Welcome to Year 1
The teachers are Mrs Bailey (Y1BL), Miss Littlewood (Y1BL), Miss Marston (Y1GM) and they are supported by Mrs Gillott and Ms Sleney. As always, we are looking forward to getting to know you better and hope you will enjoy your time in year 1. We have a fantastic year planned and we can’t wait to get going!
We currently have no educational visits planned. As the current situation is
constantly changing, if this becomes possible, we will give you as much notice
as possible before we undertake any visits.
As with many things this year, we will be doing this differently. Home learning
will be set online using Google Classroom, this is currently being set up and
prepared to use. Please check your emails for the information on joining your
child’s classroom. Your child will be learning to spell the key words and topic
vocabulary in school and copies of their spellings will be made available online using Google Classroom to learn at home. Please make sure the school has your current email address.
Y1GM - Thursday Y1BL - Friday
Until further notice, children are expected to come to school in their P.E. kits
on the day of their P.E. lessons. P.E. kits include a white T-shirt, navy or black
shorts and trainers (children will usually have bare feet in the hall). Navy or
black jogging bottoms and a school jumper will be needed for outdoor sessions
in winter as children will be taken outdoors whenever possible. We would also
like children to bring a waterproof coat on these days. Please do not allow your child/ren to wear any jewellery on P.E. days and ensure all kits is clearly
labelled with your child’s name.
We will be regularly taking part in outdoor learning activities and therefore
your child will need to wear a waterproof coat and have suitable footwear in
school, this could be a pair of wellies or an old pair of trainers that can stay in
Home Reading and Phonics
It is really important in Y1 that children are enjoying regular reading at home,
as a child’s ability to read impacts on all areas of learning. Encourage your child to read on a daily basis for a short time. This doesn’t always have to be a book from school and we encourage children to make careful and appropriate
choices of extra reading materials at home (e.g. magazines, stories and
Children will bring a colour coded phonics reading book home from school
each week but Reading Records will not be going home at this point. When
children return their school reading books, they will need to place them into
the classroom ‘used box’, where they will be kept for 48 hours before being
placed on shelves. Unfortunately, this means we will have less books to send
home at any one time, but children will bring a reading book home at least
once a week.
Please encourage your child to read this book more than once to build fluency
and to also provide opportunity to ask more questions about the book to
improve their understanding. Your child will also bring home a set of key words
which they need to practise daily. If your child can read the first 100 keywords
on sight they will bring home a set of ‘The next 200’ key words which they
need to practise regularly. Please keep your child’s key words in their book bag
to come into school daily so your child’s teacher can read and check these with
There are also some free ebooks available online on ‘Oxford Reading Owl’ at:
You can choose the appropriate age range and level for your child.
Phonics is also an important aspect to reading and writing. We practise phonics daily in school but it will also be beneficial if you encourage phonics learning at home. Here are some useful sites to visit:
We are ready for another exciting and successful year with new challenges
which we look forward to tackling alongside you and your child/ren.
If you have anything you would like to speak to us about, please contact us using Google Classroom or by phoning the school office.
The Y1 Team