Autumn 1

Welcome back to another school year! The children have settled in well this half term, they are now confident in their new routines and classes. We have already; visited our allotment to pick our own fruit and vegetables, participated in sign language, created our own poems for National Poetry Day, created self portraits within art and so much more.


Multi-skills after-school club has begun with John Poland in school, this takes place on Wednesdays from 3.00pm- 4.00pm please see dates and details below.

Class 3- Mrs Thistleton 

Wednesday 12th, 26th of September and the 3rd ,11th and 18th October

Class 4- Mrs Hunter 

Wednesday 8th,15th,22nd and 29th of November and the 6th and 13th of December.


Topic Webs


Here are some other ongoing activities we take part in within our Year 1 curriculum on a weekly basis:

Monday – Multi-Skills

Tuesday – Allotment Time

Wednesday- I.C.T using Apple Macs and Ipads

Thursday – Gym

Friday- Sign Language/Music/Spanish/Philosophy for Children, Health and Wellbeing


Parental Involvement

We believe that parents and/or carers play a vital role in their child’s education.  We hope to work in partnership with you – we will support your efforts at home and provide opportunities for you to engage in your children’s education in school.

Click on the link below to see how we can achieve this.

Year One Parental Involvement (document opens in new window)


Phonics Screening Check

A guide for parents

What is Phonics?

Phonics is a method of teaching children to read and write skilfully. They are first taught how to recognise the sounds made by each letter and combination of 2/3 letters. Children are taught to read by breaking down words into separate sounds or ‘phonemes’. They are then taught how to blend these sounds together to read the whole word.

Phonics is taught through short, daily sessions throughout our school using a range of strategies such as games, computer programmes, reading and writing activities. The phonics programme is split into phases through which the children progress throughout Early Years and Key Stage 1.

Why Phonics?

Research has proven that when phonics is taught through a structured programme, starting with single sounds and progressing to more complex sounds consisting of more than one letter, it is the most effective way of teaching children to read. Almost all children who receive good structured phonics teaching will learn the skills to approach new words confidently leading to fluency and reading for pleasure. Reading is a complex skill and whilst we recognise the importance of phonics teaching we also use a wide range of additional strategies which supports the development of reading.

What is the phonics screening check?

The National phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 for all Year 1 pupils and is used to check your child’s phonics knowledge.

It comprises of a list of 40 words, some real and some ‘nonsense’ or ‘alien’ words. The children are asked to break down each word and blend together to read the whole word. The check will assess phonics skills and knowledge learnt through reception and year one. The check will be completed individually with your child’s teacher .