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Year 1

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to welcome you and your child to Year 1. I am looking forward to getting to know you and working together so that we have a very exciting and productive year. I hope that you enjoy the new challenges and approaches to learning that Year 1 has to offer! 


Transition from Reception to Year 1

Our aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage One. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that the children have had in Reception. This term our focus will be on the History of London; Andy Goldsworthy and art and nature; Graphics – ICT; gymnastics and games – P.E.; Harvest festival and celebrations – Religious Education; Properties of Materials – Science; My Class, My School – PSHE and Hey You! (focussing on pulse and rhythm) – Music. Literacy will include work on stories with familiar settings and non-fiction work on labels, lists and captions and we will have regular phonics sessions. Mathematics will focus on properties of numbers and number sequences, place value and ordering.

I enclose a timetable which we will be following once we have made the full transition to our new routine. Currently we are following our Superhero topic.

I will be teaching the class every day except for Tuesday mornings when the class will be taught Science and PE by Mrs Gibson.


Children will have one reading day when they will read independently with a Teaching Assistant (Ms Julia Smith). They will also have a spelling day when they will be tested on their letter sounds/spellings. Children   will have a week to learn their new sounds/spellings and will be able to change their books on their reading day. I will listen to the children    read during our guided reading session. Our aim is to keep to our allocated days but please bear with us, as sometimes we have changes to our routine, for example, school trips, curriculum weeks and other special events. It is helpful to send in the reading record and books daily so that if there is a change to the routine, then we can read at another convenient time. We would appreciate it if you could use the green book bags rather than a rucksack or alternative bag, as we have limited space in the boxes where we store the bags. We appreciate your help and support with this.

We would be very grateful for any parent helpers who can volunteer to listen to Year 1 readers. Please can you let the class reps know if you are able to help. We would love to have a parent helper every day of the week.

Every week children should practise their letter sounds/spellings at home. They should also be heard to read as often as possible (at least 10 minutes a night). It does not always have to be a school book.


Spellings will be completed in a small group with a teaching assistant. Every child will have their own spelling book. New spellings will be written and dated in the front of the spelling book. The spelling test will take place at the back. The test will be relaxed and informal. The children can practise their spellings in the back of their spelling book or in any other way that works for them!

Star of the week…

Each Friday one child will be chosen to bring home our class teddy and a diary for the weekend. They will be asked to take the teddy on their adventures over the weekend and record what they do in the diary. If your child is not yet able to do this, it is perfectly acceptable for you to write in the diary what your child dictates. Please return this to school on Monday so your child can show and share their weekend news with the class.

General Reminders…

  • This term, the children will be doing PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school and that all items are clearly labelled. We encourage children to practise getting dressed at home to help them get changed quickly in school. This half term we are fortunate to have coaches from the Henley Hawks working with us on Fridays, to help us to learn to play tag rugby. These sessions will take place outside so it would be a good idea to put some tracksuit bottoms or leggings into the PE bag as the weather will soon be turning colder!


  • Children are welcome to bring a named water bottle into the classroom for them to access throughout the day. We would appreciate if you could avoid putting water bottles in book bags as they sometimes leak over the books.


  • Show and tell is on a Friday afternoon. We especially encourage the class to show items which are related to one of our topics. We also love to see books, any writing, artwork or other items which the children have made at home. We ask that no toys are brought in for Show and Tell please. Each week a different group will have their turn to bring in an item. Here is the rota for this term:


Diary dates

Tuesday 3rd October @ 9.15am – Harvest Festival (all classes will be presenting an item).

Friday 6th October – Henley Literary Festival (Rob Biddulph).

Monday 9th October @ 3.20pm – Open classroom (a chance to look around the Year 1 classroom and look at the displays on the wall).


Please don’t hesitate to talk to me after school if you have any questions or queries.

Best wishes

Mrs Hemmings and Ms Smith (Year 1 Team)

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