Y1 Info

Welcome to Year 1

This term Year 1 are learning about:
Bright Lights, Big City (London)

 What is Phonics? 

Coronavirus Update

In response to the ongoing situation, we have decided to make PhonicsPlay free to use during this period.
Children can use the site at home without their parents needing to subscribe. To access our resources all you need to do is log on using the following details.

Username: march20
Password: home

Our aim to ensure that existing subscribers aren’t disadvantaged and will seek to make sure that after the school closures are over and the site returns to normal, that existing subscribers have additional time added to their subscription. If you haven’t already discovered www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk you may also find these free decodable comics useful at a time when you can’t physically exchange your children’s decodable reading books.

We wish you good health and all the very best at this stressful time.


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RWI Phonics lessons at home from Monday 23rd March

We’re scheduling free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons with one of our trainers every day for the next two weeks. Films will only be available at the times below:

Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am and again at 12.30 pm
Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am and again at 1.00 pm
Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am and again at 1.30 pm

Note: films are streamed live and won’t be available at other times.

Please share with RWI schools and parents.


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What are the main topics? 
Term 1 - Bright Lights, Big City (London)
Term 2 - Memory Box
Term 3 - The Scented Garden
Term 4 - Moon Zoom
Term 5 - Wriggle Crawl
Term 6 - Muck, Mess and Mixtures

Who will support my learning?
Class Teachers: 1T - Miss Tugwell, 1WH - Mrs Wilson and Mrs Hilton
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Fooks and Mrs Lethbridge

When do I need my kit?
PE Kit – Black shorts/white shorts and white t-shirt

Games Kit – Navy tracksuit and suitable footwear – plimsolls or trainers

Please ensure all kit is clearly labelled and that your child’s name is also clear on the outside of the bag. Our storage space is very limited so if you could combine both kits into one bag, it would be much appreciated.

What else do I need to know about Year 1?
  • I will need to read each day and make sure that my reading record is completed by an adult.
  • I will change my reading book each day.
  • I start to join my handwriting.
  • I will have a lot of fun!

When will my homework be set / due in?
During Term 1 your child will have:
  • 5 x weekly spellings (sent home on a Friday and tested the following Friday)
During Term 2 your child will have:
  • 5 x weekly spellings
  • Phonics Flashcard Book (quick fire practise – no recording)
From Term 3 onwards your child will have:
  • 5 x weekly spellings
  • Phonics Flashcard Book (quick fire practise – no recording)
  • 1 x Writing OR Maths activity

Reading in Year 1

Your child will bring home everyday a reading record, a levelled reading book and a story book.

Children are expected to read at home daily. This really does support their progress.

Your child is responsible for changing their own books in the morning – we will remind them. (Please let us know if your child is not changing their own books)

Reading diaries will be checked weekly on a Wednesday.

Children read daily during Read Write Inc Phonics sessions (in a group).

Your child will be heard reading 1:1 at least once a term.

If you feel your child’s book is too easy/hard – please make a comment in their reading diary and we can check.