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Year 1

PDFGlossary of Teaching Terms and Abbreviations


Hayley Craven, Sian Rice & Chelsey Daley/Leanne Eldridge

Teaching Assistants

Louise Trundle & Cindy Skerritt


View our most recent Topic Web here: Topic Web- Spring 1- Year 1

View our 19/20 Curriculum Overview here: Year 1 Curriculum Overview 2019-20

If you have any questions about our curriculum please contact our Headteacher, Deborah Howard, to pass on to the Curriculum Lead.

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the Reception-Year 1 Transition Workshop, which was held on Thursday 7th June 2018.


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Year Group Targets

PDFYear 1- Maths

PDFYear 1- Reading

PDFYear 1- Writing


In school, we follow the Letters and Sounds programme. Letters and Sounds is a phonics resource published by the Department for Education and Skills which consists of six phases which establishes a practice of high quality phonics.

Our reading schemes use Bug Club, PM, and Alphakids books for guided reading, along with a range of books from different schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Project X, Fireflies, Treetops and Rigby Star books for home reading.

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the Year 1 Phonics Workshop in October 2018.

Click on the links below to view the handouts that we gave out at our Year 1 Phonics Workshop in November 2017:

PDFCommon Misconception Words

PDFPresentation from Phonics Workshop 

PDFTeaching Order of Phase 5

PDFPhase 2 and 3 Sound Mat

PDFCombined Phase 4 and 5 Sound Mats

PDFYear 1 Tricky Words

Reading Expectations

Learning to read
Teaching our children to read and write independently will provide them with the key skills they need to access the rest of the curriculum as well as impact massively on their self-esteem and future life chances.
Being able to decode a text alone though is not enough. Children need to understand what they are reading and need to be taught key comprehension skills from an early age. This is done through comprehension activities linked to the books they are reading. We know that good readers question, check and engage with their own understanding and these are some of the skills we seek to develop. Decoding and comprehension need to be taught at the same time.
Our curriculum has a strong emphasis on learning and acquiring new vocabulary. Children need to know what words mean in order to understand what they have read. Texts are chosen carefully with this in mind so that children are exposed to a rich and wide vocabulary.

Reading at home and reading for pleasure
Most importantly of all, in all year groups, we encourage children to be reading at home every night. Sharing a book together with your child gives you the opportunity to escape into another world with your child and can be bonding and relaxing. Reading for pleasure will help develop your child’s vocabulary, communication, empathy, imagination and concentration. Whether this is sharing books by reading together (when children are in Nursery, Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3 this is crucial) or beginning to read more independently, we advise that all children read for at least 10 minutes a day. Ideally, 20 minutes a day would be the most beneficial.

Reading for just 20 minutes a day = 1.8 million words a year!

Once a child is reading independently, they still need to be able to retell their texts coherently and confidently to a parent/carer using book vocabulary and answer questions about what they are reading.

Reading records
Every child is provided with a reading record/diary to record what they have been reading. It also provides an opportunity for parents/carers to comment on their child’s reading. When parents/carers sign that they have listened to their child read this indicates to teaching staff that the child is ready for new books to be sent home.

Colour bands
Different publishers use different schemes so we put our own colour stickers on the books. Please refer to the stickers that we put on to see what colour band your child is reading.


Your child may be asked by their class teacher to do tasks at home related to their creative curriculum topic, reading and phonics or numbers.

You may find the following documents helpful when reading with your child:

PDFReading Comprehension Parent Handout

Reading Comprehension Bookmark

PDFHomework Policy

PDFReading Structure for Parents

PDFKS1 Reading Comprehension Workshop- Presentation

PE Days

PE Equipment

The children change into shorts and t-shirts for gym and dance. These are kept on the children’s coat pegs. The guidelines say that children should be barefoot for Gym and dance but we would ask that they wear sensible footwear for outdoor games and warm clothes in the winter. On PE days please could they wear clothes which are easy to take off and put on. Please name your child’s clothing. Please encourage your child to get dressed themselves at home, as this will help prepare them for when they get changed for PE at school.


Please make sure your child’s name is on their lunchbox. Any lunch boxes are kept in the classroom.

Home Time

Year 1 children are to be collected from the Year 1 playground outside their classroom.

Healthy Eating Breaks

Fruit is provided free of charge so there is no need for children to provide their own snacks. Water is provided for children who do not drink milk. Children are also allowed to bring their own water bottles in- please ensure that they are labelled with your child’s name.


Are hung in classrooms in the cupboards provided.


Please don’t allow your child to bring toys into school.

Book Bags

Please ensure that your child’s book bag is in school every day. When you read with your child please write a comment and/or sign in their Reading Record Book. If your child’s Reading Record Book is not signed, they will not change to a new book as we will assume that the old book has not yet been read. Please check your child’s book bag for letters every day.

Contacting a Teacher

Please make an appointment via the school office by emailing, to arrange a mutually convenient time. If your child is going to be absent from school please ring the office on 0161 881 4266 and leave a message on the answer phone before 9.30 am. If you are collecting children for an appointment please remember to sign your child out at the school reception.


Our PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time will be on Thursday morning and covered by Midge Murray, Kieran Bentley and Nicky Appleby.