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Year 1

Welcome from Classes 3 and 4...

In Year 1 we have daily Mathematics and Literacy lessons and we also learn lots of wonderful things about various topics. Our exciting topics for the year are "Marvellous Me, Festival Fever, Zoom To The Moon, Mysteries Of The World, Amazing Animals and Growing and Changing."


We continue to follow a phonics programme from Reception to assist the children in their reading.



Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One (Nursery/Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.

Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks

The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.

Phase Five (Throughout Year 1)

Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.

Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond)

Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.


Important Information

The children will be given 3 books to read at home which will be changed every Monday.

Please send children to school in their PE kit with plain joggers and trainers on their PE day – every Thursday. They may also wear their sweatshirt/cardigan on top.

We are currently using a rewards/communication system called Class Dojo.

We hold a weekly celebration worship to congratulate the children on their successes.


Meet the Year 1 Team

Meet The Teacher Powerpoint

Grammar Glossary

Digital Home Learning Support

Supporting Children at Home with Maths - EEF Recommendations

Archive: 2019-2020 Year 1 Curriculum Overview


Biblical Value

John 13v34  “A new command I give you to love one another as I have loved you”