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, Mrs Joyce, Mrs Burke and Miss Messenger.

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 and will be encouraged to sit in rows to make the classroom environment safer.

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 (Tuesday and Wednesday) in their PE kit. 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. They will be heard read once a week in school and their reading book will swap between a coloured band reading book and a phonics reading book which will include the sounds that we have been focusing on in phonics.

Each week, children will also be expected to learn their spellings ready for their spelling test every Monday and also learn their rocket words which will be tested on Thursdays and Fridays. Children will also take home phonics words each week to practise – they will not be tested on these.

In Autumn Term, children will also be introduced to Microsoft teams where their homework will be available weekly. There will be a piece of Maths and English homework each week, which we expect the children to complete. It will be based on what they have learnt that week in school. If children have to isolate due to Covid, daily lessons will be available on this platform as well which the children will need to access and complete.

We know there are a lot of differences and challenges this year but we are here for you no matter how big or small your issue is and we are always happy to speak to you to talk about your child.

We have so much fun in Year 1!