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

Year 1

Welcome to Year One!

Here, you will find all of the up to date information for Year 1. Below is a document that shows how to translate the language on the school website. 


Please speak to a member of the Year 1 team if you have any questions. 

Meet the Team


Miss Garforth - Maple Class Teacher
Mrs Pounder and Mrs Laud - Oak Class Teachers

Mrs Jacques - Teaching Assistant

Miss Birch - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Howell-Thomas - Teaching Assistant
Mrs Straw - Teaching Assistant
Mr Watkinson - Teaching Assistant

Mrs Hydes - Classroom Assistant
Mrs Wilson - Classroom Assistant

Mrs Finch - PPA Cover 

Miss Winfield- PPA Cover




Some Changes to Spring Term



There have been some timetable changes across Year 1 for the Spring Term;

PE will now take place on the following days; 

- Maple on Tuesday Afternoon and Wednesday Morning

- Oak on Tuesday Afternoon and a Thursday Morning

there will also be additional opportunities for children to take part in physical activity. Please ensure that the children have their PE kits in school every day so they are able to access the curriculum.
Outdoor learning continues to take place on a Wednesday.


Please ensure that your child has the correct, clearly labelled, school uniform and PE kit. Information about uniform can be found on the website we do all that we can to ensure that the children take care of their belongings but sometimes they do get misplaced. If belongings and clothing are clearly labelled then they can easily be returned to their owner.

It is also essential that the children have a bag to take home their reading books, water bottles, any completed work and homework. This also makes it much easier for the children to safely store their belongings and jumpers. 


Thank you for your continued support

Miss Garforth, Mrs Laud and Mrs Pounder.

What are we learning this week?


This week we are continuing to explore our topic 'Where does my food come from?'.  


English - This week our book of the week is 'Handa's Surprise' by Eileen Browne. We will be exploring and learning the story building up to creating a story map using connectives and acting out the story.

Maths - We will using the concrete, pictorial and abstract method to add and subtract on digit numbers from a given number. 

Our 'Book of the Week!'

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What are we learning this half-term?

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How can you support your child at home?

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TT Rock Stars and Numbots!


You have all been given your Time Tables Rock Stars login.

They are stuck in the back of your communication diary.
Make sure that you log on using lowercase letters!


Good luck Rock Stars!



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Now, you can also access Numbots through your TTRS log in. 

Numbots supports you with your knowledge of the number system, addition, subtraction and reasoning.


These can also be downloaded onto your devices through your app store.


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What are we learning this year?


Please can you ensure that your child has a full PE kit in school all week. PE kit includes a plain white or white JC t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and trainers. Please send socks if your child is wearing tights. Children will need to have earrings and other jewellery removed for PE lessons. 


Outdoor Learning

Year 1 Outdoor learning will take place for the whole of Year 1 in the Autumn term.

The sessions last for around 2 hours and we will go outside whatever the weather so it is important that the children are appropriately dressed in waterproof and warm clothing. This may include extra layers, extra socks, hat, scarf and gloves, warm trousers, waterproof coat, trousers and wellies. The sessions will take place in the afternoon. 

Could children come to school in their school uniform with their outdoor learning clothes and shoes in a named bag.

Please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly named to help us to return any missing items.


Water Bottles

Water is available to the children throughout the day in the classroom. Please provide them with a named water bottle. These will be sent home daily. 


Communication Diaries

Your child has been issued with a Communication Dairy. We ask that all children read at least three times a week at home and have their diary signed by an adult at home. If you have any questions or queries, please use the diary and ask your child to let us know that there is a message for us. 



Each half term, your child will be sent home with a 'Homework Grid' sheet. Our expectation is that the children complete the grey boxes weekly, and choose one other piece of homework each week as an optional piece of work. Children may bring in any completed homework at any point throughout the term. 



Just a reminder that toys should not be brought into school. 



The Year 1 classrooms are fully equipped with the stationery that the children will need. We encourage children not to bring anything to school that is valuable to them, as we cannot account for things going missing.

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 ensure that you sign in each time you attend.

Please look below for the days and times for the Reading Morning in your child's class.


Maple Class - Wednesday Mornings
Oak Class - Friday Mornings

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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 Miss Garforth 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.



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



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

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!


Year 1 Science National Curriculum Key Objectives