Year 1

Year 1 Newsletter

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

Pupils in Year 1 will take part in a screening check delivered by class teachers to confirm whether individual pupils have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. Pupils, who have not reached this standard at the end of Year 1, should receive support from their school to ensure they can improve their phonic decoding skills. Pupils will then have the opportunity to retake the screening check in Year 2.

Home Learning

New parents are asked to read, discuss with their child and sign a Home/School Agreement which establishes a partnership between the school and parents. The agreement sets out expectations and responsibilities regarding attendance, behaviour, communication and home-learning. We ask parents to take an interest in what their child is doing at school.

Homework provides parents with an ideal opportunity to get involved with their child’s progress. Teachers will sometimes set homework designed to reinforce or extend what is learnt at school.

Children may be asked to practise word recognition, learn spellings or number bonds, or research a class topic.


Teaching and learning is monitored by the senior leadership team. Regular observations of lessons and audits of teaching plans are carried out by the headteacher and deputy. The subject leaders monitor teaching and learning in their respective subjects. The termly assessment results are analysed rigorously to ensure each child is making the best progress possible for them. We are also able to identify areas needing improvement and areas of strength from which to draw good practice.

School Journeys

During the year all classes will have a number of organised visits. We use these trips to extend and enliven the curriculum. Typically, a class might visit a gallery, museum, theatre, a farm or a park. The Class Teacher will write to you about each trip to ask your permission and let you know about the financial contribution and any special arrangements. Permission slips are required for these trips. However, if it is a local trip not involving public transport, each parent has signed a consent form on admission to the school.

Reading List

Please find above a recommended reading list for this year group. The lists contain a range of books for different abilities. Books are not easily categorised by age, but by a child’s personal interests and ability to read. Therefore you will notice that some books may appear on more than one year group list.

The lists are to help you be aware of the variety of good books out there, however it is more important that the child is able to read and enjoy their book. I would also recommend looking at reading lists for the years above or below your child’s year group, especially if they are a strong reader or find reading difficult.