In Year 1 we have two classes - Sycamore Class and Maple Class
Sycamore class has Mrs. Cruickshank and Mrs. Edwards (Fridays), whilst Maple Class has Mrs Shrestha and Mrs Masters (Wednesdays). Our teaching assistants are Mrs Burch and Mrs. Grant.
A Year in Year One
Our topic this term is Settlers and Explorers. The first few weeks have been about ‘settlers’ – namely the children – and we move on to explorers nearer half term. We are spending a long time establishing good learning behaviours and encouraging the children to change any ‘I can’t’ attitudes to ‘I will try’ or ‘I can’t – yet!’ We then move on to learning our first story in English which we will then adapt to write our own versions.
Curriculum outlines for each term are sent by Parentmail to you all and a copy is uploaded to the website too.
After half term in October we will become explorers - our topic is "Let's Go Exploring!". During this theme we will look at the lives of one or two explorers - from the past and today. We will study the polar regions and weather patterns. We will even go exploring ourselves but safely within the school grounds!
Finally we will make a visit to Dorking Museum to learn about Dorking’s own explorer – William Mullins, who sailed with the Pilgrim Fathers on The Mayflower to America.
We finish the Autumn term with a visit from a pantomime company to get us ready for our return in the Spring when we study traditional tales in our ‘Happy Ever After’ topic and we even write our own! Then we move on to learning about animals, those close to home and some further away.
The Summer term starts with a mystery visitor (!) and then we finish the year with a transport history topic.
The Summer term starts with a very unwelcome visitor (!) and then we finish the year with Are We Nearly There Yet? culminating in a trip to Brooklands Museum at Weybridge.
Please name everything that comes into school.
PE kits need to stay in school - we have PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. In the winter please send in tracksuit bottoms and sweatshirts to wear for outdoor PE (and girls will need socks if they wear tights to school). Please make sure EVERYTHING is named. No earrings to be worn on PE days, we are not allowed to remove them or cover them with tape so if children cannot remove them on their own please leave them at home on PE days. Long hair must be tied back.
Children can also bring in wellies in a named strong bag so that they can go into the copse, when it is open, whatever the weather.
If your child needs an asthma inhaler please bring one in to leave at school.
Homework is due in on Mondays and will be sent home on Tuesday or Wednesdays. This consists of a phonics and spelling homework and a topic homework. (Totalling not more than 20 minutes a week.)
Please also read with your child every night, just a few pages. When it comes to reading books, we use a variety of books from schemes, including the Oxford Reading Tree, Story World, Phonics Bugs and Rigby Rocket, as well as non-scheme books to enable a wide variety of book choice. There is a useful reading app available to download aimed at children struggling to blend and at the early stages of reading called ‘Teach your Monster to Read’.
We teach phonics daily in school, mainly following the Letters and Sounds scheme.
In June each year, Year 1 children across the country undertake a phonics assessment set by the Department for Education. This is to assess their application of the phonic sounds they have learnt in the two years they have been in school. The assessment includes 'non-words' - 'alien' words- as well as real words, testing children's ability to blend sounds. For information, a past assessment paper is shown at the bottom of our page, as an example of the type of words children will be asked to read.
Common Exception and Tricky Words
There is a list attached at the bottom which gives the common exception and tricky words expected for year 1.
We have provided some resources below to help you practise handwriting with your children at home, including guides to letter formation and special handwriting paper templates to help children place their letters accurately. We hope you find them useful.
For your information a summary of the general expectations for Year 1 standards in literacy and maths is also shown below. You can also find our full assessment statements on the curriculum and assessment page.
In June each year, Year 1 children across the country undertake a phonics assessment set by the Department for Education. This is to assess their application of the phonic sounds they have learnt in the two years they have been in school. The assessment includes 'non-words' - 'alien' words- as well as real words, testing children's ability to blend sounds.
For information, you can download a past assessment below, as an example of the type of words children will be asked to read.
This external website may also help with any question you have, or feel free to pop in and have a chat to us!
You can also click below to see our curriculum outlines for this term and for the year as a whole.