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Year 1

Week Beginning 15th July

Wow! What a week we have had in Year 1! 

A HUGE well done to Bourne class for their brilliant worship on Thursday! The message of hope for the future was particularly relevant for all of our children as their Year 1 adventure comes to an end and they continue on their St James' journey. We should all continue to have hope for the future and know that God has plans for us to prosper and succeed in all we do.

Our beach trip this week was a great success with all of the children having fun and enjoying all the different activities on the sand. Thank you again to all of our wonderful volunteers, we couldn't have given the children this opportunity without your support. 

We can't quite believe that we are now in our final week of Year 1! This week, the children will have lots of time to reflect on their successes and share memories of the amazing year we have all had, as well as looking forward to all the exciting things that are to come over the summer. 

Please send your child in next week with a strong plastic bag for them to bring books home for the summer.

Worship Theme of the week:

Changing Seasons

As we approach the end of the school year, we will discuss change and how it can make us feel.


English: This week, we will be writing a recount of our exciting trip to the beach! 

Maths: We will be looking at position and direction.

Phonics: We will be recapping the prefix, 'un'.  

PSHE: We will be sharing memories about Year 1 and discussing transition into Year 2.

Home Learning:



My Maths- New tasks have been set on My Maths for your children to complete for this half term. Please remember, these are by no means compulsory, but we would love as many children as we can to access this great resource to develop fluency in their maths learning.

Numbots-  Please continue to log in regularly and earn those coins!

Word walls- Please continue to practise with your children at home.

TwinklGo! – If you type into the search engine ‘TwinklGo’, this code RA1572 will give you some phonics games. 

Please return the children’s books and reading diaries on Monday ready for a new book to be issued to them. A reminder to please sign their diary each time they read at home. Your child can also complete the pages on the right hand side for an extra stamp! ALL Rhino reading books will be changed on a Monday. If your child is absent on a Monday we will endeavour to change their book when they are back in school.


Whilst most school dinners have been a hit with children, there are still a few who are unsure about some options (particularly jacket potatoes!) Of course, we would never let a child go hungry, but we are limited with what we can offer them. Please continue to discuss with your child if they are enjoying their lunch and amend if necessary, thank you for your support with this!

Please could you check at home to see if you have any  of our school library books in your bookshelves or hiding under beds etc! We visit the library on a Friday, so please return books to be changed each week. Thank you!

It is really important to put children’s NAMES in all their clothes, on packed lunch boxes, water bottles, coats etc- otherwise they do not go home with the correct child. If you could all check that all items are named, we would really appreciate it. 

Please could water bottles be placed into a plastic bag in their school bag to protect school reading books. All water bottles must only contain water and NOT squash please. 

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: 

Friday 19th July- Last day of term (1.20pm finish)


Key Information:

Please wear PE kits on a Tuesday.

Additional help with 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 from 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!

Additional Maths:

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.

Best wishes,

The Year 1 Team

Miss Pain, Mrs Allery & Mrs Stoodley