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Year 1

Welcome to the Year 1 page

Class Teachers: Mrs Pritchard (Monday - Wednesday)

                            Mrs Hemsworth (Thursday and Friday)

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Cetin 

Class Governor: Mr Warburton



Summer Term 1


PE days are on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please make sure you send your child to school in their PE kits on these days. 


At St George’s, we teach phonics and reading using the ‘Little Wandle Letters and Sounds’ scheme. 

Children start to learn phonics from week 2 in Reception. Teaching continues through the whole of Year 1 and the first term in Year 2. After this, the children move on to learning spelling patterns whilst revisiting phonic teaching. We teach GPCs (Grapheme Phoneme Correspondences) following a progressive overview. 

In addition to the daily phonic lessons, we have 3 reading sessions every week. The books that the children read are closely aligned to their phonic ability and are changed every Thursday. In addition to this book, your child will bring home a book from our interest baskets. These books are labelled a ‘book to share’. This book might be too easy or difficult for your child, but it is intended for you as parents or carers to read to your child, to ignite a love of reading.  

Some children who are finding aspects of the scheme difficult will receive keep up sessions. The children are assessed every 6 weeks (every 3 weeks if receiving keep up support) to ensure they are on track. We are also encouraging children to read for 100 nights across the year. Children will receive certificates for 25 nights reading, 50 nights reading, 75 nights reading and eventually 100 nights reading. When they reach 100 nights, children are invited to bring a special teddy to school to join in with a ‘teddy bear’s picnic’ to celebrate their success. We will let you know when these celebrations are due to occur.  

Please click on the link below to access the parent area on the Little Wandle website with information and ideas to support your child at home. 

Little Wandle

Phonics bloom have some fun games you can play at home:

Phonics Bloom

Books are changed every Thursday. Please make sure that books are in your child's bag every day. The children will bring a book home that is phonologically decodable ('A book I can read') and a book from our interest baskets ('A book to share'). The 'book I can read' is to be read throughout the week. Research has shown that repetition is a key factor to learning to read fluently. Please try to listen to your child reading this book as often as possible. The book to share will be purely based on interest. It may be too difficult or too easy for your child to read, however it is purely to help develop a love of reading and to instil 'reading for pleasure'. If you would like access to more books then please use the following link:

The Site to visit for Collins Big Cat online books is: click on the Teacher portal and enter: 


Password: $tGeorges2020 and click Login.

Your child will also bring home a 'tricky word pot'. Please help your child to learn how to read these tricky words at home. Tricky word practice can replace a night's reading. We will change your child's tricky words every Wednesday, so please make sure pots are in their bags on these days too.


We learn cursive handwriting at St George's. Download an alphabet in cursive font here.

For phase 2, 3 and 5 sound mats, click here


Our topic this half term is 'It's a Kind of Magic.'

Our key texts in literacy will be 'Room on the Broom' and 'The Magic Paintbrush.'

If you have any queries or questions, please feel free to email or send a note in with your child. Appointments to speak to one of us can be made at the school office.


5th November 2021

The children have been learning all about seasonal changes in science. On Thursday we went outside to look at leaves and other seasonal changes more closely with a magnifying glass. The children really enjoyed slowing down and looking more closely and carefully at the world around them. On Friday, because it was Bonfire Night we did a rocket experiment. We mixed vitamin tablets and water in flip cap bottles and watched the bottles fly into the air. We filled one bottle up to the top with water, one bottle was half full and the other bottle was a quarter full. The children made sensible predictions as to which bottle they thought would go the highest and then recorded the results in pictures. 



Year 1 Christmas Fun

 Releasing our butterflies 19th May 2022

 10th June 2022 Multi Skills

We had a great morning taking part in a range of activities at Bishop Perowne School. We are very proud of how brilliantly Year 1 behaved. All children took part with enthusiasm and determination.