Year 1 History Learning

Today Year 1 will come home with a booklet they have made all about Charles Pearson. It would be lovely if they could share their learning with you at home using their booklet to remind them of the facts.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Year 1 Team

Year 1 Workshop 11.2.20: Cursive Writing

Information from Today’s Workshop

We talked about expectations in Year 1 for handwriting: forming letters correctly, whooshes in and out, writing on the line, using finger spaces, the handwriting letter mantras, making capital letters bigger than anything else, making tall letters tall and small letters small.

We played a game. Can you ‘draw’ a letter on someone’s back with your finger? Can they guess which letter it is?

We copied some sentences off the board taking great care with our letter formation. Adults checked our writing.

Children should all come home with a copy of the handwriting mantras, a piece of large lined paper and a feedback sheet. Please return feedback sheets if you have any comments to make about a workshops.

We hope those who were able to attend found it useful.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Year 1 Team

Next workshop
27.2.20 Maths: Part-Whole Models

Year 1 Speaking and Listening Activities

From next week the children will have chance to talk in a small group in guided reading time to share something important to them. This could be something they want to tell their friends that they have done or are going to do or it could be related to a small object they can bring in to discuss. If your child would like to bring in an object please ensure it will fit inside their book bag to go in their tray so it stays safe. Also please do not send in anything fragile, invaluable or irreplaceable as accidents can happen in a busy classroom. The children will come home with a slip to inform you of which day they will need to prepare something for.

Thanks for your continued support.

The Year 1 Team

Year 1 Reading Books

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are writing to inform you of some changes which may take place regarding the books your child brings home from school to read.

We are striving for our children to read fluently (see below) and to expose them to a wide range of stories. This helps to develop comprehension and writing skills.  In order to achieve this, we will be sending home books for children to share with parents from a wide range of genres and to continue to focus on developing the children’s love of reading.

As a school we use the Read Write Inc. scheme for the teaching of phonics and as part of our teaching of early reading. The books, which children bring home to read themselves, should only contain the sounds which they have been taught at school. This ensures that whilst reading at home, they can focus on building their confidence, fluency and comprehension skills with parents and carers.

Please continue to encourage your child to read the books they bring home as these should be fully decodable for your child. Regular reading practice is essential to developing fluency.

Further books may be sent home as a ‘Story to Share’ where the parent/carer can take more of a lead with the book and the focus of a reading session can be comprehension, story-telling, expression, enjoyment etc. to encourage a love of reading.

Please do not hesitate to speak to a member of the Year 1 Team if you need any further clarification or support with reading with your child at home.

Many thanks for your continued support



Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately.

Our aim is for children to be able to decode at least 90 words per minute by the end of Year 2 and 180 words per minute by the end of Year 6.

Year 1 Parent Workshops

Dear Parents/Carers,

In Year 1 we are going to be running a short trial of parent/carer workshops to help inform parents and give ideas on how to support your child at home with specific learning and skills. If successful, more workshops may be planned. We hope these workshops will further open communications between parents/carers and teaching staff. In addition, we envisage this will allow the children to grow in confidence with the targeted skills.

As stated, this will be a trial of three workshops in the first instance. This will allow us to evaluate the way we deliver the workshops and their success including taking feedback from parents. They will take place fortnightly, alternating Tuesday and Thursday beginning on Tuesday 11th February. For each workshop one adult per child can attend. Unfortunately due to space in the classroom we are unable to accommodate siblings. This adult could be a carer, parent or other relative. The workshop will begin at 2:55pm (following an arrival time at the main school entrance of 2:50pm) and constitute of 10 minutes modelling or practise activities. Following on from this, children will have a chance to practise this skill supported by their adult. At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to ask any questions following the activities about that specific skill whilst the children get their things and line up for home time. Unfortunately, there will be not be time during these sessions to answer any other questions about your child’s learning or progress but this can be discussed during parents evening or other appointments made with a teacher.

We hope that many adults will be able to attend our workshops but realise that some children may not have an adult who can attend for some or all of the workshops. Any information explained during the workshops will be sent to parents in a message on the App using brief bullet points and photographs if appropriate. We hope this will mean that all parents/carer receive the same information and messages about our teaching.

Proposed Year 1 Workshops

Date* Skill Content
Tues 11.2.20 English: Cursive handwriting Year 1 expectations

Whoosh in, whoosh out

Handwriting mantras

Thurs 27.2.20 Maths: Part-whole models What is a part-whole model?

Word problems

Using in addition/subtraction

Tues 10.3.20 English: Reading comprehension questions What questions to ask

Encouraging inference

Question words


We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 11th February at 2:50pm for a prompt start with looking out how we teach cursive handwriting.

Many thanks for your continued support,

The Year 1 Team

Year 1 Fire Brigade Visit

Please see the photographs of our recent fire brigade visit linked to our learning about ‘The Great Fire of London’. Thank you to Thornaby Fire Brigade for teaching us all about Big Red – their fire engine.

Year 1 Family Assembly Practise

The children will be coming home tonight with a line to practise for our family assembly. Please help them with remembering any tricky words and encourage them to use a big confident voice.

Thank you for your continued support.

The Year 1 Team

Year 1 – DT and Geography this week

This week we will be beginning our next DT project. The children might have shared some of our learning at home about ‘The Great Fire of London’ and that we are going to be making a model building from London at the time of the fire. The children will need a standard or large sized cereal box to make the basic shape of their building so we would really appreciate any donations of these in to school as soon as possible this week. Please send in a spare box or two if you have them but not too many or any additional junk materials as we will not need them for this project and have limited storage space in the classroom.
This week in Geography the children will be continuing their learning about the United Kingdom. Hopefully they have told you they now know there are different countries which together make the United Kingdom and can perhaps tell you their names. This week the children are going to be looking at the names of some of the cities and towns in the UK. Please could you write clearly in your child’s reading record the name of a large town or city they have visited in the United Kingdom. The children will be using an atlas to find their city or town and marking it on a map.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Year 1 Team

Welcome Back!

We hope that you’ve all had a lovely Christmas and break with your family and friends and that the children are refreshed and ready to come back to school. We can’t wait to hear all about the fun and exciting things that you’ve all be up to during the holidays but sometimes we do run out of time and don’t get to hear everything. We thought that the children might like to tell us what they’ve been doing via email on their Purple Mash account.

Our topic this half term is Bright Lights, Big City and we will be learning about the Great Fire of London.  This topic is very exciting and we are looking forward to sharing it with the children and having lots of fun along the way.

Please remember to send PE kits back to school ready for PE on Thursday.

We would also like to say a big thank you for your very kind and generous Christmas gifts , cards and messages!

We are looking forward to seeing everybody tomorrow 🙂

Thank you for your continued support and help!

The Year 1 Team

Year 1 – Christmas decorations and end of term arrangements

Just a few quick messages.

The children have painted a Christmas plaster pot model given to us by the PTA. We would like to sell these for 50p for the children to take home as a festive decoration and to raise further money for PTA school funds. If you would like to purchase your child’s model please send 50p in to school this week and we will send their decoration home.

A reminder to ask for all reading books to be returned for the Christmas holidays. This decreases the chance of books getting misplaced and lost in the Christmas madness! Particularly please check for our Read, Write Inc. books as these make up sets which are important for group teaching and expensive to replace.

On Friday the children in Year 1 are able to bring in a toy or game to play with that day in school. Please do not send in any electronic games (e.g. Nintendo Switch, Ipad) or any valuable/irreplaceable toys and games. We hope the children will enjoy playing with these toys and games in class but accidents can happen in a busy classroom so want to make sure everyone goes off for their Christmas holidays still smiling!:-) Please also label their toy or game if able to to help prevent confusion between similar toys.

We hope you all have a wonderful festive break and look forward to seeing everyone back in the New Year. Thank you for your continued support.

The Year 1 Team