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Year 1

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1. Below you will find links to homework, letters and our class gallery. 



Class Teacher: Lucy Kemp



Class Teachers: Alice Bingham (Weds - Fri) and Isla Ellis (Mon and Tues)


We also have Jane Full (HTLA) and Jackie Horswell (TA) supporting Year 1.

Phonics Screening Check

All Year 1 children will be taking the Phonics Screening Check after half term, week commencing 6th June 2022. 
We already have detailed assessments of your child's phonics ability so this will not tell us anything new but is a check to ensure that your child is working at a nationally agreed age appropriate standard.


Parent video: The Phonics Screening Check

How will the phonics screening be administered?

Each child is taken through the screening check by a teacher on a 1:1 basis. This will be in a quiet area and there is not a time limit.


Will we be told about our child’s results?

The results of the check will be issued in the end of year reports. The pass mark in previous years has been 32 out of 30. Any children who do not reach the pass mark will do the assessment again Year 2. 


How will the children know which words are ‘alien’ (nonsense) words?

The made-up ‘alien’ words are always presented with a picture of an alien, so the children know that they are not real words that they might recognise. They are very familiar with this concept.


How can we support our child out of school?

Support your child by sharing their Read Write Inc reading books at home and practice red words, green words and unknown sounds. Read as much as possible to and with your child.

A great website for phonic games is: 



PE and Forest School

On Wednesdays we have PE lessons. Children need to come into school dressed in school PE kit. When it is dry, we will go outside so please ensure your child has warm clothing (jogging bottoms, jumper or fleece)


Forest School:  All children in Year 1 will attend Forest School or outdoor learning activities every Wednesday throughout the school year.  These sessions take place on the school site, predominantly based in our Forest School area. 


Parents/Carers do not need to supply any additional equipment for these sessions; waterproofs and wellington boots are provided.  However, when the weather is cold, children may wish to bring named hats/gloves to school and wear extra layers over their PE kits. We encourage the children to change their footwear independently - please avoid sending your child to school in shoes with laces unless they are able to tie them.



Homework is set every Friday to be completed by the following Thursday. We send weekly spellings home with the children in their homework folders. In addition to this, we set weekly tasks on Reading Eggs and Mathletics. Please see the 'Homework' tab of our year group webpage for more information.


Reading books

Your child will change their reading book every 3 days or every 5 days, in line with our Read, Write, Inc lessons. Your child will get a picture book to share at home and a 'book bag book' linked to their phonics learning, which they should read 3 times.