Year 1

Meet the Year 1 Team

Mrs Preece

Miss Kingston

Mrs Preece Miss Kingston

Ms Harrison

Mrs Campbell














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... reading for pleasure!
Learning Top Tip – whilst we talk a lot about reading skills, but the single most important part of reading is...just LOVE IT! Find books that fascinate you, transport you to other worlds or show you new discoveries! Whatever your interest, there’s a book for you! So, visit the library! Bridport library is free to join, has a fabulous range of books and you can take out up to 20 books at any one time, so that should keep you in stock all summer!

Writing… presentation and handwriting
Learning Top Tip – we are focusing our attention on developing our cursive handwriting. All you have to do is form a letter (as we have been practising all year) and then travel from where you ended to the starting point of the next letter. Do a letter, travel, do a letter, travel...but remember don’t take your pencil off, until the word is done!

Maths... positional language
Learning Top Tip – during the year we have become much more confident identifying left and right, but we are still working on using this to turn. Any opportunity to practise left and right (out on a walk, at the dinner table or looking at family photos...) is another chance to commit this to memory. Once memorised, turning will be much easier!

Phonics... alternative pronunciations and spellings
Learning Top Tip – we have started to learn that the graphemes (written sounds) we know can be said in many ways (for example ‘o’ makes different sounds in orange, no, wolf, brother). Similarly, the phonemes (heard sounds) we know can be spelled in various ways as well (for example when we hear an ‘ee’ sound this can look different in words like feet, sea, even, donkey, she, ceiling, lady, happiness, berry, chief). This can be very confusing! We are reminding the children that the spelling or pronunciations we learned first are the most likely. If they try this and it doesn’t sound right, then we start working our way through the alternatives until we find one that seems to work.
Science – seasonal changes, plants and animals (birds) around the world, working scientifically, conducting investigations

Art – art from other cultures (Aboriginal paintings)

DT – cooking and nutrition, using tools, materials and equipment

Geography – continent study –Australia, coastlines, human and physical features

History – explorers (such as Captain Cook, Fiennes, Columbus)

PSHCE – ‘Changing Me’

PE - swimming 1P only Friday/ 1K basketball, outdoor games, SPORTS DAY

RE – Jewish traditions including Shabbat

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. D. Brown (BED Hons NPQH)
01308 422846
Fax: 01308 458710