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Thank you to everyone who has watched our 'Welcome to Y1' Loom video. The Loom video link is here and the slides shown in the video are available at the bottom of this page and contain lots of useful information about starting Y1. 

Staff in Y1

Welcome to Y1! Our class teachers are Miss Farrell and Mrs Wyatt (Spain class) and Mrs Fearn and Mrs Gill (Argentina class). Both Y1 classes are situated in the former FS2 classroom in the Infant department. 

We also have our wonderful teaching assistants: Mrs Swain, Miss Stevenson, Mrs Atkinson and Miss Breen. We are very lucky to also have Mrs Wells teach Outdoor Learning!

                                                            Mrs Fearn                 and                      Mrs Gill      
                                                                                 Argentina Class Teachers               


                                                               Miss Farrell              and                    Mrs Wyatt

                                                                                        Spain Class Teachers

                                                                                                Mrs Wells                                               
                       Outdoor Learning                    


                     Miss Breen                    Mrs Swain                  Miss Stevenson         Mrs Atkinson                               
               Teaching Assistant           Teaching Assistant           Teaching Assistant        Teaching Assistant

Working days 

Miss Farrell - Mon, Tues Weds                                            Mrs Gill - Mon, Tues , Weds
Mrs Wyatt - Weds, Thurs, Fri                                              Mrs Fearn - Weds, Thurs, Fri

All class teachers are in Year 1 on a Wednesday. One teacher will be leading the learning for the day while the other leads focused interventions for their class.

Learning Journeys

During the year we will do on six learning journeys together, these will cover all areas of the curriculum and will develop your child’s key skills. The topics cover the new national curriculum areas of learning and ensure comprehensive coverage for Y1. 

Find out more about our exciting topics below...

Autumn 1 – This Is Me

Welcome to Y1! The first stop on our Learning Journey is ‘This Is Me’, with a big focus on settling the children into their new classes and giving us all an opportunity to get to know each other. This half term the children will explore different aspects of their lives and the world around them as follows…
- The children will concentrate on what makes them special, both inside and out. This will involve a special self-portrait, as well as circle time that encourages reflection and positive thinking.
- They will explore their close family and what traits they have that are the same or different.
- There will be an option for children to investigate changes in history that have affected their family through an optional home-learning activity.
- The children will think where they live and the surrounding area.
- They will get to know more about their class country and the language they speak.
- There will be an opportunity to explore the similarities and differences between where they live and their class country.
- Through outdoor learning sessions we will focus on Autumn and the changes it brings.

Autumn 2 – R.E.S.P.E.C.T

We will be developing our school value of respect this term, with lots of interesting learning! As historians, we will look at the amazing life of Mary Seacole and the impact she had. We will also spend time being scientists, looking at how we can look after hedgehogs as the seasons change, before becoming designers to create these hibernating creatures a suitable home! By the end of the half term, we will be learning about different religious festivals and the similarities between these – a tasting session of the foods associated with Christmas, Diwali, Eid and Hanukkah will be sure to help us!

Spring 1 – Fly Me to the Moon

This term we will be explorers! We will be learning about our Solar System, our planet and the pioneers who have explored it. We will take part in astronaut training when the History Van pay us a visit, for an immersive Moon Landing day! As scientists the children will consider the diet, clothing and journey of an astronaut and suggest improvements, and will even make their own astronaut breakfast! As geographers, we will also be exploring our local area, looking out for landmarks to help us recognise where we are as well as identifying human and physical features. We end the term with Safer Internet Day to help us learn how to explore technology responsibly and respectfully.

Spring 2 – How Far I’ll Go

Calling all Y1 Superheroes! We will use our amazing powers this term to learn even more, reading Supertato by Sue Hendra for inspiration. We’ll become authors and write our own exciting Superhero story. We continue to discover how to communicate geographically this term, this time learning to name and locate continents and oceans as well as our own country of the United Kingdom. We’ll learn to use compass directional language and practise our map reading skills. We’ll also become artists, taking inspiration from Roy Lichtenstein and make our own Pop art piece to go out of term with a BANG!

Summer 1 – The Land Before Time

This term we will be going back in time to learn all about those amazing creatures…dinosaurs! In English we’ll read ‘How to grow a dinosaur’ and build up our sentence skills to create our own version of this fabulous story. We’ll design and make our very own dinosaurs, as well as a suitable habitat for them and as scientists, learn all about plants. We’ll conduct an experiment to discover how plants grow and what they need to survive. As historians we will be considering how the world has changed since the time of dinosaurs, and conduct research using books, computers and videos to learn more about the Mesozoic and Cenzoic eras! We’ll celebrate this learning by putting it all together onto a timeline!


Summer 2 – Part of your world

Our last learning journey of the year is really WILD! We read the fantastic story - The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr and will be getting up close and personal to the big 5! Then we will create our very own non-fiction class book all about these amazing animals! To help us with identification and classification of animals we get a visit from the Zoo Lab where we will get the chance to hold or observe some special animals! We will get musical and learn how to keep rhythm and pace with instruments, whilst in PE we will be practising our athletic and track skills in time for Sports Day! We'll also  practise our sewing skills by making our very own animal hand puppets. At the end of the year, we will reflect on the learning journey we have been on and prepare for the transition into our final infant year!

Continuous Provision and Challenges

In Y1 we have a variety of areas of continuous provision which children can access when they are not doing their focused table learning . These enable children to develop independent learning and social skills as well as creativity. There is also an outdoor area available for children to further their independent learning. The use of continuous provision in Y1 also aids the smooth transition from reception.

Harry, Oscar and Douglas challenges are differentiated and relate to outcomes in the Y1 national curriculum and link with current topics. Children can opt to do these when not learning at the tables with their class teacher. If they complete a challenge they get to move their picture along the rainbow. If they complete all 6 challenges they will move onto the Pot of Gold and receive a certificate. Here are the areas where we can complete our challenges:
  • Writing area (developing SPaG and English skills)
  • Maths area (developing number or shape, space and measure skills)
  • Creative area (developing DT or art and design skills)
  • Painting area (developing art and design skills)
  • Computing area (developing ICT skills)
  • Outdoor area (developing science/ geography or other skills across the curriculum)



Our Timetable

In Y1 a usual day will be as follows:

8.35: Doors open, children settle on the carpet - we encourage pupils in Y1 to enter the classroom independently
8.45: Doors close,  registration and lunch options
Guided reading
Maths or English
Maths or English
Lunch time
Story time
3.10: Home time

*Please note this is an example timetable and frequently differs due to current topics or special activities. We will often do double maths or English in a morning especially in the Autumn term when the children are still settling into this busy day!*


Y1's usual PE sessions are usually on Monday PM and Thursday PM. All children need indoor and outdoor kits as we try to use areas inside and out as much as possible. If you are unsure of specific kit please don't hesitate to speak to a member of staff. We also have the opportunity to take part in football coaching from Sheffield FC, and dance lessons by Gemini dance group.


Reading in Y1 - information for parents/carers

In Y1 teachers hear children read weekly on a one-to-one basis. Your child's teacher will put a comment in your child's reading record book when they have read with them. Please send your child with their book bag and reading record every day. Some pupils, who need an extra boost, may read 1:1 with a teaching assistant more frequently.

We encourage children to read (and be read to) at home as much as possible (this includes books from home/the library too!) so they can develop a love of reading. Children can change their school reading book by placing it in the designated box in the classroom on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday. 

Children will be assessed (benchmarked) in reading at regular points of the school year. If you think that your child need to be moved up or down a book band, please speak to your child’s class teacher.  We ask kindly that parents/carers do not move children up or down reading bands without speaking to a member of teaching staff first.


Both Y1 classes are located in the Y1 base in the main infant building. If you have a message for your child's class teacher please write it in your child's communication book and hand it in to a member of staff at the beginning of the school day.  If you would like to speak to your child's class teacher please do so at the end of the day when we operate an open door policy. There will be a teaching assistant on the door of each classroom every morning who will be available for you to speak to before school if required.

Phonics - information for parents/carers

In Y1 children have a daily 20 minute phonics session.  We will set a small amount of weekly optional home learning to support the children's phonics learning, this is normally handed out on a Thursday or Friday afternoon and will also be uploaded to the Learning Journey. These may include spellings, phonemes to practise and / or words to read. If you think that you have missed a piece of home learning please speak to a TA in the morning or your child's class teacher after school.

In June, your child will take part in the annual Phonics Screening Check. This is a short, statutory check for all Y1 pupils. They will do this 1:1 with their teacher and read a variety of real and alien words to test their decoding skills. Please see some examples of this below:


As we get nearer to the time of this Screening Check you will receive plenty of practise resources from your child's class teacher. There are also a variety of free phonics activities to support your child's learning in phonics at . Please speak to Miss Godfrey (Leader of KS1) if you would like more information about this.

If you need support with the pronunciation of the sounds (phonemes), the Jolly Phonics videos and the actions they teach are what the children are familiar with from school - Phase 3 sounds 

Phase 5 sounds - Geraldine the giraffe videos which we use in school:

Katy Jackson-Godfrey,
10 Jul 2017, 06:40
Katy Jackson-Godfrey,
10 Jul 2017, 06:40
Katy Jackson-Godfrey,
10 Jul 2017, 06:40
Katy Jackson-Godfrey,
8 Oct 2018, 09:41
Aisling Farrell,
31 Aug 2020, 05:50