Learn Together, Shine Together

CLASS 1M Miss McKeown



Throughout this year we aim to teach children to read with increasing fluency and independence, we do this through a systematic teaching of phonics, Read, Write inc, whole class reading and sending home reading books home.

These are the book band stages.













We aim for children to leave Ks1 on white or lime. Children in year 1 are usually reading red- orange books. In order to move up a book band children need to sure word recognition, ability to decode unfamiliar words, understanding and comprehension of what they have read and increasing fluency.

To aid your children in doing this we would ask you to read with your children at least three times a week at home.

Through Read, Write Inc the children learn how to read both real and nonsense words. The KS1 phonics screening test is in May which tests the children’s ability to decode phonetic and multisyllabic words. We will have a meeting later in the year to explain this, however our door is always open if you want to discuss this beforehand.








We will be sending out 10 spellings a week on a Friday. These are taken from the high frequency words and common exception words that children must be able to read and spell by the end of Year 1 and Year 2. I aim to test the children on these words every Thursday. In order for the children to feel confident in the test and to support them in their writing, please practise these over the week so that your child can achieve in their test and move onto learning more words.









Our PE is on Tuesday and Thursday; we are currently developing our fundamental movement skills. The children have really impressed me with their independence and knowledge about exercise.


We love to celebrate your children’s achievements and we do this through our Dojo app. If you want help downloading or connecting your device feel free to come and see us.


If you have any worries or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to come and see me. Working together is the best way to ensure your children are successful lifelong learners.

Year 1 Curriculum A Cycle 2019 - 2020


September 19, 2019

We have been very busy learning new mathematical terms. Last week we learnt about 'same of different.' The children could copy my pattern from memory, show patterns in which there were the same amount of red counters as blue counters and  show me the same amount of cub...

June 11, 2019

We have had a very exciting week this week in Year 1/2M. We received a letter from Cinderella because her mop had broken. Oh no! We tested the absorbency of materials to help her make a new mop. The children made predictions, investigated and concluded that a sponge (b...

May 15, 2019

In RE we are learning all about special and Holy buildings. We began the unit thinking about where is special to us, where is special in our community and what holy buildings are. After learning about the Christian church we began learning about Mosques. We learnt abou...

May 15, 2019

As part of our on going learning about plants we spent the afternoon up at our allotments. We looked at the different plants we have on our school grounds and we began weeding one of the allotments. We discussed the different parts of the weeds as we pulled them out of...

May 15, 2019

We have been learning what deciduous plants are in science. For our Art lessons we have been learning about different line techniques for drawing. We looked at deciduous trees in the different seasons and then they chose one to draw. The children showed a lot of determ...

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