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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 have been reminding ourselves of the sounds we already know and practising segmenting and blending in our heads. We have also started reading a new text called Leaf by Sandra Dieckman and begun thinking about adjectives to describe the main character which is a polar bear. Next week, we will be comparing this with a non-fiction book about polar bears and creating facts about them.


In Maths, we are focusing on counting accurately from 1-10, in words and numbers. We are practising number formation and matching the correct digits to the words. The children have been using Numicon, cubes and objects to support them with this.



This week, we have been thinking about our school mission statement and out motto 'Love, care, share'. We discussed the word 'community' and thought about which communities we belong to and what connects them.


In Science, we are learning about the human body. The children will be learning to recognise and name body parts. We will be using the song ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes’ to help us!



In computing, we can now log on to the computers! We have learnt that 'technology' is anything made by people to help us. We have also learnt that drawing with a mouse is really difficult!


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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.