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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Swim City


We have recently had a visit from GB swimmer Jonny Carlisle. He came into class to discuss healthy living and the importance of being able to swim. Jonny owns the local swim school 'Swim City', where he teaches small groups of children. Some of Y1 already go to some of his sessions and thoroughly enjoy it.  

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Welcome back! It's excellent to see children coming back, after the holiday, enthused and ready for the challenges of 2017.  Below you will find links to this half term's news and some information about our focus for this half term. 

Spring 1 Newsletter

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Disaster! Over the half term holiday Percy's shed has been damaged and is in need desperate need of repair. We are going to have to investigate materials to see which would be the most appropriate to make the repair. To do this we will need to learn new scientific words and carry out some experiments!


We are also focussing on the topic 'Let's Remember' this half term which will include a visit from Durham University to deliver a workshop, and a trip for us to Mowbray Park to see the War Memorial. We will also be thinking about our own memories and how we have changed from the past.


Here are my top 10 story books for children in Y1. In no particular order:


1. The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson

2. Aliens love underpants - Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

3. Room on the broom - Julia Donaldson

4. The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister

5. Laura's Star - Klaus Baumgart

6. Giraffes can't dance - Giles Andreae

7. The dinosaur that pooped a planet - Tom Fletcher

8. No - Bot - Sue Hendra

9. The bravest ever bear - Allan Ahlberg

10. The Highway Rat - Julia Donaldson



All children in Y1 have now received a login and password for Sumdog. Sumdog is a fantastic way to encourage your child to do more maths at home in a fun way. They can play against their friends, re-capping methods learnt in class or challenge themselves with tougher problems.


If your child has lost their login details, please get in contact with the school for a new set.




PE during colder months


Children will still be doing PE outside during the colder months. As long as the playground is safe for use, the children will be doing basic games outside using a variety of equipment.


Please can you ensure that your child has suitable clothing, such as: tracksuit top and bottoms, hat and gloves.



We expect all our children to read every evening and at weekends. In Year 1, 10 minutes should be a minimum and, in addition, most children love to share books with adults, especially at bedtime. Please ensure you sign the reading log to confirm daily reading is taking place.


Some children will also have phonic sheets from taken from their recent sessions in school. These are a great way to supplement reading at home and it gives you the chance to practise sounds that we are learning currently in school.  


Year 1 Spelling List

Spellings are tested every Wednesday, with new words for the following week handed out on the same day. Alongside the new spellings, you will receive a sheet of tested words for that day with highlighted words that were spelt incorrectly. 


Your child will receive stage 1 spellings every week unless it has been deemed more appropriate for your child to receive stage 0 spellings. This will have been discussed with you before hand. You can check your child has received the correct spelling each week by looking in the top left corner. (List 1:x) are taken from stage 1 and (List 0:x) are taken from stage 0.


Children learn 12 spellings each week, ready to be tested on 10 random ones.


If you have lost the spelling sheets, they are available for download, with the corresponding dates, below.

Spring Newsletter