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Welcome back to all our wonderful Year 1 children and their families. We hope you all had a lovely Summer holidays and enjoyed some family time. It has been a good start to the 2021/22 academic year.  The children have settled well and have enjoyed getting to know each other in our Year 1 classes.  We are all enjoying our new topic 'Enchanted Forest'. 

Year 1 Curriculum Meeting

Key information

Key words

In Year 1 it is expected that children will read key words on sight, or be able to fluently apply their phonics to read them.  Throughout the year children will also be learning to spell these words.  Some of these words are 'tricky words' that cannot be sounded out (e.g. said) and some of these words require the children to apply their phonics knowledge (e.g. sound). Please click here to see the words the children will be covering in Year 1, through their phonics lessons, spelling time and the English curriculum.  It would be really helpful to practise a few words at a time at home too.



Your child will bring home a scheme book appropriate for their reading level in their book bag each day.  Once the book has been read either at home or school, and this has been recorded in the red reading log, your child will be able to change their book to get the next one in that particular scheme.  For more information about reading, please refer to the home-school partnership document at the bottom of this page.  Thank you for your continued support in reading regularly with your child at home. 



When supporting your child with their reading, you may find it useful to refer to these sounds.  As well as the individual alphabet sounds (e.g. the 'd' sound in 'dog'), your child will also learn these digraphs (sounds with two letters) and trigraphs (sounds with three letters).

qu – queen, quick

ear – hear, dear

oe – toe, goes

ch – church, much

air – fair, pair

au – autumn, launch

sh – sheep, shop

ure – sure, cure

a_e – make, came

th – thin, with

er – corner, her

e_e – these, even

ng – sing, strong

ay – day, tray

i_e – like, time

ai – rain, sail

ou – out, cloud

o_e – home, cone

ee – feet, keep

ie – pie, tie

u_e – rule, cube

igh – light, night

ea – meat, seal

i – find, child

oa – goat, moan

oy – boy, annoy

o – cold, told

oo – book, boot

ir – girl, skirt

c – circle, central

ar – farm, chart

ue – blue, true

g – giant, ginger

or – for, torn

aw – saw, yawn

ow – blow, snow

ur – hurt, turn

wh – when, which

ie – field, chief

ow – cow, town

ph – photo, phone

ea – bread, head

oi – coin, soil

ew – new, chew

ey – donkey, monkey




Letter formation

Your child will continue to practise the cursive letter formation that they learnt in Year R.  In Year 1, once the children are confident with forming letters correctly and with the correct orientation, they may begin to look at joining.  Please see below for guidance on letter formation.