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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 1

Monday 16th April - Back to School

Tuesday 1st May 3.30pm - Parents’ Phonics Information Meeting

Monday 7th May - Bank Holiday

Friday 11th May - Year 1 trip to Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood

Wednesday 16th May 9.10am - Maple Class Assembly

W/C 21st March - Maths Week

Wednesday 23rd May - Parents’ Maths Information Meeting

Friday 25th May – INSET Day

Summer Term 1

Summer Term 1 1

How Have Toys Changed Through the ages?

This half term we will be looking at toys from different time periods. 

You could prepare for this topic by asking your siblings, parents,  grandparents or family friends about what toys they liked to play with when they were your age.

What are we learning this week?

Week commencing Monday 23rd April 2018



This week we will be reading and writing numbers to 100 in numerals and words. We will also look at finding one more than and one less than numbers to 100. You could prepare for this by using the hundred square below to practise writing the numbers out in words and in numerals. You could also practise using your frog jumps to find one more and one less.

One Less!! (song for kids about identifying the # that is "ONE LESS")

One More! (song for kids about identifying the # that is "ONE MORE")



This week we will continue looking at the film 'Toy Story', we will be thinking about the characters in the story and what they are like. We will learn through group presentations and we will have the chance to be 'Excellent Editors' turning boring character descriptions into exciting ones! You could prepare for this by discussing the characters with siblings and parents/carers at home. 


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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