Welcome to Year 1

Our team includes Mrs Harris, Miss Nutt, Mrs Ewen Benns, Mrs Savage, Miss Page

Transition from Reception to Year 1

We realise that this transition is an important time for your child and we aim to make the experience a smooth, safe and happy one. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children had in EYFS. Key Stage 1 is different but we don’t make it too different too quickly. We still allow time for child initiated activities and value inside and outside learning.

Home Learning

Home learning will be set every Wednesday and needs to be returned by the following Monday. In year 1, we also send home a list of key words for your child to practise spelling at home. Spellings are beneficial as they allow children to identify and practise their phonics and tricky words along with supporting development of their reading skills whilst broadening their vocabulary.


Please sign and initial your child’s reading record each time you read at home with your child. If you wish to comment as well, that would be most welcome. The adults at school will support your child to change their reading book when needed, to ensure your child reads the correct sequence of books. However, if your child requires a new reading book sooner that this, then please let us know in the morning and we will assist them to change it.


The children will be doing PE on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school and that all times are clearly labelled. We encourage children to practise getting dressed at home to help getting changed quickly in school! We are very fortunate to have trained coaches who will be teaching the children PE this term.

Phonics screening check

In June, Year 1 children across the country are tested on their phonics/reading. They are given a variety of words, both real and made up. The children must sound out and decode these words, using the sounds that they have been taught. The children will do this on a one to one basis and it is very informal.

We are really looking forward to working together to ensure an exciting and successful year for your child. Please do not hesitate to come and see me or any member of our team either before or after school if you have any questions or queries.

Thank you for your support.

Pippa Harris


March 2019

Magpies have had a fantastic term so far.

In English, we have learnt the story of ‘Dear Zoo’ for our Talk for Writing and the children really enjoyed creating their own stories called ‘Dear Toyshop’. We are now learning the ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s lunch’. The children have made fantastic designs of how to keep the seagulls away from Mr Grinling’s lunch.

In Maths, we have been learning the place value of numbers to 40. The children are great at accurately counting and can group counters into groups of ten to make their counting quicker. We are now learning how to solve addition and subtraction problems.

In Science, we are learning about plants. We have planted our own beans and they are growing very quickly! Each week we are measuring them and completing a bean diary. We are looking forward to when we can finally eat the beans.

Year One and Two’s art work was recently displayed in the Salisbury Library Art Gallery. The children were so proud to see their learning on display. We went on a trip to see it and also visited Waterstones as part of World Book Week.


December 2018

We have had the most fantastic start to the school year!

In English, we have been learning the story of 'The Gruffalo'. We began our learning by going on a Gruffalo hunt around the school grounds where we actually managed to spot him! The children are fantastic at retelling the story and have now begun to use the story structure to create their own stories.

In Maths, we have been focusing on addition and subtraction. We have been using lots of manipulatives to explore counting on/back, number bonds and calculations.

 We are focusing on Seasons in Science. The children have been observing the weather and the changes that have happened during Autumn and now Winter.

 In History, the children are learning all about transport and how it has changed through the years. This week, the children learnt all about George Stevenson, 'The Father of the Railway', and can recall lots of interesting facts about him.

 Key Stage one and Robins are having a wonderful time rehearsing for this year's nativity 'A Christmas Recipe' and can't wait to perform to our friends and families.

Please click here for the Autumn 2018 Curriculum map