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Year 1 - Swans

We hope that you all had a wonderful summer and that your child is looking forward to their time in Year 1.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the topic areas we will be looking at this year and to let you know of some further arrangements.

In Year 1, we have a flexible approach to teaching and learning, so as to ensure more personalised learning for all pupils. This means that the children will be taught in mixed aged Read Write Inc (RWI) groups for the first part of the morning and will then return to their own class for the rest of the day.

We have a lot of exciting work planned, and where possible our learning across the curriculum will be linked to the following topic areas throughout the year:

  • Florence Nightingale and All about us/Keeping Healthy
  • Author/Book Study
  • Minibeasts
  • Let’s make great art!
  • Islands/Under the sea

… and one more topic to be decided at a later date!

We have also included a general timetable, so that the children come to school properly equipped each day.





Reading books to be changed if needed






Reading books to be changed if needed

Forest School (alternate weeks) /PE





Reading books to be changed if needed



The children will continue to bring home a copy of their current RWI book (if applicable at their stage of the RWI scheme) and another reading book from a range of schemes.  The RWI book will be their primary (main) book and will be changed when your child’s RWI group moves onto the next book.  Just to remind you, in each RWI book, there is a Speed Sound Chart, lists of Green words (those that can be sounded out) and Red Words (‘tricky’ words) and a Speed Word Game, all of which can be read and played with your child.  Your child will also have an opportunity to change their secondary reading book three times a week on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We ask that you sign in the reading diary to say when either book has been read, and record any comments that you might wish to make. As well as their school reading books, please encourage your child to read other material; books of their choice, comics, recipes, etc.  


KS1 spellings are incorporated into the daily Read Write Inc scheme within school; however, if you would like to do extra spelling with your child at home, then these can be taken from the Speed Words at the back of the RWI reading books.

Be Proud!

We would like to encourage the children to bring in any extra work that they have been doing at home and we have set up a ‘proud’ board in the classroom to celebrate this. We are looking forward to filling this soon!

Tuck and water bottles

If you would like your child to have tuck (healthy please!) during their morning break, please remember to send it in daily. We are fortunate to be able to provide each child with a named water bottle which is available at all times in the classroom therefore there is now no need to bring one in from home.  

Forest Schools

We are fortunate to be able to offer Year 1 the opportunity to take part in Forest Schools again this year. Year 1 will visit the forest on alternate Wednesday afternoons and the dates for the Autumn term are set out below. We plan to use the forest environment to deliver some of our Art, Science and PSHE curriculum. Year 1 can come to school in their own clothes (suitable for Forest School activities!), bringing their waterproofs, extra layers (as appropriate) and wellies in a large, named bag. Please could you ensure that all Forest School clothes and wellington boots are named.

 Year 1 will visit the forest on alternate Wednesday afternoons and the dates for the Autumn term are set out below:

Wednesday 20th September

Wednesday 4th October

Wednesday 18th October

Wednesday 8th November

Wednesday 22nd November

Monday 18th December (Carols in the Forest).

We will do our best to go to the forest on each of these dates, but as we know from experience, the weather can sometimes be a little unkind and some changes/cancellations may be unavoidable (for example, if it is very windy, it is unsafe to go to the forest).  We may, however, decide to work on the field instead, so therefore, please send in all Forest school clothing irrespective of the weather!  We thank you for your understanding with this!

Other events

We are excited to offer a wonderful visit from Miss Florence Nightingale as a culmination of our topic on Tuesday 31st October (details to follow). This is a brilliant visit from the renowned ‘Florence Nightingale Museum’ in London. We will be asking for a voluntary contribution for this which will be approximately £9 (more details to follow). The children will get a lot out of this experience and have access to wonderful resources.

As soon as we have organised other fabulous trips/events for the rest of the year, we will let you know!

‘Meet the Teacher’

To work alongside this letter, we have arranged a ‘Meet the Teacher’ session for each class.  For Years 1 and 2, this will be on Thursday 28th September, at 3:30pm, in our classrooms (once all children have been collected from the ‘Walkers’ lines).  Please come along and ‘meet’ me, bringing with you any questions you may have…or just to say hello! 


Thank you in advance for your support. We all look forward to working with your child this year and we hope that this will be a very happy, fun and successful year!


With many thanks,

The Year 1 Team

(Mrs Oakley, Mrs Parker, Mrs Wardle and Mrs Tunnard)