Dunholme St Chad's Church Of England Primary School

Star Awards -    7.9.18 - Elliot  *  14.9.18 - Elsie  *  21.9.18 Freya  *    28.9.18 - Jack-Harry  *   5.10.18 - Willow   *   12.10.18 - Grace W  * 19.10.18 - Bobby  *  

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1. Mrs Carter, Mrs Bristow and the Year 1 team are looking forward to working with you this year.

Our themes this year are:                                                         

Term 1: VIPs 

Term 2 : Our School

Term 3 : Crowns and Tiaras

Term 4 : Let's Explore

Term 5 : Mix it Up

Term 6 : Claws and Paws

Spellings and Words

Spellings and words will be checked on a Wednesday (please make sure they are in children's book bags) and will come home on a Wednesday. New spellings or words will be given if they are correct but if any need further consolidation they will be sent home again for another week.

Key Spellings for Year 1 are days of the week, months of the year and written numbers to 20. Please support your child in learning these and consolidating them throughout the year.


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Your child will have a guided reading session each week.

Reading and Phonic books will be changed at least once a week. Please continue to read at home with your child as much as possible. This does not have to be an onerous task, reading with your child little and often with have a huge impact on their attitude to reading, their confidence when reading aloud and support them in their ability to read more challenging texts. 

Reading in Unusual Places Activity -

To inspire enjoyment for reading we are encouraging children throughout the school to send in a photograph of them reading in unusual places. These photographs will be displayed in each classes reading area and a competition will be held to see which is the first class to have a photograph from each child.

Please send your photograph to stacey.carter@dunholme.lincs.sch.uk 

We look forward to seeing your photographs...

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. Thisis 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

Emperor of Absurdia – Chris Riddell

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

Three By the Sea – Mini Grey

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

Beegu – Alexis Deacon

The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywalt

Tiny Seed and The Bad-Tempered Ladybird – Eric Carle

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

Outdoor LearningImage result for child wearing wellies clip art

When the children take part in Outdoor Learning they will go out in all weathers so please can you make sure your child has a pair of Wellington Boots in school - Thank you. 

Star of the Week and Pride of the week

Our Star of the Week and Pride of the week are two important awards that we give out each week! Each week we look for something different for the Pride of the week which we decide as a class and the star of the week is for a stand-out super star of the week! I know everyone is working hard to win these prestigious awards!

Well done everyone!

Important People

For the next couple of weeks we will be learning about Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London. 

We have been learning about the types of houses in London in 1666. We have built our own Tudor houses... take a look... 

En Garde... 

This week the children had their first fencing lesson with Coach Ricky. The children learnt how to put on their body suits and helmets correctly and how to stand 'En Guarde'. 

In week 2 we learned the 'step lunge'. We had to aim at the square on the body armour to get a point against our opponent. 


Week 3 - We discovered how to 'Parre'. We pushed our opponents sword away to defend ourselves against their lunges.