Year 1 2020 - 2021
In Year 1 we want our classroom to be a safe, fun and an encouraging learning environment. Leaving Reception behind and moving into Year 1 can feel like a big step for both children and their parents. The Year One team are here to make this transition easier and smoother for everyone by supporting the children (and their parents!) in their next learning step.
This page and our gallery is updated regularly so please keep checking for updates. Please use the above tabs to find out what your chlid will be learning in maths, phoincs reading and writing as well as links to some educational games to play at home. Our topic for this half term will be 'Tell me a Story'. We will continue learning about animals including humans and seasonal changes in science. In topic, we will be learning about the history of transport. We will also explore the theme of 'Responsibility and Respect' during this half term.
Contacting Class Teachers
The Year 1 class teachers are Miss Jones (Monday - Thursday) and Mrs Bailey (Friday).
Please remember that emails will be read no later than 6pm and responded to as soon as possible.
Thank you for your incredible support and commitment to remote learning. I am so pleased with the level of engagement with tasks this week. I hope the children have enjoyed them and remote learning has been manageable for parents and carers. We absolutely appreciate the challenges of juggling working from home and remote learning. We understand that sometimes it is not possible to complete every task, every day. We just ask that you do the best you can and communicate with us if you need support.
If you need to contact me about anything, please email me directly and not the school office, at
I have uploaded two handy documents in files to download (see bottom of this page). These are to supplement remote learing and are optional activities.
1. Funky Fingers at home - The children usually have access to a ‘Funky Finger’ challenge in school every day. This is an activity to help develop their fine motor skills and support writing development. If you would like to try some of these activities at home, I have my ideas onto the Year One class page. These are entirely optional. Click here to download.
2. Additional ideas for remote learning - if you would like to supplement your child’s remote learning, I have uploaded a document with websites and ideas for you on the Year 1 class page. Again, these are entirely optional. Click here to download.
Supporting Children's Mental Health
For Children's Mental Health Week 2021 children (and adults) are encouraged to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas.
Here are some activities that everyone can enjoy this week and beyond.
Suggested Remote Learning Timetable
Here is our suggested timetable for remote learning in Year 1. You should have all received an email with this timertable and additional information to support you with remote learning. Tasks do not need to be completed in chronological order so please fit them in and around your home life. Please remember timings are there as a guide and are age-appropriate. Some tasks will naturally take less time than others :) We are absolutely not expecting you to replicate the classroom at home!
Life Skills at home
Life skills are really important and being at home is the perfect way to enhance your child’s experiences and even develop their fine/gross motor skills. These form part of our suggested timetable for home learning and there are some ideas below. These can be repeated as many times as you like. You could also think of your own. I will start a discussion thread on the discussion tab in School Spider if you would like to share what life skills children are doing at home. Please do not feel obligated to.
Here are some daily ideas to keep us all active in February. If you wish to download or print, please click here.
You should have received an email about our zoom sessions on Thursdays. Please also remember I am available during drop in sessions every Tuesday (3:30-4:15) and Wednesday (1-1:30). If you need any of the Zoom links being sent out again, please email me.
It is getting colder so please can children have a warm coat with them every day. They may also wish to bring a hat, scarf and gloves. In accordance to current guidelines, all windows and doors, including external doors, needs to remain open at all times to allow sufficient ventilation. Children may wish to wear a top underneath their uniform or bring in an additional zip up top to wear in the classroom if they feel cold.
Your child will have come home with a letter about an interactive maths game called Numbots. Numbots is an online game and free App, which improves recall and understanding of number facts and addition and subtraction facts. It can be accessed on a phone, tablet, laptop or PC. Each child has their own unique login username and password so that they can play at home as well as in school. We have talked about the importance of not sharing usernames and passwords.
It is lovely to see that some of you are already playing at home. Playing Numbots little and often can significantly improve your child's mathematical fluency, confidence and understanding, taking them from counting to calculating.
Rail Safety - Thomas the Tank Engine
Network Rail and Thomas the Tank Engine have joined together to help children understand how to keep safe around the railway. This is the first time a Thomas and Friends™ book has covered a rail safety theme. If you follow this link, you can download a FREE eBook to share with children at home. You can either download via the Apple Store if using an Apple device or if not, they have a PDF ebook available.
We will also be reading the story in class.
Please could we remind parents and carers that snack money needs to be handed in on Mondays in a paper envelope (no plastic please), clearly marked with your child's name, snack choice and the days required. We are unable to handle loose change at the moment.
Reading books will be collected on a Friday and changed on the following Monday to allow for quarantine over the weekend. A new book will be sent home if it has been read at home at least 3 times. Re-reading texts will really support children's fluency, accuracy and confidence so reading everyday would be even better! Even five minutes a day makes a huge difference.
PE will be on FRIDAYS with Mr Bell, our gymnastics coach. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit (suitable for gymnastics). Hair must be tied back and all jewellery removed for PE lessons.
Miss Anders will continue to cover Miss Jones's PPA time on Tuesday afternoons.
How to support your child in Year 1 video
Hopefully you have been able to access the 'How to support your child in Year One' video. I hope that you found it useful and informative. Please find the accompanying slides from my presentation here.
Who will be teaching me?
Miss Jones will teach the class on Mondays, Tuesday Morning, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Miss Anders will cover Miss Jones's preparation, planning and assessment (PPA) time and teach the class on Tuesday afternoons.
Mrs Bailey will teach the class on Fridays.
Files to Download
Year 1: News items
Active February, by Miss Jones
Children's Mental Health Week (1st - 7th February), by Miss Jones
Year 1 Christmas Video: MONDAY 7th DEC, by Miss Jones
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