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Year 1

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

 Mrs Hardy supports in Year 1 along with Mr Watson


Welcome back Year 1

Here is a message from Mr Pavey about the return to school.

Home Learning Tasks for Children on Self Isolation

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

Please find below next set of proposed activities for you to access. Teachers prepared them to give you an idea what would be covered at this time in school and to provide you with suggestions of learning activities. This document covers the next week, commencing 18th May. You can find all the previous ones below. Stay safe, stay happy, we miss you a lot!

White Rose Resources

We have decided to upload White Rose resources here to give you more options while learning maths. They are for you to use as a guide - they don't need to be printed. Children can copy tasks or working out and answers  to their Home Learning books. Please find current week - week 5, commencing 18th May - below. Click on a link to open a lesson!

Video links             Lesson 1 - length and height           Lesson 2 - measure length 1            Lesson 3 - measure length 2           Lesson 4 - weight and mass


Nessy is a fun and interactive software that helps children with their reading and spelling. Many of our pupils already access it at school. During the school closure, Nessy is available to all Vane Road pupils. Please follow the instructions below to log in. The school account will be monitored to make sure it works smoothly. If you experience any problems or have questions about Nessy, please contact the school, preferably using  the message option on school's Facebook page. This link will get you through to the log in site: learn.nessy.com

Welcome to our Year 1 page. Please find some important information below. For updates on our learning activities, please scroll to the bottom of the page. 

Thank you to our grandparents for coming to our 'Stay and play' session. The children loved having you in school!





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. 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.

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!


Autumn 1; Why can't a Meerkat live in the North Pole?

Autumn 2; What was life like when Queen Victoria was on the throne?

Spring 1; How has flight developed over time?

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

Summer 1; How has space travel developed over time?

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 


All the fun in year 1       * * *      All the fun in year 1     * * *    All the fun in year 1     * * *

We loved our Victorian Experience Day! To enlarge the photo - click on it.