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Year 1 Newsletter

Y1 Newsletter – Term 1 (click to open)


Welcome back after the summer break. It is so good to see the children arriving so smartly in their new uniforms! Also, thank you for ensuring that they arrive on time.

This term we are learning about Castles and Dragons. A school trip to Bodiam Castle has been booked. More details will follow shortly.

All of this learning will help us for our ‘Ask the Expert’ day at the end of term.  All families will be invited to come into school to find out about this term’s learning. More details to follow!

English—Fundamental writing skills including handwriting and finger spaces.

Maths— Place value, Addition and Subtraction.

Phonics—Phase 3 (

Geography—Ariel photographs and naming landmarks.

History—Researching some famous kings and queens throughout history.

Art—Creating our own illuminated writing.

D&T—Making a simple model of a castle with a working portcullis.

Music—Using untuned instruments to accompany a dragon story.

Computing—Uses of technology at home, school and the world we live in.

PE—Fundamental movements including travelling, jumping and landing.

Science—Gathering and recording data through various investigations.


Y1 – End of Year Expectations (click to open document)

Y1 End of Year Expectations

Year 1 Reading Key Objectives

–        Apply phonic knowledge to decode words.
–        Speedily read all 40+ letters/groups for 40+ phonemes.
–        Read accurately by blending.
–        Read aloud phonically decodable texts.
–        Listen to and discuss a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which you can read independently.
–        Become very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics.
–        Make inferences on the basis of what is being said and done.
–        Predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far.
–        Participate in discussion about what is read to you, taking turns and listening to what others say.
–        Explain clearly your understanding of what is read to you.

If you would like any more information on these expectations, then please speak to your child’s teacher.

Year 1 Writing Key Objectives

–        Spell words using the standard phonemes.
–        Spell common exception words.
–        Name the letters of the alphabet in order.
–        Name the days of the week.
–        Understand spelling rules for adding ‘s’.
–        Use suffixes -ing, -er, -ed, and –est.
–        Compose a sentence orally before writing.
–        Sequence sentences to form short narratives.
–        Read writing aloud audibly and clearly.
–        Leave spaces between words.
–        Join words and clauses using ‘and’.
–        Re-reading what they have written to check it makes sense.

If you would like any more information on these expectations, then please speak to your child’s teacher.

Year 1 Maths Key Objectives

–        Count to and across 100 from any number forwards and backwards.
–        Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals.
–        Read and write mathematical symbols: +, – and =.
–        Identify “one more” and “one less” of a 2 digit number.
–        Solve ‘real life’ problems involving addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.
–        Use number bonds and subtraction facts within 20.
–        Add and subtract 1-digit and 2-digit numbers to 20, including zero.
–        Find half (1/2) of a shape or number.
–        Find quarter (1/4) of a shape or number.
–        Measure and begin to record length, mass, volume and time.
–        Recognise and know the value of all coins and notes.
–        Use language to sequence events in chronological order.
–        Recognise and use language relating to dates.
–        Tell the time to the half-hour, including drawing clocks.
–        Recognise and name common 2D shapes.
–        Recognise and name common 3D shapes.

If you would like any more information on these expectations, then please speak to your child’s teacher

Phonics letter for parents – 2019 (click to open document)

Dear Y1 Parents/Carers

Year 1 Phonics Screening – 10-14 June 2019

What is the Year 1 Phonics Screening Test? 

The Year 1 phonics screening check is a short assessment to test whether children have learnt to sound out and read new words to an appropriate standard.  The check includes real words and alien words (made-up words) to ensure that children are using their phonics accurately.

The results of the check will identify children who need extra support to improve their reading skills.  They will then be able to retake the check in Year 2 if needed.

Follow these links to see previous test materials:

How can I help my child at home?

Any extra phonics that your child can do at home will improve their confidence in reading and spelling new words.  There are some fun games too!

Follow these links for games that allow children to sound out and read real and alien words (made-up words).

Yours sincerely

The Y1 Team



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