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Year 1

Welcome to Year One!

Beetles Class - Mrs Hughes and Mrs Marsh

Centipedes Class - Miss Amanda Davies and Miss Nuria Estavez-Cervera

Grasshoppers Class - Mr James Cameron and Miss Emily Young
Home learning

Please continue to use the weekly phonics sheets to review the teaching from the week. These are sent home on Fridays. We also ask you to regularly share stories and books with your child as well as re-read the phonics books which are uploaded to the e-reader weekly on Friday evenings.

Please visit the Little Wandle Website for more information: https://www.littlewandlelettersandsounds.org.uk/resources/for-parents/



 All children in year 1 have a 30 minute daily phonics lesson. We follow the Little Wandle for Letters and Sounds scheme. You can find out more on the curriculum page of our school website and also here.

Click here to watch a presentation about how we teach phonics.


Supporting your child with reading

Although your child will be taught to read at school, you can have a huge impact on their reading journey by continuing their practice at home.

There are two types of reading book that your child may bring home:


reading practise book. The main reading practice book will be on the e-readers and linked to our Little Wandle phonics teaching and reading practice sessions in school. This will be at the correct phonic stage for your child. They should be able to read this fluently and independently. We will also try to send home a physical book at the correct level, but you may find the odd word that your child struggles with - please quickly help your child with these words and then move on. (NB we are hoping to buy more of the Little Wandle books in the future.)

A sharing book.  This book will be chosen from our library of Reading for Pleasure books. Your child will not be able to read this on their own. This book is for you both to read and enjoy together.


Reading practise book (e-reader)

This book has been carefully matched to your child’s current reading level. If your child is reading it with little help, please don’t worry that it’s too easy – your child needs to develop fluency and confidence in reading.

Listen to them read the book. Remember to give them lots of praise – celebrate their success! If they can’t read a word, read it to them. After they have finished, talk about the book together.

Sharing book

In order to encourage your child to become a lifelong reader, it is important that they learn to read for pleasure. The sharing book is a book they have chosen for you to enjoy together.

Please remember that you shouldn’t expect your child to read this alone. Read it to or with them. Discuss the pictures, enjoy the story, predict what might happen next, use different voices for the characters and explore the facts in a non-fiction book. The main thing is that you have fun!

Tricky word books

This book should be in your child's book bag. These books are for the children to practice their spelling and reading of their tricky words at home so please encourage them to do this as much as possible. We find that being really familiar with them also helps a lot with their reading fluency. We will send home the tricky words once per term, as we teach them in phonics.