Year 1

Week beginning 23rd January

What a chilly week! Thank you for sending children into school with extra layers and hands and gloves.

The children this week have enjoyed learning about different aircrafts from History. They found it very funny to know that a sheep, roster and a duck took the first experimental flight in the first hot air balloon! and flying our own paper aeroplanes…lot’s of fun!

Phonics: The phoneme we have been looking at this week is the ‘y’ saying ‘ee’ sound.

NEW… We are keen to encourage the children in their writing. Therefore, in addition to the Phonics information sheet, please find attached a book mark which has the words we have been focussing on writing in Phonics during the week. This will include words with the phoneme/grapheme (sound/spelling pattern) we have been learning. It will also have two ‘common exception’ or ‘tricky’ words which we have learning to spell in class. We will not test these but will re-visit them again on Monday morning and have a go at writing them. It would great if you could have a go at writing these at home to reinforce their learning too.
Please find a link to a parent information sheet HERE and a Phonics Bookmark HERE, to explain more and for you to help consolidate their reading and writing, when practicing at home.

If you would like to support your child more with revision of sounds, please log into Twinklgo and use the code QG9564. Here you can find the books we are reading with the children and some more Level 5 phonics games to support your child.  There are also games from previous levels as it is good to go back and make sure they are confident on those levels too.

English: We will be looking at the book, Emma Jane’s Aeroplane.

Maths: We are adding numbers together recalling knowledge from our number bond facts.

Project: Explorers Assemble! We will be learning about the Explorer Amy Johnson, continuing to find out about the UK and exploring the 7 continents and 5 oceans of our world.

RE: Hinduism- how water is important.

Home learning: Topic homework and the Project Overview is in the related Learning part of this website if you click there to find it. A paper copy will have now been sent home to you.


Gloves, hats and scarves would be lovely for the children to wear at breaktimes as it is getting very cold- again please NAME these. Every child needs to have a NAMED jumper/cardigan and a coat in school.

Please could water bottles be placed into a plastic bag in their school bag- as we are still getting a number of new reading books being spoilt by water bottles leaking in school bags. All water bottles must only contain water and NOT squash please. Thank you.

We would really appreciate your support in helping your child to practice doing their zip/buttons up independently.

Please note, our fruit at school is delivered on a Monday, but sometimes later in the day. Please could you provide your child with a snack on a Monday to avoid them getting hungry if our fruit has not been delivered. 


Key Dates: Thursday 9th February – Whole School Worship- Stour class will be leading (9am-9:30am) Parents welcome to come in to watch. More information to be sent via ParentMail.

Wednesday 15th March- Whole School Worship- Bourne class will be leading (9am-9:30am) Parents welcome to come in to watch. More information to be sent via ParentMail.

Key Information:

Please wear PE kits on a Monday and Wednesday. Please note, we work on a two week timetable and PE will take place on alternate Mondays. For consistency, please continue to wear PE kit every Monday.

Reading: READING RECORDS- Children are invited to fill in the weekly tasks in their reading records that are next to where you sign their diaries- extra raffle tickets will be going to the children that complete these! They are fun!

ALL Rhino reading books will be changed on a Monday. If your child is absent on a Monday we will change their book when they are back in and have read with them. Please can you make sure your child comes to school with their reading diary and book EVERY day, especially the Monday, so that we can change it easily. Please can we ask you to fill out your child’s reading journal every time you read with them at home. If they read three times they get a stamp and a raffle ticket, if they read five times they get two raffle tickets. These are then drawn in each class at the end of half term for a treat with Mr Brown. Alongside this, please can your child come to school everyday with their bookbag, the Rhino Readers books we send home are very expensive and if you forget to bring it in, we cannot send another home. Thank you for your support with your children’s reading.

Whole Class Reading:  Nimesh the Adventurer- We use VIPERS to support whole class reading and to enable children to learn the key skills involved in reading.


Nimesh the Adventurer (Lantana Global Picture Books) : Ranjit Singh, Mehrdokht Amini: Books

The additional home learning ideas that follow could be used to supplement learning in school… however, we certainly want to avoid anyone feeling overwhelmed (therefore these suggestions are totally optional):

Reading/ Phonics

If you are wondering how you can provide general support for your child at home, our advice is to hear them read as often as possible. Please do not worry if your child brings home the same book form time to time- this is to gain confidence and fluency before moving onto different sounds in other books.

We also have an excellent link to some high quality texts that you may want to consider when choosing children’s books to read or buy!


By the end of Year 1, children are expected to:

  • count forwards and backwards in ones to 100
  • be able to count in 2s, 5s and 10s
  • find one more and one less than a given number up to 100
  • recognise the value of all coins
  • know number bonds (numbers that add together) to total 10 and 20.

These are excellent skills to be practising at home, although we stress that they will be covered over the course of the school year.


For general KS1 content that will support children in their learning across the curriculum, we recommend ‘Busy Things’ which can be accessed via the link below:


Best wishes,

The Year 1 Team

Miss Pain, Mrs Lambon, Mrs Allery & Miss Bowen

Related Learning Spring 1

  • Whole School Curriculum Map
  • Year 1 Home Learning – EXPLORERS ASSEMBLE!
    This is the Home learning for Year this half term. We ask the children to choose 3 activities or more. They can bring them in anytime of the week, when any of the tasks are completed and we can display it in the classroom. We are looking forward to sharing everything they do. You can also email any photos into the school for us to display too. Enjoy!
  • Year 1 Project Overview- Explorers Assemble!
    Year 1 Project Overview- Explorers Assemble! A summary of what the children will be learning this half term.

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