Year 1



We are fast approaching the Summer term in Year 1 and all of the children have been working incredibly hard all year.  All children have settled in to the pace of Year 1 very well and have had a positive transition. We will now be preparing the children for the Year 1 Phonics screening, a nationwide test to assess whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. It will also identify the children who need extra support in Year 2 to improve their reading skills. Further into the Summer term we will be holding a parent meeting to give you key information regarding the Phonics screening tests.

Timetable and lessons

The teaching and learning of the children is provided through different topic based themes, enabling the children to learn creatively and imaginatively. These lessons are planned and delivered creatively to stimulate, engage, inspire and motivate the children. They are encouraged to explore, experience and discover through hands on activities in a rich learning environment. Through different topics and themes the children will be taught the National Curriculum and will continue to study:

  • English, Maths and Phonics daily.
  • Weekly lessons include Science, Computing, Religious Education, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art, Music and Physical Education.


Decoding: In Year 1 the children are taught to

  • apply phonic knowledge and skills as the route to decode words
  • read accurately by blending sounds in unfamiliar words containing GPCs that have been taught
  • read common exception words
  • read words containing taught GPCs and –s, –es, –ing, –ed, –er and –est endings
  • read words with contractions [for example, I’m, I’ll, we’ll], and understand that the apostrophe represents the omitted letter(s)
  • read books aloud, accurately, that are consistent with their developing phonic knowledge
  • reread these books to build up their fluency and confidence in word reading
  • Comprehension – In Year 1 the children are taught to
  • develop pleasure in reading, motivation to read, vocabulary and understanding by:
    • listening to and discussing a wide range of poems, stories and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently
    • being encouraged to link what they read or hear to their own experiences
    • becoming very familiar with key stories, fairy stories and traditional tales, retelling them and considering their particular characteristics
    • recognising and joining in with predictable phrases
    • learning to appreciate rhymes and poems, and to recite some by heart
    • discussing word meanings, linking new meanings to those already known
  • understand both the books they can already read accurately and fluently and those they listen to by:
    • drawing on what they already know or on background information and vocabulary provided by the teacher
    • checking that the text makes sense to them as they read, and correcting inaccurate reading
    • discussing the significance of the title and events
    • making inferences on the basis of what is being said and done
    • predicting what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far
  • participate in discussion about what is read to them, taking turns and listening to what others say
  • explain clearly their understanding of what is read to them


Year 1 pupils are taught to:

  • spell: words containing each of the 40+ phonemes already taught, common exception words and the days of the week
  • name the letters of the alphabet and using letter names to distinguish between alternative spellings of the same sound
  • add prefixes and suffixes:
    • using the spelling rule for adding –s or –es as the plural marker for nouns and the third person singular marker for verbs
    • using the prefix un–
    • using –ing, –ed, –er and –est where no change is needed in the spelling of root words [for example, helping, helped, helper, eating, quicker, quickest]
  • apply simple spelling rules and guidance.
  • write sentences by:
    • saying out loud what they are going to write about
    • composing a sentence orally before writing it
    • sequencing sentences to form short narratives
    • re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense
  • discuss what they have written with the teacher or other pupils
  • read their writing aloud, clearly enough to be heard by their peers and the teacher
  • leave spaces between words
  • use joining words and joining clauses using ‘and’
  • punctuating using sentences using a capital letter, full stop, question marks or exclamation marks


Children in Year 1 are taught the following:

  • Number and place value
  • Addition and subtraction
  • Multiplication and division
  • Fractions (halves and quarters)
  • Measurement
  • Geometry – 2D and 3D shapes, position and directions


Autumn 1 – Seasonal change and everyday meterials

Autumn 2 – Animals and Humans

Spring 1 – Seasonal changes

Spring 2 – Animals and Humans (Animal groups)

Summer 1 – Plants

Summer 2 – Scientist study Marie Curie

Other subjects

History, Geography, Art, DT, PSHE and P4C lessons all link to our half termly cross curricular topic. RE is taught using the ‘Discovery RE’ scheme. Year 1 themes in RE cover aspects of Christianity and Judaism. The children are taught Music and PE each week by specialist teachers.

Autumn 1 – Worries

Autumn 2 – Celebrations

Spring 1 – Super heroes

Spring 2 – Journeys

Summer 1 – Farms

Summer 2 – London (Poetry)

In Year 1 children are set Mathletics homework and spellings to learn on a weekly basis. It is important that they read at home as often as possible.  The children have the opportunity to change their own banded home reading book. They are encouraged to do this 3 times a week. Please refer to the weekly ‘Peek at the week’ newsletter for additional tasks to enhance and support your child’s learning.

We welcome communication with parents. If you have any issues or queries you wish to raise with us, please, in the first instance, speak with your child’s class teacher. If they are not available, then please speak to Miss Matthews or Miss Wilson.


Year 1 Welcome Meeting Presentation 2017

Year 1 Phonics Presentation for Parents

Year 1 Autumn Term 1 Newsletter

Year 1 Autumn Term 2 Newsletter

Common Exception Words

High Frequency Words

Letter Formation Sheet

Number Formation Sheet

Phase 5 Phonics Mat

Year 1 welcome meeting

Year 1 reading strategies

First 100 HFW

Formation sheet

Year 1 common exception words