Year 1


with Miss Williams, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Halliday

In Year One we are running a balanced curriculum with continuous provision to ensure that the transition from Reception to Year One can be as smooth as possible. The provision in the classroom will be changed weekly to follow children’s interests and support the topic.

There will be Chilli Challenges running each week for the children to complete within provision. Once children have collected coloured sticks for each challenge, they will place their name in a bucket and have the chance to win a prize and certificate every Friday. 

In provision, children are following the learning cycle below in order to effectively reflect on their own independent learning. We are training the children to take photographs of their own work and upload them.

Over the year the topics we will be covering are:

  • This is me
  • Toys through time
  • Wonderful Weather
  • We are Britain
  • Journeys

Our topic this half term is ‘We are Britain’. You can download the topic map below to see what we will be covering – Topic Map Spr 2

Below you can download the overview of the learning that is covered in Year 1. Please note that this is a working document and is subject to change.

Yearly long-term plan for Year 1 – Year 1 long-term overview


Phonics will run differently now that ‘bubbles’ cannot mix. Miss Williams will be teaching a mixture of Phase 4 and 5 phonics in Year 1 and Mrs Taylor will be teaching Phase 3.

Please ensure you are practicing reading and recognising high frequency words at home with your child, which you can download below:

Next 200 high frequency words:

Physical Education

Our PE day is on Tuesday and will be one morning session. Please ensure that your child arrives to school in their appropriate PE kit. Children not wearing the correct kit will be unable to take part. Please also make sure your child’s name is written on their tags to prevent items from getting lost. 


Please ensure your child is reading at home at least three times a week. Record your child’s progress in their reading record and upload to your child’s portfolio on Class Dojo.

New spellings will be given out every Friday.  These are to be learnt for a test the following Wednesday.


This half term we will be reading:

  • The Twits by Roald Dahl (Cont.)
  • Katie in London by James Mayhew.
  • Paddington by Michael Bond.

Forest school

Forest School will take place every Friday for the first half term of each term. It will continue in Summer 1 next half term.

Please ensure children are dressed appropriately as they will be outside for extended periods of time. Warm clothes and waterproofs (weather appropriate) are essential. If your child has these items available it would be a great help to have them on their coat peg in a named plastic bag.

Class Dojo

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If you have any messages or concerns, please contact me via Class Dojo. If you have any of your child’s work or achievements you’d like to share with us, you can upload these to your child’s individual portfolio. I will be checking Class Dojo at lunch time and after school. If you have any urgent messages, please contact the school office.