Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!

Scarlet Class is a Year 1 class of 30 fabulous children with Mr Blyth as their teacher. Crimson Class is a Year 1 class of 30 equally fabulous children with Ms McLeish as their teacher. We have a great team of teaching assistants in Year 1 too. We work hard to be kind to each other, respecting our differences and sharing a great learning journey together!

Our topic for the Spring term is “Our wonderful world”.  Throughout the topic we will be learning seasons and the weather and finding out about the countries that make up the United Kingdom. The children are going to celebrate this learning by making and baking some bread from the different countries we have researched. We are learning how to observe the weather , measuring and recording results from observations.  In English we will be exploring a range of fiction texts such as “Katie Morag”, “Iggy Peck The Architect”, and poetry by Roger McGough “The Sound Collector”. We will use these texts to further develop our descriptive language and  ability to sequence and retell a story that we know.

In Maths, we will be focusing on the composition of numbers. We will develop our understanding of the concepts of ‘whole’ and ‘parts’ and we will explore part–part–whole relationships, further our understanding of numbers within the range of 0 to 20 in addition and takeaway,

As artists, the children are introduced to the work of the Impressionists through the book ‘Katie Meets the Impressionists’ by James Mayhew.  They will learn to describe what they see and express their opinions before exploring using a range of tools then making their own ‘Impressionist’ pictures of winter landscapes.

As sports people, we will explore different jumps and how to take off and land in a controlled manner. In outdoor PE, we will be continuing to develop our coordination skills by practising throwing, catching and aiming whilst on the move.


In Year One, we also have Phonics Screening checks. This is not a formal test, but a way for us to check that children are making progress with their phonics skills to read words. We want them to be on track to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and for learning. There will be more details to follow closer to the time.

General Information

In Year 1 we love reading and try to read as much as possible. We encourage parents to read regularly with children and to record this in their reading record book. Children should bring home two texts: one phonically decodable text from the Floppy’s Phonics scheme (selected by their teacher) and at least one reading for pleasure text selected by child to read with parents to enjoy reading and discussing with a parent. They will also bring home another book from their weekly library visit. We change books regularly so please remember to bring your book bag every day.

Crimson and Scarlet Class PE days are Monday and Thursday.  The children will be changing into PE kits in school so please ensure that your child has a kit in school at all times.  PE kit consists of: navy blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms, white t-shirt, navy blue sweatshirt or cardigan, and trainers.  No jewellery please!

Please provide your child with their own water bottle daily. This is especially important for PE days, so that we stay healthy and hydrated!  This should be named and brought home daily for cleaning.


If you have any questions about school, please contact the Office by phone, email or in person, or come and find us!

Useful Information

 Curriculum Descriptor Spring 1 2024

New To Year 1 Presentation 26.09.2023

Reading with your Child

Penpals Letter formation 1

Penpals Letter formation 2

Keywords to be able to read and spell

End of Year One Expectations Spoken Language and Reading

End of Year One Expectations Writing

End of Year One Expectations Maths