Year 1

Year 1 | St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Warndonwith Miss Williams and Mrs Taylor

In Year One at Renishaw Primary, we believe that it is important that when children transition from Reception to Year 1 we continue to provide opportunities for children to learn through play, exploration and first-hand experiences. In Y1 we also have an afternoon of ‘Forest School’ for every first half term where the whole class get wrapped up warm and venture out into our wonderful woodland area. More information about this is included further down the page.

As the year progresses, children naturally spend longer on their recorded and curriculum-based work and less time playing freely. They become more independent and confident learners and always seem to enjoy all the new experiences that they are able to access in Year 1.


This half term our story book is ‘Naughty Bus’ by Jan Oke. We will be finding out about transport by carrying out a traffic watch in the local area and writing a recount of what we did and what we found out. We will explore all of the bad things that Naughty Bus gets up to in our story book and plan and write our own story called ‘What Naughty Bus Did Next’.

Naughty Bus: Oke, Jan: 9780954792114: Books

Our reading for pleasure class book is ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. We can’t wait to read this story to the children – they will love it!

The Twits (Colour Edition): Dahl, Roald, Blake, Quentin:  9780141369341: Books

Our topic this term is ‘Journeys’. You can download the topic map below.

Topic Map Summer 1

If you would like to see the overview of learning that is covered over the whole of Year 1 please download the pdf below. 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

Little Wandle phonics

We teach phonics and early reading using Little Wandle and Big Cat books. Please, see

We now teach phonics as a whole class session. Children who are finding phonics tricky will take part in extra ‘catch-up’ sessions to ensure they have fully grasped certain sounds. After being assessed on their phonic knowledge, children will then be placed in a reading group and will be reading books at their current reading level. Children read three times per week to promote fluency and secure understanding of their book. This book will then be uploaded to Collins E-Books for you to continue reading with them at home. Hopefully by this point, your child will have lots to tell you about the book and will be able to read it with fluency. If you are having trouble logging into the E-Books system, please come and speak to Miss Williams or alternatively Mrs Clark-Allan who is our Literacy lead within school.

There is also a parent guidance page on the official Little Wandle website, please see below:

Physical Education

Our PE day will be every Tuesday afternoon. 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. We advise that children should not wear jewellery during the session, earrings will be covered during the session if worn or you can remove them before coming to school. Please also make sure your child’s name is written on their tags to prevent items from getting lost.


DoodleMaths - BESA LendEDCreswell Junior School - Purple Mash

Homework from this grid is optional but we highly recommend engaging your child at home with their current school learning too. You can bring in your child’s homework or upload a photograph of it to Class Dojo.

Your child will bring home a list of spellings that we will be testing them on every Friday. These spellings are based on our current phonics teaching, therefore your child will have already been taught each word on the list during phonics lessons. Your child should also be accessing Doodle Maths and Purple Mash at home.

You can download our Homework Grid below:

Homework Grid sum 1

Times tables

In Year one children are expected to know their 2, 5 and 10 times table by the end of the year. You can help by practicing them at home too. Below are some songs and games we use to help our children learn them.

Forest school

Forest School will take place every Friday for the first half term of each term. The activities and tasks are carefully planned to develop reflective and inquisitive thinking, self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. They also help to develop collaborative-working and communication skills.

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.

We had such a fun time with Ruth and Christina for our music sessions!

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.

Thank you! 😊