Year 1

Year One


Welcome to Year 1

Year 1 Team:-

Class 1A– Mrs. Adams (year leader), TA- Miss. Kelly

Class 1B– Miss. Rees and Mrs. Murtagh, TA- Mrs. Taylor

Class 1C– Mrs Lambourne, TA- Mrs. Nanra

Class 1D– Miss. Milne, TA- Ms. Hobbs


Topics for the year:


Term 1- Memory Box
Term 2- Rio De Vida
Term 3- Moon Zoom!
Term 4- Splendid Skies
Term 5- Dinosaur Planet
Term 6- Enchanted Woodlands 


PE Days:

1A is Thursday, 1B is Tuesday, 1C is Friday, 1D is Monday.

Please ensure that your child have their PE kits before their PE day. Thank you.


Library Days:

1A is Monday, 1B is Wednesday, 1C and 1D are on Thursday. Please ensure that your child’s library book is returned so they can change it for a new one on a weekly basis. Thank you.



Your child will be given an A3 wallet that they can keep their reading books, spelling books and homework in. Homework will be given out on a Monday and needs to be completed and returned by Friday. Homework will consist on reading, spellings and maths (alternating between games and work to be completed).

Spellings Day is on Friday for all 4 classes.


The expectation for reading is that your child will receive two reading books and a library book. These books will be changed weekly. It is recommended that you read with your child daily and sign in their reading record book when you do. It would benefit us if you could leave a comment on how your child has read, for example- he read well and fluently with very few mistakes or read slowly and sounded out lots of words but understood the story well.

In addition, your child will also be reading at school with either the teacher or/and the TA. 

Phonics Screening:

At the end of the year, the children will need to complete a Phonics Screening. This will consist of your child being able to read 40 words, real and made up words. During the year, we will be sending extra words home and suggested games to practice some of these words at home.

Please click here for a booklet we have made, to support you in helping your child at home with phonics.

Websites to use to practice phonics: Letters and Sounds website and Phonics Play website. 

On behalf of the year 1 team, we are looking forward to working closely with you in the coming year to help and support your child’s learning journey.

Any questions or queries, please ask your child’s teacher or Mrs. Adams. 

Thank you

Year 1 Team




How to access Abacus Maths games

Make sure you get permission from your grown ups when you go online!

Go on to:
Enter following details: (all lowercase letters and no spaces) 
Username: (child’s first name followed by first initial of last name e.g  Joe Bloggs’ username would be: joeb) 
Password: year1
School code: t7jg


Click here for the latest curriculum overview

Year Gallery


—Links to websites/ apps to support learning:

Mr Thorne does phonics – YouTube videos and apps.


Year 1 Weekly Updates

18/06/2018:  A fantastic Monday morning walk to the Prom! The children really enjoyed themselves and their search for Minibeasts and Identifying trees was good. Sports Day was also very successful. The children completed each activity really well. Thanks to all the mums and dads that came and supported the children. A fantastic week!

11/06/2018:  Phonics Screening Week- the children put their phonic knowledge to the test with this challenge. All the children put in their 100%. Great effort from year 1!!

04/06/2018:  Welcome back to another exciting term. This term is Enchanted Woodlands and all the teachers are very impressed with the home learning work that the children have brought in. It was Wonderful!! We were all very impressed! Well done year 1 for your exceptional creative work!!

21/05/2018:  The children have been working very hard to get everything ready for the Express Event on Thursday. What a success it was!! Thank you to all the parents that came to see the children’s work. The children really enjoyed sharing their work with you and we hope the parents enjoyed it too. Thank you for your continuous support.

14/5/2018:  The children have been busy with preparing for the Express Event next week. We are making leaflets for our Dinosaur Museum. The children will prepare arts and crafts and have a big show if their work this term. It has been a very successful term with the children buzzing with excitement throughout.

7/5/2018:  This week we went to Port Lympne. The children were very excited about this. They really enjoyed their day and the Dinosaur Forest. It was a fantastic day and the children were wonderfully behaved.

30/4/2018:  This week we have been writing stories based on Harry and the bucket full of dinosaurs. They were very good and creative. We wrote these in the form of a small book so the children were allowed to design everything about their story books.

27/04/2018:  This week, we are making fossils. The children used salt dough to make their fossils and they look very realistic. We also learnt about fossils and wrote some facts about them. We continued with multiplication in maths and were able to recognise the ‘x’ symbol as how many groups of. The children have worked very hard this week.

20/04/2018:  Sikhism Week, the children learnt the story of ‘The Princes and the Cloak’. They were able to re-enact it and re-tell it using pictures. As a year group, we re-told the whole story. Their pictures were amazing! In maths we started learning about Multiplication. The children used objects to help them count in groups. It is a good and confident start.

13/04/2018:  The children started the topic with all their wonderful research they have completed at home. Thank you to all the parents and carers that have helped with this task. Their work has left us in awe! In school, our topic Dinosaur Planet started with a Dinosaur Hunt!! They were able to go into the different classrooms looking and naming the dinosaurs. The children loved it!!

09/03/2018:  The children have been busy writing their instructions on how to prepare for a Snowy Day. There has been lots of amazing work! This week, we have also done some Science. We started with a question- How to catch a Raindrop? And the children came up with some very interesting ideas. We decided that we needed some sort of container to collect the rain if we were to measure it. We looked on the internet to see what the rain gauges looked like. We decided on using a plastic bottle and modify it to suit our needs. We have now put it outside and we will see next week how much rain it has collected!

19/02/2018:  The children started the term by doing a Nature Walk to see the signs of Spring. We have looked at the seasons and how the weather and the environment changes throughout the year. Children have a written a list of all the signs of spring they have seen. A wonderful start to the term!

09/02/2018:  What an exciting week! This week we have made our rockets!! The children have been very creativity and have enjoyed building their rockets. We put our rockets on display for the school to view and judge which is the best rocket. It was a tough competition as all the rockets were very different from each other. The winner is 1C!! The children have thoroughly enjoyed this term’s topic and they have ended the term with a BANG.

02/02/2018:  The children have been writing about their experience in the Astrodome. They have recounted their visit in chronological order. They have been working really hard in their writing.
In preparation for next week, we have also designed our class rocket that we are going to make next week!

All systems go!!

26/01/2018:  The children were very excited this week as we got a visit from the Astrodome. They Loved it!! They saw Cosmos learning about Mercury and we saw the stars and the planets. The children were in awe!!

20/01/2018:  The children have been busy making posters to inform everyone that year 1 has the remains of a crash. If anyone finds any remains of a rocket or spaceship, or even finds anything that looks ‘out of the ordinary’, then to report it to year 1.
We are hoping someone sees something and helps us. We have also written to Professor Smith who is an expert in flying spaceships or UFOs. We have sent him an email asking for help of what we have found. We hope to get a response soon.
Enjoy the wonderful work that the children completed during the holiday home-learning.

08/01/2018:  The term has started with a crash! The children have found the remains of a spaceship crash. They have investigated the parts and have been working on posters to put around the school to inform everyone and ask for their help in finding aliens or any clues!! What will they find??

15/12/2017:  What a wonderful term we have had. The children’s Christmas Carnival Performance was a great success. They have really enjoyed the creative parts as well as trying their best with the academic subjects. Please enjoy the photos and the video which shows all their hard work this term. The Year 1 Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

08/12/2017:  This week the year 1 children have been rehearsing their play for next week performances. They are singing and narrating loudly and clearly. They are very excited about their play and Christmas.

01/12/2017:  This week we travelled to Rio. We used our senses to describe our experience. We saw the carnival and went to the beach. We made Brazilian Sweets- Brigadeiros and Little Coconut Kisses. The Brigadeiros were not successful but the children still enjoyed making them and then eating them. Next week, we are going to write a recount about our experiences in Rio.

24/11/2017:  The children are getting really involved in our theme Rio De Vida. We have been looking at Myths and Legends from Brazil. The children have created their own mythical creature with their imagination and their knowledge of creatures. They then described their creatures and made them sound amazing and scary.

17/11/2017:  The children have loved the beginning of our topic Rio De Vida. They have learnt songs with Mr. Smythe and we have looked at poetry based on Carnival. The children have completed a non-rhyming poem based on Carnival. They have really enjoyed acting their poems out; an exciting week.

10/11/2017:  The children have come back to school ready to learn and what an exciting term it is going to be!!
We have started our topic Rio De Vida this week. Their home projects have been FANTASTIC!! Thank you for all your hard work. Their work will be proudly displayed.
We have continued with calculations in maths. We have moved onto to Subtraction and used the part whole model to help us solve problems.
The children have worked really hard and have enjoyed their new topic. We have had a brilliant start to the term.

13/10/2017:  This week the children have made their own Memory Book. they have used the memories from school as well as from home to complete it. They have really enjoyed doing this activity.

Maths- We have started the addition and subtraction unit. The children will concentrate on addition until the end of term and do subtraction at the beginning of next term.

06/10/2017:  The children have worked very hard in their descriptive writing. They described the Memory Boxes they have brought in this term. They have done extremely well and some classes have displayed their work.

29/09/2017:  This week we have been looking in detail at all the Memory Boxes. The children have taken their items and have started to produce some amazing writing. They have been practising to use adjectives and conjunctives in their sentences. Once finished, this work will be going up on display for everyone to see and enjoy.

18/09/2017:  As part of the Memory Box topic, we looked at growing. We invited Mrs. Lambourne and Miss. Howard to share their experiences. Mrs. Lambourne brought in her twins who were 6 months old. The children asked very good questions that expanded their knowledge on babies. The children behaved so well with our visitors that the twins fell asleep!

Miss. Howard’s visit was just as interesting. The children were able to compare the babies with the 2 year old toddler. They could see the differences and were very keen to ask more questions on what she could do.

Very successful and interesting week!!


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