Welcome to Year One Autumn 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,                                                                 12.9.18

Welcome to Year 1 and Tiger Class.

We hope you have all had a good summer break and are looking forward to being involved in a busy and exciting term. All the children have settled in brilliantly and are ready to continue their learning journeys. 

Tiger class is taught by Mrs. Haselgrove and the class will be supported in their learning by Mrs. Rose. Mrs. Gilham will be covering Mrs. Haselgrove’s ppa time on a Wednesday Morning 

If you would like to talk to any of us, then we are usually available at the beginning of the day (before 8.45) and at end of the school day to discuss your child’s education.

Encouraging Independence

In Year 1 the children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own possessions. This includes making sure their reading folder with reading book and Reading Journal is in school every day. 

Every Wednesday and Friday afternoon the children will need their P.E. kits: shorts, T-shirt, plimsolls/trainers and socks in a P.E. bag to wear for their lesson. Some lessons will be outside so if your child would like to wear tracksuit bottoms that is fine.

Please make it easier for your child to look after their belongings by naming everything clearly.

In the mornings, after the bell has gone, the children line up and bring their belongings into school by themselves. They hang their coats, bags and PE bags on their named peg in the cloakroom area, book bags are brought into class and put into the box with their name on. The children’s snacks and water bottles are put into the snack and water bottle trays in the classroom. 

Please note that before the bell goes no one should be in schoolputting things on pegs.


Your child will benefit from any help that you can give them with their learning at home. Your child will also enjoy talking about and sharing with you the things that they are learning in class.


All children are expected to read 5 times every weekand to complete 1 reading activity per week.  Reading journals are checked daily and a new record sheet and activity will be put in the journal every Thursday.After reading a book with your child there is a sheet for you to record the date, title of the book read and any comments you would like to make on your child’s reading.

Spelling and Phonics

Every Monday the children will bring home a set of words to learn for spelling which they will be tested on the following Monday. Once the children have completed phonics revision and been assessed they will bring home a sheet every Friday to tell you what they have learned that week. 

Hometalk Schoolwrite

HTSWwill continue as a once a month activity and is a wonderful opportunity for you to support your child and share in their learning. If you are ever unsure about this task, please do not hesitate to come and ask. Please note that the piece of writing that they will bring home will be unmarked as it will have only been produced that morning.


The children will also be given a password (see front of Reading Journal) to enable them to use the ‘Mathletics’ programme on their home computer, this will have tasks for them to complete each week. This is a good opportunity to support them with the Maths that they are learning in class. We are looking forward to giving out lots of certificates this year!

Other expectations/information

All children are encouraged to bring a water bottle in to the classroom. Squash is not permitted in the class but is allowed in their lunchbox. Please help us by adhering to this rule.

The children will take it in turns to be ‘Special Helper’ and will do jobs like taking the register back to the office and standing at the front of the line.  

We look forward to working with you and your children and seeing you at the Meet the Teacher session at 3:20 on Wednesday 12thSeptember. 

summer learning

Starting Year 1 in September 2018

Help support your child’s learning during the summer



         Read, Read, Read!  

  • Keep hearing your child read and keep reading to your child.
  • Read everywhere; at the shops, road signs, practice the alphabet with car number plates etc.
  • Talk about the difference between capital and lower case letters
  • Develop fine motor skills with lots of drawing, painting, construction, cutting out, colouring


  • Practice reading sounds learned in phase 2 and 3 using your sound books
  • Practice reading phase 4 words
  • Notice and talk about digraphs and trigraphs when reading together
  • Practice reading and writing tricky words
  • Click on the link and look at the following websites for phonics games, ideas and resources






the link below is to a video that shows how to say the sounds (phonemes) that the children learn in phonics lessons




  • Count, count, count!
  • Count at home, toys, pasta etc. put into groups of 2, 5 and 10
  • Make up number stories for adding and taking away

   Jack had 4 cakes and Dan had 2 cakes, how many cakes     altogether?

     Emma had 5 pet cats but one day 2 of them ran away, how many cats where left?

  • Read numbers on number plates, doors and gates, at the shops, notice number patterns like odd and even numbers
  • Play shops with real money
  • Hunt for 2D and 3D shapes
  • Measure length, height, weight, capacity when cooking, in the garden etc.
  • Talk about days of the week and months of the year.
  • Talk about time, morning, afternoon, evening, o’clock
  • Click on the link and look at the following websites for maths games and ideas




summer term Year 1

Year 1 Summer News Letter June 2018

We hope that you have all had a good half term and are ready for the last few weeks of Year 1!

Summer Term Learning

Our topic for this half term will be:

‘Sporty Me’

The accompanying topic map will show you what your child will be learning about in more detail. As you can see the children have an active and fun time in front of them!

Keeping in touch……

Please remember that we are always happy to speak with you about your child – after school is generally the most convenient time as before school can be a little rushed. However, we will always endeavour to be available if at all possible.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs J Haselgrove and Mrs K Rose

Year One Team 

Phonics Screening Check

As you are aware the Year 1 Phonics Screening check takes place during the week beginning 11thJune. Please ensure your child is in school this week. A big thank you to everyone who has been supporting their child’s phonic learning at home. If you have any questions or concerns about the check do not hesitate to come and see me. 


Could we please ask that all children  have their normal P.E kit in school as we will be going out at various times to practise rounders and athletics.


Thank you

P.E - Swimming

You should already be aware that our P.E for this half term is swimming. Your child will need their kit in school on a 

Monday and Tuesday 

Homework – 

Reading and Mathletics will be continuing as usual. 

Key dates this half term……

Wednesday 6thJune – Sporty Me morning for KS1

Phonics Check - Week beginning 11thJune

Wk Beginning 20thJune – Family Learning Week

Tuesday 19th June – KS1 Run Around Rounders Festival

Wednesday 26thJune – KS1 Trip to Moors Valley

Tuesday 3rd July – Sports Day

Wednesday 11thJuly – KS1 Trip to Sandbanks

Friday 20thJuly – KS1 Exhibition

Wednesday 25thJuly – term ends for the summer holiday at 1.15pm

phonics year 1

Year One Phonics Screening Check June 2018

In June, every Year 1 child will be taking the statutory phonics screening check. Year Two children who did not meet the threshold standard will retake the screen. The check takes place during the week beginning June 11th2018

The check is very like tasks the children already complete during phonics lessons.

The purpose of the check is to provide evidence of children’s decoding and blending skills, not to test their vocabulary.

What does the Phonics Screen look like?

The checks consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-to-one with their class teacher. Alien words (or made up words, or nonsense words, or pseudo words, or non-words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child

has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them. 

The 40 words and non-words are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some alien words – so they understand more about what they must do. Each of the alien words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the

word was their name (and so your child doesn't think the word is a mistake because it doesn't make sense!).

Scoring and communicating the results

Your child will be scored against a national standard, and the main result will be whether they fall below or within this standard. For the past four phonic screening checks the pass threshold has been 32, which means children had to read at least 32 out of 40 words correctly. The threshold mark is usually communicated towards the end of June, after the test has been taken, so that teachers can mark the screen. 

You will be told the outcome of the screen for your child in their annual report in July. If your child’s score falls below the standard, they will be given extra phonics help and will have to re-take the Phonics screening check in Year 2.

What can you do to help prepare your child for the Phonics Screen Check?

You can help your child prepare for their Phonics Screening Check by going over the phonics they’ve learned in Reception and Year 1. Read new books and stories with them where they will be introduced to new words that they’ll have to sound out,  and review the phonics sounds and rules.

If you need replacement copies of the sound mats we use in class to support the children please come and ask

There are also several websites that have fun, free activities to support your child’s phonics learning (see below) and there are numerous apps available for smart phones and I pad. 

Useful Websites