Year 1

Meet the Year 1 Team

Miss Kingston

Miss Molly Miss Kingston

Mrs Rumens

Mrs Campbell
Mrs Rawlings Mrs Clode




















Welcome to Year 1

We had a fantastic start to the year settling into new routines and learning how to be more independent. The children have been amazing; showing their key learning skills from Reception and building on them in the Year 1. We hope you enjoy looking at our page for information and photos to highlight our exciting year!

What we will be learning…with top learning tips

Reading... predicting and inferring...
Learning Top Tip – when you first explore the book it can be fun to try and guess what might happen in the text. Are there any clues in the pictures to suggest what could happen next? Sometimes you can think about a similar personal experience or how you might feel in a situation to help you understand the characters and their motivations.

Writing… prefixes and suffixes
Learning Top Tip – prefixes and suffixes can be added to root words to change the meaning, and when teaching this we make a screwing action to remind us they are ‘fixed’ onto the word. So far we have looked at ing as in cooking and ed as in jumped. Next we’ll be learning er as in helper and un as in unhappy.

Maths... counting and reading numbers to 100
Learning Top Tip – remember there are lots of different games to play with counting on a 100 square. Crab counting reminds you to count along the rows backwards and forwards (21, 22, 23…). Spider counting reminds you to count up and down the columns (31, 41, 51…). Frog counting reminds you to leap from numbers in multiples (2, 4, 6…).

Phonics... Phase 4 consonant blends.
Learning Top Tip –these blends are when there are two or three consonants at the beginning or end of a word (such as the s-c-r in screw, t-w in twist, or n-k in bank) and they can often prove a little tricky. If you are struggling to blend these consonants try drumming them out with your hands on your knees or the table top as you say them. Build up the speed as you say them until you are comfortable saying them quickly and accurately.
Science –Animals -focusing on mammals, continuing to observe seasonal changes and developing our understanding of working scientifically

Art – portraits/photography, using ICT, exploring the work of Lord Snowdon

DT – strengthening structures, using tools and equipment and materials

Geography – continent study – North America, using maps, atlases and globes – looking at symbols and key physical/human features.

History – changes over living memory

PSHCE – Dreams and Goals

PE – indoor gymnastics Wednesday / outdoor team sports Thursday

Latest Year 1 Newsletter

To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current Year 1 learning letter.


All homework is set on Thursday and due in the following Tuesday.

Each week the children are expected to complete either an English, maths or topic learning activity. As well as these set pieces, your child should read regularly and get an adult to sign their reading record book. Remember, if a child reads four times at home and it is noted in their reading diary they will get a RIF sticker.

Spellings are sent home each week. We expect the children to practise as many of the words as possible, however the quiz will include 6 randomly selected words from the list. The children are given a spelling quiz on a Thursday and encouraged to use their sounds learnt in their writing. Spellings are also stuck in the children’s reading diaries so that they can be referred back to at any point.

General information

Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. We advise kits to be in school throughout the week as classes have PE on different days throughout the week. Please include joggers and a sweatshirt for outdoor PE.

We do PE on: Monday (outdoor weather permitting) and Friday (indoor)

Please let the school and the teacher know if your child has any allergies (that we do not already know about) or needs to take any medication.

Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months.                         

logo Reading / Writing / Phonics
Squeeble Spelling App The Squeebles App is brilliant for spellings and is available on for iPad, Android and Kindle Fire.

These short video clips clearly shows you how to pronounce the sounds your child has been learning in school.

Articulation of Phonemes

Sounds of the English Phonic Code

Letters and Sounds Website

Phonics Play Website

Oxford Owl Website

BBC Bitesize Literacy KS1

Literacy Games

BBC Words and Pictures Games

Starfall learn to read website

Phonics Games

Top Marks Letters and Sounds Games

Learn to Read with Cbeebies

Teach your monster to read

If you have a grammar question or want to look for an example - check this fantastic website out:

Hands on Making Activities

Making Activities

Hands On Activities to do with our children


Maths Games

Maths Zone

Top Marks  Maths Games

Woodlands Junior School has many useful links to different subjects to support you in your learning:

Woodlands Resources

Can you recommend any good websites for your class page? Share them with your teacher!



St Andrew's Road


Headteacher: Mrs. Helen Farmer
01308 422846
Fax: 01308 458710