Welcome to Year 1

Miss Crabtree and Miss McWilliams would like to welcome you back to Year 1 after your Christmas break. We hope you are ready for all of the exciting learning we have planned for this term. We have lots of amazing lessons planned with a few surprises coming up. We are so impressed with the fantastic progress the children are continuing to make in our Phonics lessons. Please continue to read with your child every night, it supports their learning in class and has a huge impact on their learning.


We are following the RWI scheme, which is having a fantastic impact on children’s progress. On top of their English lesson each day, they all take part in RWI lesson. Children are placed in small groups specific to their needs and ability, this allows them to apply their phonic skills on a daily basis and review sounds repeatedly every day. Children are also supported throughout the day and are given opportunities to take part in 1-1 phonic tutoring sessions, which enables them to work specifically on areas that they need to focus on.

Children are continually assessed during daily RWI lessons and so they are able to move on as soon as they are ready to do so. We also complete phonic assessments following the RWI format to track their progress and prepare children for the end of year phonic screening. In order for children to feel confident when completing the phonic screening in July we complete regular screenings using past papers so they are familiar with layout and how the test is conducted.

We really appreciate your continued support as reading and practising phonics at home has a significant impact on your child’s progress. Ruth Miskin offers a variety of phonic videos online that you are able to watch at home:


Our English topic will be focused around the book Where the Wild Things Are’ as children will be exploring fantasy world stories. The children will begin by exploring the characters in the story through drama activities alongside their basic skills and sentence work. The children will also be exploring a selection of stories with familiar settings, before creating their own story.


During this half term we will be concentrating on number. We will first work on number bonds to 10, counting forwards and backwards from any given number and also look at place value. We will then begin to look our 2, 5 and 10 times tables. We will then apply our understanding in a real life context and develop our problem solving.


This half term children will be exploring Mapping Skills. We will name the five oceans and seven continents. They will explore the Galapagos Islands and compare it to their local area and will also develop their understanding of directional vocabulary.


During science this half term we will be looking at plants and trees. We will explore name and identify a variety of common plants and trees. We look at the parts a plant and the difference between evergreen and deciduous trees.

Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2022

Year 1 Geography Knowledge Organiser

Year 1 Homework Menu

Year 1 Science Knowledge Organiser

Year 1 Spring 1 Home School Sheet


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