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Year 1

Week Beginning 1st April

The end of the spring term has arrived and we wish you all a very happy Easter! 

Thank you all for attending parents' evening earlier this week. We hope you enjoyed the opportunity to see your child's work and their progress so far. We really enjoyed meeting with you all and we hope you found it useful and informative.

As we mentioned to some of you at parents' evening, we have a phonics workshop planned for Tuesday 16th April at 3.15 pm in the Year 1 classrooms. Please come along to find out more about how you can support your child's reading at home. 

Enjoy your break and we look forward to seeing you back ready for the summer term!

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 RA3817 will give you some phonics games. On level 5 games, please select weeks 1-10.

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: 

Monday 15th April - Return to school

Tuesday 16th April 3.15pm - Parents Phonics Workshop 

Monday 20th May – Class photos with Frazer portraits


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