St Michael's
C.E. Primary School

Believe, Achieve, Succeed


Year 1

Welcome to Year 1.

The Year 1 team this year are Mrs Todd, Miss McIntosh, Mrs Burke and Miss Messenger. Please see our latest year group newsletter here.

During the first few weeks of Autumn term, Year 1 children will be given the opportunity to continue their continuous provision from Reception, making their transition from Reception to Year 1 as smooth as possible. When a routine is established, children will be taught as a whole class.

We aim to provide a creative curriculum which provides children with a range of activities to enrich, enhance and encourage their learning. Throughout the year the children will learn about a variety of different topics during English, Maths, History, Geography, Art, Design Technology, Music, Religious Education, Physical Education, PSHE and Computing. At the moment, children are being asked to come into school on their PE days (Wednesday and Friday) in their PE kit. Children will need to wear their school shoes during the day and have their pumps or trainers in their PE bags to change into when it is time for PE. On these days please ensure your child’s hair is tied up and they are not wearing any jewellery including earrings.

Throughout the year the children will take home a reading book and diary. Please ensure you hear your child read on a regular basis and that you keep them in their bags so that we can hear them read in school too. Their reading book will swap between a coloured band reading book and a phonics reading book which will include the sounds that they need to practice. This will be tailored to each child through phonics assessment.

Each week, children will also be expected to learn their spellings ready for their spelling test every Monday and to also learn their rocket words. This year the Rocket words have been updated. Children will be assessed at the beginning of the year to see which rocket they are on to take home. Due to them being updated, this may be a different number to what they were on at the end of reception. Children will also take home phonics sounds and words that we will be focusing on that half term for children to practice at home. The children won’t be tested on these.

The Reading Challenge! The children will be sent home a reading challenge sheet. We hope that you will support your child with this as they will get Bronze, Silver and Gold certificates for the number of books they have completed on the challenge. Once a book has been read, it will need to be dated and signed by an adult at home and then shown to the teacher so that they can keep a record of this.

Finally, we hope all the children settle well into year 1 however, if you have any concerns or worries, speak to a member of our team and we will try and resolve the issue, no matter how big or small!

We have so much fun in Year 1!