Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

A very warm welcome to Year 1. Our class name is Maple and the class teacher's name is Miss Jukes. The staff team is completed by teaching assistants Mrs Haines and Miss Higgins. 

You can contact the team at

Miss Jukes

Mrs Dardouk

Mrs Haines

Miss Higgins

Overview of Learning

Year 1 is the first year of Key Stage One, and a year where children embed their reading, writing and maths skills and enjoy a wide range of learning opportunities through a range of exciting topics to engage the children.  

The topics that we focus on include: 

Through these topics, we create memorable moments such as, a biscuit picnic, a castle building day and a museum and other visits to help inspire the children. These experiences spark their imagination and fire their enthusiasm for some excellent writing.

For the first term, Year 1 children access continuous provision, an approach similar to that used in Reception, to help them transition successfully. From January onwards, we begin to adopt a more formal whole class teaching and learning approach. You can learn more about our curriculum and what the children will learn by clicking on the curriculum map.

Our PE days in Year 1 are Monday and Thursday. On these days your child will need to be wearing their PE kit and they can stay in this all day.

Meet the teacher Year 1 2023

Learn All About Year 1

We loved meeting so many families at our Curriculum Event on Wednesday 27th September 2023. If you were unable to attend, here are the presentation slides with lots of information about the year ahead. 

Statutory Assessment Information

In June each year, Year 1 children take part in the National Phonics Screening.  Our phonics approach supports children to achieve well in this.  Help and advice for parents about the screening can be found on the government website or just follow this link: Information for parents.

Helping Your Child At Home

Reading and Writing:  

We use Sounds Write Phonics, a well-researched programme that enables children to decode (read) and encode (write/spell) every word they encounter.  

To help your child become a fluent reader, daily reading at home is a must.  The more your child reads the more fluent they will become.  We send home decodable book - linked to Sounds Write phonics - but also a book for pleasure, which you can read with or to them, so that they become familiar with different styles of books and stories.  

The Sounds Write app offers games and learning activities to do at home and is available to download for free here

Sounds Write offers a free parent course to help you support your child. There are a number of supporting documents below for top tips to encourage and promote Reading for Pleasure at home.  Please record in your child’s reading record each time you read so that we can see how your child is progressing at home; we also use this to communicate with you. 

To encourage Reading for Pleasure, you can use Oxford Owl to read and listen to a variety of books on the computer or I-pad! Each class will have a log in for the children to access more books and audiobooks at home. and go to ‘my class login’ 


We send home home a weekly handwriting sheet to help your child develop their letter formation skills.  Check that your child is using the correct pincer/tripod grip. It is really important that your child has strong core and shoulder muscles to sit correctly and have stamina for longer pieces of writing.  


Our teaching aims to provide every child with maths mastery 

skills.  This is a small step approach that deepens children's knowledge of number and operations.  Being fluent with number bonds is essential to this and daily practice on Numbots really helps this. Each child has a unique log in where they can play games and practise and apply skills, such as subitising, number bonds and addition and subtraction.  

Handouts to Support Learning to Read and Reading for Pleasure

Talking about reading sheet for parents.docx
Ideas for encouraging your child to read for pleasure 2.docx
How to read a story to your child.docx
Common Exception Words - Y1 and Y2.pdf

Year 1 Curriculum Map

Year 1 2023- 2024.doc