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Welcome to the Year 1 class page

Welcome back. We hope that you have all enjoyed a great half term with your families and also managed a well earned rest.

Our topic this half term is Living and Breathing.


Dear Parents/Carers - If your child should find themselves having to isolate due to COVID-19 but they are well enough to work, please see the Literacy and Maths tasks that we have added to this page (below).  The tasks chosen allow the children to practise the skills they have recently learnt in class. Please contact your child's teacher by email if your need anything further. 

Thank you for your ongoing support from home.

 As always we are available to help and support you all so please do not hesitate to email us:

Dolphin Class  

Mrs Kirsty O'Brien   

Mrs Zoe Redfearn

Shrimp Class

Mrs Katherine Pedder

 Turtle Class 

Mrs Tracey Cutts

Take care and stay safe


The Year 1 Team

Remember to use your GOOD WRITER SKILLS whenever you write something.

We are continuing to explore different types of measurement. The children will be learning about Mass (weight) - comparing the weight of different objects, using the correct vocabulary to describe the weight of different objects - heavy/light, heavier/lighter, heaviest/lightest - and investigating how much objects weigh using non-standard units to weigh against.

After that they will be learning about - Capacity - how much liquid a container can hold, and Volume - the amount of space the liquid takes up. They will be learning the correct vocabulary - full/empty, half full, a quarter full, nearly full/empty, holds more than/less than.  They will use non-standard units for example spoons, cups to find out how much a container holds and then compare the amount of liquid various containers hold. They may also go on to looking at scale using litres and millilitres. 

For more learning activities or further challenges please look at these websites.

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Helpful information about phonics and maths in Year One for parents 

 Maths work shop for Parents (1).pptxDownload
 Phonics presentation for parents.pptxDownload
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More e-safety links - Please watch with your children and talk about these important messages!!

..Reading Corner..Spellings..Phonics Factory.. 

As a school we have now changed the way we teach phonics.  We are using the Read, Write, Inc scheme. This link will provide you with more information. 

The children are now set for phonics and the teaching will be more specific to their levels. Reading books will come home linked to these levels in due course.

We will hear the children will read in every phonics session, therefore we will only be

listening to them read individually once every two weeks. Please continue to encourage and

listen to your child read everyday at home. 


If you have any further questions about Read, Write, Inc please speak to your child's class teacher.

Thank you.

Website Links:

Amazon Audible are offering families access to stream stories, in 6 different languages, for free whilst schools are closed.  Please follow the link below;

Oxford Owl are providing free books in the e-book library 

Story Nory are providing free fairy tales to read 



Here is a word mat for children in Year 1 and Year 2.  It is really important that children are able to read and spell the words below.  You can make spelling and reading of these words into a game, for example; write them on a post it note and play a word hunt around the garden, stick them on a wall and slap the word called out etc.


We will send home a set of spellings every half term. Please practise reading and writing them as much as you can. Use the Look, Cover, Write, Check method and write them in all different creative ways to help embed them into your working memory.  If you already know the ones we send home there is a list above for you to look at. Practise the ones that you find difficult to remember.

Other online links - these will provide links to lots of useful websites  

 *Reading - at least 15 minutes a day of reading

 This can be reading to yourself or an adult! If you've read all of your books at home try the Borrow Box app, if you have a library card, you can download books for free.

The link below is a free ebook website from the publishers of 'Kipper & Floppy' books. 

Here is a link to David Walliams, reading and talking about his books.

Borrow Box app - free app to download with an Essex library card - This site has provided a free login to give free access to a range of phonics resources and games which your child will enjoy. 

Free Espresso phonics games -


Phonics Play is offering a free login for everyone during this period.  It includes games and resources that your child will enjoy

Tricky Word songs - during our phonics sessions we also learn to spell tricky word through songs. Here is a link to a variety of the songs;

*Topic Learning Links

*Drawing Challenge

If you enjoy drawing, try these 'How to draw' guides:

Learn how to draw the characters from 'Oi! Dog'/'Oi! Frog' illustrator Jim Field

*PE Challenges

Marathon Kids Challenges - The Marathon Kids Youtube channel will have daily challenges and games to help you stay active at home. 

'The Body Coach' Joe Wicks is creating a daily workout aimed at children.  At 9am every day, he will be posting an exercise video for children to follow; -