Class Teacher

Miss Yasmin

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 8:55am but school is open from 8.40am and ends at 15.15 pm, 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 12:30-13:30pm.

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

Early reading

Early reading is a big part of Year 1 as children will continue to expand their knowledge of phonics from Reception and tend to progress very quickly. Every day they will have 60 minutes of phonics learning through Read, Write, Inc. which are fun, pacey 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.

Please see our RWI sound mat: Sound Mat


PE takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday: Could you please ensure that your child wears their PE kit to school on these days. For our outdoor PE sessions please ensure that your child is dressed appropriately 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.

The link below will take you to our Year 1 Google Classroom Page:

Year 1 Google Classroom

Please see these helpful homework tasks:

Complete The Sentences

Count The Coins

Finding Half

Reading Comprehension – Joe Gets Post

Part Whole Model

Question Mark or Full Stop?

Rhyming Words

Sentence Scramble

Tens & Ones

Reading Comprehension – The Flat


Pupil Representatives

We have elected some of our children in Year 1 to represent our class within our school. They each provide a voice and represent our class extremely well.

We have representatives for :

  • School Councillors
  • Unicef Ambassadors
  • Prefects
  • House Captains/Vice Captain
  • Opal Play Leaders

Parent Workshops

Each half term in Year 1 we will invite you to join us for a Parent Workshop.  Every workshop will focus on the learning that has happened during the current half term. There are other workshops that occur throughout the year which you will be notified about at least a week before. There will also be 3 reading breakfasts throughout the year for you to join us to celebrate books with your child.


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 – Plants – Trees & Flowers

History – Past, present and future – Exploring the 1970’s

Art – Exploring printing

R.E – Theme – Why are Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur important? – Judaism

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

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



Curriculum Map


Year 1 Newsletter

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