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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ


Barnburgh Primary School

Learning to shine together


Year 1 2019 to 2020


Welcome to Year 1! 

Teacher: Miss Taylor  HLTA: Miss Machin 



Dear Parents/Carers, 


Firstly, I’d like to welcome you and your child to Year 1. It is an absolute please to teach your child and to watch them grow and learn. I  look forward to working together to ensure your child has a brilliant year in Year 1. 


Year 1 is a fantastic year for the children and presents many exciting learning opportunities. We will be drawing on both the Early Years Foundation curriculum and the Key Stage 1 curriculum to deliver a fun-filled curriculum.


This half-term we will be starting with the Cornerstones topic ‘Paws, Claws and Whiskers’.  This topic will include looking at animals of all shapes and sizes! From looking at pets at homes to animals in the zoo, we will be looking at the similarities and differences between animals and the habitats they live in. We will be studying animal art work, draw detailed animal pictures to capture their special features and make collages, sculptures and prints. We might even have some special visitors along the way!!

There will be an emphasis on the basic skills across the curriculum. In this respect there will be a strong focus on developing skills such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In English this half term our writing opportunities will focus on the book ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’,  we will be writing lists and captions as well as looking a nursery rhymes and poems.  Alongside this, we will be using the Talk for Writing approach to learn the story through actions in order to innovate the story then invent a new story. Other fiction and non-fiction books will also be used. We will have a huge emphasis on Phonics, recapping previous sounds and learning new sounds.

In maths this half term, we will focus on place value:

  • Count to 10 forwards and backwards from 0/1 or any given number.
  • Count read and write number to 10 in numerals and words.
  • One more and one less.
  • Representing numbers using objects and pictorial representation.

After this, we will then look at addition and subtraction:

  • Using number bonds and related subtraction facts within 10.
  • Read, write and interpret mathematical statements involving addition, subtraction and equals signs.
  • Add and subtract one digit numbers to 10.
  • Looking at missing number problems and solving problems that involve adding and subtraction using concrete and pictorial representations.

In order to encourage independence,  the children will come into school independently as they did on transition week. A teacher will be stood on the gate if you have any queries or questions, but I will be available to speak to at the end of the day.



PE  - Year 1 will have PE on a Thursday (please remember correct PE kit including out-door trainers for all sessions please. PE kits should be brought on a Monday and kept in school all week). 

ReadingReading books will start being sent out next week, it is important to read at least 3 times a week with your child. Books should come into school every Thursday ready to change to send home Friday.

Socks– If you have any spare socks that you no longer need it would be fantastic if you could bring them into school as we will be making animal sock puppets.

Boxes/Modelling materials– If you have any boxes or cut and stick materials we would appreciate these to make animal enclosures. Thank you.

We look forward to working with you and your child this year. Thank you for your support. 

Miss Taylor and Miss Machin

Year 1 Home learning


Home learning will be issued on a Friday.

(REMINDER: Reading books are due back in school on a Thursday and will be handed back out on Friday)

Children will be expected to complete:

  • Spelling Shed activity                                    
  • Times Tables Rockstar activity                     
  • To learn this terms Key Instant Recall Facts
  • Read to an adult at least three times a week.  


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Thank you for your support with home learning!

The skill of reading is one of the most important we teach our children. It is a life skill that enables them to extend their concepts, gain information as the basis for other learning and to gain access to the magical world of fantasy.  Click on the link below to find out some fantastic books you could read with your child at home!


50 must reads for Year 1...

Phonics in Year 1

Phonics is taught on a daily basis within class. The children will receive a 30 minute phonics session at the beginning of the day. The phonics will then be reinforced through guided reading, literacy and all other lessons. Below are the sounds which will be taught in Year 1. 
Lots of free games for each phase, especially good for reading non-words. You can also subscribe to access more games

Phonics Screening

The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year 1 in England, and is usually taken in June. It is designed to give teachers and parents information on how your child is progressing in phonics. There are two sections in this 40-word check and it assesses phonics skills and knowledge learned through Reception and Year 1. The children will be given real and nonsense words.

It checks that your child can:

  • Sound out and blend graphemes in order to read simple words.
  • Read phonically decodable one-syllable and two-syllable words, e.g. cat, sand, windmill.
  • Read a selection of nonsense words which are referred to as pseudo words.

You can download a copy of the 2018 Phonics screening check from the website, here. This will give you an idea of what the check looks like and what is expected.

Autumn- Paws, Claws and Whiskers.

Engage: A visit from Mattie. The children loved playing with Mattie outside!

Engage- Animal tea party. We came to school dressed as our favourite animals. We made invitations, bunting and tea cups. We then made healthy fruit kebabs and listened to our new class text 'The Tiger Who Came to Tea'. It was a really fun day!

We have loved our animal tea party!

Engage- A visit from Poppy, we found out how Mrs Grange looks after Poppy and how she keeps her healthy.

RE Engage- Baking bread linked to Harvest

Topic Engage- Falconry display

Engage: A special visit from Tee-Tee the cat.

Home Learning- Paws, Claws and Whiskers

PE- Movement and direction