Year 1

Welcome To Year 1

Lucia Lopez-Maya

Teacher 1L

Mrs Elizabeth Rickman

Teacher 1RL

Miss Hayley Lewis

Assistant Head & Class Teacher 1RL

Miss Nicola Bryant

Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant

Dear Year One Parents and Carers, 

We are looking forward to an exciting term ahead in Year One. Thank you for all your support at home last term supporting your child with their reading. Please read this letter carefully as it is designed to give you information about the curriculum this term, some general information and useful dates for your diary. 


Attached to this letter is a curriculum map, which provides an overview of our learning focus for this half term. Our topic for Spring 1 is ‘Once Upon a Time’ and in Spring 2 ‘Weather Explorers’. As part of our topic in the first half-term, we have arranged a Queens and Kings day.


This term we will be starting Phase 5 (alternative sounds) please see below. We will be continuing to assess them every 6 weeks. We will also be recapping phase 3 and 4 and continuing to learn the tricky words and how to spell them.

Reading books and book bags

We are really enjoying our reading sessions and have really seen an improvement with all the children’s reading and understanding of their books. We also have been really pleased to read about all the wonderful home-reading that has been going on since September. The comments in the diary are highly valued by the teachers and they form an important part of your child’s reading journey. Remember to feel free to record home and library books or other reading material that your child has read and enjoyed. May we also remind you that the children may remain on their phase book for a longer period of time as we are focusing on phonics, fluency and comprehension and skills. This is also reviewed every 6 weeks in line with their assessments.  If you feel you would like more information about books suitable for Year 1 children, feel free to talk to your class teacher who can provide you with some guidance 

School Uniform and P.E Kits

Please ensure that your child’s uniform is clearly labelled. This is particularly important when they take off their jumpers as they can often get muddled or mislaid. Please also, try to avoid lace up trainers if your child is unable to tie them. It is also a good idea to keep a spare pair of socks in your child’s bags.

Year 1 P.E days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Updates and reminders

Morning Routine – Children will need to be in class by 8:40am.  

Snacks – We ask that any snack you send in is a piece of fruit or vegetable. There will also be some fruit provided in class for your child.

Medication – Please can you update the class teacher and school office of any changes to your child’s medical needs.

Numbots – Your child’s login is in the front cover of their reading record. They should use the Numbots website at home to support their maths learning.

Seesaw – Our weekly newsletter is uploaded every Friday onto Seesaw for you to read about what Year 1 are learning about the following week. If you are not yet connected to Seesaw then please speak to the class teacher.

Library books- Please ensure children bring them in every Wednesday.


During January we have a Queens and Kings day where the children dress up and take part in a workshop. This is on Monday 15th January.


Monday 15th January – Queens and Kings day

Friday 19th January – 1L cake sale

Friday 26th January – 1RL cake sale

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day

Monday 4th and Thursday 7th March- Parent meetings

Week 11th -15th March - Science Week (Friday 15th- Dress as a scientist!)

We will continue to do our very best to ensure that these dates will go ahead as planned. However, please be aware that things may change at short notice. We appreciate your understanding and continued support.

If you have any queries regarding any of the information in this letter please do not hesitate to ask. We look forward to working closely with you to ensure that your child enjoys a happy and successful spring term.

Best wishes from the Year 1 Team

Year 1 Team

The sounds we will be covering this term in phonics. See below. 

The Maths progression we will be covering this term. See below.