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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Engagement, enjoyment and creativity form the basis of teaching in Year 1. We endeavour to create an atmosphere in which the curriculum is taught interactively. Our topic learning allows us to teach in a cross-curricular manner, enabling us to find links between different areas.

In Year 1, the children begin to follow the National Curriculum as a whole class during lessons.


Year Group Team

Miss Bay 

Miss Osborne 

Miss Sinclair 

Mrs Kelaj 

Mrs M. Llewellyn 

Ms E. Freitas 


PE will take place on Tuesday's and Thursday's. Children are expected to come to school in their PE kit on their PE days, and if they are taking part in a club after school. Earrings must not be worn on PE days.

What are Year1 learning this week?


We are looking at the text The Dark by Lemony Snicket. We read a poem about the dark that describes positive and negative aspects to the dark and compared it to the ideas we have found in the story. We have created our own list of things we like about the dark.


We have been working on our subtraction skills this week. We have been using different ways to solve subtraction problems: counting on and backwards. We have also been continuing to practise our number bonds using our fingers and songs..


 This week, we introduced the topic of Advent. We talked about the idea of preparing and looked at some symbols of advent: the wreath and candles. We also visited the church to see Father Noel.



This week, we are looking at the life-cycle of a butterfly. We have matched images and put them into the correct order.



We are starting to prepare for our Christmas production, practising the songs and learning our lines.


In computing, we have been practising our mouse skills using the freehand drawing tools on to draw animals.


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Homework / Home Reading

Your child will be set three pieces of homework each week. This will consist of Maths, English and Reading. They will receive one piece of RE homework every half-term. All homework will be set via Google Classroom. It will go out on Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday. Maths homework will generally be set online through My Maths:

Children are provided with a reading book suited to their ability to further support their reading at home; this book is returned each week, and they are issued with a new one. We also encourage our pupils to continue their reading at home through the use of ‘Bug Club’ books which they can access through a login.


Focus is drawn on learning to read using phonics as it plays a crucial role. That is, teaching phonics gives children the ability to decode letters into their respective sounds, a skill essential for them to read unfamiliar words independently. At St Edmund’s, we use ‘Letters and Sounds’ to teach phonics alongside the Phonics Bug and Jolly Phonics resources as appropriate.


We have begun to use ‘Numbots’ in Year 1 to further develop children’s confidence and fluency in using their number bonds for addition and subtraction. This platform is enjoyable, educational and sets the children up with a solid foundation which will support them as they move through the school.