Year 1 2023 - 2024

Mrs Askey

Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Lax

Year 1 teacher

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Welcome to Year One.

We hope you have had a lovely summer and a relaxing break. We are really excited about the new year and seeing your achievements in Year 1.


Mrs Askey will teach Year 1 on Monday to Wednesday each week, supported by Mrs Baxter and Mrs Stephenson. Mrs Lax will teach every Thursday and Friday, supported by Mrs Baxter and Mrs Stephenson.


P.E days are Tuesday and Friday this half term. 


To encourage indendence in school, please spend a little time helping your child to learn how to fasten their clothing and tie their shoe laces. There are many lovely videos on Youtube to support tying laces and we've included one here.



Your your child will be bringing home a phonics based reading book that is matched to their phonic ability plus a reading log.

In the Year 1 classroom, each child has a 'Reading Rocket'. If they read 3 times in a week (and this is recorded in their reading log by an adult at home) their Reading Rocket is moved to the next planet, aiming for the finish line each half term! Children who successfully reach the finish line within this time will receive a reward...

Please be aware that although it is important to read to and share a book with your child, it is vital that they practice reading their school book as much as possible. Sounding out and blending the phonemes in words and spotting those non- decodable words (tricky words) will develop their fluency and thus open up a wider range of books that they can enjoy by themselves. 

Each child has access to the school library to borrow a book of their choice each week. This may be a book higher than their reading age and ability so will require an adult to read it to them. 


*Reading X3 at home a week. 

*Online games using the websites listed in Files to Download: Phase 3 phonics, Counting and Place Value maths games. Your child will also have a Numbots login to practice number skills such as addition and subtraction facts.

*Weekly spelling list- your child will be given a short list of Year 1/2 Common Exception words to practice at home each week. Your child will be tested on these words and new words added to their list if successful. 


Keeping our children safe online is something we take very seriously at Wales Primary School and we would encourage you to have a look at the 'Online Safety' tab of our class page for information relevant to our class about how to keep your child as safe as possible if they are accessing online content, using social media or gaming.

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Themed Learning

Autumn Term 2 - 'Let's Celebrate!'

Our topic for this half term is 'Let's Celebrate!' We will be learnin about different celebtrations and festivals that take place at this time of year. We will be learning about different materials in science and how the properties of materials can help keep us safe and healthy during the darker, winter months.

For our knowledge organiser for this theme, please click here.

We will use the stories 'Owl Babies' and 'The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark' to support the children's writing.


Maths homework - Please find our maths homework menu in the files below. This menu gives you a guide of what you can discuss with your child at home but we don't expect anything to be recorded. 


Please find our spellings for this half term, below;


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Autumn Term 1 - 'Walking with Dinosaurs'

Our first topic is 'Walking with Dinosaurs'. We will be learning about the diets or herbivores and carnivores and about significant, historical figures such as Mary Anning. We will use this engaging theme as a hook for developing speech, language and vocabulary alongside our Year 1 writing.

For our knowledge organiser for this theme, please click here.

We will use the story 'Are the Dinosaurs Dead Dad?' and 'How to catch a Dinosaur' to support the children's writing.





Files to Download

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