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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to Year 1. We have three classes in this year group. The Year 1 staff team are: Kelly McKee (Lead), Jenn Pyper and Joanne Harris

This year the classes have all been named by inspiring famous people, we are: Holmes class, Lloyd Webber class and Attenborough class.

We are going to be studying and exploring 6 exciting topics this academic year:

  • Memory Box
  • Splendid Skies
  • The Enchanted Woodland (Spring 2019)
  • Moon Zoon
  • Dinosaur Planet
  • Rio de Vida

These topics will be explored through all areas of the curriculum from creating and making our own memories in school, testing materials, getting messy and creating our own hot air balloons, inquire what happens in space, walking with the dinosaurs. Becoming a weather forecaster for the afternoon, dancing through our own carnival, creating our own enchanted woodlands.

We will be touring our local environment and how the community works together, visiting the local church, exploring the woodlands that surround Exeter. Looking at the local history of Corby and of events that have happened in the past.

We have an exciting Year ahead and can’t wait to share experiences with the children and go on this brilliant journey with them. To see them grow in confidence and flourish within themselves.


We use a range of rewards throughout Year 1 from stickers, star of the day, star of the week – presented in key stage assembly, class DoJo’s, house points and Principal award which is done half term. We also use class DoJo’s to share achievement and to communicate with parents on a regular basis.

In Year 1 the children have their Phonics Screening in June, this is where the children complete a reading test to show how they can blend together phonemes to create real and nonsense words.  A phonics meeting held for parents to attend.in Spring 1 half term. To help teach the children their phonics skills needed for this test and to help them develop their reading and writing skills we follow Ruth Miskin’s scheme: Read Write Inc (RWI)

Short video clips about phonics:

What is Read Write Inc?

How to say the phonics sounds

Year 1 Phonics screening test information

Every Monday at 2:55- 3:10pm we have shared reading with the children are parents are invited to read with their children. This is a special time to share with your child their reading skills but also for parents to read to the children too.

Parents throughout the year will also be invited in to share their children's achievements in class, join in with the children’s experiences and come on school trips and local visits if you can volunteer some of your time.


Once your child has had the first term to settle into Year 1, homework will be given this will be

  • Reading
  • Spellings
  • Times table
  • Maths questions

Homework will be put into their learning logs and a copy will be put on class DoJo’s.

Useful Links

Please see below some useful links to enhance your child’s learning:



https://www.educationcity.com/ - teachers will be able to provide logins




Learning Journeys

Please click on the images below to find out about our termly topics and learning journeys.

Spring Term 2

Spring Term 1