Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!!!
Mrs Whittaker and I are really looking forward to working with you in Year 1. We also have Mrs Griffiths with us, and Miss Hudson who is training to be a primary school teacher. We have a really exciting topic coming up called Brilliant Buildings where we are going to learn about lots of famous buildings around the world. 
Here is some useful information about Year 1:


We will begin Phonics sessions soon. This will start by recapping previous sounds and then moving on to alternative ways of making the same sound (for example ai and ay). The children will complete two phonics sheets per week. Part of these sheets will be completed in school. Please can you support your child in completing the last section which involves writing a sentence using a word or words with the focus sound, and drawing a picture to accompany it.

Reading Books:

Reading books will be changed every day if your child has read and is confident with the book. Please write a short comment in the reading diary and the pages read so we know when to change the book. I cannot stress enough how important it is to hear your child read at home. Later on this term we will begin Guided Reading. This will involve the children reading in small groups with myself or Mrs Whittaker allowing us to support the children in reading a variety of texts, and discussing key elements of the story. Follow up work involves the children completing comprehension activities to develop their understanding of what they have read.


The children will have two PE sessions a week. On Tuesdays please can they continue to come into school wearing their PE kit with their school clothes in their bags. Our second session will be on Thursday afternoons. If you know that your child struggles with changing, or doing up shoe laces please practice this at home. Please can you ensure that your child’s PE kit is fully named.

The children will need be bring in their water bottle everyday, and a BSM school book bag so that it fits into their trays. Unfortunately we do not have room to store rucksacks in the cloakroom. 

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Mrs Clifford


THIS WEEK’S LEARNING: Week Commencing 25 September 2023

To finish our unit on Place Value within 10, this week will be spent comparing two numbers. We will do this practically using manipulatives such as counters and unifix cubes, and also pictorially to say which numbers are greater than, less than or equal to each other. We will then look at the Mathematical signs for this ( <, > and =) and use these to compare two numbers.

In English we are continuing with our Talk 4 Writing work on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Children have made their changes to the story, and we will now introduce them to ‘boxing up’ their changes, ready to write up.


Thank you for supporting your child at home with their Phonics last week. To prevent work from being damaged or lost, please can Phonics folders come into school every day. In Phonics this week we will be learning the different ways to make the igh sound (igh, i, y, ie, i-e)

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to me after school.

Kind regards

Mrs Clifford

Click here to see what we did in previous weeks


Please encourage your children to read at home and complete their reading diaries.

Pie Corbett’s Reading Spine is a core of books that create a living library inside a child’s mind. It is a store of classics and essential reads that help children engage at a deeper level and enter the world of the story.





As a school, we adopt a mastery approach to teaching Mathematics, using White Rose Maths as our core scheme. The following links will take you to workbooks, videos and games which may be helpful in consolidating your learning at home




What have we been up to ?

Please check this section regularly to see photos of our activities.