Dunholme St Chad's Church Of England Primary School

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Welcome to Year 1. Mrs Carter, Mrs Calvert and Mrs Ashall are looking forward to working with you this year.

As a school we are committed to safeguarding children from harm.  We want to ensure children are aware of behaviour towards them that is not acceptable and how they can keep themselves safe. 

Specific examples of this in the Year 1 curriculum are:

  • Themes and topics – There’s Only One Me (Accepting others, accepting being unique and celebrating differences);
  • Year 1 story links – The Colour Monster which tackles feelings and managing emotions
  • Reading buddies – being role models and good examples

Specific examples of this across the Key Stage 1 curriculum are:

  • PSHE and RSE curriculum
  • RE – teaching about other religions and cultures, learning about acceptance and understanding (Year 2 Mosque Visits).
  • Anti-bullying week
  • Collective Worship and class reflection
  • Worry boxes
  • Play leaders and buddy stops at playtimes
  • Paralympian inclusive workshops
  • A range of role models across topics, e.g. Frieda Kahlo, Florence Nightingale
  • Computing and e-safety
  • Texts and stories shared daily with children, e.g. Rainbow Fish, The Bag of Worries, Owl Babies, The Smeds and the Smoos, etc
As part of the broader curriculum in Y1 we routinely; 
  • Ensure each child knows they must talk to an adult If they are worried about themselves or another person
  • Encourage each child to  identify a named adult/s to talk to if they are worried or somebody is  causing them to be upset or harm them.
  • Remind the class Mrs Appleby and Miss Bradshaw have a special job in school to make sure everyone is safe. 






Year 1 Themes

Our themes this year are below. Click on the link for the theme overview:                                                         

Term 1: There's only one me

Below are some knowledge organisers that will help with learning key concepts this term.

 Y1 Seasonal Changes - Knowledge Organiser

Animals including humans - Knowledge Organiser


Term 2 : Let's Explore 

Below are some knowledge organisers that will help with learning key concepts this term.

 Y1 Seasonal Changes - Knowledge Organiser

Let's Explore - Knowledge Organiser


Term 3 : There's no place like home 

Below are some knowledge organisers that will help with key concepts this term.

 Great Fire of London - Knowledge Organiser

Our school and local area - Knowledge Organiser

Materials and their properties - Knowledge Organiser

Seasonal Changes - Aut-Win - Knowledge Organiser


Term 4 : Make Believe 

Below are some knowledge organisers that will help with key concepts this term.

Lives of Significant Individuals - Royal Family - Knowledge Organiser

Seasonal Changes - Spr and Sum - Knowledge Organiser


Term 5 : Eco Warriors

Below are some knowledge organisers that will help with key concepts this term.

Plants - Knowledge Organiser

Seasonal Changes - Spr and Sum - Knowledge Organiser


Term 6 : Claws and Paws 

 Below are some knowledge organisers that will help with key concepts this term.

Animals - Knowledge Organiser

Seasonal Changes - Spr and Sum - Knowledge Organiser



Pe Clipart Physical Education

 PE Days this term are on a Monday and a Wednesday.

Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing for outdoor PE sessions and that all clothing is clearly named. 

Home Learning

Your child will either be sent home with, or uploaded to Google Classroom, resources to support reading, writing and maths. Additional support at home is invaluable and has a huge impact on children's progress in school. We expect that children will be doing around 15 minutes of home learning a day but it is up to you how you organise your week. We do, however, recommend that children read for at least 5-10  minutes every day.

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As part of the Read Write Inc. synthetic phonics programme, children read every day in school. They will bring home their levelled story book after they have read it three times in school and so should be able to read it with fluency and expression. As well as this, children will bring a matching 'book bag' book. This will have similar vocabulary to their storybook but the text itself will be new to them.

Depending on which group your child is in for their Read Write Inc. sessions, they may bring new books home once or twice a week. We expect children to read daily at home and you should record their reading in their yellow reading record. We also recommend that children read texts more than once: the first read for decoding and vocabulary, the second for fluency and the third to read like a storyteller.

Please click here to access the Y1 VIPERS Bookmark

Please click here for information about how the reading records should be used

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Below are some the key year 1 words the children will need to know how to spell correctly in their written work by the end of the year.  These will be the children's termly spellings. Each term your child will have some of these to learn.  If your child is able to spell each of these words correctly at the end of the term they will receive a spelling star certificate in celebration assembly. 

Children will come home with a new set of spellings each week in their spelling book which will be the Year 1 spelling  rules linked to the National Curriculum.

This book will come home with their weekly spellings on a Wednesday for the children to practise and will be tested on the following Monday. This book will need to come into school every Monday for the new words to be put into. 

Your child could practise by writing out the words several times and we recommend that they write them in a simple sentence too. Alternative ways of learning their spellings are making the words using magnetic letters or letter cards, writing words in sand or using chalks on the pavement. Not all children learn best by writing these down using pencil and paper and feel free to be as imaginative as you like to support your children learning their spellings. Once taught and tested, children will be expected to spell these correctly in their work and will become ‘non-negotiables.’ Therefore, if they are spelled incorrectly in their work, they will be asked to correct them.


9,495 Qr Code Phone Illustrations & Clip Art - iStockOnline Maths Activities - QR Codes

Below are a variety of QR codes linked to online Maths games that your child could access at home to support their learning. 

To access these codes: Open the camera on a phone or device such as an i-Pad or tablet. Hold the camera up to the QR code and wait (do not take a photo!). A drop down banner will appear for you to click on. This will open up the activity. 

2,210 Dice Clipart Illustrations & Clip Art - iStock Maths Games      

In terms of home learning in Maths, we have adopted a games based approach.

Please see the attached document for further information as well as our first game, Shut the Box.'


Maths Games- Term 1- Shut the Box

Maths Games - Term 2 - Top Trumps

Maths Games - Term 3 - Card Games (dreme family card game booklet)

Maths Games - Term 5 - Dominoes


KIDS COLORS | Baamboozle - Baamboozle | The Most Fun Classroom Games! Phonics 

Towards the end of Year 1 your child will take the phonics check which is a national check of children’s ability to decode real and nonsense words to read. We continue to teach phonics every day as part of the Read Write Inc. Synthetic Phonics Programme. Children are grouped in terms of their phonic and reading ability. Each week, we will upload onto Google Classroom videos of the sounds (graphemes) your child has been focusing on. Please practise these at home with your child. 

You could:

  • Watch the video together
  • Hunt for words including the new grapheme in books
  • Write a list of words including the new grapheme
  • Write sentences including words with the new grapheme

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Your child may come home and talk about Non-Negotiables. These are aspects of English that all children in Year 1 are expected to achieve by the end of the year. Currently, our Non-Negotiables display has finger spaces as an expectation. This helps children know what they need to check for in their independent work. In Term 2, we will add capital letters at the start of sentences as a basic expectation.  In Term 3, we will expect all sentences to end with a full stop and we encourage children to include the word 'and' to join simple sentences and extend their sentences.

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In Year 1 we continue to support the children with their handwriting in order to improve standards across the school. The phrases we use are the same as learned in Reception. For example, the letter ‘a’ would be; Round the apple, down the leaf. We learn and practise these letters in during handwriting sessions and encourage children to use the correct formation in their independent writing. 

Bookworm PNG, Clipart, Area, Artwork, Bookworm, Book Worm, Clip Art Free  PNG Download Year 1 Recommended Reading List 

As well as being an enjoyable pastime, reading impacts hugely on children’s writing ability and general learning. Therefore, we encourage children to read as much as possible, both at home and in school. To assist with the difficult task of choosing a new book, we have put together a recommended reading list for each year group. A lot of these books are available within the classroom, or the shared school library; we are gradually stocking up to build on the range of books available to children. This is not an exhaustive list, but represents a cross-section of books suitable for your child’s year group. Some of the texts are more difficult to read than others and care should be taken when choosing those which your child might enjoy. Please discuss the books your child reads with him/her and remember that it is also important to continue to read stories to your child as he /she moves through the school.

Please note – some of these books, due to their challenging nature, are also on the Y2 reading list

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle We’re Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen Peace at Last – Jill Murphy A First Book of Nature – Nicola Davies Avocado Baby – John Burningham
Black Dog and The Django – Levi Pinfold Cops and Robbers, The Jolly Postman and Funnybones – Allan Ahlberg I Am Henry Finch – Alexis Deacon, Viviane Schwarz Journey – Aaron Becker Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion – Alex T Smith
Mister Magnolia – Quentin Blake My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words - Sophie Fatus Out for the Count – Anne Fine See Inside the World of Shakespeare – Rob Lloyd Jones The Cat in the Hat – Dr Suess
The Dark – Lemony Snicket The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head – Daisy Hirst Man on the Moon – Simon Bartram The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark – Jill Tomlinson The Paper Dolls – Julia Donaldson
Emperor of Absurdia – Chris Riddell The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson Beegu – Alexis Deacon The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt Tiny Seed and The Bad-Tempered Ladybird – Eric Carle
Three By the Sea – Mini Grey The Gigantic Turnip – Alexei Tolstoy The Trouble with Jack – Shirley Hughes
Mister Magnolia – Quentin Blake Frog and Toad Are Friends – Arnold Lobel
Amazing Grace – Mary Hoffman Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak Traction Man series – Mini Grey Dogger – Shirley Hughes