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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Miss Harpur and Mrs Tattersall would like to welcome you to our class page.

Meet the Staff.

Picture 1 Miss C. Harpur (Class Teacher)
Picture 2 Mrs S. Tattersall (Teaching Assistant)

Meet our Class Governors

Meet our Class Governors 1 Mrs Rebecca Mawson
Meet our Class Governors 2 Mr Darren Sturrock

Meet the Children.

We currently have 30 children in Year 1.

Class Routines


- We have P.E. lessons on Monday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.

- We have library time on Wednesdays. Home Reader books can be handed in at any time, however their library books will only be changed on this day. Please ensure your child brings in their library book and Home Reader each week.

- A Homework topic web will be stuck into your child's homework book at the beginning of each half term with a number of different tasks. Your child may choose to complete them in any order they wish, however please encourage them to complete as many of the tasks as you can. Please feel free to be as creative as you like with presentation. You can use collage, pictures, photographs, computer work, diagrams, different writing… in fact any way that you can think of that will show their work and make the task exciting and interesting. I hope you will enjoy completing the tasks with your child.

- We have our spelling test on a Friday afternoon.

- Children should have their P.E. Kits, reading books and reading records in school every day.

- Children have free access to fruit and water as a snack throughout the day.

Make sure you check out our secure Class Dojo story for regular photos, videos and updates about our learning!



- Milk will be given out during first break. Please note that milk is not free to all children after reception. If you wish for your child to continue to receive milk please register at:

If you think you may be entitled to free milk please enquire at:

Our Learning Areas


In Year 1, our continuous provision areas are set up and available for children to access independently to challenge and support their learning in a meaningful way. Although we now have structured lessons, each area is planned to suit the needs of all children and a variety of resources are always available to ensure your child is able to practise the skills and tasks which interest them. All children will be allowed access and free choice either when they have finished a guided activity or when as part of a guided activity where appropriate. Some children may spend more/less time in the given areas as they continue their development through year one based on their individual needs. 


Take a look below at some of the learning areas which are available to your child. 

The Writing Area

The Mathematics Area

The Phonics Area

The Reading Area

The Construction Area

The Malleable Area

The Small World Area

The Outdoor Area


Find out more about our work in the outdoor area here:

Our Curriculum.

The Great Outdoors.


Our topic this Half term is all about The Great Outdoors. Take a look at our Curriculum map below.

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Our Great Outdoors Class Trip

Family Fun Days


Take a look at some photos from our Family Learning Fun day where parents and carers came in to help us with our learning in year 1. We focused mainly on the Outdoors to get a better understanding of how this can help further our development but there were lots of activities inside too! Thanks for such a great response!

Staying Safe with Pantosaurus!


Year 1 have been talking PANTS and learning The Underwear Rules to help us stay safe.


Privates are private

Always remember your body belongs to you

No means no

Talk about sectrets that upset you

Speak up, someone can help

Science Week 

Year 1 investigated seeds. We linked this with our Science Week theme of flight by considering wind dispersal.

We had a great time for World Book Day in Year 1!

We all dressed in fun outfits to celebrate language and even decorated one of our teachers with adjectives to describe her.

We developed our own outdoor library and even shared our 'Blind Date Books' with parents, guardians, carers and other volunteers who came to visit!

An Alien Encounter!

We received a letter from an alien asking for help to learn about growing!

We used the seeds they sent to practise our observation skills in a variety of ways We used:

- Our Eyes

- Magnifying glasses

- Microscopes

We wrote down, drew and photographed our findings and will write back to the aliens when we have finished our enquiries. 

In English, we have been learning about instructions...

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In English, we have been learning about instructions... 2
We followed written and pictorial instructions to make tasty treats!

Previous Topics

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Our topic this term is all about The Great Fire of London! Please take a look at all the exciting things we will be learning about and keep an eye out for pictures and videos of our incredible work.
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Download our curriculum map below.

A Cultural Education

Watch our wonderful Indian dancing!

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Behind the scenes of the Christmas performance

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Our topic this term is called Penguins, Possums and Pigs! Please take a look at all the exciting things we will be learning about and keep an eye out for pictures and videos of our incredible work.

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Penguins, Possums and Pigs Curriculum Map

Year 1 spent a day with Bindi, a bearded dragon who comes from Australia. We really enjoyed getting to know her and learning all about how to care for her needs.


In year 1 we begin to practice cursive script. Some of us even become Handwriting Heroes! If you wish to practice at home, there are some handwriting worksheets available below.

Reading and Rainbow Words.

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In Year one children read with a teacher 1 –1 and in a group at least once a week. It would help if you could read at home every day and record any reading you do in your child’s Reading Records so that we know how they are doing at home.


In addition to your child's reading book, they will also be able to select a book of their choice from the school library for free reading.

A Home Reader book will be issued at the beginning of term for your child to record any work they have done surrounding the book. Sometimes, they may just wish to select a few new words they have encountered, draw a picture or write a few sentences about the story and what they liked. However, your child will benefit from discussions surrounding the text to develop a greater understanding of what they are reading.


Some example questions could be:

Why do you think ________ did that?

Do you think that's a good idea? Why/why not?

How do you think the character feels now? How can you tell?

What do you think might happen next?

What else could ________ do to resolve the problem?

Can you think of an alternative ending to the story?

How would you feel if that happened to you?


We also encourage the children to practice their Rainbow Words regularly and I would be grateful for your support if children are also able to practice these at home. You will notice you child making great progress if they regularly practice their Rainbow Words (which can often not be sounded out). Their overall reading and spelling will improve as a result. Feel free to pop in and see how your child is progressing with their reading and spelling on our display and encourage them to keep on practicing.

Maths Passports

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Maths Passports will continue to be used each week to consolidate children's understanding of the rules of basic number concepts. Your child will work their way through the British Isles and then off to Europe and the rest of the world!