Year 1 - Sapphire

Super Starter – Being detectives – What has happened to the houses?

Marvellous Middle Walk around Cherhill village looking at different types of houses

Fabulous Finish – Harvest Festival at St James’ Church (date TBC)


Dear Parents/Carers


I hope you had a lovely time over the summer holidays and I am sure you are more than ready to start the new school year, so welcome to Sapphire class Year 1!

I am looking forward to getting to know you and working together so that we have a very exciting and productive year. I hope that you enjoy the new challenges and approaches to learning that Year 1 will offer.


Transition from Reception to Year 1

Our aim is to ensure that the children experience a smooth transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage to Key Stage One. The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences and learning characteristics that children have had in Reception. Learning through play will continue to be an important part of the school day, but with increasing challenge and the children will gradually be eased into more formal learning when ready. Please don’t hesitate to come and see me if you have any queries or questions about the Year 1 curriculum or expectations, either at the beginning or end of the day.


Reading in Year 1

During the first few days your child will be issued with a new reading book. Your child will have 2 opportunities a week to change their reading book. Your child will be assigned a ‘home team’. You will have a slip stuck inside your child’s contact book during the first week back stating which home team they are in. In the cloakroom there will be a timetable displayed informing you which days your child may place their reading folder in the yellow ‘changing book’ box next to the cloakroom. Your child will be issued with a new Monkey Reading record book. On the front page inside this book there will be a word snake of high frequency words your child will be expected to read fluently by the end of Year one. Only 5 words will be highlighted at one time for your child to practise each time they read. When they can read those 5 they will have new ones highlighted.

Reading is a BIG focus in Year 1 and I’d like to remind you that you can read any book with your child- not just the one they bring home from school. Please remember to record any reading in your child’s Monkey Reading record book.


Homelearning in Year 1







Reading and words to learn

Reading and words to learn

Reading and handwriting (due in on Friday)


Words to learn (due in the following Wednesday)and Brain busters (due in the following Monday)


Reading home learning will begin as soon as your child is issued with their new reading book.

Your child will be issued with a set of ‘Words to learn’ each week. This will not begin until the first full week back at school on Friday 14th September. This homelearning will encourage your child to read these particular words but will primarily provide an opportunity for them to practise spelling these words on 5 different occasions- Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.

Brainbuster (Maths) homelearning will begin on Friday 21st September. Your child will be sent home with a calculation card and a book to record calculations in.

Handwriting homelearning will begin on Wednesday 26th September. Your child will be given a book to practise certain letter forms in, tracing over the highlighter in pencil.

I do apologise for the amount of different dates for you to remember. There is a large shift in homelearning expectations from FS2 to Year 1 and we aim to support you in transitioning smoothly without too much change at once.

If you have any questions or queries about the homelearning please feel free to come and see me.


General information

  • This term our topic is called ‘I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff...’ Our topic will be based on houses and homes and how they have changed over the years. We will also be making links with other subjects as well. Please see the topic web for more information.
  • Please name ALL school uniform, including drinks bottles and snack pots. The lost property bin was over flowing at the end of last term with a huge amount of unclaimed items.
  • Please ensure your child brings in suitable outdoor clothing each Thursday as stated in Mr Ind’s letter at the end of last term.
  • Your child will be provided with a fruit/vegetable morning snack so there is no need to send your child in with one. If you wish to provide your child with an alternative healthy snack then this is also fine.
  • On Friday afternoons the children will continue to have ‘Good to be Green' time. Children are allowed to bring a toy from home into school on a Friday and it will be placed in the wooden trunk underneath the interactive board. Please can we remind you that toys on other days are not permitted in school.
  • Please provide your child with the correct uniform so that they can participate in PE-indoor. Children must not wear any jewellery on PE days. Stud earrings can be worn but must be covered with tape. Long hair also needs to be tied back. All uniform must be clearly labelled as it can go astray and is very hard to find the rightful owner without it being named. PE will be on Mondays and will begin the first full week back- 10th September.
  • Star of the week- On a Friday, if your child is chosen to be Star of the week then they will bring home our class Piper bear for the weekend. Please support your child in recording what they get up to with Piper bear in the accompanying book. Your child may draw a picture or have a go at writing a caption. You may also provide a photo if you are able to.


Many thanks for your support! I hope you have all the information that you need for the term ahead, if you have any further queries please pop in and see me.


Yours Sincerely

Miss Catlin