Year 1 – Willow

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Welcome to Year 1 we are Willow Class!

The Year 1 teacher is Miss Hamilton. Mrs Fletcher, Mrs Weeks and Mrs Gorridge are also part of the Year 1 team. Mr Boutwood teaches the class on a Tuesday afternoon. 

We aim to provide the children will a smooth transition from EYFS to KS1. 


In the Childhood project, your child will learn words and phrases related to the passage of time. They will explore artefacts to help them to understand childhood in the past and how childhood has changed over time. They will explore the six stages of life and explore timelines and family trees. Everyday life in the 1950s will be explored, including shopping, transport, family life and childhood. They will also learn about the significance of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953 by studying photographs and online sources. The children will use maps to explore how places have changed over time and highlight any similarities or differences between childhood today and childhood in the 1950s. At the end of the project, they will create knowledge organisers for children who are about to study the topic of childhood.

A topic web will be sent home next week with more detail about what is being taught in each subject.

Home Learning Expectations

Reading – Children should read at home 5 times a week with an adult. Children will bring home two reading books; one will be a book they are reading in their phonics group and the second will be a book which is matched to their coloured reading level. Please fill in their reading record each time they have read with you at home so they can gain rewards (raffle tickets and class trophies). Please ensure your child’s reading record and books are brought into school every day. 

Just a few reminders:

PE Kit – PE is taught on a Tuesday afternoon (with Mr Boutwood) and a Thursday afternoon (with Miss Hamilton). Children will need to come to school in their school PE kit on these days. PE lessons will take place outside as often as possible and so please ensure children are dressed appropriately for the weather that day. 

Water Bottles

In order to help your child to stay hydrated and ready to learn, please make sure that they bring a labelled water bottle to school with them everyday. We kindly ask that bottles are filled with water only- rather than juices or squash. 

Show and Tell

If your child has recently achieved something, made something at home or has something that relates to our current learning, please encourage them to come into school and talk about it or send information via class dojo.  Show and tell will take place on Friday afternoons. 

If you have any concerns or queries about information included in this letter or any other matter relating to your child’s education, please do not hesitate to speak to us or contact us via class dojo. 

Many thanks,

Miss Hamilton