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Welcome to Year 1!


Happy New Year and welcome back to the new school term. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas! The children have settled back into school very well and have enjoyed telling us about what they have been up to. We have a very busy and fun packed term ahead! 

The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that the children have had in Reception. We have a variety of areas of continuous provision that children can access when they are not completing their guided group learning. Continuous provision can enable children to explore learning, practice new skills and follow their own interests.

We often enhance the provision areas to make links to adult led learning. This ensures that children have plenty of opportunities to practice and improve skills, knowledge and confidence in active, independent learning. We have shared some examples below to give some idea of the activities in the provision areas. Please click on the photos to see more.  


Year 1’s PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday this half term. Please make sure your child has the correct indoor and outdoor kit and that all items are clearly labelled.

 Reading and spellings

We encourage children to read (and be read to) at home as much as possible. Reading with your child at least 4 times per week is really important in order to develop their fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Each week there will be a list of spellings for children to practice inside their reading diary which are based on words they have been introduced to in phonics. If you need any help supporting your child, please come and talk to us.


In Year 1, children have a daily 30 minute phonics session. In June, the children will take part in the annual Phonics Screening Check. This is a short, statutory check for all Year 1 pupils. They will do this 1:1 with their teacher and read a variety of real and 'alien' words to test their decoding skills. As we get nearer to the time of this screening check, you will receive plenty of practice resources. There are a variety of free phonics activities to support your child’s learning in phonics available here: https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm

Pine Spring

Thank you for your continued support from home. We are really looking forward to the rest of the year ahead and all the super learning which will be taking place.

Thank you

Miss Powell