Year 1

Year 1 (2017 – 2018)

Welcome to the website page of our current Year 1 class.
Class Teacher : Mrs Howell


Curriculum Information Letters

  • Autumn 1 2017

Overview of the Year (2017 – 2018)

The following information was shared by the class teacher at the Parents’ Welcome / Information evening at the beginning of the year.

Staff Team

  • Mrs Howell (Class Teacher)
  • Mrs Jones (Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Singh (Teaching Assistant)
  • Mrs Petrie (Support Teacher)
  • Mr Harcourt (One Goal Sports Coach)

General Communication

  • please write messages in the Home-School Message book, making sure that your child knows to give it to a member of staff (we do not check every child’s messages book on a daily basis)
  • please ask for a brief conversation after school if needed
  • please ask for an appointment if you need raise concerns or discuss something in some detail

Key Topics during the year

  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Around our Local Area – Walk around Northenden
  • It’s All About Me
  • Heroes – Florence Nightingale
  • Hot and Cold Places
  • Everyday Materials
  • Toys Past and Present
  • Fantasy Worlds – Gruffalo Hunting

Class Visits : Our class visits will include:

  • to be decided

Guided Reading

  • All children in class will take part in a guided reading each week for 20-25 minutes.
  • Children are heard read once a week in addition to guided reading
  • Some children with greater need are heard read two or three times per week

PE Lessons

  • PE lessons will take place on Mondays (dance or gymnastics), Wednesdays (usually outdoor games) and Thursdays (dance or gymnastics)
  • Please make sure that your child’s PE kit is in school every day and taken home on Fridays for washing/returning on Mondays
  • Please make that your child’s PE kit is clearly labelled with their name


  • Homework will be set on a Friday to be returned the following Wednesday
  • Reading on a regular basis every week (reading and library books)
  • Spellings once week (Friday for Friday) to be practised daily
  • Please expect quality work and good presentation 

Homework Advice

  • Try to have a regular routine, perhaps a set day and time each week to complete homework
  • Try not leave completion of homework until the last day
  • Complete work in small stages
  • Revise spelling daily – read, writing, apply
  • Provide a quiet or purposeful space
  • Give help and support as needed; it is a good opportunity to share work with your child

Other Arrangements

  • Mrs Petrie will teach Year 2 for one hour on Thursday afternoons (PPA time)
  • The class will be taught PE by a coach from One Goal on Thursday afternoons

Year 1 Curriculum, Year Group Expectations and Learning Resources

Year 1 Phonics and the Phonics Screening Test

  • The children will have a short phonics lesson every morning starting at 9.00am.  We follow the ‘Letters and Sounds‘ programme published by the Government
  • You can find out more about the Phases for Letters and Sounds here.
  • A phonics revision booklet will be sent home to parents shortly after Christmas.  This will include examples of most of the words that the children are expected to read and decode.  The important thing is that they have the skills to decode familiar and unfamiliar words rather than simply learn the words from the booklet.
  • Children’s knowledge of phonics and their ability to decode familiar and unfamiliar words is assessed formally at the end of Year 1.  Children are required to take a phonics reading test.  The test assesses mainly words taught at Phase 4 of the Letters and Sounds programme.
  • A sample Year 1 Phonics Test is available here.  The words written next to an ‘alien’ picture indicate pseudo or ‘made up’ words.  They are not real words but the children are expected to have a god to reading them as if they were real words.  It is their ability to segment and blend letters and sounds in this test that is important.
  • The Phonics Screening Test will take place during the week beginning 11th June 2018.
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