Mrs Arnold
Classroom Teacher

Mrs Lewis
Classroom Teacher

Mrs Farrington
Teaching Assistant

Mrs Wiggins
Teaching Assistant

Mrs Rychlinska
Teaching Assistant

Year 1 News

Year group information

Welcome to Year 1.

This page will contain all the information you need for a successful year at Tewkesbury C of E Primary School


Our themes

Autumn Theme; Chomp, Stomp, Roar, Roar Here come the Dinosaurs.

Values :Hope and Peace

The children begin year one by learning all about dinosaurs. During this theme children will learn about the different dinosaurs that are extinct and the role of palaeontologists. The children will study Mary Anning and compare her work to modern day palaeontologists.  The children will learn how to draw dinosaurs using the ‘artabet’ technique and will explore texture, form and colour through a range of mediums.
We will also explore different animals and will sort them into different animals groups. The children will extend their learning by visiting Birdland in Bourton -on -the-Water where they will be able to see different species of birds as well as visit their dinosaur attraction’ Jurassic journey’  Here they will come face to face with life size dinosaurs, learn more about the diet of each dinosaur and take part in a dino dig.  The trip will also give the children an opportunity to spot the similarities between the live birds and the dinosaurs they have been learning about.
We will be reading a range of dinosaur texts and creating our own information texts on this fascinating topic.

Spring Theme; Once Upon a Town.

Values:Respect and Forgiveness

We kickstart the Spring term by looking at a range of traditional tales with a particular focus on The Three Little Pigs and Jack and the Beanstalk.
The children will learn about different materials and consider the best material to make a wolf-proof house from as well as learn about how to look after and grow their own bean plant.
During this topic the children will learn about the famous artist Henri Rousseau and create their now jungle like pictures inspired by his work.
We will also be exploring the theme once upon a town where we will explore the local environment around us in Tewkesbury. We will visit Tewkesbury Abbey to help us consider the importance of this historic landmark and it’s significance in our local town.

Summer Theme; Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside!

Values: Community and Faith

Love is an overarching value throughout the year.

Dates and events

Thursday 10th October-Trip to Birdland

TBC-Meeting regarding phonics screening check.



Home learning is an expectation throughout the school and we value the support you give your child at home in completing their activities.

We are initially rolling out our spelling home learning and this will be followed later by Maths home learning (later in the Autumn term) and Phonics home learning (Spring term)


Doodle maths will begin after half term. A code will be sent home, and you can download the app onto iPads, smart phones or similar devices. Please encourage your child to play it as often as possible and support them to learn how to type their own username and password.

To make accelerated progress in maths the children should be achieving over 100 stars a week so it is important to practice at least 3 times per week.


Each week the children are given the opportunity to practise different mathematical skills by answering 8 questions linked to the year one curriculum for mathematics. The questions cover a range of aspects and are designed to aid children’s mathematical fluency.

Maths homework is sent out on a Friday and is to be completed by the following Wednesday. Please support your child to read the questions and to write the answers neatly in pencil.


Ways to support Maths learning at home:

The majority of our Maths lessons involve practical number work. This includes counting forward and back to and from 100, recognising and forming numbers, identifying one more and one less to 100 and beginning to add and take away increasingly difficult numbers. You can support your child by including these activities in your everyday routine. For example, counting steps to school, recognising numbers at the supermarket or even taking away peas at the dinner table!

Here are some useful websites that will help your child at home. Many are catchy songs and rhymes to help your child remember key skills and concepts.

Count to 100:
Days of the week:
Months of the year:
3D shapes:
Counting in 2s:
Counting in 5s:



English homework is given out on Wednesdays and it is due in the following Monday.  Please complete the homework with your child in their English home learning books.



This year, the class will begin the year by sending home a class teddy with a writing book – please encourage your child to have a go at writing in the book themselves.
When your child is writing at home, please encourage them to form their letters correctly and use finger spaces, full stops and capital letters.


In year one the children are encouraged to read at least three times a week, to develop word reading and comprehension. One of the year one objectives is to ‘re-read books to build up fluency and confidence in word reading’ so please encourage your child to read their book more than once at home.

Phonics (Spring term)

This year the children will bring home a phonics sound mosaic in which they have to read the different words; both real and pseudo and colour all the words containing the same spelling pattern. The mosaic will then reveal a picture.

Your child may also bring home an activity in which they have to read and sort the real and pseudo (alien) words.

The aim of the phonics homework is for your child to gain confidence reading words containing the alternative sounds. This is in preparation for words they will read during the year one phonics screening check, later this year.

Spelling (Autumn and Summer term)

In year one there is an expectation for children to spell the year one common exception words. These are a list of words taken from the National Curriculum. It is recommended that children know how to spell these words by the end of year one.  Similarly, to the ‘tricky words’ the common exception words are words that cannot be sounded out phonetically and have to be learnt by sight.

To make it manageable we have split the words into different sets. Some of these words your child may already know how to spell but it is important that they revisit them and learn to apply them in different contexts.

Each week your child will bring a set of words home to learn in a blue book.

We suggest you encourage your child to practice writing these words out several times. The ‘look-cover-write -check’ is a successful way to recall spellings. Learning the words by memory is key so it will help to spell out these words using the letter names rather than sounds.

You may also want to practice writing these words within a sentence.

Please use your own paper to practise spelling the different words. The book is solely for you to view the spellings in.

Your child will be given these words on a Wednesday and then tested on these words on the following Monday in the form of a relaxed ‘spelling quiz’ which will be taking place during their phonic lessons.  As an incentive to do well, the children will be rewarded with dojo points.

A new set will then be given to them on the Wednesday. You will see that the new spellings are displayed at the front of the book and the spelling test will be carried out at the back of the book so you will be able to see how well your child performed each week.

Please make sure your child has their spelling book in school each Monday and Wednesday.

We appreciate your support at home and hope that you encourage your children to learn these irregular words as much as possible.


Ways to support Literacy learning at home:

A comprehensive list of games to play with your child:       Fun ways to learn Spellings at Home

Question prompt when reading with your child:
Learning the alphabet:
A list of the 45 common exception words your child is expected to be able to read and write by the end of year one.



Helpful documents

Year 1

Y1 annual overview meeting hand out 2019

Year 1 Planning Overview. Autumn

Year 1 Planning Overview. Spring

Year 1 Planning Overview. Summer