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Year 1


Welcome to Year 1

Information for Autumn 2022


Your teachers are Mrs Leadbeater (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and Mrs Goncalves (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

Your class teaching assistant is Mrs West.

Other teaching assistants supporting Year 1 are;

Miss Bull, Mrs Boden, Miss Roberts & Miss Landay. 


Timings for the School Day:

Start- 8:45

Lunch- 12:00-12:45

Hometime- 3:00



PE will be on Thursdays. Please remember to send your child to school with their PE kit at the beginning of term. Please ensure to remove any jewelry, such as earrings, for this day.

As a reminder, PE kit needs to be:

  • Black or navy jogging bottoms / tracksuit bottoms
  • Black or navy shorts
  • A plain white t shirt
  • They can wear a black or navy tracksuit top or sports top too
  • Appropriate footwear for sport


This term, we will also be enjoying Yoga every Wednesday afternoon. PE kit is not needed for these sessions. Children will need to remove their shoes and socks to take part. It is a good idea to practice this at home so that your child can do this indepedently. 


Reading Folders

Please ensure your child brings their reading folder to school everyday along with their reading books and reading record. 



It is expected that your child reads their reading book as often as possible, at least 3 times a week. Please record reads in your child's reading record.


We have a ‘Be a RockStar’ Maths target which changes each half term.  This can be found in the back of reading diaries and there is a box to sign each time they complete a practice.   







Year One Core Book List (including links)


We will use SeeSaw as our platform to support home learning in the event of bubble/school closures or isolation.

The expectation is that all activities set by teachers will be completed. Please contact us if you need help or support.

Here is a useful video explaining how it works.

A Tutorial of Seesaw Home Learning For Parents.

Useful Learning Resources

Oak National Academy


BBC Bitesize


Fun Science Experiments to try at home


Mental Maths Train Game


Shape Patterns game


Go Noodle are offering free videos to support physical and emotional well-being.  Lots of fun activities the children love to join in with at school.


Phonics Tracker Free Games:


Oxford Owl Reading Books


The Oxford Owl website has an excellent selection of reading books to read at home. There are also accompanying activities too. You can access them from most devices. Our class log in to access these brilliant resources is:

Username- cvy1

Password- CVY1

Collins Big Cat Books


Inside your child's reading diary, there will be a sticker with a username and password to access a fantastic e-library. 

For more information, please read the parents information letter. 

Collins Big Cat Parent Guide

Fab Phonics in Year 1!


In year 1, we love phonics! We are working hard to learn our letter sounds in our reading and in our writing. We have fun reading 'alien' and 'nonsense' words using our fab phonics to decode the word. 


Here are some useful links to support learning phonics at home. Have fun :)

Please watch the video below to help you support your child to read and write at home

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Phases 2 to 5 Sound mats- we are trying hard to know all of these sounds by sight and use these in our writing too!

Fast Words and Common Exception Words

Letter Formation Guides

Contact Mrs Leadbeater and Mrs Goncalves using the form below. We will get back to you as quickly as we can. Thank you

Contact Details and Useful Links