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Year One

Year One has three classes. The class teachers are as follows:

  • Beech – Mrs Bethany Lartey
  • Aspen – Mrs Karin Walsh
  • Ash – Miss Hannah Claxton

The supporting adults in Year One are:

  • Mrs Claire Dainty
  • Mrs Diane Sarkissian

Our themes across the year are Amazing Animals, Fairytales, and Pirates! We have lots of exciting things planned for these themes, including a trip to the zoo, a Fairytale Ball and a Pirate adventure at Graffham water. If you feel you could contribute to our themes in anyway, we would love to chat with you. Please see your child's class teacher about getting involved.

A usual day in Year One consists of our daily Literacy (RWI - which consists of reading, writing and phonics activities) and Numeracy sessions along with Guided Reading. Throughout the week we also teach our theme lessons, which have a range of scientific, historical or geographical focuses as well as teaching Music, RE, PSHE and ICT.

The children also take part in two PE sessions per week. PE is on a Thursday and a Friday. We ask that PE kits are in school from a Monday to a Friday so that children always have them here in case of other events or last minute changes in the timetable.

Spellings are tested weekly. These are given out on a Tuesday and tested the following Tuesday.

In Year One, our homework consists of half termly learning projects, daily reading and mental maths practice. This can be working on your tackling tables or your number bonds. 

We ask that children read at home for 5-10 minutes every day to help with their development and parents to comment in their Reading Records every time they read with them. Your child also has a phonics book. We ask that you review all existing sounds they know with them and practicing reading and writing the sounds in words. Children are taken to the library weekly to change their reading books.

We recently gave out a pack of curriculumn resources to every child in Year 1 full of ideas and activites for teaching reading, writing and phonics at home. These packs are designed to help you make your child's learning at home fun and relevant to what they are learning at school. Please see your child's class teacher if you do not have one.

If you want to help out in Year One, then you are very welcome - you can come and hear children read, help them with their maths number bonds, join in the learning on special days such as our 'Wow' days that begin and end each theme or come along on educational visits with us. Just contact one of the Year One team or the office.

We look forward to seeing you soon!