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Year 1

Year 1 teachers are Mrs Smith (Class 3) and Mrs Sim (Class 4)

 Mrs Brennan supports within our two Year 1 classes on a morning and covers PPA on a Tuesday.

Mrs Hardy works in both classes to cover PPA on a Tuesday.

Miss Welsh works as a part time support apprentice and  Mr Turnbull works as full time support apprentice in Year 1





In English the children learning how to use the environment to help with their writing. 

They are building on the skills developed in Reception in applying them to Year 1 writing. They are focussing on using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops when writing and drawing upon phonic knowledge to sound words out.

This half term the children are revising all of the skills taught in year 1 and exploring grammar and punctuation a little more. This will include using exclamation marks, question marks, past tense words and capital letters for names and places.

The children are working hard to improve their presentation and handwriting and any extra practise at home is always helpful! If you would like any tips please do not hesitate to ask.



In maths this half term the children will be developing the number and counting skills taught in Reception and exploring skills in Problem Solving and Reasoning. They will also be thinking about addition and subtraction later in the term. 


Homework and reading

Homework helps your child to further develop the skills that they are learning in class and allow you an insight to see what they are doing each week. Homework will consist of one piece of English and Maths, it will be sent out each Thursday and we ask that it is handed in each Tuesday. Please try to ensure that homework is handed in each Tuesday and let us know if you are having any problems.

We love reading!

Your child will also receive a reading book which needs to be returned every day. Children are required to read five times per week and books will be changed when your comments in their reading and homework record book inform us that they have completed the entire book. Please note that whilst your child should read five times per week this may not mean that they have to read five books each week. In Year One we are aware that some children may need to keep their book for some days and read sections at a time. Please make notes of the pages that they have read and how they managed when using phonics to break down the words.

If you have any questions about the homework or reading books please do not hesitate to ask!


Autumn 1; What was life like when Queen Victoria was on the throne?

Autumn 2; Why can't a Meerkat live in the North Pole?

Spring 1; How has flight developed over time?

Spring 2; Would the Gruffalo like to love in Newton Aycliffe?

Summer 1; How was Neil Armstrong involved in the Space Race?

Summer 2; Why does it matter where our food comes from?


Please click on the links below for important information!


Year 1 Phonic Screening Guide for Parents

End of Year Expectations

Year 1 Spelling list

Phonics Screening Test