Year 1

End of year message

I can’t believe that the year has come to an end. It has been such a strange year – so  much so that what seemed ‘strange’ last year has just been the norm this year.

Thank you so much for the gifts, cards and messages. It’s always a bit sad on the last day, saying goodbye and good luck as the children move on to their new year group but it has been an absolute pleasure and joy to teach your lovely children this year. They have worked  really hard and have tried their best. I hope you all have a lovely summer and thank you again for the extremely generous gift!

Take care,

Mr McKenzie x

Thank you very much for the very generous gift. I have had a great time this year and it has been fun working with you all. Have a lovely summer and enjoy yourselves! 🙂

Mrs Heald

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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? Our PE days will be Tuesday and Thursday.

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.

As before, we will be allowing children to wear plain black, grey or navy joggers with their kit as well their school jumper/cardigan. Shorts are recommended for warmer days.



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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