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Pupils playing with sand at Willow Tree Primary School

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1!


Find out what your child will be learning this academic year. 


We have 2 classes – Mrs. Greene’s class (1G) and Mrs. Graham’s class (1DG). Our Learning Assistants are Mrs Lysaght, Mrs Harrison and Mrs Whale.


We aim to ensure that the children have high quality and engaging experiences that support their learning and development. We encourage the children to be independent thinkers and learners by providing exciting and challenging learning opportunities.
During the day children have time to work with a partner, within small groups as well as independently to complete challenges.
To see what projects are being taught please look at the Year 1 long term plan.

Daily Routines
Teachers open the gate at 8.45am to greet parents and children. Children will go to their classroom and are encouraged to hang up their coats themselves, and be responsible for their book bags and filling up their water bottles with fresh water each morning. At the end of the school day (3.20 pm) please wait outside the gate until the teacher opens the classroom doors.


P.E. lessons take place once a week. Children are required to bring a P.E. kit into school in a draw string bag. These are sent home at the end of each half-term for the contents to be checked for size and for washing. Children are encouraged to undress and dress for these lessons themselves, support will be given if needed.

Playtime/Break time
Morning break lasts for half an hour. All children play outside under staff supervision. Children are offered milk and a piece of fresh fruit. During wet playtimes, the children remain in their classrooms and activities are provided.

Children go with their teacher to the hall at 12:00 pm. All children have an allocated seat; the tables are shared with children from Year 5. They have a choice of meal each day. Parents can view their child’s choice by logging onto Parent Pay. Year 1 children are able to bring a packed lunch from home if they would prefer. If you wish for your child to have a packed lunch, please inform the office so they can notify the kitchen.

Reading / Homework
Homework is primarily reading. Reading books should be sent into school every day.
Children will get a new book, from our selection of different reading schemes every Friday. This book will be changed the following Friday.
Every 3 or 5 days (depending on the Read Write Inc. timetable) they will bring home the Read Write Inc book they have been working on in class and another story book that contains similar vocabulary. We kindly ask that you try to read every night. Parents are asked to sign the green diary and add comments as appropriate.
Children may be asked to bring items into school for our project. Occasionally additional work will be sent home for your child to complete either to consolidate learning or to allow extra practise for areas they may be struggling with.

Phonics Test
In line with national testing, Year 1 children will be required to take a Phonics Test in June. More information will be sent out nearer the time.

School Trips
Each parent has a Parent Pay account, to pay for any school trips online. If you are unsure of your login details, please ask the office for them.