Year 1

 Grape PickingWe rely heavily on building a partnership with parents and carers.

During this year, one of our main aims is to make your child more independent and a successful learner.  We aim to ensure each child achieves his of her maximum potential.  This can not be achieved in school alone.  The role you have at home is essential to your child's progress.  We welcome your input and contributions.

Themes and Topics

We adopt a cross curricular approach linking our subject areas.  In this way quality time is given to each theme, fostering the children's enthusiasm and enjoyment of the subject.


We aim to foster a real enjoyment of books and to help children become independent readers.  Both the school and home play essential parts in helping children to become competent readers. The children will experience reading throughout the day and through a wide variety of activities.  these include:

SHARED READING ~ The whole class share and enjoy a big book together.

GUIDED READING ~ Groups of about five children read books with an adult.

INDEPENDENT READING ~ Children read a book of their own choice.

"Sharing a book at home with a child can be a very special time.  It should be a positive and encouraging experience."

The children will be taught to use a whole range of skills to work out unknown words.  Sometimes they might 'Fred talk' a work they are unsure of.  At other times they may be able to guess the word from the clues in the rest of the sentence or clues from the picture.  Other words, that are difficult to sound out, might have to be learnt by sight.


We want the children to enjoy numeracy as much as we do and so we always start from where the individual child is and build on their previous successes.  As in all curriculum subjects, we strive to ensure that the individual needs of all the children are fully catered for.

Ways to help your child at home:

Cooking with them, Counting up your change, Checking the TV timetables, Playing cards, Snakes and Ladders, Thermometers, Measuring rooms and height etc.