Abbey Hulton Primary School

Integrity. Tenacity. Pride.

Year 1


Class teacher: Mrs Waite

Teaching Assistants:  Mrs Hasdell and Mrs Middleton



Hello and welcome! In Year 1 we learn in lots of creative ways. Year 1 is a big step for your children from Reception and learning through play. We still have elements of continuous provision available to access around the classroom throughout the day which are linked to our curriculum areas. We encourage children to become resilient, enthusiastic and independent learners, who show integrity, tenacity and pride



Teaching and learning in maths follows the National Curriculum, which teaches the following main areas in Year 1 are place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, shape, measurement and fractions. Where possible, links have been made across the Maths curriculum to provide children with as many opportunities as possible to apply their knowledge and understanding.



English lessons are planned and delivered around a variety of texts. We have our writing and reading area linked to our class texts for each half term. Phonics is a huge focus in Year 1 in both reading and writing, we have 2 phonics lessons a day, in the morning we focus on reading and in the afternoon we apply our phonics to our writing. We aim to weave phonics and reading into every aspect of the curriculum in year 1 for children to deepen their knowledge, understanding and giving them the opportunity to apply their phonics in all aspects of the curriculum.

Please support your child by encouraging them to read at home every night and practice their phonics.




We encourage children to read every day at home. We expect the children to read at least 3 times a week at home and they must bring their reading book and diary in to school every day! They receive reading miles for doing so and could win the reading miles prize at the end of the year. We complete reading lessons every day and use this time to explore the class text as well as lots of different text types. Here we develop our understanding of comprehension and language whilst fostering a love of reading.


We also take part in Reading Squads daily where each child has the opportunity to read with an adult in a small group and we focus on a different reading skill each week. The reading skills we cover are- define, retrieve, sequence, inference and prediction. Our Reading Squad model follows Little Wandle's daily reading sequence covering decoding, prosody and comprehension throughout the week showing fidelity to our phonic scheme. 


Throughout the year we will be covering many fun and exciting topics following the new curriculum.


In Year 1 we also learn basic greetings in French, yes and no, counting 0-10, How are you and French nursery rhymes


Things to Remember


Reading – Reading books and diaries must be in school each day. Children will have their reading book sent home on a Monday and changed the following week. 

Homework– Reading and Spellings weekly


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