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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 Daniel - Oak Class Teacher

Miss Garforth - Maple Class Teacher

Mrs Day - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Simkins - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hawker - Reading Teacher

 Mrs Barrs and Mrs Laud - PPA Cover Teachers


Key dates for your diary

Wednesday 5th September – Return to school
Tuesday 11th September - Meet the Teacher 3.45pm
Friday 19th October – Charity Coffee and Cake Afternoon
Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th October - Parent’s Evenings
Thursday 25th October – Last Day of Term
Friday 26th October - INSET


What is happening this week?

Week commencing: Monday 17th September


This week we will be looking at the book 'You Choose' by Pippa Goodhart. We will be writing labels and captions for some of our favourite pages in the book. 


Picture 1


This week we will be using our mathematical knowledge to count and sort objects. 


Use the fun songs below to help you count.

Count to 10 | Counting to 10 | Count to 10 With Our Friends | Brain Breaks | Jack Hartmann

Letters Home

Reading in Year 1

Parent Reading Mornings 

Every week, we hold Reading Mornings where parents or carers can read with their children for 15 minutes in their class. This helps the children settle for the day ahead and is very beneficial for the children. Please look below for the days and times for the Reading Morning in your child's class. 


Oak Class Parent Reading Morning - Tuesdays at 8.50 am -9.05 am

Maple Class Parent Reading Morning - Wednesdays at 8.50 am - 9.50 am


Autumn 1 mindmap

Autumn 1 mindmap 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.

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