Year 1 - Sapphire


Super Starter – Being Detectives, What has happened to the houses?

Marvellous Middle – Walk around Cherhill village. Date TBC 

Fabulous Finish – Harvest service @ St James' Church. Date TBC


Dear Parents/Carers


We hope you had a lovely break over the summer holidays, time has flown and now September is upon us – we hope the children are ready to return to school to begin Year 1 in Sapphire class.


We are really looking forward to getting to know you and working together so that we have a very exciting and productive year. Our first topic is called ‘I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff...’ and this will be based on the story of The Three Little Pigs. The children will be making lots of links with different curriculum subjects, please see the topic web for more information.


What to expect as your children 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 Emerald class. 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 formalised learning when they are ready.



We hope that as the year continues the children will start to become more independent and take more responsibility for their belongings and learning. This will mean that they will come into the classroom, organise themselves and move to their designated early morning activity, however we do understand that this will take a little time and some children will need support initially.


Things to do every day when children first arrive into the classroom

We will support our children with carrying out these tasks initially and as we move through the school year, they should be able to do this independently.

  • Blue contact book in designated basket.
  • Put book bag in the green box on their allocated days to change their reading book.
  • Put book bag into named drawer if it is not their day to change their reading book.
  • Put water bottle in the designated area inside the classroom.
  • Hang up their coat/rucksack etc on their named peg.
  • If bringing in morning snack and/or lunch box, place them on the shelf above their peg.
  • Ensure that PE kit is on their peg every day. Unless these are dirty, they will be sent home at the end of each term.



 During the first three days back your child will be issued with a new reading book and they will be assigned to a group (a slip will be stuck inside their monkey book stating which group they are in). A timetable will be displayed in the cloakroom and on the school website on our class page, informing you which days your child’s group may place their book bag in the ‘changing book’ green box. They will have two opportunities a week to change their school reading book.


Each child will have a ‘monkey reading record book’ containing a word snake of high frequency words. These are the words that 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. They will be tested on these words when they read individually with a member of staff. Please also practise reading these words and revisiting the words at home on a regular basis.


Reading is a BIG focus in Year 1 and we’d like to remind you that you can read any book with your child - not just the one they bring home from school. We also want to stress the importance of continuing to read to your child so that they are immersed in the experience. We monitor how often children read at home and we encourage parents and carers to record each time they hear or share a book with their child. In Year 1, we expect all children to read or to be read to at least 5 times a week.


There will be a phonics and reading workshop for parents to attend in the first term. A letter will follow giving more information. 


Outdoor area

We are very excited to have an outdoor learning space this year. This will be shared with Amethyst class. It can be found outside Amethyst classroom, near the football pitch. We will set up activities each morning for our children to use in lesson time so we kindly ask you to not allow your children to play with the resources first thing in the morning and at the end of the school day. This also applies to the forest school area which is situated at the top of Emerald class play area. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Outdoor learning

The children will have outdoor learning on a Thursday afternoon. This will mean that they will need suitable clothing each Thursday in school. The children will go out whatever the weather so please provide your child with waterproofs, sun hats etc. We would like all children to have a pair of wellies in school every day. These will need to be clearly labelled and they will live on our wellie shelf outside. The wellies will need to remain in school full time.


Homelearning in Year 1


 The table below outlines the home learning expectations by the end of the term. We will phase these in slowly and inform you when they will start – please keep an eye out for parent mails with more information! 







Reading and Maths (due in Thursdays)


Reading and handwriting (due in on Friday)



words to learn (due in the following Monday)


Extra information

  • Please name ALL school uniform, including drinks bottles and snack pots.
  • 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 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 a safe place until the session starts. 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.  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.  
  • In Year 1, we do not have a show and tell slot in our timetable. However, if a child wants to share something with the class, we will arrange a time for the child to do so.


We hope you have all the information that you need for the term ahead, if you have any further queries please pop in and see us.



Yours Sincerely



Mrs Burton and Mrs Osborne