Year 1

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Welcome to Year 1

We are really pleased with how well the children are settling into their new classrooms and getting to know new routines and new adults in these first few weeks of the new school year.

We are really excited about this coming year and to help it all run smoothly, we ask that you take a minute to read the following….

Our aim in Year 1 is to make the transition between the ‘play-based’ learning in Reception and the more ‘formal’ learning in Year 2 seamless. The ‘play-based’ learning will continue throughout Year 1, alongside more ‘formal’ learning.

Our learning challenge this half term is ‘Why are Ipads more fun than grandparents’ old toys?’ We will be exploring old and new toys and asking our parents and grandparents which toys they liked when they were young. We will be looking at toy time lines, how toys work and making our own toys!

We will be reading the book ‘Dogger’ and finding out what happened to Dave’s favourite toy. We will be creating a story map, writing a recount of the story, and writing our own versions of the story.

Our class author this term is Julia Donaldson and we will be reading lots of her fantastic books.

Morning routine

We ask that the children line up on the playground and the class teacher will collect them when the bell rings.


It is important that your child remains hydrated throughout the day. Water bottles are filled up first thing in the morning ready for the day. We will, of course, allow the children to ‘top-up’ during the day if needed. Water bottles are available for purchase at £2.00 from the school office or your child’s teacher. Your child will be offered fruit or vegetable snack daily. Please ensure that the school is aware of any allergies that your child may have.


Reading really is the key to the rest of the curriculum! In Year 1 reading is very important and we listen to the children read individually, in small groups, in RWI sessions and every day during Class Shared Reading.

Children will have their books changed regularly and/ or when the child needs moving on.  Reading is the cornerstone of educational success. Reading must continue at home you should read to and with your child every day. Children must bring in their reading record, reading book and reading bag into school every day. We read to succeed at Cherry Tree.

Remember to make an entry in your child’s reading diary to indicate that they have read, with you at home. If in doubt, please ask!


There are three parent-teacher meetings every year (one per term) and one formal report that is given out on the last week in July. This includes an overview of progress and attainment made during the academic year as well as other school achievements.

Home time

As you are aware we will not hand over the children to any other than the person we have been advised will collect your child at the end of the day. If there is a change from the familiar people collecting, please inform a member of the staff team.


Our PE lesson this term is Friday. The children need their full PE kits in school at all times. We will have our PE sessions outside as long as the weather allows; suitable footwear is essential.

It goes without saying that it is essential that all your child’s belongings are named!

Outdoor learning – the children will continue to have access to learning outdoors. We would, therefore, ask that they have a WATERPROOF COAT and WELLIES in school at all times.

If you have any questions, at any time during the year, please talk to one of the teams who will be more than happy to help.

Kind regards,

Miss Robinson and Mr Pendlebury

Year 1 Class Teachers