Meet the Year 1 Team..



Mrs Gilbertson


 Ms Johnston


Miss Warren


Mrs Booth


Mrs Bickmore


Mrs Horler


Mrs Harris 1W

and interventions

What is happening this week?

 16th April 2018


Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic Easter break and the children had a well earned rest!

Our Summer term will be filled with lots of fun learning opportunities,including our summer trip and the Year 1 production!

Our topic is 'In the Garden' and we are looking forward to being outside as much as possible now the weather is (hopefully) getting warmer!


This week (Summer week 1): 

  • Mathematics: Doubles and Halves, balancing equations.
  •  EnglishJack and the Beanstalk - sentence starters, up leveling sentences and drama.
  • Science:  Life cycle of a butterfly
  • Topic:  In the Garden - Charles Darwin


If anyone is able to come and hear readers in 1GL or 1W on an afternoon it would be very much appreciated.  Please let Mrs Gilbertson, Ms Johnston or Miss Warren know.  Thank you in advance.


Homework: Two pieces of homework will be given out, one will be on spellings and the other on phonics. The homework is given out on Fridays and is due in on Wednesdays.


Each phonics group has a different homework which supports the phonics that they have learned during the week.  As with reading, little and often is the key.  Please do not feel that all the homework needs to be done at once. 



Useful information

  • PE will be on Tuesday and Thursday (week 1) and Wednesday and Friday (week 2). We are doing our PE outside whenever possible this term. Please make sure your child has a pair of trainers or plimsolls that fit.
  • Library: Thursday afternoon
  • Phonics homework is given out Friday to be handed in on Wednesday.


  • Useful Websites: 

     This term's topic is 'In the Garden'. Please take a look at this term's curriculum coverage:



    Important Dates.


    End of first half term

    Friday 25th May






    Useful information


    Your children will be in the same phonics groups as previous term with adjustments made where necessary. The children will be re-assessed over the term. If you would like to support your child further in their phonic knowledge at home we would recommend the websites below or downloading the Twinkl phonics app that we use in class.


    Numeracy tips

    Try making maths a part of every day.  When in a car on a journey, what numbers can they see on number plates?  Can they think of one more or less than that number?  Can they say what 10 more or less than that number is?  

    Ask your child to find the cost of two items from your shopping basket or trolley.  What coins could they use to pay?  Let them pay.

    When walking up the stairs to bed or bath, ask your child to count back in 1s, 2s from 20 or count up in 2s, 5s or 10s.  Getting out of the bath or shower count down together.  

    There are lots of ways of involving numeracy skills in everyday life, it need not be a chore. Have fun with it and the more they do it the better they will get.

    Some useful websites for fun numeracy games:



    Our reading books will be changed three times a week, on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday or when your child is ready for a new book.

    We will be starting guided reading sessions each morning in Year 1. During the session your child will either be reading to the teacher, doing a basic comprehension on the text, a phonics based activity or reading independently.  We will write a comment to you each week once we have read with your child.  

    If we have parent helpers, they will still read with your child as an additional practice. 
    We ask you to listen to your child read every day for about 10 minutes, encouraging them to use the phonics they have learned in school. 

     Take a look at the document below, this will give you ideas of ways to help your child develop a love for reading.

    Ways to help your child in reading.pdf

    Our library day is Thursday.

    The children will have the chance to choose a book to bring home and then will need to make sure it is in school to be returned the following Thursday.

    Our P.E. days are Tuesday, Thursday or Wednesday and Friday dependent on the week. Please can you ensure that your child has their named P.E. kit in school every day.

    It is worth checking their kit on a regular basis to make sure it is all in the bag and that their plimsolls still fit. We will send kits home at the end of each half term for a good clean!


    Show and Tell will happen on Mondays. Please ensure anything your child brings in links to our  topic and that they can talk about the item they bring in. However, we also welcome any achievements from outside school and would love to celebrate them with your child in class.


    Water bottles: The children can bring named water bottles to school each day. Please fill the bottles with water, rather than juice or squash. Thank you.




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