Y1 Welcome

Welcome to Dolphins, Blue Whales and Seals. We hope you will have a very happy year with us all. Below is some useful information to help support your child’s learning throughout the coming year.

Please see our updated curriculum jigsaws every half term to see what we are learning about in school. Knowledge organisers will also be shared every half term with key vocabulary we will be using during the termly topic.

Guided reading
Your child will read on a weekly basis during our guided reading morning, however It is important that your child brings their book bag into school every day. They will either read with a teacher or a teaching assistant. Each week we will make a comment in their reading diary and ask, when possible, that you do the same. We do find your comments helpful. If you require additional reading books, then please access Bug Club, or the reading baskets within each classroom.

Phonics will be taught 4-5 times a week for around 25 minutes. We will begin by recapping phase 3 and 4 and learning phase 5. Children will be taught a bank of new sounds and will practise reading and writing them within real and nonsense words.

This will be taught weekly. We will work on developing fine motor skills through fun activities. We will be tracing over patterns neatly and carefully and learning how to form each letter of the alphabet using our schools handwriting guidance sheet.


Please ensure your child has the correct kit with them on the appropriate days.
Indoor – White T- Shirt and Black shorts
Outdoor – White t-shirt joggers, trainers for outdoor and a sweat shirt.
Time slots are as follows:
Seals – Wednesday (indoor)
Blue Whales – Wednesday (indoor)
Dolphins – Thursday (indoor)

Our outdoor P.E slots are as follows, however in some weeks these may change as we are able to be flexible around weather etc.
Blue Whales – Monday
Seals – Thursday
Dolphins – Thursday


Google classroom
Every week we will post the learning we are doing in school in preparation for children that may need to self-isolate . You do not need to access this unless your child is unable to attend school , however if you would like to replicate any of these activities at home to consolidate your child’s learning please feel free .
We will also post regular optional homework on google classroom which you could choose to do at home with your child. We do not expect you to do any of these , but if a child does bring a completed piece of work in, their efforts will be recognised.




March – August 2020 – Distance Home Learning

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Summer Term 1






March 2020

Home Learning

Phonics screening guidance and preparation support

  • Following the cancellation of the Phonics screening parent sessions we have attached a range of resources for you to access.
  • Powerpoint explaining how we teach phonics, information about the phonics screening test and ways you can help at home.
  • words/powerpoints for children to practise reading.
  • Sound mats for each phonics phase to use at home.
  • Flashcards for each phase. You could cut these up and make them into practical cards for children to use. (Children could teach younger siblings, hide them around the house for children to find, set up a classroom and teach teddies)
  • Superhero spelling – We have attached flash cards for children to practise reading and writing

We have attached these resources to use at home over the next couple of months to support your child in the upcoming phonics screening text.

In the event of whole school closure these could also be used during their time at home.

Thank you for your support.
Miss Fairclough, Miss Woodhouse, Miss Curtis and Mrs Gill.

Here are some ideas of some topic things you can do at home.

  1. Grow a plant from seed. (If you can get to the shops!) Observe it over time and discuss any changes. What questions can you ask about your plant? Can you find the answer? Maybe you could make a plant diary and record the changes you see. Maybe you could measure your plant each week.
  2. Create a shoe box garden – you could grow some grass. Can you make little flowers and trees from the attached sheets? What else can you add to your garden?
  3. Flower and tree identification (if you can get outside)
  4. Design a suitable container for the Easter Bunny to safely transport some real eggs. You can test this by going outside and jumping around. Does your container protect the eggs?

Here are some maths activities which you can do at home alongside accessing mymaths.


Letters and Other Information