Year 1

The staff and pupils of Year 1 would like to welcome you to our page.  We look forward to a magnificent year with your child and you!



Please follow the link to access Year 1 Phonics Check materials from the Government 

St. Simon

Miss Daniels (Teacher) Mrs Sliney (Student Teacher)

Mrs Osei (Teaching Assistant)

St. James the Lesser

Miss Hougham (Teacher)

Mrs Thompson (Teaching Assistant)


Term 1 and 2


We will be reading Traction Man in Term 1 and The Jolly Postman in Term 2. We will cover:

  • Writing a sentence.
  • Using our sounds in our sentence.
  • Using capital letters and full stops.
  • A range of types of writing (letters, stories, postcards).


Read, Write, Inc.

Read Write Inc. (RWI). provides a cohesive and creative approach to teaching children to read and write, following on from Reception. We will be having RWI lessons daily where your child will have lessons tailored to their needs and continuing to consolidate and enhance their phonics learning and sentence writing from Reception. We will also be using these lessons to develop our vocabulary and story comprehension skills.


  • Consolidating numbers to 10.
  • Consolidating our learning of one more and one less than a given number.
  • Exploring and learning about number bonds to find different ways of making a number,
  • Learning a range of different ways to add numbers within 10.
  • Learning a range of different ways to subtract numbers within 10.
  • Consolidating learning of shapes and patterns.
  • Ordinal numbers.
  • Numbers to 20.

Religious Education

Term 1: God’s World

  • God made the world.
  • The creation story.
  • Noah’s ark.

Term 2: Mary Our Mother

  • Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary.
  • The birth of Jesus.

Preparation for Christmas and our Key Stage 1 Nativity play.



Reading:  Each child will receive a reading book which must be read daily and signed each time by an adult. Reading books will be provided based on reading levels from Accelerated Reader, which tests the children based on their reading and comprehension of every story they read. Your child’s test scores will be recorded in their reading journals and a new book will be given based on test scores.

Spelling: Children will be given a spelling list every MONDAY and tested every FRIDAY. This will be begin from Monday 24th September for Year 1.  A spelling list will be stuck into learning journals every Monday. The pupils will have a spelling test on Fridays and incorrect spellings will be identified to parents so that further work can be done on them at home.

Dip and Do: Additional homework will be available via the school website and in our Year 1 homework books, where the children can select and complete a task from a range of different challenges. We would love to sign homework books when the challenge is completed so please bring them in for us!

Please find Term 5 homework on the Year 1 Homework posts




Foundation subjects

  • PE will be outdoor infant agility skills and indoor dance. PE days for year 1 will be Mondays and Thursdays.
  • Music: Using our topic of ‘ourselves’ to combine everyday life sounds and use our bodies to make sounds.
  • Geography (where we live) in Term 1 and History (our lives and timelines) in Term 2.


Term 1: Our bodies

  • Labelling basic body parts.
  • Learning our senses.

Term 2: Everyday materials

  • The difference between an object and the material it is made from.
  • Properties of everyday materials.



Year 1 Homework

Year 1 Homework and Reading for this Term

Children will be rewarded for completion of homework and for reading at home.


We will continue to change pupil’s books every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Each pupil will have their book home for two nights. After your child has read their book the first night with you, use the second night to question your child, check understanding and to revise any words that your child struggled with.  Please sign in their learning journal to say your child has read and leave a comment if you feel necessary.

*If your child does not put their book in the book box their book will not be changed. Furthermore, if your child’s learning journal is not signed it will not be changed.

Spellings and Number Bonds

A spelling list and number bonds list will be stuck into your child’s learning journal every Monday. It is important you help your child learn these spellings and addition sentences in the week as they will be tested on them that Friday in class. We will keep a copy of your child’s results as well as informing you of any errors via their learning journal.


Homework will be sent home every Friday and should be returned for marking by the following Thursday. Homework will reflect what your children is learning in class and will be incorporate a range of subjects.

Throughout the term we may send some extra homework to enhance your child’s learning. This will always be recorded in their learning journals.

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