Class Teacher

Mr Demski

Learning Support

Mrs Maguire

Welcome to Year 1. During this year, the children’s learning will be delivered through lessons that are both relevant and exciting. We like to do lots of practical, hands-on activities using a range of manipulatives and role play. A wide variety of subjects are covered as you will see on our curriculum map below. We hope that the children will be enthused by the amazing things they learn and achieve during their time in this class.

If you have any questions or would like to pass on some information please email us via:

The Year 1 school day begins at 8:45am and ends at 14:45pm, Monday – Friday.

Year 1 Staff will be out in the playground each morning to greet the children at the gate on Trescott Road from 8:40am There is a mid-morning break from 10:30 -10:45am and a lunch break from 12:00-12:45pm.

Our curriculum map and weekly timetable can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.


Phonics is a big part of Year 1 as children will continue to expand their knowledge from Reception and tend to progress very quickly. Every day they will have 30 minutes of phonics learning through Read, Write, Inc. which are fun, pacy sessions that involve games and tasks. During this time, children will learn tricky words, spelling rules and how to sound out and blend to aid them with their reading and then writing. Children will be encouraged to ‘have a go’ at spelling when writing independently, by phonetically sounding out words.


PE takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday: Could you please ensure that your child wears their PE kit to school on these days. Currently all our PE sessions will take place outdoors so please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately for PE for the colder months including that they have a jumper with them and warm jogging bottoms.

The P.E kit consists of

  • A white Merritts Brook P.E top
  • Jumper with them
  • Black/blue jogging bottoms
  • Black pumps/Trainers


Weekly homework is sent out via Google Classroom ( every Friday and is due on the following Wednesday.


Purple Mash

Some weeks tasks and homework will be set on purple mash. Your child should have come home with their purple mash logons.

Purple Mash website:


Spellings are posted on Google Classroom ( every Monday and we will have a spelling test every Friday. The children’s results will be posted on Google Classroom before the end of the day on Fridays.

Reading Books

Children are set books to read via bug club ( Once you have finished reading your allocated books new books will be allocated to you.

Snack & Milk

Children have the opportunity to bring in their own snack into school to eat during playtime. At Merritts Brook we encourage healthy eating and ask that the sacks that are brought into school are healthy. Fruit will be provided to those children who don’t bring in any snacks from home.

Milk is available from £1 for the whole week – please pay online via parent pay – You can pay for a number of weeks in advance.

A special place has been made available in the classroom for each child to place their snacks into that they bring into school.



  • Please remember to label all of your child’s belongings as they can easily become misplaced.


Curriculum Information 

This half term the children will be learning:

In Maths:

  • Place value of numbers from 0-20
  • Adding and subtracting small amounts

In English:

  • Blending & segmenting sounds in our reading
  • Reading simple sentences
  • Retelling a story
  • Holding and writing a short sentence
  • Editing and improving our sentences/work
  • Extending our sentences by using connectives

Using and understanding:

  • Finger spaces
  • Capital letters
  • Full stops
  • Keeping our writing neat and on the line


Science –Identifying and naming a variety of common animals. Labeling the parts of the human body and learning about our senses

History – past, present and future – Exploring the 1990’s

Art – Exploring lots of different lines, Self portraits, Artist: Picasso

R.E – Theme – Creation Story Religion – Christianity

P.E – Gym jump into the past & throwing and catching

Music – long and short sounds – body percussion, patterns, soft and loud sounds




Curriculum Map


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