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John 10v10

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Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Welcome to Miss Dearden's Year One class.  We are supported by Mrs Graham.


I hope you have had a lovely time over the summer and I am sure you are now ready to start the new school year, so welcome to Year 1!

I am looking forward to finding out about your child’s new interests and working together so that we have a very exciting and productive year. I hope that you enjoy the new challenges and approaches to learning that Year 1 has to offer!



General Reminder

  • The children will be doing PE twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school at all times and that all items are clearly labelled. We encourage children to practise getting dressed at home to help them get changed quickly in school.
  • Any letters or reply slips, which need to be returned, can be put in your child’s book bag. The children are encouraged to check them each morning and give things in after the register.
  • Forest School will commence in the first half term and will be on either a Tuesday or Thursday until the end of Autumn half term. Please ensure your child comes into school wearing their school uniform and that they bring their wellies and waterproofs in a separate bag to change into. I will let you know what group your child is in.


New To Year 1



Your child will be given their reading book and reading journal in their first week back. They need to keep these in their book bags to bring back to school each day. Every morning they will be asked to put their reading records in the book tray to be checked by the teacher. They will be asked to change their reading book when necessary. We expect the children to read at least 3 times at home with an adult to help with progress with their reading and writing. 



I have attached a list of all the year 1 and 2 expected spelling words for your information.

Each week, I will send home spellings that your child will need to practise. These will compliment spelling patterns that they will having been learning in school during phonics.



In addition, I have attached a half termly homework grid. The grid includes homework from different areas of the curriculum for them to tackle in any order and whenever they choose. Upon completion of each piece of homework your child will receive a team point. If they complete their whole grid, they will be awarded with a dip in the box.



In year one your child will be learning cursive handwriting. We will teach this in school and practise a little everyday. It would be helpful to remind your child about their starting point (on the line) when writing at home.

To support you and your child, I have attached a copy of the cursive writing format.


You can find all the documents further down this webpage too! 


If there is anything that you wish to discuss with me, please feel free to arrange a meeting through the office or catch me on the playground in the morning or afternoon.  



Curriculum Overview for Autumn Term

Have fun trying out some of our favourite online games.

I have added our favourite games, but these websites contain lots of other great interactive games and activities too.