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Year 1

Welcome to Year One!

We are so excited to meet all of you and welcome you into our Classes! Year 1 is a busy year as we start to work more independently and spend longer on tasks given to us.


Our teachers this year are Miss Marsh in Beech Class and Miss Brown in Cedar Class.

We are supported by Mrs Guest, Miss Doyle, Mrs Michie, Mrs Yusuf, Miss Patel and Miss Sliwinska


We will be adding lots of pictures of our exciting activities onto Class Dojo as the year goes on to show how much we are learning every single day. Please make sure you are registered on


Supporting at Home:




We encourage the children to be reading every day - both in school and at home. This can be their school RWI phonics book, their school bug club book (a challenge!), a book from the school library, a book on BugClub or any other book they want to read! When you read with your child, make sure to fill in their reading record. Please ensure that your child has their reading folder in school every day.


In school the children will also learn how to read and spell a list of 100 high-frequency words and 45 common exception words. The latter are sometimes called 'red' words or 'tricky' words, which the children cannot use their sounds to decipher. It is important to practice these at home (please see the resources below)


Phonics Screening

At the end of the academic year, the children will undergo a phonics screening test which consists of 40 words. These words will either be read words or nonsense words (also known as alien words). These nonsense words can be made up of any of the 49 phonemes taught and can be put together in any sequence. There are several ways in which you can help your child at home:

  • Play lots of sound and listening games with your child
  • Practice reading real and nonsense words
  • Practice sounds with your child (see complex speed sound resource below)
  • Encourage your child to have a ‘good guess’ even when they think they may not know what a word says
  • If your child is struggling to decode a word, encourage them to say each sound in the word from left to right
  • Blend the sounds by pointing to each one, e.g. /c/ /a/ /t/ in cat, or /b/ /ee/ /n/ in been
  • Discuss the meaning of words if your child does not know what they have read



Encouraging your child to write at home will help your child's writing improve greatly. There are several ways in which to support your child at home:

  • If your child is struggling to write a word, encourage your child to use their sounds to segment a word (e.g. cat -> /c/ /a/ /t/)
  • Make sure that your child uses finger spaces between their words
  • Remind your child to break their writing into sentences by using full stops. In school, we have discussed that a full stop enables a reader to breathe, a sentence says one piece of information, and that a sentence must make sense
  • Ensure that your child uses capital letters for names, places and at the beginning of sentences
  • Once your child has finished writing, encourage to read their work back - praise them if they spot mistakes, and correct their own work!
  • Encourage your child to make their work 'even better' by including adjectives or interesting sentence starters (see resources below)
  • To extend your child, encourage them to join two different sentences with the conjunction 'and' (e.g. 'The cat is big. The dog is bad.' -> 'The cat is big and the dog is bad' or 'A mouse is small. Giraffes are big.' -> 'A mouse is small and giraffes are big.'
  • If your child needs writing inspiration you could give your child a picture and encourage them to write about what they see. Additionally, you could give your child two different characters and a setting (a place where the story takes place) and encourage your child to write a story around these prompts.


Helpful Links:

Useful documents, parental tips and information:


A video showing the correct 'pure' pronunciation of phonemes (sounds):

Example phonics screening tests papers: and


Oxford Owl:

Information about spelling in Year 1:

Picture prompts:

Phonics games:

Phonics Play: Phonics Games:

Teach Your Monster to Read:
Phonics Hero:

BBC Phonics Games:


Useful apps:

ABC pocket phonics

Word wonderland primary

Phonics genius

Phonics with Letter Lillies