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Year 1 – 1H

Year One is an important year for your children as they make the transition from The Early Years Foundation Stage into Key Stage One and encounter the less child-led teaching of the National Curriculum.  It has been recognised nationally that this can prove demanding, so it is normal for children to find it hard to adjust during the first few months. Children in Key Stage One continue to have a daily afternoon playtime and will also take part in The Daily Mile with adults and other children.

All children will be involved in a Class Assembly, a class lunch and at least one performance during the academic year.

The Curriculum in Year One

See the Curriculum page on this website (on the Learning and Teaching tab) for more information on Collingwood’s Curriculum and for a breakdown of what children in each year group will learn about in each National Curriculum Su bject.

During Year One, children will continue to develop and master basic English and Maths skills, become increasingly independent and responsible for collecting and organising their own books and belongings as well as developing good working habits that will be essential as they progress through Collingwood.


See Phonics charts in the back of communication books and Key word lists in your child’s homework folder and spelling books and the end of year “age related expectations” statements for reading in your child’s communication book for more information.

Daily whole class lessons take place in English, including reading, writing, speaking and listening.  In addition, there is a daily 20 minute phonics lesson, taught in smaller, similar ability groups.  It is important that all children are encouraged to use their phonics skills daily at home when reading and spelling words.  During the week commencing 8th June 2020 all pupils in Year 1 will attempt The National Phonics Screener.   This consists of 40 words shown to children 1:1 with a known adult, on flashcards – 20 of the words will be real words and 20 of them will be non-words that will test purely their decoding skills. All of the children will be made aware which of the words are non-words as they will have pictures of aliens beside them.  Your child’s spellings, and Key Words, which can be found in their homework folders and spelling books, will inform you, throughout the year, which phonics your child needs to work on at home.

Each child in Year One will be heard read weekly as part of a Guided Reading Group where text structure, setting, language and topics arising in the text will be studied in detail. All children will also be heard read in school individually as many times as adult support allows. When reading with your child, please encourage them to point to the text.   Point to some key words out of context for your child to identify or ask them to choose some words for you to say.  Please make comments on the statements in your child’s communication book, when reading daily together at home.  You can support your child by ensuring that their reading book and communication book are brought into school every day and send them back into school to collect it, if they leave without it.  It is extremely important that the children demonstrate a good understanding of what is being read as the national assessments at the end of Year 2 focus largely on comprehension skills.


All children will continue to participate in daily maths lessons and daily FAST Maths sessions aimed at rapid recall and correct number recognition and formation (to 100 eventually.)  Areas where you can support your child at home include:

Money – coin recognition (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p); counting in pennies and finding different ways of making a set amount.

  • Measures – estimating and measuring length using non-standard units e.g. multilink cubes, reels, corks etc…
  • Time – seasons, days of the week, months, o’clock and half past times.
  • Shape – naming, sorting, and describing features of 2D and 3D shapes.

Topic work

Details of work to be covered this term in National Curriculum subjects other than English and maths can be found by clicking on the blue link below.


Weekly homework will be set each Friday and will need to be in school by the following Thursday so that it can be marked and returned.  This will have an English Maths or topic focus.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of us, if you need further information in supporting your child at home.

Mrs Newbert, Miss Bains and Mrs Burton

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Other useful information:

pdf Phonics Parents 2020

pdf Meet the Teacher Presentation

pdf Curriculum Overview for Year 1

 pdf British Values at Collingwood Yr 1 and yr 2

pdf National Curriculum Spelling Lists (yrs 1-6)