Year One

Welcome to Year One’s class page.

In our classroom we aim to have a positive and supportive learning environment. We learn through a stimulating and exciting curriculum.

Each half term we have a new topic that leads us to support the different areas.

Our Topics

Autumn Term 1 – All about me!

Autumn Term 2 – Toys, Old and New

Spring Term 1 – Castles

Spring Term 2 – Weather

Summer Term 1 – The Seaside

Summer Term 2 – Seasides in the past


The children will be working on Phase 5 phonics in Year 1 with a recap of sounds from phase 3 that was taught in foundation stage. Each week the children will be taught new Phase 5 sounds following letters and sounds.

At the end of the year the children will take part in a phonics screening test which will assess their reading of the phonics sounds.

Below are the sound mats showing the different phonemes in Phase 3 and Phase 5.

To help your child at home you can access the Phonics Play website which has some brilliant games to play.

Meet Freddie

In Year 1 we have a class mascot called Freddy the Teddy. He watches all the fabulous work we do all week and watches us being kind friends. Then he chooses a child to go home with each weekend and the child fill in Freddy’s diary with photos and writing. We enjoy finding out what Freddy has done each week.

Home Reading

Reading helps children with their knowledge, understanding and language. The children are taught to read in school however it is important that you encourage your child to read at home daily and listen to them read a couple of pages of their book.

Please can parents also sign the yellow diaries so the children can be rewarded for their efforts.


Each week children will receive 10 spellings following our phonics and also from the Year 1&2 National Curriculum to practise in class and at home. Please help your child to practise their spellings as they will be tested each Wednesday.


Every Wednesday the children will be going swimming. They will need the appropriate kit in school Wednesday morning. Girls require a swimming cap and swimming costumes not bikinis and boys need trunks not shorts. Children are permitted goggles but they will need parents to write a note of consent.

What we are learning this Spring Term

This term we will be learning all about castles. We will be learning about the different Kings and Queens throughout history and the features of castles. In English we will be writing instructions for making castles and shields then reading and retelling the story ‘The kiss that missed’


Design and Technology

We have made castles out of clay using a range of cutting tools. Check out our models below. Mrs Finney and Mrs Sigley were super impressed and we had so much fun!

Which castle do you think is the best?

Upcoming Trips

We are going to Stafford Castle on Tuesday 30th of January. Letters to go out to parents shortly.

Parents – please keep checking our webpage as new information will be updated and photos of work that the children produce will be put up regularly for you to see.