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Year 1




The Year 1 team is Mrs Kitchen, Miss Pitt, Mrs Perkins (Miss Footman), Mrs Taylor and Miss Hewitt.

Summer Term 2018

Year One have a fantastic summer term planned. We will finish our topic on ‘Live and Let Live’ before we begin our new topic about ‘Flowers and Insects’ where the children will grow plants from seeds and observe the changes that happen. This will lead onto learning about insects, with a particular focus on bees. The art in this topic will involve exploring and creating paintings and models of flowers and insects.

After half term our topic will be ‘The Magic Toymaker’. The children will explore and learn about a variety of toys, from the past and present. We look forward to enhancing this learning with a trip to the Black Country Museum in June.

As we head towards the end of the school year, the final topic will be ‘Hoorah…Let’s go on Holiday!’ The children will gain an understanding of how holidays in the past were very different to holidays now. We will explore how we can now travel to all parts of the world and even Space, who knows where we will go for our holidays in the future? This will certainly get us in the mood for the summer holiday.

This term, 1S will be doing ‘Yoga Bugs’ sessions every Friday afternoon.

What is the Year 1 phonics screening check?

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. It will help to identify whether your child needs additional support at this stage so that they do not fall behind in this vital early reading skill.

What is in the phonics screening check?

There are two sections in this 40-word check and it assesses phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1. Your child will read up to four words per page for their teacher and they will probably do the check in one sitting of about 5-10 minutes.

Is there a pass mark?

The check is not about passing or failing but checking appropriate progress is being made. If children do not reach the required standard (the threshold has been 32/40 over the past few years), then the child will be supported with their phonics throughout Year 2. Your child will re-sit the check the following summer term.

What can I do to help my child?

The following documents are past papers. These are great for practising sounding out and blending real and nonsense words. The use of nonsense words (or words that do not exist in English) is a deliberate part of the test. It is a way of checking that a pupil can work out a plausible way of pronouncing a word they have never met before rather than simply memorising a set of words. If they can do this then they have a good grasp of the process.

2012 Phonics Screening Check    2013 Phonics Screening Check    2014 Phonics Screening Check

2015 Phonics Screening Check    2016 Phonics Screening Check    2017 Phonics Screening Check

2018 Phonics Screening Check

Curriculum overview

We started using the International Primary Curriculum in September 2016. You can find more details of it on the Curriculum and Subject pages on the menu to the left. At the beginning of every unit of study we will be sending out a letter to parents that explains the sort of things that are being covered in the unit. Copies of these letters are available from the links below, as well as an overview for this year group.

Year 1 IPC Overview

Time Travellers