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Year 1HB

                       Welcome to 1HB! 

This year your teachers will be Mrs Hunter ( Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)

        Mrs Barber (Thursday and Friday)

Our class teaching assistant is Mrs Kerr.

Our Learning in the Summer Term

This term our learning is based around the books Toys in Space
by Mini Grey and Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson.




PE In year 1 children are required to participate in 2 hours of physical exercise each week. Our PE days this half term are Mondays and Fridays. Please send your child to school in their PE kit on these days. For uniform guidelines see the main website.

Coats Even in good weather, please send your child's coat in. It may simply hang on the pegs BUT in the event of a weather change, it means your child can keep warm and dry.

Water bottles - Please send in a water bottle for your child each day. Please ensure that your child's bottle is filled with water and not juice. Juice is acceptable in packed lunches but we do not allow children to have juice readily available in their bottles to drink throughout the day. If there is a medical reason why your child is unable to drink water, please speak to a member of the team.

Bookbags -  Please bring in books/bookbags every day and these are kept in your child's drawer. We aim to hear your child read their books weekly alongside reading as part of their curriculum. In your child's bookbag you will find that there will be one reading for pleasure book. This is to develop a love of reading. There will also be one phonetic text book. This is to develop reading skills and knowledge of their phonics sounds needed to be a good reader.

Reading - The year 1 team will change your child's book on a Friday so that you have new books to read over the weekend. Should you feel that your child has exhausted their reading for pleasure text and they can confidently answer questions about the story, we will check/swap the text at our earliest convenience but please be patient as we are busy teaching lessons and helping the children all day and it can be tricky on some days! There are also lots of other ways that you can support and develop your child's reading at home such as; taking a trip to the library, accessing reading materials and games online, reading to your child, playing reading games whilst out and about and asking your child to find things in books (titles, full stops/punctuation, capital letters, tricky words etc).


Learning Intentions:

Here is an overview of the learning that will take place this term!!

Spring 1


Animals including Humans

Design Technology

Designing & making an African Tribal Mask


KS1 explorers 



Mondays & Fridays – Please wear PE kit


Where do animals live around the World (Seasons, weather and Climate)


What did Jews believe about God?

What do Jews believe about creation? 


We are painters (paint package) 




Spring 2


Animals including Humans


Artist comparison study


KS1 explorers 

Farm animals & plant pot story 


Invasion games 
Mondays & Fridays – Please wear PE kit


How have toys changed over time?


Who do Christians follow? 


Why is Jesus important to Christians? 



We are collectors (retrieving images from the internet) 





Spellings & Word Recognition

This is a list of regular and irregular words that we would like our children to learn whilst in Year 1.

Feel free to practise these at home in any way you want but here are some examples:
Use chalks in the garden
Use water and paintbrushes outside
On a steamy shower panel whilst keeping clean!
Type into a word document
Use special pens/pencils
Write onto leaves!

Here are the Year 1 common exception and high frequency words. Common exception words often do not always sound and look the same, meaning they are difficult to 'sound out'. High-frequency words are those words which are met frequently within the texts your child will experience in Year 1.





Taught daily, Phonics aims to enrich your child's vocabulary and enable them to spell and read words - initially regular words and as they become more competent, irregular words - which follow alternative spelling patterns.

As a school we follow the Floppy's Phonics scheme, however, here are some free digital flashcards for you to practise with your child.

Please note: not all of our scheme's sounds are here but there are lots to practise!!


Another useful website to enjoy:


Phonics Parent Video

Historically in the Autumn term we would welcome you into school to talk about your child’s reading and phonics journey. Sadly, with the current pandemic this is not something that we are able to do .We tried a zoom session last year but understand how difficult this can be with work and childcare commitments as well as the dreaded technical issues that frequently arise! This year we have tried something a bit different. The staff from Nursery, Reception and Year One have come together to make a video for you. Please don’t expect any wonderful acting or photography but we are hoping that this makes your child’s phonic journey a little bit clearer to you. Please find the link below so that you can watch it in your leisure.



We follow the Power Maths programme in Numeracy lessons. Each lesson follows a teaching sequence, made up of number revision, new teaching, applying what we have learnt, attempting a challenge and finally, reflecting upon our work. 

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