Year One - Welcome to our Class Page
Teacher: Mr Stirk 
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Randles & Mrs Barton.




During Year 1 your child will be using fiction, non-fiction texts and poetry to promote their learning and develop their reading and writing skills. We will be building on knowledge already gained in Reception Year. Your child will cover a range of work:



  • Stories with familiar settings

  • Stories with repeating patterns

  • Traditional tales

  • Fairy stories

  • Fantasy stories


  • Labels, lists and signs

  • Information texts

  • Instructions

  • Letters


  • Songs and repetitive poems

  • Poems with pattern and rhyme

  • Poems about the senses

  • Humorous poems

  • Poems about nature

  • Traditional poems



Your child will be encouraged to apply their phonic knowledge to decode words and to respond speedily with the correct sound to graphemes (letters or groups of letters) for all 40+ phonemes including where applicable, alternative sounds for graphemes.



Your child will be encouraged to hold their pencil comfortably and correctly and to form the lower-case and capital letters properly starting and finishing in the right place.


Vocabulary, Grammar & Punctuation

Your child will be encouraged to:

  • Leave finger spaces between words.

  • Punctuate sentences using a capital letter and full stop.

  • Use capital letters for names of people, places, the days of the week and the personal pronoun ‘I’.


During Year 1 your child will learn to:


Number and Place Value

  • Read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in numerals and words.

  • Count to and across 100, forwards & backwards, beginning with 0 or 1, or from any given number.

  • Count, read and write numbers to 100 in numerals; count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.

  • Given a number, identify one more and one less.

  • Identify and represent numbers using objects and pictorial representations including a number line; use language of: equal to, more than, less than (fewer), most, least.


Addition and Subtraction

  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) equals (=) signs.

  • Add and subtract 1-digit &        2-digit numbers to 20, including zero.

  • Solve one-step problems that involve addition and subtraction, using concrete objects & pictorial representations and missing numbers.


Multiplication and Division

  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition (+), subtraction (–) equals (=) signs.

  • Solve one-step problems involving multiplication and division, calculating the answer using concrete objects, pictorial representations & arrays with teacher support.



  • Recognise, find and name a half as 1 of 2 equal parts of an object, shape or quantity and a quarter as one of four equal parts of an object, shape or quantity.



Compare, describe and solve practical problems for:

  • Length and height

  • Mass and weight

  • Capacity and volume

  • Time


Properties of Shapes

  • Recognise and name common  2-D and 3-D shapes, including circles, rectangles, triangles, cubes, pyramids and spheres.



Position and Direction

  • Describe position, direction and movement, including whole, half, quarter and three-quarter turns.



During Year 1 your child will be taught to use the following practical scientific methods, processes and skills:

  • Asking simple questions and recognising that they can be answered in different ways.

  • Observing closely, using simple equipment.

  • Performing simple tests.

  • Identifying and classifying.

  • Using their observations and ideas to suggest answers to questions.

  • Gathering and recording data to help in answering questions.


Topics to be covered this year include:

  • Everyday Materials

  • Animals, Including Humans

  • Seasonal Changes

  • Plants

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Class Dojo


‘Class Dojo’ is a web based program which allows teachers to track pupil’s positive behaviours easily and efficiently. The program is based on points and your child can be given points for things like being on task, being respectful, participating or working hard. Teachers can also add new skills depending on classroom needs.

Breaking News!

A message from Pat the penguin.

Knowledge Organisers

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Useful Websites/ Apps

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Fun for KS1, Maths, English and Science App


Key terms we use in our teaching:


Digraph – two letters make one sound (e.g. sh, ch, ai, ea, ou, ow).

Trigraph – three letters make one sound (e.g. igh, ear, air, ure).

Split digraph – two letters make one sound but the letters have been split apart by another letter. (e.g. the a - e sound in cape)

Phoneme – a single unit of sound

Grapheme – a written letter, or group of letter that represent a sound.

Consonants – b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z

Blend – to put or merge the sounds together to make a word (e.g. the sounds d-o-g are blended to the word ‘dog’.)

Segment – to break down the word into its individual sounds to spell (e.g cat can be split into the sounds c-a-t.).

Sound buttons – ways of visually isolating different sounds in a word. We use a dot under letters where one letter makes one sound and a line understand digraphs or trigraphs.


How you can help at home


  • Reading every night at home with your child

  • Practise reading and writing tricky words

  • Practising handwriting

  • Phonics Games. See the links below.