Year 1

Charlotte Orchard

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome to our class page where you can find out about what we are learning and see pictures of some of our highlights. There is also some links to excellent learning resources that you can use with your child at home.

Year 1 at Much Wenlock Primary School

Leaving Reception behind and moving into Year 1 can feel like a big step for both children and their parents. Our Year 1 team is there to make this transition easier for everyone by supporting the children (and their parents!) in their next learning step. The children will still be learning through play by exploring, discovering and problem solving in all areas of the setting. Over the course of Year 1, we will gradually transition to a more formal classroom structure where the children will carry out activities and begin to learn as a whole class.

What will my child do in Year One?

Your child will have left the EYFS behind in Reception, although some goals may be carried on with them as they move into Year 1. This will be their first year of the National Curriculum.

There is a Year 1 phonics screening in June, which helps your child’s teacher to identify if your child is secure in sounding out and blending graphemes.

Further really useful information for parents from Oxford Owl can be found here:

Autumn Term Information

This half term we will be familiarising ourselves with our local environment and beginning to identify its geographical features. We will also be exploring the artist Andy Goldsworthy and creating our own Andy Goldsworthy inspired artwork!


In Autumn 1, Year 1 will focus mostly on consolidating our numbers to 20 and building an understanding of place value. We will do this by ordering and partitioning numbers. Once this is secure, we will begin to look at addition and subtraction.

Phonics, Reading and Writing

We have a daily phonics lesson based on the Monster Phonics scheme. Your child will recap the sounds they were taught in Reception and begin to learn more sounds and alternative spellings over the course of Year 1.

Here are links to the Phase 2 and Phase 3 sound mats. These include the sounds that your child will have been taught in Reception:

Phase-2-sound-mat Phase-3-sound-mat

Your child will read with an adult regularly in school so please make sure they have their reading folder in school with them every day. Reading books are changed once a week on a Wednesday. 

In addition to this, we explore different stories as a class and use these to develop our comprehension skills and inspire other learning opportunities. 

Our Writing focus for Autumn 1 is ‘All about me’ and encouraging the children to use their phonic knowledge to create information fact files about themselves. Later on in the term, we will begin to look at the story ‘Elmer’ by David McKee and use this to innovate our own stories! In addition to this, we also encourage the children to write for a range of purposes through our continuous provision set up. This often includes: stories, lists, labels, captions, signs etc.

PE and Forest School

Our PE days will be Monday. Please come to school in the correct PE kit (navy blue t-shirt, dark shorts/leggings/joggers, school jumper and trainers). 

On Fridays we have Forest School, so please wear school PE kit ensuring they have long trousers and a long-sleeved top.


For more information about learning in Year 1 and for tips on how you can help at home, please read the following booklet: Learning in Year 1 booklet

Class Showcase
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Even Spiderman enjoys a good read
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First day back!
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Well done to our Sporting Stars this week.

Class Showcase Open this to see some of the work we've been doing.

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Even Spiderman enjoys a good read
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First day back!
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Well done to our Sporting Stars this week.
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Class Spellings Open this to see the latest spellings

Spellings w/c 25.9.23

Next week our spellings are:











Top tips for practising spellings:

  • Make it into a game, for example, hide the words and have a go at reading them. Then after some practise, see if your child can write the words and hide them for you to find.
  • Write the words on tiny pieces of paper and then larger pieces.
  • Write the words in different colours so that you create a rainbow picture.
  • Paint the words (either using water and paintbrushes or paint and paintbrushes).
  • Play spot the missing letter. Show your child the word but with some letters missing, can they fill in the blanks? For example, o_f. Can your child put the correct letter in the space?
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Class Apps Open this to link to lots of the Apps we use in school.