fit inline with our Co-Jo topic 'Traditional Tales'. We will be learning all about different types of letters and re-telling and innovating traditional tales.

To improve the children's reading and comprehension skills it is important for the children to read every night. Please sign or make comments in your child’s Communication Diary, so that we can check how the children are reading at home. Children will receive an extra smiley for reading 5 times a week, this will give them a greater chance of gaining their Gold Award. It is important for the children to be asked questions about the text they are reading to help build their comprehension skills. The children also really enjoy listening to stories, so feel free to read other books together at home.

In addition to this we would like you to pick a phonics game to play with your child each week. Phonics is an important part of the Year 1 curriculum and is taught daily in school, playing these games with your child will help to develop their reading and writing skills



Phonics is of great importance to us as a year group as it is the foundation of reading, writing and speaking. Phonics is the name given to the sounds letters make either on their own or as groups of letters. We teach phonics for 20 minutes every day and look for as many opportunities as possible to work it in elsewhere. There is an emphasis on phonics in Year 1 as we are working towards the Phonic Screening Check which will take place in June. Please use the sound mats provided to support your child at home.


Useful phonic websites include:



In Maths this half term we will be learning about positional and directional langauge (e.g. left and right, half turn and quater turn).

We will also be learning about the place value of numbers beyond 50.

We are still focussing on being able to form our numbers correctly. You can help your child with this at home by recognising and forming numbers to 100. 



We are learning about 'Plants'. During our topic we will be planting our very own beanstalk and observign the changes we can see.

We also cover ‘Seasonal Change’ as part of our Science curriculum, which we will be observing throughout the year. We are currently exploring the changes that happen during Spring.


CoJo (History and Geography)

In Co-Jo this half term we are exploring Traditional Tales. We will be using the characters in the stories to learn our History and Geography skills and complete exciting Co-Jo missions. 


This half term in R.E we are looking exploring Christian Celebrations.



Indoor P.E: Friday

Outdoor P.E: Wednesday

Your child will need an outdoor PE kit to include a jumper, jogging bottoms and trainers in addition to their normal PE kit. Please make sure these are named. Please can we remind you that for all PE sessions long hair must always be tied back and all earrings MUST be removed or covered over with a plaster.

As we are a healthy school, we encourage all children to bring a named bottle into school filled with only with water.



The homework that children are given relates to and embeds what they have been learning about in school. 

In prepartion for the phonics screening check in June, we are going to send some 'alien words' home for your child to practice. Encourage your child to sound out the word and blend it together. Your child will read through the alien words with their teacher on a Friday.

Throughout the year, projects relating to work covered in class may be sent home.



Homework Book


Due in

Daily Reading



English homeword 

Months of the Year spelling



Maths homework

Beat that Score! 






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