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PowerPoint from the Year 1 Curriculum Evening

Class 1 Teachers:


Class Teachers: Mrs Hemsley  (Monday and Tuesday)

Mrs Hilden (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Hayward (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings)

Mrs Alfredson (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday afternoons. Wednesday all day)

Learning in Year 1


The Year 1 curriculum builds upon and extends the experiences that children have had in Reception. The children will have a more formal learning environment in Year 1 and will continue to learn through play, alongside being involved in exciting topics so that they remain motivated, eager, and enthused learners. Phonics will be taught for 20 minutes every day to support with reading, writing, and spelling. We expect children to read for around 10-15 minutes at home each night.  The children are expected to become more independent readers and writers as the year advances. If you have any questions or queries about your child’s progress, please don’t hesitate to come and see us after school.


General Reminders


PE: Our PE day will be every Tuesday. The children are expected to arrive at school wearing their school PE kit and will not need to change into their school uniform. Please ensure that earrings are not worn on these days. Children with long hair must ensure it is tied back.


Home Reading Books: Reading books will be changed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.   Please can you comment or sign in the contact book when a book has been read. If you would like to keep the same reading book for another day that's not a problem, just write a comment in your child's reading record :) 


Please remind your child to let their teachers know if you have written any important messages in their yellow contact book. Thank you :)



Year 1 Common Exception Words


During Year 1 the children will be expected to spell a number of words correctly in their writing by the end of the year. We will focus on a number on words each term to support them. Please find the Year 1 common exception words below. 


Year 1 Phonics Screening:


Phonics Screening Previous Assessment Materials

Phonics Games - Print & Play Snakes & Ladders Games


The Phonics Screening will consist of 40 words and non-words that your child will be asked to read one-on-one with a teacher. Non-words (or nonsense words, or pseudo words) are a collection of letters that will follow phonics rules your child has been taught, but don’t mean anything – your child will need to read these with the correct sounds to show that they understand the phonics rules behind them.

The 40 words and non-words (we call these alien words) are divided into two sections – one with simple word structures of three or four letters, and one with more complex word structures of five or six letters. The teacher administering the check with your child will give them a few practice words to read first – including some non-words – so they understand more about what they have to do. Each of the non-words is presented with a picture of a monster / alien, as if the word were their name (and so your child doesn’t think the word is a mistake because it doesn’t make sense!).


Recommended Phonics Activities

Mr. Thorne Does Phonics

If you are unsure how to correctly pronounce any of the sounds go to Mr. Thorne Does Phonics where you can watch videos of Mr. Thorne or his friend Geraldine the Giraffe teach the sound and discuss words including it. He also has apps for Android and Apple available.


Phonics Play

This is a very popular website we use regularly in our phonics lessons. The children will be familiar with the website and its games. Some of our favourite games are:

  • Flashcards
  • Buried Treasure
  • Dragons Den
  • Picnic on Pluto
  • Reading Robot

Some of the games are available for free, others require a subscription (only £12 for a year).


Twinkl Phonics App

This app includes lots of different sections covering phonic sounds, letter formation, high frequency words and games such as buried treasure and matching games.



This is not a website we have used in class but it involves interactive videos that children can watch and then are able to make up words with the given letters. It allows them to practise sound recognition and blending.


Phonics Books

Revisit pages in your child’s phonics book to practice reading and spelling a good range of words. Don’t forget to look for the high frequency and tricky words!

More websites with phonics games on:

Alien Words - Example