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Welcome to Year 1

smiley A very warm welcome to Year One smiley





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Please practice the song at home.
Miss Wain

Dates for your Diary


Thursday 8th June - Polling Day INSET

Week commencing 12th June - Phonics Check

Tuesday 20th June - Key Stage One Sports Day

Monday 26th June - INSET Day

Wednesday 28th June - Maple Class Assembly

Wednesday 5th July - Oak Class Assembly

Friday 7th July - Tesco Fun Run and Key Stage One Fun evening

Wednesday 12th July - Friday 14th July - Transition days in new classes




Meet the Team


Miss Wain - Maple Class Teacher

Miss Martin - Oak Class Teacher

Miss Maitland  - Maple Class TA

Mrs Jacques-Tolley - Oak Class TA

Miss Adcock - Oak Class TA

Mrs Hawker and Mr Gooch - PPA Cover Teachers



Bug Club is here!

We have been truly overwhelmed by the amount the children have been using the Bug Club website, you are all fabulous! Keep it up and happy reading!


What are we learning about this week?


Monday 19th June 2017


This week we are creating, writing and performing original poetry about our vegetable superheroes.  We are using onomatopoeia, as found in comic books, to create loud, fun superhero style poems.


Watch the video below to remind you what onomatopoeia is!






"Onomatopoeia" Crash! Bash! Boom! Pow! In this song, learn about special words that imitate sounds. What's that??? It's Onomatopoeia! copyright © 2012 Mindy Bauer


This week in maths we will be measuring capacity. We will be using cubes, sand and water to measure volumes. 

Watch the video below to give you a head start.


Volume and Capacity Introduction | Turtlediary

Uploaded by Turtlediary on 2015-02-26.

What are we learning about this half term?

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                                                                                                                         Friday 9th June 2017


Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you all had a restful half term break and welcome back to the final term of this year!

This half term will be a busy and exciting one and we look forward to consolidating and extending your child’s progress as we prepare them for Year 2.


Our topic this half term is ‘Who’s your hero?’ We will be using a range of comic books to identify their characteristics, layout and develop ideas on the use of speech within writing. The children will be producing their own story based on superheroes we are making ourselves! If you have any comics at home, it would be great if you could share them together with your child!


Please find overleaf the mind map for this half term which provides an overview of what your child will be learning. This is also available on the school website, along with a list of important dates for your diary.


During the week beginning 12th June 2017 your child will be formally assessed in a national phonics screening. This is a 1:1 reading assessment with your child’s class teacher which requires them to apply their segmenting and blending skills (sounding out words). In preparation for this assessment could we ask you to continue practising the letter sounds with your child at home. In addition to this, we have put some examples of ‘nonsense’ words which we regularly read in school on the website for your child to access at home if you wish to. These not only form part of the screening process but strengthen your child’s blending and segmenting skills.


With the increasingly warm and sunny weather please ensure your child has a water bottle, sun hat and sun cream. Jumpers are also being removed more often so can we please take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of labelling all of your child’s clothing and belongings.


PE in Year 1 will continue to be on Mondays and Wednesdays and will be outside whenever possible. As always, please ensure that your child has full PE kit in school. Children wearing tights should also have a pair of socks, hair should be tied back and all jewellery removed on PE days. It is essential that all children have trainers or plimsolls so that they can fully participate. Our KS1 sports day will be held on Tuesday 20th June. Children will need full PE kit for this date.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Many thanks,


Miss Wain and Miss Martin

Important Information

Maple Show and Tell Timetable

Sherwood Forest Trip Letter

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.

The Phonemes of the English Alphabet Code - Synthetic Phonics

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

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