Home Page

Year 1

Contact the class teacher

If you have any questions for your teacher or would like to provide feedback on something you've observed, please fill out the form below. Teachers will aim to respond within 48 hours. Please note that if your email is sent outside the hours of 8am to 4:30pm, we cannot guarantee a same-day response, but the teacher will get back to you as soon as possible.

Dragon Class


Welcome back Dragon Class! I hope you had a fantastic break and are now ready to begin the new term!

We have lots of great learning to do this term. Our topic this term is 'World cup' and we will be learning all about the football world cup. We will look at host countries, identifying these on a map as well as learning about their cultures. We will also look at world cup winners from the past and place these in a timeline. 


We will be learning lots of new sounds in phonics, having fun with multiplication and division, time and money in maths, reading 'The Elephant and the Bad Baby' by Elfrida Vipont in book talk and writing super sentences in English to create our own report on toys from the past. 


In science we will be learning all about plants and on Thursday mornings Dragon Class will have drumming lessons. Year 1 will have swimming lessons this term, beginning on Tuesday 11th June. 



On Thursday afternoon Dragon class  will have PE. Please can you make sure the correct kit is in school throughout the week. The children will need their trainers every day as we are doing the Daily Mile on the track and appropriate footwear will help us improve.


Weekly spellings will be given out on a Friday, on Doodle Spell, for the children to learn for a spelling test on the following Friday.

Your child will be given a reading book on a Monday. They should keep this book for a week as re-reading repetition will help them gain confidence in their reading. This book will then be changed each Monday. 



If you have any questions or queries feel free to use the contact the class teacher section on this page and we will get back to you within 48 hours.


Many thanks,

Mrs Harris 

Helping your child at home with PHONICS


1. Check their progress How is your child doing with their phonics? Working through reading books with them will have given you a good idea, but check on single words. 

The test will include:
- CVC (consonant vowel consonant) words – e.g. bin
- CCVC (consonant consonant vowel consonant) words – e.g. thin
- CVVC (consonant vowel vowel consonant) words – e.g. boat
- split digraphs – e.g. made or like
- tricky words – e.g. friend
- longer words – e.g. words with ‘ing’ endings.
Write down some words and simply ask them to read them out to you. You may notice a pattern of where they’re getting stuck.


2. It’s good to talk It can be a good idea to tell your child that there’s going to be a litte test at school, just so they don’t feel anxious when the time comes. Make sure they know that the Check is nothing to worry about, it’s just so the teacher can see how they’re doing and it doesn’t matter if they get stuck (we all do from time to time!).


3. Be prepared for odd creatures! Nonsense words (or ‘pseudo words’) will feature in the Check (for example, ‘bim’ and ‘tox’), to see whether children can apply phonics rules correctly. In the test these words may be accompanied by a picture of an imaginary creature, to suggest that the word is the name of the creature featured. Why not make the most of the opportunity and ask your child to draw pictures of new species, or perhaps aliens? Then they can think up funny names for them and write them down using their phonics knowledge.


4. Play ‘Sound of the Day’ Each day pick a different sound and write it on a Post-it note. Ask your child to stick the note onto an item which contains that sound. Choose from /ee/ /oo/ /oa/  /ir/ /ou/  /ar/ /ph/ /th/


5. Tackle tricky words. English is a complicated language and it’s vital that you discuss this with your child so that they know it’s hard for everyone – not just them! Look at some tricky words together and point out the part that makes them particularly difficult. For example, ‘school’ is tricky because it’s spelt /s/ ch/ /oo/ /l/, but we say the /ch/ as /c/.


6. Say what you see. Another way to help with tricky words is to get your child to say the word as it’s written. So ‘what’ can be remembered as ‘w-hat’ and ‘there’ as ‘the-r-e’. Find what patterns work for them and have fun thinking up ways to remember tricky words and their spellings.


7. Compose silly sentences. Write sentences with some nonsense (but phonetically plausible) words in them. Make them as amusing as possible and ask your child to read what you’ve written. They might then like to draw a picture to go with the words.

8. Adapt I spy. All kids love playing I spy, so just extend the game a little by asking them to spy things that begin with a particular sound (/ch/ or /sh/, for example) or pick words with a certain sound in the middle or end.


9. Use the sound button technique It can be very daunting to see a word that you’re unfamiliar with, but by the time your child is at the end of Year 1 they’ll have lots of phonics decoding strategies, it’s just practice that’s needed so that they’ll feel confident to use them. When your child comes across a new word in their reading, write it down and together mark ‘sound buttons’ under each sound, for example:

This will help them to identify the individual sounds and feel confident about blending them to make the word.

10. Use story books. Of course, reading is really all about stories and enjoying them! It’s vital not to lose sight of this when your child is using phonics to learn to read, so keep going with the bedtime stories. When you’re reading aloud to your child, ask them to read one sentence per page. This will ensure they’re coming into contact with words they probably won’t have read before and they’ll have to use their phonics decoding skills; they’ll be motivated to do so as they’ll be enjoying the story.

Links (Please click to open)

All the Letters Came to Tea Song (Slow Version) | ABC | Alphabet Song

All the Letters Came to Tea Song | ABC | Alphabet Song An ABC alphabet song to help introduce the letter names of the alphabet. This slowed down alphabet song is great to sing along with.

I Know My Number Bonds 10 | Number Bonds to 10 | Addition Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann

Number bonds for 10 song. Number bonds are simply the pairs of numbers that make up a given number. Number bonds can also be called number partners or number pairs. Number bonds are a very important foundation for understanding how numbers work. Number bonds create fluency for composing and decomposing numbers for addition and subtraction.

Counting backwards from 100

Develop numeracy skills with this count down from 100 video.

Days Of The Week Addams Family (Parody) | Fun songs for Big Kids, Preschoolers and Toddlers

Days Of The Week Addams Family (Parody) Fun songs for big kids, preschoolers, and toddlers! Sing along and learn the days of the week to this fun, spooky tune.