Welcome to Year 1


Mrs Fox and Mrs Markham- Class Teachers    

Welcome back to Sunny Bank Primary School after the summer break! I hope everyone has had a fantastic summer and I hope that the children are ready for the challenges of Year One! I know I am! After such a wonderful Reception Year I am really looking forward to moving the children’s learning on in Key Stage One. I know that they are all ready for Year One and I’m excited for another brilliant year with them. Although the pace of learning steps up in Year One, I will still ensure that lessons are fun.


At the end of Year One children will take the National Year One Phonics Screening Check and so this year there will be lots of fun phonics activities on offer and there will be consolidation of all the sounds that we learned in Reception. We will also learn new ways of spelling phonemes and explore alternative pronunciation of graphemes. This year we will practise reading lots of alien words in addition to reading real words. We will also learn new high frequency and tricky words. The National Year One Phonics Screening Check is nothing to worry about and I will provide lots of information throughout the year about the test including how you can help your child prepare for this.


Please note that there will be no snack in Year One, children will be provided with free fruit in the morning and milk can be ordered. Also please remember that the weather can be unpredictable. Please ensure coats are in school every day.


 In Year One we also have Forest School sessions and children will need old clothes and wellies for these sessions. Please remember to send in clothes that are suitable for the weather as the children will be taking part in Forest School sessions throughout the year. The Forest School sessions this term will be on Friday mornings and are: 28th September, 19th October, 16th November and 7th December. Reminders of these sessions will be posted on Twitter.



In English in Year One, we will develop our writing skills, use of punctuation and develop writing stamina. We will learn how to use a variety of punctuation and look at verb tenses. We will explore the structure of narrative texts, non-narrative (information) texts and look at rhyme. We will learn about grammatical terms and will begin to use adjectives and conjunctions in our writing.

 We will immerse ourselves in quality texts, identifying features of a genre before learning how to imitate the genre in our own writing. We then learn how to creatively innovate our writing, using what we have learned about a genre and a core text to produce a piece of writing which incorporates our own ideas. Our core texts this term will be ‘Naughty Bus’ and ‘The Runaway Chapatti’.

We will continue to have daily handwriting lessons to support correct letter formation. Please practise reading your child’s reading book at home and sign the reading record book to show that you have read at home. Children will continue to bring home a class library book. Please share these with children as they are not expected to read them independently. In Year One children will also begin the Accelerated Reader Programme when they are ready. More information on this will be provided at the welcome meeting.



This term, in maths, we will be continuing to practise counting and recognising and writing numerals to develop fluency. We will also be learning about addition and subtraction.  We will continue to develop a mastery approach to maths and we will be working hard to understand how to represent numbers in a variety of ways. We will especially be developing the understanding of number using concrete and pictorial resources before moving on to abstract representations. Maths homework will be set online in Year One on Mathletics. Children will be given a Mathletics login to enable them to practise key mathematical skills at home. More information on this will be provided at the welcome meeting and homework will be set on a weekly basis, every Friday. You can help your child to become fluent in counting skills by practising counting at home in 1s, 2s 5s and 10s both forwards and backwards.



This term our topics will focus on vehicles and transport in the past and present in addition to looking at the UK and our local area and will include using maps. We will also learn about significant people in history.


In Science this term we will learn about seasons and seasonal changes, in particular looking at weather.


Timetable for useful information


AM: Phonics, English, Maths, Guided Reading.

PM: Science Handwriting


AM: Phonics, English, Maths, Guided Reading.

PM: Topic, Handwriting, PHSE


AM: Phonics, French, Handwriting, RE, Guided Reading.

PM: English Maths


AM: Phonics, English, Maths, Guided Reading.

PM: PE, Computing, Handwriting


AM: Phonics, English, Maths, Guided Reading.

PM: Music, Art & D.T, Curriculum Enrichment.


Our Learning Challenge topics

Transport and the local area: ‘Where did and do the wheels on the bus go?’

Significant historical figures: ‘Who was famous when your mum and dad were little?’


Class Assemblies

Year One class assembly this year will be on Wednesday 19th June at 2.45pm.




Useful websites







Mrs Fox and Mrs Markham - Class Teachers

Email -   office.sunnybank@visionmat.com

Please address emails to the school office email and put FAO Mrs Fox or Mrs Markham in the subject line. Thank you.


Non Negotiable Parent Leaflet - Year 1

Year 1 Long Term Planning 2018-2019