Year 1

Welcome to Year 1’s class page.

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Home Learning

As we continue to work hard at home, the structure of. As stated, our 9.30am sessions will incorporate a mixture of phonics sessions and English sessions to ensure children are receiving a fair and balanced amount of both. Our 11.00am session will be a maths focus. Please click the link below to access the weekly overview.

This week (WB 25.1.21), there will be some slight changes to our usual timetable. On Wednesday 27th, we will be having a class based ‘Good Work assembly’ to showcase some examples of the wonderful work the children have been doing at home and in school. On Friday 29th, we will join in Smile Assembly. Both of these will take place in the 11.00am sessions. You don’t have to do anything differently – just log on to Teams as usual.

Weekly Overview

Work will be uploaded onto SeeSaw every morning. Children should wait until after our Microsoft Teams sessions have ended before completing each task. We understand, however, that the situation is different for everyone and that work may have to be done at slightly  different times due to work commitments or other circumstances.

Accessing Read, Write, Inc on Oxford Owl

Although we won’t have a phonics lesson every day, children should still their Read,Write,Inc book every day. The links to the books for each reading group will be available on SeeSaw and can be viewed on the reading list below (also available on Microsoft Teams). Alternatively, children can log on to the Oxford Owl website and search for a particular title. I have put together a list of books which can be accessed on Microsoft Teams.

25.1.21 – Reading list

Keep up the fantastic work Year 1!

Mr McKenzie


Please see the video link to show parents how to login to Seesaw-


Who works in the class? Mr McKenzie – Class Teacher

Mrs Heald – Teaching Assistant

Miss Litherland – 1:1 Support

Mrs Snowden – 1:1 Support

Important Information Year 1 begin the school day at 8.55am and finish at 3.30pm.

Drop off/collection is at the Key Stage 1 playground gate.

Late arrivals should contact the school office.

If another relative or someone other than a parent is collecting, please inform a member of staff at the gate or contact the school office.

When are spelling tests? Spellings as part of the ‘Read, Write Inc’ Phonics scheme. The children complete these when they are on yellow, blue or grey books. These will be once a week.
When are arithmetic/mental maths tests? Fortnightly
When is homework sent out? This year, homework will be set electronically. The work should be completed and uploaded to SeeSaw. Homework should be completed at home and not returned to school. This is to minimise the risk of infection.
What are procedures for reading books? We encourage you to read with your child daily. To minimise the risk of infection, we have adapted the way we handle/change reading books.

We kindly ask that books are returned on Mondays. We will unfortunately not be accepting reading books on any other day of the week. Your child will receive a new book every Monday.

Please understand that in some instances there may be a slight delay in providing your child with a new reading book. We would encourage the children to read their book more than once to develop their fluency and understanding of the text.

When are PE days? The PE day for Autumn term will now be on Tuesdays.

Your child should arrive to school wearing their PE Kit and will leave school wearing their PE kit. This is to minimise close contact in more confined areas such as the cloakroom. PE Sessions are planned to take place in the hall, but may move outside if weather permits.

We appreciate that Autumn and Winter weather is not appropriate for shorter clothing such as shorts and will be allowing children to wear plain black, grey or navy joggers with their kit as well their school jumper/cardigan.



Year 1 will have a phonics screening test in June. It is important that they keep up to date with all their sounds. We use the Read Write Inc scheme in school and it is recommended that you practice these sounds with your child at home.

You will find a link to the official Read, Write Inc YouTube channel in our useful links section.

This contains highly useful videos focus as word reading, blending, spelling and tutorials for parents on how to correctly  read sounds with your child.

Please find below a copy of the Set 1, 2 and 3 sounds.

Set 1 Speed sounds

Set 2 and 3 Speed sounds

Phonics Screening Check guide for parents

Phonics Screening Check: Information for parents

Rewards for hard work & good behaviour. All children can earn individual house-points for demonstrating a hard-working or thoughtful attitude, as well as being helpful, kind or otherwise a good citizen.

Children have ‘Always’ tickets. They begin each week with five ‘Always’ tickets and only lose a ticket should their name be moved to red (see below).

Consequences for lack of effort and poor behaviour

Behaviour boards

Green – all children begin each day on green and remain there unless their behaviour results in them being moved down.

Amber – children who have shown a poor attitude to work and play or shown behaviour that is not acceptable will be moved down to amber. This acts as a warning and allows the children an opportunity to reflect on their choices/behaviour.

Red – If children persist with poor behaviour or effort, their name will be moved from amber to red. This will also result in the loss of one always ticket. A letter will be sent home if a child loses 3 always tickets in a week.

Reflection room – If a child shows poor behaviour during lunch/play time, they will be sent to the reflection room to think about their behaviour and choices. If a child is sent to reflection room 3 times in one half -term, a letter will be sent home.

Anything else relevant for your year group

Year 1 complete a Phonics Screening check in the Summer term.

We promote independence in Year 1, wherever possible and would encourage you to do the same at home.

Below is a copy of the Year 1 common exception words that the children will be tested on throughout the year. I would encourage you to practice these at home with your child frequently.

Year 1 Common Exception Words




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