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John Clifford Primary & Nursery School ‘Be your best. Celebrate success. Together we will be successful.’

Year 1

smiley A very warm welcome to Year One smiley

Meet the Team


Miss Wain - Maple Class Teacher

Miss Daniel - Oak Class Teacher

Miss Fitzgibbon - GSA SCITT Trainee Teacher

Mrs Hosker - Teaching Assistant

Miss King - Teaching Assistant

Miss Maitland - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hawker - Reading Teacher

 Mrs Barrs and Mr Gooch - PPA Cover Teachers


Year 1 – Dates for your Diary

Summer 2

Monday 4th June – Return to school

 Fri 8th- Weds 14th June – Book Fair

Friday 15th June – Grandparent’s Afternoon

Tuesday 19th June – KS1 Sports Day

Friday 22nd June – Whole School Celebration Picnic

Monday 25th June – School Closed (INSET)

Wednesday 4th July - Oak Class Assembly

11th, 12th & 13th July – Transition Days

Friday 13th July – End of Year Reports

Friday 20th July – KS1 Seaside Day

Wednesday 25th July – Last Day of Term

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Why do people visit the seaside?

This half term we will be thinking about holidays and the seaside. We will look into the history of British seaside resorts, as well as comparing UK beaches to other around the world.

What are we learning this week?

Week commencing Monday 25th June 2018

Don't forget Monday 25th June is an INSET day!




This week we will be exploring multiplication through arrays, repeated addition and doubling.


Watch the videos below to give you a head start!

Real Life Arrays




This week we will be doing comparative pieces of writing linked to our topic 'Why do people go to the seaside?'


We will be looking at features of seasides in the past, looking at what they're like now and describing these changes using comparative language.


If you have some time, you could watch this 'Magic Grandad' episode seasides in the past.

The Beach - Magic Grandad

Letters Home

Reading in Year 1

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At John Clifford, we believe that reading is very important. We allow the children to engage in reading in a number of ways, including:


- daily whole class story time

- children being able to choose their own reading book

- open reading mornings and afternoons

- reading buddy classes

- guided reading sessions

- access to a range of text types in the classrooms for children to choose to read. 


We ask that to support your child with their reading that you read with them at least three times a week at home. For each time your child reads at home, they are rewarded with a class bee token to put towards their hive total. 


We are always looking out for reading volunteers too to help read with children at school. If you have the time to spare, please see Mrs Laud who will be able to give you some more information. 



Year 1 Reading National Curriculum Key Objectives

Reading Targets


Your child is given reading targets as part of their guided reading sessions. Their targets are discussed with them. You can see what your child has been working on at school by taking a look at their reading target sheet in their Reading Diary. Please feel free to tick when you see these targets being used at home too. smiley


We teach phonics discretely for 20 minutes each day. Phonics is them applied through reading and writing lessons so that they children have lots of opportunities to apply their knowledge. Take a look at some important information about phonics below.

Read Write Inc. Phonemes Pronunciation Guide DVD

Ruth Miskin shows you why pronouncing sounds in a 'pure' way is the most effective for teaching children how to read. You can find out more about Ruth's approach at and Find Read Write Inc.

Writing in Year 1

In Year 1 we encourage the children to write at every opportunity. They may be writing in a book, in sand, with chalk on the playground. It may be guided, modelled, free written. We believe that that more opportunities and experiences they encounter with writing, the more confident they will become as writers. 

Year 1 Writing National Curriculum Key Objectives

Maths in Year 1

In Year 1, we teach Maths through strands in the National Curriculum 2014. You can find links to websites and videos below which we have used in the classroom. Just click on a paint splat! smiley

Year 1 Maths National Curriculum Key Objectives

Weekly Maths Task


Each week we will be setting a 'Math Task' for your child to complete at home. The task will be a skill to practise or a follow up activity to a lesson they have had. We will not be asking for homework to be returned to school but hope that you and your child will continue to practise these important skills. 

What can you do to help?

Here are a few ideas for activities that you and your child can do at home together. We'll keep adding ideas as we come across them to. If you find something great which you and your child really enjoy, let us know! 

Science in Year 1

Year 1 Science National Curriculum Key Objectives