Welcome to Year 1

Click here to view the Year 1 Welcome Booklet


In Year 1 there are two classes.

In 1L the teacher is Miss Loveridge and the teaching assistants are Mrs Partridge and Mrs Skidmore.

In 1C the teacher is Mrs Coleby and the teaching assistants are Mrs Warman and Mrs Skidmore.

If you have any questions or queries, please come and speak to us. We are more than happy to help.


  • Reading books and diaries should be in school every day and children should be heard read at least three times a week.
  • Any books that they enjoy are perfect!
  • Regular reading will be rewarded with: stickers, house points and privilege cards.
  • We will change your child’s book at least weekly and mark their Reading Reward card for every entry in the diary.
  • Reading books will be quarantined upon return to school.

P.E. Kits, Days and Forest School

  • P.E. is on a Tuesday for both classes.
  • All children need to wear a white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and black pumps.
  • Children should come to school dressed in their P.E. kit.
  • Forest School is on a Monday for 1C and Wednesday for 1L. Please make sure your child has appropriate clothing and footwear. They will be expected to come to school that day in their Forest School kit.


Milk is no longer free, but is available to Year 1 children for 22p each day. Please pay online.


We will send homework every Friday, which is linked to phonics. This needs to be brought in the following Tuesday.  You can also use www.phonicsbloom.com and  www.phonicsplay.co.uk to play games using the phonemes we learn at school.

Supporting your child at home…

Look in the book bag each night and spend a few minutes reading their book. Ask your children questions about the story to gauge their understanding. Can they make links with other stories? Can they predict what might happen next? Have they understood the plot?


Use the Phonics pages in the reading record to practice the sounds – you could look for the sounds in their reading book together.

Home Learning Opportunities

We look forward to seeing your child’s Home Learning projects. During these unusual times, we ask that your child brings in pictures of their creations or you can send them in via email. We will celebrate these in class and we will also share some of the pictures in a school assembly, typically the Monday before the end of the half-term.

E-mail: homelearning@catshillfirst.worcs.sch.uk

This half-term our topic is Marvellous Me where we learn how our bodies grow and how our senses work. We share photographs and stories about our home and family. Please have a look at some of the Home Learning ideas below and have a go at completing one of them…

Writing Project Options Friends List

Can you create a special list of all your closest friends and other people who are special to you? You might want to include family pets in the list as well.

Special Wishes

Can you get your family members to write special wishes for you so you can read it when you are older? They might want to give advice or a special wish for you future.

Research Project Options Names

Can you research what your first name and last name means? You could look on the internet and write about what it means.

Information Booklet

Can you create an information book about your family? You can interview family members and write about their hobbies, favourite food or friends.

Birthday Cards

Can you research why we send birthday cards and when the first birthday card was sent?

Creative Project Options Family Tree

Can you create a family tree of all your closest family members? You might want to use photos or drawings of the people.


Can you create a collage of photos of you throughout your life? You could start with a baby photo in the middle?


Can you paint a family portrait of your own family? You could paint it from an old family photo or get your family members to pose for you!




We have a strong emphasis on stories in English and they link well with our topic work. Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson and Dogger by Shirley Hughes during Marvellous Me and Peter Brown’s Mr Tiger Goes Wild for Paws, Claws and Whiskers. In Year 1, we expect children to use phonic knowledge to help read and spell new words as well as applying them in writing. We use real and alien words to blend sounds. Alien words like ‘floosh’ are made up simply to help children blend for reading. They do not write or spell these words.

We encourage the children to read their work aloud and use ‘and’ and ‘but’ in their sentences. Handwriting is a big focus in Year 1. The children write daily and learn about the handwriting families:

Long Ladder               l,i,t,u,y

Curly Caterpillar         c,o,a,d,g,q,,e,s,f

One Armed Robot      r,n,m,h,b,k,p

Zig Zag                        z,x,v,w



In Maths we will be building and securing our knowledge of number.  The children will be reading and writing numbers to 20 in numerals and words as well as counting to 100 and back.  Websites we regularly use include: www.topmarks.co.uk and www.ictgames.com 

The CBeebies program ‘Numberblocks’ links well with our maths learning.

We will also be working on addition and subtraction through a range of strategies. The children will be solving problems and recording them in simple number sentences.  They will explain their work using reasoning.

The children will be learning about one more, one less and counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.

In Year 1, the children learn to recognise half and quarter of shapes and quantities.