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I am Miss O’Neill the class teacher. Mrs Russell is the classroom LSA who will work with us every day all day except a Thursday and Friday afternoon when Ms Dowsing will work with us. Mrs Jones is also a 1:1 LSA within our class (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday). We love working in year 1 and helping the children adapt to a more structured routine.


An introduction to Year One:

We build upon key skills and learning from Reception. Elements of Literacy and Mathematics are introduced in Early Years which are then developed more extensively in Year 1. We recognise that Key Stage 1 (Year R/1/2) is different from the Foundation Stage and therefore we aim to manage the transition from Reception to Year 1 in a gradual, staged approach, which allows the children to adapt during the Autumn Term.


Example timetable:


Literacy curriculum:

English – Reading and Writing

The new English Curriculum includes the following areas;

Word Reading and Comprehension.



Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation.



The new Maths Curriculum includes the following areas;

Number and Place Value

Addition and Subtraction

Multiplication and Division



Properties of Shape

Position and Direction



Books are changed as and when the child has read their whole reading book. Please encourage your child to draw a picture and/or write a sentence in reading journals. Please sign reading journal as this lets us know the children are reading their books at home. Reading journals will be collected every Thursday so they can be marked and children will take them home again on a Friday.



Children will receive a weekly overview every Friday in their busy book. The weekly overview will cover some of what we have been learning in class and may include some useful information. It will also include the weekly spellings for the children to learn and a suggested challenge which may be literacy or numeracy based. Children can then share their homework in class the following week. Children are also encouraged to read every night and to use their reading journals to record any work based on their reading book.


The children are most of all expected to have FUN in Year 1. Learning takes place through a variety of ways and our main aim is to ensure the children are enjoying what they are learning. Lessons may take place on the carpet, at tables, outside, on the corridor or wherever necessary to make the lesson more alive and enjoyable.





We have been counting and matching objects to numbers,




We went outside to make number sequences.




We have been making human sentences.

Curriculum Coverage