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Vane Road Primary School

Welcome to our website!


Vane Road
Newton Aycliffe
County Durham

01325 300380


Year 1

Year 1 teachers are Mrs Armstrong (Class 3) and Mrs McGargle (Class 4)

 Mrs Brennan, Mrs Jones, Mrs Cox, Mrs Bowker and Mr Watson are the teaching assistants supporting your children.





In English the children are working with Going Places by Peter and Paul Reynolds, the Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett and non-fiction texts about flight.

The children are working hard to improve their presentation and handwriting and any extra practice 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 continuing with number and counting tasks. They will be doing further work on  addition and subtraction based tasks. They will also be thinking about place value which includes counting in 2's, 5's and 10's. Towards the end of the half term we will be focusing on measurement, length and height. 


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. Maths and English homework will be uploaded to the portfolio section of Class Dojo each Thursday. This needs to be completed by the following Tuesday.

We love reading!

Reading books are changed each Monday and Wednesday and a reading for pleasure book sent home each Friday. Children are expected to read 5 times each week at home using the physical reading books or on Phonics Bug.

Common Exception Word Books

The children will be bringing home Common Exception Word (CEW) books after the winter holidays. Please get them to read these words on a regular basis. These words are a mixture of words which can be sounded out and those that we need to remember on sight. The reading of these words can be included in your five reads in your child's reading diary but this should not be more than twice per week. (E.g. 2 reads of C.E.W book and 3 reads of phonics book) 

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


This half-term (Autumn 1) our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Our PE is black shorts/skort, white t- shirt and PE shoes/trainers.  These should be in a drawstring bag which can hang on your child’s peg. All of these should be named. We will send home PE kits to be washed at the end of each half term.


Some of the exciting topics we cover in year 1 are Meerkats, Queen Victoria and flight.

Please click on the links below for important information!


Year 1 Phonic Screening Guide for Parents

Year 1 Spelling list


Please also see below link to a video with curriculum and class information for Year 1. Hopefully this will answer many of your questions but if there is anything you are unsure of, please get in touch with your child’s teacher via Class Dojo.


All the fun in year 1!

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