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Year 1

Year 1 key information


As the children begin their first year of the National Curriculum, your child’s day will become a little more structured than it was in Reception. They will take part in daily phonics, English and maths lessons as well as exploring foundation subjects such as history, geography, science and computing. We follow Read Write Inc Phonics to teach reading and writing.

They will do some whole class learning at desks, but they will also learn in a variety of ways in groups, on the carpet, inside and outside and using the rich resources available in our locality.


Formative assessments are made throughout the year and summative assessments are completed at the end of each term or topic. This information will be shared with parents by your child’s teacher and their progress and targets discussed at our October and February Parents’ evenings. You will also receive a written report detailing their end of year outcomes in July.

The Year 1 phonics screening check, taken by all Year 1 pupils in early June, is a statutory assessment. The assessment is carried out 1:1 with the class teacher in a relaxed, calm environment. Children are familiar with the assessment, as they will have practised the skills necessary to decode unfamiliar words throughout Reception and Year 1. Teachers use the information to ensure that children are making sufficient progress with their phonic skills, as this is integral to supporting pupils to become fluent readers who can enjoy reading for pleasure and to learn. The results of the check will be included in your child’s summer term report.

Key dates and events

  • Thursday 14th October – Seaside Journeys Workshop
  • Friday 15th October – Harvest Mass
  • Tuesday 19th October – Parents’ Evening I
  • Thursday 21st October – The Science Machine: Animals, Habitats and Lifecycles Workshop
  • Thursday 21st October – Flu Immunisation
  • Thursday 21st October – Parents’ Evening
  • Monday 25th – Friday 29th October – Half Term
  • Monday 1st November – INSET Day (School closed)
  • Thursday 18th November – Weather & Seasons Workshop
  • Thursday 2nd December – Advent Liturgy
  • Wednesday 8th December – Nativity Play Dress Rehearsal (Led by Year 2 – 10am)
  • Thursday 9th December – Nativity Play (Led by Year 2 – 10am)

Useful links

Links to support your child’s learning online can be found in their Google Classroom:

Online phonics games to explore:

Information about the Phonics Screening Check for Parents:

Learn more about Read Write Inc Phonics:

Meet the teachers


Ms Cecelia Vunaki

Year 1 Teacher

“The staff and teachers genuinely care, and make efforts to really get to know the children. They will identify things they are good at and let them flourish, but also will help them with the bits they find challenging and work to improve them.”

– Nick Fox, Year 1 & 3 Parent